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Android: A recent change to Google Play’s permission system made it possible for developerss to give themselves new permissions without you even realising it in some cases. MyPermissions helps give you some control back.
Understanding the proclivities of the 2014 FIFA World Cup fans gives criminals an advantage. The World Cup provides a window of opportunity and a tremendous vehicle for online fraud such as phishing. Not only do the targets accept that they will receive a barrage of World Cup-related solicitations, but they often desire said solicitations and are excited to “click”.
Your computer’s MAC (media access control) address is an essential networking component, but also makes it possible for people to secretly track you. If you want to really prevent that from happening, blogger Jonathan Zdziarski shows off a simple bash script that will randomise your address every 30 seconds.
A year on from Edward Snowden‘s revelations around state sponsored mass surveillance programs, some of the major players in the online and technological world (including Google, Mozilla, Twitter and Reddit) have launched the Reset the Net campaign. The program aims to increase people’s awareness and uptake of privacy and security tools so they can better resist surveillance, particularly that conducted by the National Security Agency (NSA). While the campaign is laudable in its efforts to raise the issue of surveillance, there are some glaring oversights present.
Last year, spending on business security software was $408 million. Sounds like a large number — but we spent around $770 million on potato crisps.