3 tips for better security and privacy on Snapchat AUG 31st 2016
In the past few years, Snapchat has become the social media app of choice for the younger set, largely due to its ephemeral content. Users send images and videos (called Snaps) that are meant to be quickly viewed - as they expire soon after being seen - though the app also supports plain-ol’ text chats too.
For a long time, the app was pretty bare-bones, with a very minimal interface and little instruction or help on how to customize your experience or your account. Thankfully, as the app has matured there are now more options to help Snapchat users take control over their security and privacy.
Is Facebook's People You May Know putting users at risk? AUG 10th 2015
What is a friend, exactly? It’s a tricky question.
Too tricky even for the computing might of Facebook.
The Social Network is still some way short of total omniscience, so its Menlo Park boffins (apparently unconvinced by our ability to identify friends unaided) have to resort to rummaging through our virtual stuff looking for clues pointing to undeclared, undiscovered “People You May Know“.
Opera announces data breach: stored passwords stolen for 1.7M users AUG 30th 2016
Opera was once a proudly Norwegian browser that was different from the rest in more than just look and feel.
Most other browsers used one of three main core components: Microsoft’s, Mozilla’s or WebKit’s. (WebKit originated from Apple but has now diverged into separate development streams used in browsers like Apple’s Safari, and browsers like Google’s Chrome.)
But Opera had its own rendering engine, the complex heart of any browser that’s responsible for converting HTML source into a visible, clickable, usable web page.
How to opt out of WhatsApp sharing your phone number with Facebook
Nearly two and a half years after Facebook acquired WhatsApp, and despite Whatsapp CEO Jan Koum saying at the time of the acquisition that user privacy wouldn’t suffer, the services are about to get a little bit friendlier with their data sharing.
Tech support scammer tricked into installing ransomware AUG 2016
First things first, we do not recommend that you screw around with crooks.
That includes fake support calls, 419 scammers and fake tech support outfits.
If you’re talking to them on the phone, they know your phone number. If somebody in the scam outfit got your number via a data breach, the caller might even know where you live.
All you really know for sure is that they’re crooks.
Our advice is to just hang up, lest you be on the receiving end of threats to, say, chop you up and feed you to the fishes.
Having said that, there’s a set of people who most certainly don’t hang up.
Silk Road suspect “Libertas” can be extradited to US, says court AUG 2016
Back in December 2013, the US Department of Justice (DoJ) charged three individuals with three different offences stemming from the now-defunct Silk Road website.
Silk Road operated on the so-called Dark Web, allowing customers to buy illegal drugs, fake IDs and numerous other contraband items online using Tor.
Tor helps you to stay anonymous if you’re a user, and to stop you being traced and shut down (or busted) if you are a server operator.
However, Tor doesn’t actually make you invisible online.