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Cellphone Spy Tools Have Flooded Local Police Departments

Major cities throughout the U.S. have spent millions on mobile surveillance tools—but there are still few rules about what happens to the information they capture.<p>A little after midnight on November 28, 2014, hundreds of Black Lives Matter protesters filled the streets of downtown Chicago. The …

Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Trends To Watch Out For In 2017

Bitcoin is set to break $1500 in 2017, what other trends should you be paying attention too<p>The cryptocurrency landscape is rapidly changing. And that makes it both exciting and concerning for business owners, investors, traditional banking and financial institutions, regulators, and the average …

Police seek Amazon Echo data in murder case

The company declined to do so, but the case raises bigger questions about IoT privacy.<p>Amazon's Echo devices and its virtual assistant are meant to help find answers by listening for your voice commands. However, police in Arkansas want to know if one of the gadgets overheard something that can help …

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Soon cops will search your phone just like your car

Thanks Florida.<p>Imagine a routine traffic stop during which the officer has the legal right to search not just your car, but your phone too.<p>That's where we're likely headed: A Florida court recently denied Fifth Amendment protections for iPhone passcodes, saying suspects must now reveal them to …

This is why you should really encrypt your iPhone

Since it’s encrypted with your password or fingerprint, an iPhone is useless to anyone looking to force their way into the data stored on it. But is …

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Why Google’s flagship Pixel smartphone could be a surprising moneymaker

We’ve seen Google exert strict control over Android before, but the recent release of the Google Pixel marks the search giant’s most concerted effort …

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A nightmare example of why any government backdoor access is terrible

As the US and UK governments seek to get backdoor access to encrypted phones, computers and other devices pushes forward, we just got the best example of why to avoid them altogether.<p>This week, Juniper discovered that <i>someone</i> had added malicious code within its firewall devices running ScreenOS that …

Signal Keeps Your iPhone Calls And Texts Safe From Government Spies

Don’t want someone else handing your text messages, pictures, video or phone conversations over to the government? There’s an app for that.<p>An iOS app called Signal is a project out of Open Whisper Systems, a not-for-profit collective of hackers dedicated to making it harder for prying government …

State surveillance is enabled by our own sloppy habits

Our willingness to accept outrageous terms and conditions allows the security services to do as they wish<p>One night last week, I had a conversation over dinner with a student who is as puzzled as I am about why people seem so unworried by online surveillance. What would it take, we wondered, to wake …

Going Mobile, Keeping Secure: Security Startups, New Products Amp Up the Protection

In a year that started with Target cleaning up its holiday mess — the retailer revealed that more than 70 million customers had their credit card information stolen by hackers, a crime that could cost the company upwards of $400 million and the CEO his job — followed with cyber-breach-of-the-week …

Verizon and AT&T Are the Only Wireless Carriers Using 'Perma-Cookies'

It's called the ""perma-cookie." As we told you last week, Verizon Wireless has embraced this privacy-busting digital marker, which could give …

Edward Snowden’s Privacy Tips: “Get Rid Of Dropbox,” Avoid Facebook And Google

According to Edward Snowden, people who care about their privacy should stay away from popular consumer Internet services like Dropbox, Facebook, and Google.<p>Snowden conducted a remote interview today as part of the New Yorker Festival, where he was asked a couple of variants on the question of what …

Eyeo unveils a tool that blocks Facebook's Atlas from tracking you on mobile and desktop

We come in peace!<p>That’s the motto of Eyeo’s Ben Williams, who today updated ad-blocking tool AdBlock Plus with the ability to “work-around” the tracking mechanisms of Facebook’s Atlas advertising platform.<p>Facebook bought Atlas earlier this year from Microsoft for under $100 million. It’s a big …

New web service prevents spies from easily intercepting your data

The encryption that protects your email and social updates is far from flawless -- it's relatively easy for spies to intercept your data using spoofs and hacked servers. If Greg Slepak has his way, though, there will soon be a safer way to send your info. His okTurtles project uses blockchains (the …

Blackphone will pay you cash to hack it — but only if you follow the rules

The creators of the new encrypted Blackphone want you to hack it.<p>More specifically, the Geneva-based manufacturer of the Blackphone, which is actually a collaboration between encryption wizard Phil Zimmermann’s Silent Circle and Geeksphone, is offering cash rewards to anybody who can find holes in …

Apple And Google Will Force A Legal Battle Over The Privacy Of Your Passcode

Apple wants the world to know that it’s really, really serious about privacy. Accompanying the launch of the iPhone 6 and iOS 8 was a personal letter from Apple CEO Tim Cook about the company’s commitment to privacy and a new, revamped page about all-things-privacy on iDevices and a how-to guide …

Google and Dropbox launch Simply Secure to improve online security

Google and file-hosting service Dropbox announced the creation of Simply Secure on Thursday, an organization that aims to make security tech easier to use.<p>“While consumer-facing security tools exist and are technically effective, they often have low adoption rates because they’re inconvenient or …

Your New iOS 8 Phone Is Not “NSA-Proof”

Last night, Apple unveiled an overhauled privacy section to its website along with a personal message from Apple CEO Tim Cook reaffirming the company's "commitment to your privacy." In the note Cook says, "Apple cannot bypass your passcode and therefore cannot access this data. So it's not …

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