Privacy

Microsoft revamps Windows 10 privacy settings

It's no secret that Windows 10 collects an unprecedented amount of user data, especially if left to its default settings. Now ZDNet reports that Microsoft is changing the operating system's privacy and security settings, in the midst of legal threats from regulators in France and Switzerland.

Microsoft's overhaul now collects your data in a Web-based privacy dashboard that you can access by logging in to your Microsoft account. The Windows 10 installation process will also be... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software

Tags: security and antivirus center , Windows 10 , security , Microsoft , Privacy

WhatsApp Messenger gets major privacy upgrade

Today WhatsApp (iOS, Android), used by approximately 1 billion people worldwide, announced end-to-encryption throughout its network, for all types of messages (texts, videos, phone calls) shared within its app. With end-to-end encryption, even the company itself cannot view the contents of your communications. All the bits sent from one WhatsApp user to another are scrambled in a way that cannot be unscrambled by anyone except the sender and the recipient.

This upgrade does not require... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Mac Software , Android Software , iOS Software

Tags: Security Center , Messaging , apps , security , Internet security , Privacy

How to browse safely in Microsoft Edge

Windows 10 has raised concerns with its collection of certain user data. You can't turn that off, though you can adjust the OS's privacy and security settings. You can also tweak Edge, Windows 10's new default Web browser. We've given you a tour of Edge's major features, but now let's drill down into the settings specific to your privacy and security. (If you're also using Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox, we have security tips for those browsers, too.).

Open... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Security

Tags: Security Center , security , browser , Internet Explorer , Internet security , Privacy

Microsoft addresses your privacy in Windows 10

In the wake of concerns about the amount of user data that Windows 10 collects and sends to Microsoft, the company has spoken out in defense of its methodology on its official Windows blog. Terry Myerson, executive vice president of the Windows and Devices Group, laid out the company's game plan, based on two principles: (1) "Windows 10 collects information so the product will work better for you," and (2) "You are in control with the ability to... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Security

Tags: Security Center , Windows 10 , security , Privacy

Reset the Net for privacy

On June 5, Internet freedom fighters want you to stand up for your privacy and pledge to Reset the Net.

The campaign opposes mass government surveillance like the NSA's. Reset the Net wants sites and mobile apps to commit to using SSL, and encourages individuals to sign the pledge and download a collection of privacy tools and tips. Groups ranging from the EFF to Reddit have pledged support.

Fight for the Future is behind the campaign, the same... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software , Android Software , iOS Software

Tags: security , Windows software , Privacy

Get Ashampoo WinOptimizer 11 free for 40 days -- at 30 percent off

Clean out your PC just in time for spring with the new Ashampoo WinOptimizer 11. Try it out for free with full support for 40 days (details below) or just purchase it now for $27.99, at 30 percent off the regular price.

Consistently one of our users' favorites in the optimization category, WinOptimizer 11 is the Pro version of the free WinOptimizer 2013 with some great additional features:

A comprehensive User Right Manager module, giving you more control of... Read More »

Tags: Windows , security , Windows software , utility , Privacy , game

Top apps to boost your privacy

Internet privacy has become a hot issue: Governments are snooping, user data is being breached, shady apps have questionable permissions. Is it possible to be the least bit anonymous online? While no software can claim to be 100 percent PRISM-proof, the following apps significantly improve your chances of having a more private experience on the Web.

Do Not Track

Do Not Track lets you opt out of Web site tracking services, including social network services, analytics, and various ad networks. Many browsers... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software , Android Software

Tags: security , Windows software , Privacy , VPN

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is now available on Android

On Wednesday, Malwarebytes launched the mobile version of their popular anti-malware application on the Google Play Store. In a press release, CEO Marcin Kleczynski said the following:

"Since computer software has been around, people have been finding ways to attack it through vulnerabilities or through targeting users. The Android mobile operating system is no different. Its success in the consumer space--and its openness--has made it a huge target for malware authors."

The app, itself, focuses on three primary... Read More »

Topics: Android Software

Tags: Android , security , malware , Privacy

Delete yourself from the Web by iPhone

Sometimes, there is truth in advertising. Today's case-in-point: Abine's DeleteMe Mobile, which, as the name suggests, vigorously petitions Internet data brokers to remove personally identifying information from their databases.

Previously only available as a Web service, the app debuts on iOS with an Android version in the works. As CNET reported last year, DeleteMe is a partially human-powered service where Abine employees take on the onerous duty of contacting data brokers on your behalf. That's an important step because... Read More »

Tags: Privacy

California AG issues first-in-U.S. mobile app privacy guidelines

California's attorney general issued long-promised guidelines on mobile privacy today. The "Privacy on the Go (PDF)" report address the varied interests in smartphone and mobile app development, including app developers, carriers, ad networks, and operating system makers.

"We are now offering this set of privacy practice recommendations to assist app developers, and others, in considering privacy early in the development process," Attorney General Kamala Harris wrote in an introduction to the guidelines.

Sarah Downey, online privacy analyst at online privacy firm Abine,... Read More »

Tags: apps , security , mobile , Privacy