Posts Tagged ‘wi-fi’

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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Research Before Subscribing to a VPN

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

Here are some important factors to consider when choosing a VPN service.

While many would probably disagree, I consider VPNs essential when it comes to improving your privacy and security on the Internet. The past couple of years have seen a surge in VPN services that all try to get a piece of the market that grew significantly ever since Edward Snowden revealed how national agencies tracked users across the Internet. There are big differences between VPN services, from price and availability to privacy and traffic.

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How to Lock Down Your Android Wi-Fi Settings to Improve Privacy

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Android users might want to check out this remedy for dealing with a privacy flaw that was recently discovered in Android devices …

The Electronic Frontier Foundation discovered that the majority of Android devices were leaking Wi-Fi connection history data to anyone within range. This location history contains the names of Wi-Fi networks that the device has been connected to in the past. While it may contain cryptic names, it may also contain names such as “Home”, “London Heathrow Airport” or “Tom’s Mancave” that can be easily identified location-wise.

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Override Font Size, Orientation or Input Method of Android Apps

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

Changing font size is a pretty simple trick, but it’s also an extremely handy trick for those of us whose eyesight isn’t as good as it used to be.

App Override is a free application for Android that you can make use of to customize specific apps on the system. What is meant by that is that you can override default settings of the system that are valid for all applications, like the input method, font size or screen orientation, so that specified apps use different defaults.

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Why You Should Encrypt Your Wi-Fi

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

Given the fact that just about everybody owns a wireless router these days, this article definitely offers some interesting food for thought …

If you go out to the computer store and buy yourself a new router and take it home, you’ll probably find that it will work straight out of the box. Most these days have wizards that help you to configure settings to connect to your Internet service quickly and easily. Most routers also are set up as a DHCP server by default, so as soon as your new router is on the network, your computer can connect to is and be assigned an IP address. Router manufacturers do this so their devices are perceived to be easy to use and set up – and for the most part they are.

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Judge Points to Problems with Unsecured Wi-Fi Prosecutions

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

I’m kind of surprised that it took this long for a judge to find a problem with unsecured wi-fi prosecutions …

Digital Economy Act under more scrutiny after senior judge highlights problems with copyright claims

A senior court judge has pointed to severe problems with the way the Digital Economy Act enables copyright owners to prosecute people accused of illegal filesharing.

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Heatmapper – Visualize Wireless Coverage of Wi-Fi Networks

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

Wow! What a cool idea …

Have you ever asked yourself why you can go online with your laptop in one room but not in another? Or why you get disconnects and a bad signal strength in one room of the house? The reason usually comes down to the wireless coverage of the Wi-Fi network.

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Google to Delete Street View Data Gathered in the UK

Friday, November 19th, 2010

Apparently, they do things differently in the UK …

Technology giant signs commitment to improve its data handling after illegally capturing personal details from Wi-Fi networks

Google is to delete the sensitive information – including full emails and passwords – it illegally captured from Wi-Fi networks when its Street View cars mapped the UK’s towns and cities.

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Google Committed ‘Significant Breach’ Over Street View

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

When it comes to protecting the privacy of their citizens, apparently Great Britain takes a much more aggressive approach than we do here in the US …

Information commissioner says search engine giant must sign an undertaking to ensure data protection breaches are not repeated

Google committed a “significant breach” of the Data Protection Act when its Street View cars collected personal data including full emails and passwords from unsuspecting internet users, the UK information commissioner confirmed today.

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Have Smart Phone, Will Travel – But Be Careful!

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

Some of these warnings will seem either familiar or redundant to many smart phone users, but the article still makes some worthwhile points.

One of the great things about living in this age of smart phones and wi-fi devices is that it makes getting connected to the internet pretty easy, no matter where you are. That includes when you are traveling in a different country. The information networks are functional in something like 85% of the world now and that means that you can go just about anywhere and be able to use your smart phone to browse the web, check email, and find out specific information about your destination.

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