WhatsApp’s Updated Terms Involves Sharing User Data With Facebook

WhatsApp’s Updated Terms Involves Sharing User Data With Facebook

Two years back when WhatsApp was acquired by Facebook, privacy concerns were the focal point given the latter’s aggressive data collecting algorithms for businesses and advertisements. However, these apprehensions were put to rest by WhatsApp’s Co-founder Jan Koum in a public blog post where he stated “Respect for your privacy is coded into our DNA, and we built WhatsApp around […]

     
 
 

5 End-to-end Encrypted Messenger Apps That You Should Try

5 End-to-end Encrypted Messenger Apps That You Should Try

Over the past couple of years, specially after Edward Snowden revelations, people have started to take privacy and security a little more seriously. Since then, several popular instant messaging apps like WhatsApp, Telegram, Apple’s iMessage and more recently Line have endorsed End-to-end encryption in order to ensure that any communication through the app is transmitted safely without being interrupted by […]

     
 
 

Network Vulnerability Allows Anyone from Anywhere in the World to Eavesdrop on Your Calls and Track Location

Network Vulnerability Allows Anyone from Anywhere in the World to Eavesdrop on Your Calls and Track Location

Cellphones in general and smartphones in particular have become the treasure trove of personal information and this is increasingly attracting the hackers attention. The data in cellphone speaks so much about the individual that it can be admitted as one of the most comprehensive set of information you could probably scrape off a person. Aussie based TV program, “60 minutes”, […]

     
 
 

WhatsApp Will Allow Users to Disable Blue Ticks for Read Messages, Says Beta Tester

WhatsApp Will Allow Users to Disable Blue Ticks for Read Messages, Says Beta Tester

Last week, WhatsApp had introduced a seemingly small, but actually important new feature – blue tick marks for message read status. After sending a message to a contact, WhatsApp users will now know once the message has been read. Previously, WhatsApp used to confirm the delivery of the message with grey colored double ticks, but now users also get confirmation that their […]

     
 
 

Consumers Carelessly Use Free Wi-Fi With no Regard for Their Privacy, Says Report

Consumers Carelessly Use Free Wi-Fi With no Regard for Their Privacy, Says Report

According to a recent F-Secure investigation, it seems that consumers don’t care too much for their privacy & security when connecting to free, public Wi-Fi hotspots. The security firm conducted an investigation on the streets of London and discovered that consumers carelessly use public Wi-Fi without regard for their personal privacy. The experiment involved setting up a ‘poisoned’ Wi-Fi hotspot where unsuspecting […]

     
 
 

This Pocket-sized Router Project Uses TOR to Protect your WiFi Traffic

This Pocket-sized Router Project Uses TOR to Protect your WiFi Traffic

Privacy and security concerns are affecting more and more people, especially after the disclosures of whistleblower Edward Snowden. At the time, he advised the public to use encryption in order to keep out prying eyes. As a result, a lot of tools and product have been created to meet this purpose and we’ve seen even a smartphone getting created especially fo […]

     
 
 

After Yahoo, Gmail now Makes Phone Numbers Mandatory for New Account

After Yahoo, Gmail now Makes Phone Numbers Mandatory for New Account

Email service providers Google and Yahoo are stepping up their games to prevent spam users and computer generated programs – bots from accessing their services. Gmail and Yahoo have made phone numbers a must while registering for a new email address. While the move promises to keep spammers away, it also raises severe privacy concerns. By having a phone number assorted […]

     
 
 

After Microsoft, Apple Products Reportedly Banned from Chinese Government Purchases

After Microsoft, Apple Products Reportedly Banned from Chinese Government Purchases

China has continued its equivocal relationship with US technology companies. The country has now prohibited the purchase of Apple hardware products from its government agencies citing security reasons. The ban will affect all the central and local agencies in China. People familiar with the matter told Bloomberg that the government is now not allowed to purchase ten Apple products including […]

     
 
 

Daily App: PowerGuard (iOS): Privacy Made Simple

Daily App: PowerGuard (iOS): Privacy Made Simple

As cellphones get more powerful and one uses them for more purposes, the questions of privacy and security become more important than ever. So it is hardly surprising that the security app business is booming with apps claiming to do everything from cleaning viruses to backing up data to wiping your phone clean if it gets stolen, being available on […]