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Game Developers Dump 'Redshell' Tracking Program After Privacy Backlash

Developers of games like Total War and Civilization are apologizing and removing the software from their games.<p>Across Reddit and Steam forums, a few people are getting up in arms about Redshell, a tracking program that game developers use to see how well their advertising is working. To customers, …

Civilization (Video Game)

The Complete Guide to Windows 10 Privacy Settings

AdvertisementThe Windows 10 April 1803 update brought forth a new smattering of privacy settings. The update landed in the final week of April 2018. …

Windows 10

Four ways to survive the end of net neutrality today

Federal regulations mandating a free internet have formally expired, but there are still ways to protect your access and privacy.<p>As of today, federal net neutrality protections, which basically prohibit internet service providers from giving preferential treatment to certain websites, are no more. …

Net Neutrality

Bye, Chrome: Why I’m switching to Firefox and you should too

The time has come.<p>You’re probably sick of hearing about data and privacy by now–especially because, if you live in the United States, you might feel like there’s very little you can do to protect yourself from giant corporations feeding off your time, interests, and personal information.<p>So how do …

Privacy

Robocalls Have Become an Epidemic. Do These 2 Things Now to Stop Them

It's easy.<p>How many times a day do you pick up the phone, only to have it be a recording? Or worse, a spam call pushing a sale?<p>Robocalls have become …

Identity Theft

Net neutrality clings to life in big win by Senate Democrats

Democrats in the Senate squeaked out a major victory in their effort to save Obama-era net neutrality protections.<p>A vote on a resolution to turn back the Federal Communications Commission's repeal of net neutrality passed the Senate Wednesday with a final tally of 52 in favor and 47 against. …

Net Neutrality

Device goes up the nose to permanently improve breathing

If you have chronic nasal congestion, it could be due to an obstruction caused by the shape of your internal nasal valve. A new device is designed to …

Finding Privacy for Email

<b>Q</b><b>.</b> <i>After reading</i> <i>recently updated privacy policies</i> <i>— are there any web-based mail providers out there that do not scan your mail, mine your data or stick ads on your messages? If I wanted to leave Yahoo for a more secure mail provider, how do I move my mail and address book?</i><p><b>A.</b> Free email services are …

Critical PGP and S/MIME bugs can reveal encrypted emails—uninstall now [Updated]

The flaws can expose emails sent in the past and "pose an immediate threat."<p><i>The research for this post is now public. See this post for details. A</i> …

Getting Started with Shodan, “The scariest search engine”

<b>What is Shodan?</b><p>Shodan is a search engine that lets user find specific devices connected to the internet using various filters. Shodan was created in …

Google makes it easier to delete the search, browsing and viewing history it keeps on you

Google is making it easier to see the search, browsing and YouTube viewing history it keeps on you, to delete any items you don’t want included, and to stop the company from logging your activity in future …<p>It’s doing this to comply with new European privacy regulations, known as the General Data …

Google

Baldness cure could come from side-effect of cancer drug

A cure for baldness could be on the horizon after British scientists discovered that an osteoporosis drug stimulates hair growth three times quicker than other drugs.<p>Around four in 10 men suffer male pattern baldness by the age of 45 and two thirds by the age of 60.<p>At the moment only two drugs, …

Cancer

A Lot Of Apps Sell Your Data. Here's What You Can Do About It.

Emails obtained by BuzzFeed News reveal how app developers are lured by marketing firms to sell your data.<p>Your devices are tracking you all the time. You just don’t know it yet.<p>When you consent to sharing your data with many popular apps, you’re also allowing app developers to collect your data and …

Time to install the April Windows and Office patches, but there’s a big problem with Win7

Good things come to those who wait. If you resisted the drill sergeant scream of “GET THOSE PATCHES INSTALLED AS SOON AS THEY’RE OUT, MAGGOT!” you’re …

IT must patch against Total Meltdown now: The source code is on GitHub

A patch for Meltdown created an even bigger flaw for 64-bit Win7 and Server 2008 R2. Now, it's freely available.<p>The source code for Total Meltdown, a …

Gmail spam mystery: Before you change your password, read this

There's something weird afoot in the world of Gmail. As widely reported earlier -- first by Mashable, then by our sister sites ZDNet and TechRepublic -- some people have noticed spam messages in their Gmail Sent folders.<p>That can only mean one thing, right? Those accounts have been compromised, …

Google

What’s the best email service that doesn’t scan emails for ad-targeting?

