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Trade Proposal TiSA Could Let Facebook Censor Users

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A secret trade deal called TiSA could enable Facebook to start censoring users by removing certain content. The social network giant would even have legal immunity. Further Reading How To Choose The Right ISP For Your Needs How To See Everything Facebook Knows About You What Is TiSA? German digital rights blog Netzpolitik leaked the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA). It’s a free trade agreement between 23 entities, including the European Union and the United States. The leaks include certain dangers to the internet, like Annexes about Electronic Commerce [PDF] …

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How To Keep Your Data Safe Under President Trump

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Regardless of your feelings about President-elect Trump, he will soon have control over our surveillance systems. Trump might not bode well for our privacy – both offline and online. Further Reading How To See Everything Facebook Knows About You How To Stay Safe Browsing From Public Wi-Fi Networks Use Two-Factor Authentication Two-factor authentication, or 2FA, is a way to keep your online accounts secure. You have to confirm your identity using two different tools. An example of 2FA is withdrawing money from an ATM. You need to have both your …

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How To Choose The Right ISP For Your Needs

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An ISP is the gateway between you and the World Wide Web. But are all ISPs equal? Here are some things to look for. Further Reading 10 Reasons To Use a VPN in 2016 – What Are You Waiting For? How To Stay Safe Browsing From Public Wi-Fi Networks What Is An Internet Service Provider? An internet service provider, or ISP, is an organization that provides services to enable people to use the internet. They come in different forms, like commercial, community-owned, non-profit or privately owned. Services that ISPs provide include …

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Android Phones Found To Have BackDoor To China

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Security researchers discovered that some Android phones have a secret backdoor that sends user information back to China. Further Reading New Android Malware Called Dirty Cow Can Root Phones Android Users Get New Security Notifications What Is A BackDoor? A backdoor is a secret method that a hacker uses to enter a computer. These provide remote access (usually unauthorized). As a result, a person can hide it in a program, a separate program or even a piece of hardware. Some backdoors are legitimate, like when a company uses one as …

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NSA Contractor Faces Espionage Charges For Data Theft

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Government lawyers charge a contractor for the National Security Agency with espionage. The charge? Stealing massive amounts of data about the Shadow Brokers group. Further Reading Google Removes Ban On Personalized Web Tracking VPN Passwords Recovered From NSA Hack The Shadow Brokers In August,  a hacker group calling themselves the Shadow Brokers revealed that they stole a huge cache of hacking tools belonging to the NSA. In a document called Equation Group Cyber Weapons Auction – Invitation, the group, released some files for free and put the rest up for auction. …

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How To See Everything Facebook Knows About You

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As the most popular social network, Facebook wants to be the “be-all, end-all” destination for the web. The company knows an awful lot of information about its users. Here’s how to find out what it knows about you. Further Reading How To Stay Safe Browsing From Public Wi-Fi Networks Phishing: What It Is And How To Avoid It Social Surveillance In a Nielsen Media research study from 2010, Facebook is the second-most visited website in the US, just behind Google. As of Q32016, Facebook reached 1.79 billion monthly active users. …

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Google Removes Ban On Personalized Web Tracking

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Google is the last barrier between anonymous web tracking and your name. But now, the tech giant says it will combine your browsing habits with your advertising profile. Further Reading Top 10 Adblockers for Apple iOS devices You and the Google Privacy Problem Personally Identifiable Information Google has been in the advertising business for quite some time now. In 2007, it bought DoubleClick, an advertising network. At the time, founder Sergey Brin said that privacy would be the “number one priority when we contemplate new kinds of advertising products.” But …

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New Android Malware Called Dirty Cow Can Root Phones

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Security researchers found a new Linux escalation bug in Linux and Android. This bug, called Dirty Cow can root your Android phone without you being aware of it. Further Reading The Queen Wants 9 to 12 Year Olds to Quit Watching Porn How To Boost Your Privacy On Android Rooting Rooting is a process where a person attains a state of special control or root access to their Android phone. It gives you administrative-like control and lets you do things on your phone that you otherwise couldn’t do. You can …

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How To Stay Safe Browsing From Public Wi-Fi Networks

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Earlier this week we told you about a public Wi-Fi threat called Evil Twin Hotspots. Even if you do not encounter these, using insecure public Wi-Fi is risky. Here’s how to stay safe. Further Reading Use A VPN To Defeat Evil Twin Hotspots Public Wi-Fi Hotspots More of a Threat Than You Think Insecurity You might be surprised at all of the wicked things that hackers can do to someone connected on an insecure Wi-Fi connection. There are three general ways in which an attacker can exploit public Wi-Fi: Man-in-the-middle …

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The Queen Wants 9 to 12 Year Olds to Quit Watching Porn

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Just over a month ago, we reported that Russia blocks PornHub for all users. Now it seems that the United Kingdom wants to ban all porn for its citizens, not just one website. Further Reading PornHub Blocked In Russia Here’s How To Watch It Phishing: What It Is And How To Avoid It Digital Economy Bill The first steps to this ban was first seen in the Digital Economy Bill. The Queen first announced it in May, and the House of Commons introduced it into law in July. The bill …