Archive for the ‘privacy’ Category

Disable Nvidia Telemetry Tracking on Windows

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

Privacy Protection is a never-ending task; there’s always some new threat on the horizon to deal with.

Telemetry — read tracking — seems to be everywhere these days. Microsoft pushes it on Windows, and web and software companies use it as well. While there is certainly some benefit to it on a larger scale, as it may enable these companies to identify broader issues, it is undesirable from a user perspective. Part of that comes from the fact that companies fail to disclose what is being collected and how data is stored and handled once it leaves the user system.

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Mozilla and Google Remove WOT Extension from Stores

Monday, November 7th, 2016

It turns out that the Web of Trust add-on wasn’t exactly trustworthy when it came to user privacy.

The popular browser extension Web of Trust is no longer available on the Firefox add-on repository or the Google Chrome Web Store. Mozilla and Google have pulled the extension from their stores after a report aired on German national television that the company was selling the browsing history of its users.

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Behavioral Keyboard Privacy Add-On for Firefox

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016

It’s amazing to see the lengths that some web sites will go to in order to track the browsing habits of their users. It’s equally amazing to see the lengths that some users will go to in order to avoid be tracked.

Behavioral Keyboard Privacy is an experimental add-on for Mozilla Firefox that prevents you from being profiled based on how you type. Did you know that there are companies out there that track you based on how you type? They have developed methods that track your typing patterns; how fast you type, how long you dwell on keys, how long it takes for the next key to be pressed and so on.

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Google Intensifies Tracking: Check Your Privacy Settings

Monday, October 24th, 2016

If you’d rather not be served ads for everything that you search for and mention on Google, you might want to take a look at the privacy settings recommended by this article.

Google made a significant change to the company’s privacy policy recently which changes in a significant way how the company is tracking users on the Internet. Previously, the company kept its DoubleClick advertising engine apart from its core user services such as Gmail, Search or YouTube. While users could give Google consent to use the information for advertising, it required users to become active and opt-in for that.

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Firefox Blocks Weak Diffie-Hellman Keys

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

If you manage a web site that supports encryption, it’s time to make sure that your Diffie-Hellman keys are up to snuff.

Mozilla announced on September 30, 2016 that it made the decision to enforce stronger Diffie-Hellman keys in the Firefox web browser. Firefox users who visit websites that use weak — now less than1023 bits — will see a connection error message in the web browser instead of the actual site.

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Opera Max’s New Privacy Mode

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

The overall concept is definitely worthwhile, but since this new privacy feature actually collects a good deal of personal data itself, the execution leaves a bit to be desired.

Opera Software has started the roll out of a new Privacy Mode feature for the data compression application Opera Max for Android. Privacy Mode goes hand in hand with Opera Max’s data compression functionality. As you may know, all traffic is tunneled through Opera servers using Opera Max. This is done primarily to reduce data usage, and was first introduced back in 2013 as a standalone version of Opera’s Off-Road mode.

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How to Delete Your Yahoo Account

Friday, October 7th, 2016

It turns out that deleting a Yahoo account is fairly simple, but backing up your email, prior to deletion, is a little bit tricky.

A Reuters report suggests that Internet company Yahoo has been working with U.S. intelligence to search all customer emails. According to the report, Yahoo created a software that would scan all emails automatically at the request of U.S. intelligence even before they arrived in the user’s inbox. Reuters mentions that it received the information from several Yahoo employees.

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Block WhatsApp from Sharing (Most) Data with Facebook

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

If you value your privacy (or if you just don’t enjoy being force fed ads for everything you mention on FB,) you might find this simple tweak useful.

WhatsApp users worldwide will receive a prompt over the course of the next few days that moves the application one step closer to its parent company Facebook. As you know, Facebook acquired WhatsApp back in 2014 for $19 billion. While it pushed one of the most successful messaging products into Facebook’s product lineup, many wondered how the company was turning WhatsApp into a profitable product.

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Microsoft in Hot Water Over Windows 10 Privacy in France

Monday, August 1st, 2016

Apparently, France has a problem with Windows 10’s habit of collecting personal data without consent …

Windows 10 Privacy; it seems like a never ending story that just won’t go away. France’s National Data Protection Commission (CNIL) served Microsoft with a formal notice on July 20, 2016 asking the company to comply with the French Data Protection Act within three months. The claim? Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system is used for “collecting excessive data and tracking browsing by users without their consent”. Additionally, the commission wants Microsoft to “ensure the security and confidentiality of user data”.

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Should You Put Tape Over a Webcam?

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016

In addition to tape, this article lists several other, more graceful solutions for disabling a webcam … I guess one of those Groucho Marx glasses/nose/mustache masks would essentially accomplish the same goal.

Putting tape over the camera of a laptop or mobile device is a low-cost solution to block the camera from capturing what is happening in front of the device. The reasoning behind taping over a built-in camera of a laptop, other mobile device or desktop computer is simple: prevent anyone from using the camera to stream or record what the camera captures.

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