What’s the best free email service provider that does not scan or use the data in your emails for advertising? <b>Jim</b><p>Free email services are usually paid for by showing you advertisements. Some email services scan your emails in order to show you personalised or targeted ads. You could argue that …

Software

Hospitals and device makers still struggle to rid medical scopes of infectious bacteria

In an ominous sign for patient safety, 71% of reusable medical scopes deemed ready for use on patients tested positive for bacteria at three major U.S. hospitals, according to a new study.<p>The paper, published last month in the American Journal of Infection Control, underscores the infection risk …

Even if you clear your history, Google has a record of all of your search activity — here's how to delete it

YouTube. Panera. Facebook. Equifax. Every week, it seems, there's a new hack to worry about.<p>This ever-expanding list has many people realizing their personal information is less secure than they thought. Consumers are looking for ways to limit their online exposure and take proactive measures to …

Blockchain Is the Future, But It's Confusing. Here's an Explanation in Plain English

Blockchain. If you're like me a year ago, the mere mention might make you go "huh?"<p>Blockchain. If you're like me a year ago, the mere mention might make you go "huh?"<p>You keep hearing the word and it isn't going away. You admit defeat of your lack of knowledge and find yourself Googling "What is …

Blockchain

How Long Does LASIK Last?

If you've ever been saddled with eyeglasses so thick that the lenses look like Coke bottles glasses, you've probably considered LASIK surgery …

Amazon (and Alexa) know a whole lot about you. Here's how download and delete that info.

It's not just Facebook and Google that have loads of our personal data. There's also Amazon.<p>The company isn’t only the most popular Internet retailer in the country but it also dishes up content (via Amazon Prime Video, Audible and the Kindle library); runs a successful cloud platform for …

Kindle Fire

How to Browse Faster (and More Securely) With Cloudflare's New DNS

Cloudflare announced a brand-new DNS service this weekend—on April Fool’s Day, of course—because its launch date ties into the IP address you use to …

Cloudflare 1.1.1.1 privacy DNS is real: here’s how to use it

Privacy has always been an important topic but, of late, it has become an increasingly troubling one. From smartphones to social media to plain …

In the fight to protect your PC and privacy, Firefox is on the front line

<i>(in)Secure is a weekly column that dives into the rapidly escalating topic of cybersecurity.</i><p>Of all browsers, Firefox arguably has the longest history …

Social Media

How to get all of your data back from Google

When a company is interested in getting as much of your personal information as it can the most important thing you need to look into is how you can …

26 top VPNs discreetly track user behavior

VPNs are supposed to be one of the most secure, private ways of browsing the web, but some top VPNs are discreetly collecting data on their paying …

What Are 'Data Brokers,' and Why Are They Scooping Up Information About You?

These sites you haven't heard of are sharing boatloads of data about you.<p>Going about your daily business—shopping online, buying a home, getting married, using a search engine, liking a Facebook page, registering to vote—leaves an enormous paper trail, and data brokers are scooping it up.<p>Data …

Protect yourself from identity theft with these blackout roller stamps

Identity theft is one of the most pervasive crimes of the 21st century – affecting millions of Americans each year.<p>In fact, in 2016 fraudsters were …

Identity Theft

People Are Suing Equifax in Small Claims Court and It's Totally Brilliant. Here's Why

Just imagine $5,500 times 143 million, and you'll see why this could be big trouble.<p>Last September, Christian Haigh learned he was one of the 143 million people in the U.S. whose information was hacked in the Equifax breach.<p>As you might recall, Equifax issued an apology that was almost laughable. …