Privacy Articles

Facebook creates ‘revenge porn’ database

  • 06/04/2017 at 00:09 by It's a Gadget Staff
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Tech EyeFacebook has announced that they are curating a database of reported ‘revenge porn’ images in an attempt to curtail the practice on the social network.

Revenge Porn on Social Networks

Revenge porn is not a new concept. It can come in many different shapes and forms. For online scammers, they may use video recorded from intimate Skype sessions to extort money. More often, it is an ex-partner of the victim sharing the photos of clips in an attempt to humiliate their former lover.

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Internet providers promise not to sell your info…but they totally could

  • 05/04/2017 at 00:31 by It's a Gadget Staff
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NSA Spy ViewTrump is set to sign yet another executive order, this time undoing a regulation that would block internet providers from being able to mine and sell your information. But don’t worry, Comcast, Verizon and AT&T promise not to do that. They totally could, though.

The move is the latest in an avalanche of rules discarded under a nearly two-decades old, half forgotten law allowing regulations to be eliminated. The GOP majority Congress has been having a field day giving Trump orders to sign, of which he has been only happy to do. At least where his actions have not been overturned or blocked by that same group, or other branches within the trinity.

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Daplie Cloud project makes secure personal servers a reality

  • 04/01/2017 at 02:49 by It's a Gadget Staff
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Daplie CloudDaplie Cloud project from IndieGOGO has made it possible for every the layman who doesn’t understand servers to have one of their own.

Cloud services have become the standard for content and data storage, and as mobile manufacturers in particular limit on board storage, it becomes a necessity. But the laws regarding ownership and what can be done with that data are murky at best. While you may retain the copyrights to your data, their ability to share or use it could be harder to gauge. Which is why a new crowdfunded set of personal servers may offer a solution.

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Your VISA credit card could be compromised with a single guess

  • 06/12/2016 at 02:13 by It's a Gadget Staff
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Credit Card HackersVISA has claimed for some time to be doing everything in their power to secure online payments and accounts from hackers. But now a paper is claiming that a major security flaw may not exist from any fancy magnetic device, or backdoor phishing expeditions. It could be as simple as a quick guess from would-be thieves.

The paper, titled Does The Online Card Payment Landscape Unwittingly Facilitate Fraud? , was released by Newcastle University. In it, the UK based researchers claim that hackers can gain access to financial data in less than ten seconds. And it doesn’t even require anything major to do it.

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Short URLs have been cracked for spying

  • 17/04/2016 at 23:07 by It's a Gadget Staff
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Tech EyeResearches testing the boundaries of privacy in short URLs have cracked them, allowing for potential spying.

You probably use short URLs in your every day life: on Twitter, in emails, maybe on your blog. They are both convenient and, we once thought, secure. But researchers have managed to crack the miniature web addresses, and it turns out they may have never been the safe bet we assumed.

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NSA planned to harvest user’s information from Google’s app store

  • 22/05/2015 at 23:39 by It's a Gadget Staff
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WiretappingHow far should security go, and how much privacy should be taken from citizens in the name of security is a question asked by many. Is it security if the NSA (National Security Agency.) hack into the Google Play store to put spyware on smartphones?

This is something the NSA planned to do in conjunction with its allies in the “Five Eyes” alliance of the United States, Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and New Zealand. Who would have been targeted, why they were targeted, and what, if any, safe guards were in place for any innocent people caught up in the surveillance are questions unanswered. Agencies like the NSA are losing the trust of people they’re supposed to be protecting, if they haven’t already lost it.

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Samsung denies privacy risk after being called out on their creepy privacy policy

  • 10/02/2015 at 23:42 by It's a Gadget Staff
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SamsungBy now, you have probably heard about the discovery made by Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Parker Higgins. Last week, he found a portion of the endless Samsung privacy policy for their Smart TV’s that warned users now to say anything sensitive or revealing in front of their televisions, lest it be overheard.

The direct quote in the policy is:

“Please be aware that if your spoken words include personal or other sensitive information, that information will be among the data captured and transmitted to a third party through your use of voice recognition.”

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