Top 10 Adblockers for Apple iOS devices

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Today Apple held its annual Worldwide Developer Conference. Many great features were announced on all four platforms that Apple now focuses on; watchOS, tvOS, iOS and macOS (formerly Mac OS X). Apple continues to focus on the privacy of its users, and the forthcoming iOS 10 update shows that more than ever. An important but controversial part of privacy and security is using adblockers. The use of this technology is a big issue and leaves many people divided. Ads aren’t going away, and until the advertising experience is improved, especially …

SSHowDowN Flaw Found In Internet of Things Devices

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Content delivery network Akamai found a security flaw, SSHowDowN, affecting over two million devices. The company says multiple clients have become targets. Further Reading New Router Hack Discovered That Targets Port 7547 Don’t Look, But Your Wi-Fi Router Is Spying On You SSHowDowN Flaw Akamai found a way [PDF] in which hackers can exploit a particular weakness in OpenSSH (CVE-2004-1653). Millions of internet-connected devices use crypto. An attacker can use these flaws to take over these devices. Then combine their power into a single attack, like a botnet. This particular hack has a …

LiquidVPN’s Privacy Toolkit: Surf, Call, Chat, IM and Pay Privately

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Are you concerned about your privacy? Check out this toolkit of apps and services. They can help you take back control. Stay private and read on. Further Reading Tordow 2.0 Is Android Malware That Targets Your Bank Account 8 Common VPN Myths And Why They Aren’t True Online privacy is increasingly rare these days. And as the United States heads into a future under President-elect Trump, you should start worrying. If you’re serious about staying private—either offline or online—there are ways to go about it. 1: Use a burner phone …

Five Million LinkedIn Users Blocked by Russia Censorship Czars

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The same Russian federal organization that blocked Pornhub—Roskomnadzor—now prevents users from accessing the social network LinkedIn, but is there a way to unblock LinkedIn? Further Reading Watch Out: Your Headphones Can Spy On You PornHub Blocked In Russia Here’s How To Watch It LinkedIn? Gets LinkedOut by Russia Just a month or two ago, Russian regulator Roskomnadzor made headlines when it blocked Pornhub in the country. People fought back and tried to keep visiting the site. However, the regulator remained firm in its stance. Now social network LinkedIn is next on the chopping …

All I Wanted For Christmas Is Camera Encryption

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The Freedom of Press Foundation, along with 150 documentary filmmakers, ask manufacturers to add camera encryption to their models. Further Reading Judge Wants ISPs To Block Torrenting Websites Canada Is Trying to Demonize Encryption Background Wired provides some background to this story. In 2013, as filmmaker Laura Poitras worked with Edward Snowden for her movie, she made sure to secure everything. Every so often, she transferred footage to encrypted hard drives, and even destroyed the SD cards after using them. But she realized that at any moment, security agents could …

Egypt Authorities Block Signal; Use a VPN Instead

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The creators of Signal, a popular encrypted messaging app, say that Egypt is blocking access to the app. Will using a VPN help you download this wonderful app? Further Reading Judge Wants ISPs To Block Torrenting Websites Canada Is Trying to Demonize Encryption Signal Open Whisper Systems, creators of Signal, posted a statement on Twitter, saying that it would start “deploying censorship circumvention” in the coming weeks. Signal is an app that uses end-to-end encryption to secure users’ chats. In the wake of the recent presidential election in the United …

Linux Is Being Hit With Zero Day Exploits

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A security researcher found zero-day exploits in Linux distributions like Fedora and Ubuntu. All you have to do is play a particular music file, and you’re vulnerable. Further Reading The NSA’s Guide To Securing Your Mac Microsoft Accidentally Leaks Backdoor In Secure Boot Canada Is Trying to Demonize Encryption Linux Exploits Researcher Chris Evans can hijack your Linux computer with a music file. And if you’re using Chrome on Fedora 25, the latest release, he can target you with a code-execution attack. Mr. Evans published the results on Tuesday, with details …

Tordow 2.0 Is Android Malware That Targets Your Bank Account

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A new piece of Android malware, dubbed Tordow 2.0 targets peoples’ bank accounts. The platform that it appears on? Android. Here’s how to protect yourself. Further Reading Android Phones Found To Have BackDoor To China New Android Malware Called Dirty Cow Can Root Phones Tordow 2.0 First discovered in September 2016, security firm Comodo reports that the malware got a big update this month, making it scarier than ever. Tordow is a mobile banking Trojan that specifically targets Android devices. Comodo first found the malware affecting people in Russia. The …

Watch Out: Your Headphones Can Spy On You

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New research has determined that it’s possible to spy on computer users via their headphones. This hack turns them into a temporary microphone and records your conversations. Further Reading Top 10 Adblockers For The Desktop Former NSA Hacker Releases Tools To Thwart Webcam Spies SPEAK(a)R Researchers from Ben-Gurion University in Israel have created a frightening program called Speake(a)r. It demonstrates how hackers can take over a computer and record audio. This is possible even when a person has removed or disabled the computer’s microphone. In a paper titled: SPEAKE(a)R: Turn Speakers …

Judge Wants ISPs To Block Torrenting Websites

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In a bold move, Australian Justice John Nicholas ordered on Thursday that ISPs must take reasonable steps to disable access to torrenting websites within 15 working days. Further Reading Top 10 BitTorrent Clients For All of Your Torrenting Needs Torrent Site Torrentz.eu Shut Down Mysteriously Torrenting Block Torrenting sites such as The Pirate Bay have tried for years to stay one step ahead of the law. Several months ago, the FBI arrested the founder of KickassTorrents, Artem Vaulin. Then, another site—Torrentz.eu—mysteriously disappeared. Even though Torrentz.eu didn’t host torrents itself, it …