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How to speed up your internet and stop your ISP tracking you

Your entire DNS browsing history can be recorded by your ISP, and will soon be sold to anyone who wants it.<p>DNS is what sends you to the correct site when you browse the internet, but it is also non-encrypted, and reveals your entire browsing history. Your browser’s private mode does nothing, and …

Information Security

How to See All the Apps That Have Access to Your Google Info

Over the past few weeks, there’s been a huge focus on paying attention to the apps you have connected to your Facebook account. While that’s …

Apps

How To: 8 Passcode Tips for Keeping Hackers & Law Enforcement Out of Your iPhone for Good

There has been significant debate over law enforcement's right to access our digital devices in recent years. New tools from Grayshift and Cellebrite …

Information Systems

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 …

Google

Russian hacker warning: How to protect yourself from network attacks

Consumers are urged to check their devices are secure - but how many devices are just forgotten about?<p>Businesses and governments have been urged to …

Cybersecurity

A Paranoid Guide to Smart-Speaker Privacy

Scrambling to deflate a privacy scandal, Facebook has quietly shelved an Amazon Echo–like home speaker it had been planning to release in May, …

Privacy

Guarding Your Network Against Russian Hackers

Stories about Russian hackers have been in the news cycle for years. U.S. intelligence has ample information that Russians compromised voter …

Cybersecurity

Google Keeps a Record of Your ENTIRE Search History. Here’s How to Delete It in 4 Easy Steps

You can also download a file of your entire search history.<p>YouTube. Panera. Facebook. Equifax. Every week, it seems, there’s a new hack to worry …

AdWords

How to delete yourself from the Internet

Data breaches. Identity theft. Bank fraud. Every week, we read a fearsome new headline about cybercrime. Reputable services fall victim to anonymous hackers. Ransomware holds random computer user’s files hostage. And what about those websites that track your every move, targeting you with …

Information Systems

7 Documentaries That Will Teach You How To Protect Yourself Online

Remember the early days of the web when all you had to worry about was catching a pop-up virus? As Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica scandal reminded …

Streaming

How to remove your Facebook data from macOS

Whether you’re planning on keeping your Facebook account, are debating deleting it, or already have, you may have Facebook data stored on your Mac. Here’s how to remove it from macOS.<p>macOS allows users to log in to social media accounts at the system level, offering the option to easily post …

Social Media

Google and Facebook know the private phone numbers on your phone - here's what else they know

When I downloaded the data Facebook has on me, I wasn't expecting to be presented with a list of hundreds of names and numbers from my phone's …

Apps

Here's how to know if you were one of the 87 million Facebook users whose data was breached

Were you one of the potentially 87 million Facebook users affected by the Cambridge Analytica data incident? You'll be able to find out soon enough.<p>On April 9, Facebook will provide a link at the top of News Feed. Click that link and you'll see a comprehensive breakdown of which third-party apps …

Apps

6 Things You Should Never Do On Your Work Computer

<i>This article originally appeared on Real Simple. For more stories like this, visit realsimple.com.</i><p>The name says it all: Work computers are for work, …

Employment

11 Telltale Signs Your Accounts And Devices Have Been Hacked

Image: typographyimages<p>No one likes getting hacked, and it's generally true that the quicker you can spot something has gone awry, the better your …

Malware

Are your phone camera and microphone spying on you?

Taping over the lens is just the first step in keeping online snoopers out of your business<p>Here is what the former FBI director James Comey said when he was asked back in September 2016 if he covered his laptop’s webcam with tape.<p>“Heck yeah, heck yeah. Also, I get mocked for a lot of things, and I …

Surveillance

How you're tracked online _ and what you can do about it

NEW YORK (AP) — Though Facebook gets the attention because of a recent privacy gaffe, the social network is far from alone in collecting massive amounts of data on you to help marketers sell you stuff.<p>Google, for one, also does extensive tracking to power its advertising engines. And many other …

Information Systems

How to Create Secure Passwords That Aren't Impossible to Type

How do you create a strong password? Easy: You mash your keyboard for a few seconds until you have a 50-character hunk of gibberish, then you copy …

Information Systems

Protect your privacy online with these data-guarding browser extensions

How to fight web trackers.<p>We all know that Facebook and other companies collect data about us. But that's the tip of the iceberg. Web trackers, on everything from shopping sites to social networks, follow your online activities every time you dip a digital toe into the internet. These advertisers …

Privacy

How to Manage Your Google Privacy Settings

Dig into Google's account dashboard to see what the company knows about you.<p>PCMag reviews products independently, but we may earn affiliate …

Google

The best VPNs to help keep your online browsing private

Online surveillance and data breaches are, unfortunately, an almost inevitable part of internet life. But there are things you can do protect your …

Information Systems

Are you ready? This is all the data Facebook and Google have on you

The harvesting of our personal details goes far beyond what many of us could imagine. So I braced myself and had a look<p>Five things we learned from Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook hearing<p>Want to freak yourself out? I’m going to show just how much of your information the likes of Facebook and Google store …

Time I

Google Knows Literally Everything About You - Here's How To Delete That Data

Take back control of your information with these easy steps.<p>Google, just like Facebook, collects a lot of personal data about its users. While many …

Google

Firefox has a clever workaround for Facebook users worried about privacy

Mozilla is really taking advantage of Facebook’s latest troubles. First, in a splashy PR move, the company behind the Firefox internet browser pulled its advertising from Facebook. Now it’s also offering its users a way to bypass the social network’s controversial data collection practices.<p>The …

Social Media

Protect Your Data. Then Hope for a Tech Revolution.

Only newer, privacy respecting business models can save us from our current digital predicament.<p>Sir Timothy Berners-Lee, credited with inventing the World Wide Web, tweeted up a storm on Thursday, reassuring internet users that they could reassert control over their data -- and the web's future -- …

Privacy

Protect your privacy: here’s how to do it now

Facebook may be getting a lot of long-overdue chastisement over its business practices but guess what? It’s not the the only one. It’s just the …

Privacy

How To Block All The Companies Tracking You On Facebook

Facebook is a great utility if you want to stay in touch with friends and family, share photos, and see what other people are up to in their lives. …

Apps

Fed up with Facebook? Here’s how to fix your online privacy

Allegations around the use of Facebook data to target political campaigns by Cambridge Analytica, reported by The Observer, The New York Times and …

How to use Facebook while giving it the minimum amount of personal data

The Cambridge Analytica revelations illustrate why we can’t trust Facebook to police its own platform<p>Facebook has found itself embroiled in yet another colossal controversy related to how its sprawling, multibillion-person social network has been abused by bad actors. This time, the culprit is …

Privacy

Want to Delete Your Facebook Account? Here's How

Before you do, you should probably download your data.<p>Facebook's come in for a lot of criticism lately, and one of the biggest is that it collects a massive amount of personal information on each of its users and uses that information for its ad targeting. Then there's the fact that the social …

Social Media