Despite the existence of millions of popular apps and services today, the humble little web browser keeps on trucking. However, online security and privacy has gotten a lot trickier over the years, and both Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox arguably need a few tweaks to their settings to help you stay safe on the web. Let's get you up to speed on password management, Google account management, two-factor authentication, spyware, virtual private networks, and more.Google Chrome settings
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On April 4, 2017, a measure was signed into federal law that allows Internet service providers to collect and sell your personal data without your consent. Things including your physical location, your favorite websites, and what Internet apps you use are all valid targets for a price tag. One of the ways you can maintain your privacy is with a virtual private network (VPN). While these were originally designed for business users, VPNs have greatly expanded in recent years... Read More »
In the wake of recent revelations from privacy advocates around the web, the Mac App Store's highest grossing utility app Adware Doctor has been removed by Apple. Security company Malwarebytes said it has been monitoring the behavior of its developer Yongming Zhang since 2015, and its report on Friday sent shockwaves that led to Apple choosing the nuclear option.
In response to purported CIA documents released by WikiLeaks, Apple said late Tuesday that its "initial analysis indicates that many of the issues leaked today were already patched in the latest iOS, we will continue work to rapidly address any identified vulnerabilities."
The leaked documents include thousands of pages detailing CIA hacking tools and methods that allegedly give the agency access to, among other tech devices, iPhones and Android phones, Samsung TVs, Wi-Fi networks, and Skype.
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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
Google's new Trusted Contacts app for Android lets you check on family and friends to see if they are safe and OK.
To get started, launch what Google calls its "personal safety app" and add the people you want to stay in close contact with.
The person being tracked needs to have the Android app installed, but trusted contacts can check on the person and view their location via a Web browser. Contacts can also request to see someone's location... Read More »
Topics: Android Software
Messaging apps: We're using them more often, to perform a broadening variety of tasks -- sharing photos and documents, ordering food, making payments, summoning chatbots for help. For many users, messaging is already preferable to email and phone calls. But the more you do with your messaging apps, and the more personal information you entrust to them, the more protection they should offer.
The truth is, not all messengers are secure messaging apps. They differ greatly in their privacy... Read More »
Two-step verification is a way to give your accounts more protection than just a password or PIN. If you use a verification app like Google Authenticator (iOS, Android), you log in to your account (email, bank, Amazon, and so on) with your username and password, and the app sends a temporary code to your phone that's the final key to get into your account. But if you want to generate verification codes on your desktop... Read More »
Android users have over 2 million apps to wade through when they visit the Google Play Store. And lots of third-party websites, including Download.com, also offer app downloads. How can you find the right app in a reasonable amount of time, make sure it's compatible with your device, and figure out whether the app and the store are legit? Here's how to safely and efficiently find, download, and install Android apps.Where to get Android... Read More »