Tag Archive: Privacy

Restore your online privacy with 65% off a year of IPVanish VPN

For a very limited time, you can save 65% on a 1-year VPN plan offered by IPVanish. You’d regularly pay $ 144 for that length of time if you subscribed monthly, but this limited-time offer drops the monthly cost to just $ 4.12. Billed up front at $ 49.99, the annual plan savings mean you can try out one of the best VPN services for yourself without breaking the bank. On top of the VPN discount, you also get 250GB  [Read More…]

Google’s new Read Along app will appeal to privacy conscious parents

Google is speeding up the development of new tools to enable better learning from home.

What you need to know Google’s new Read Along app wants to help reluctant readers grow. A reading budding Ziya and a badge system will provide reinforcement and motivation respectively. For parents, a lack of IAPs and ads may aid in peace of mind.

Alongside a Lens update for learning foreign languages earlier today, Google is also rolling out a new Read  [Read More…]

India’s Aarogya Setu contact tracing app is reportedly a privacy nightmare

Smartphone makers in India are being asked to preinstall the app on new devices.

What you need to know The Aarogya Setu contact tracing app reportedly enables federal surveillance. It was launched by the Indian government last month to help fight COVID-19 in the country. The app has been installed by over 75 million smartphone users in India so far.

India rolled out a contact tracing app called Aarogya Setu last month to help track coronavirus infection  [Read More…]

U.S. Senators propose COVID-19 data privacy bill

It’s called the ‘COVID-19 Consumer Data Protection Act’.

What you need to know U.S. Senators are introducing a new COVID-19 data privacy bill. It comes from the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. It hopes to strike a balance between using technology to fight the virus and maintaining the privacy of U.S. citizens.

U.S. Senators from the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation have introduced a new COVID-19 privacy bill designed to protect the privacy  [Read More…]

Zoom apologizes over security and privacy issues and freezes new features

“However, we recognize that we have fallen short of the community’s – and our own – privacy and security expectations. For that, I am deeply sorry…”

What you need to know Zoom has apologized to users after a swathe of privacy and security concerns were uncovered in its service. It is going to freeze new features for 90 days whilst it focuses on fixing these issues. Zoom says that its user figures have rocketed to more than  [Read More…]

Facing backlash, Ring gives users additional privacy controls

In light of recent privacy scandals, the security company Ring has made a concerted effort over the past few months to empower its users to take greater control over their data and video feeds. Features such as two-factor authentication are now officially required to set up a new account, and the company is phasing in additional user controls like the ability to control what information is shared with third-parties (coming this spring) and opt-out of personalized advertising. We’ll  [Read More…]

Ring makes two-factor authentication mandatory, adds new privacy controls

Changes are rolling out today and Ring will email customers once they are active.

What you need to know Ring will soon require all customers to use two-factor authentication when logging in. It will also allow customers to opt-out of sharing information with third-party service providers for advertising. The Amazon-owned home security camera company experienced a data breach in 2019, which lead to many customer’s cameras becoming compromised.

Amazon’s Ring security cameras have been in the news  [Read More…]

Xiaomi is testing a new privacy feature that flags suspicious app behavior

The new controls will go even beyond what Android 10 offers.

What you need to know Xiaomi is reportedly working on beefing up security in MIUI 11. It’s working on a feature that notifies users when an app uses sensitive permissions. Potentially suspicious behavior, like opening another app or autostarting in the background, will also be flagged.

Privacy controls are all the rage these days, and it’s no wonder, with every day bringing a new story about  [Read More…]

Verizon’s new OneSearch search engine puts privacy at the forefront

It will provide unbiased and unfiltered results for all.

What you need to know Verizon launched its privacy-focused search engine, OneSearch, on Tuesday, January 14, 2020. OneSearch will respect your privacy by not storing records tied to you or sharing your search data with advertisers. Verizon has not said which search engine will power OneSearch, but that it will provide unbiased and unfiltered results for all users.

It should be no surprise by now that what you  [Read More…]

Google Assistant is getting digital sticky notes and more privacy in 2020

Google’s virtual assistant looks to be getting truly helpful in 2020.

What you need to know Google Assistant is coming to more devices this year as the company reports over 500 million users. The Assistant will get better for your household with scheduled actions and digital sticky notes for your smart displays. Google will also double down on privacy, adding new features so users can be more educated and in control of their data.

Google’s starting off  [Read More…]