privacy

How To Limit Gmail's Personalised Ads

Google’s algorithms have always scanned Gmail messages to display personalised advertisements, but a recent update to the terms of service has everyone talking about it again. You can’t stop scanning altogether, but if you want to limit what kinds of ads you see — and even get rid of some — you can do so with a few tweaks.


Hide Read Receipts In WhatsApp To Keep Your Messaging Habits Private

Like a lot of text messaging clients, WhatsApp shows when a recipient views a text. That can be annoying and intrusive. If you want to disable those last seen messages, there’s an easy way to do it.


Europe's Ditching Data Retention, So Why Is Australia So Keen?

There has been plenty of technology-related legal activity in the European Union this month. Last week the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) ruled that data retention regulations, as they currently stand, are not in accordance with EU law and the European Parliament voted in favour of introducing net neutrality into EU telecoms regulation the week before. As Australia is currently in the midst of a data retention inquiry — the second in three years — what effects will this ruling have on the debate?


Use NFC Tags To Unlock Your Computer

Near-Field Communication (NFC) is useful for all sorts of things, including locking or unlocking your PC when you sit down to work. The Electrodog Show, over at Instructables, shows us how to set it up.


Hide Spare Cash Or Other Secret Stuff In A Hidden Wall Compartment

We all need to hide stuff every once in a while. YouTube user supergokue1 shows us how to create a small compartment in the wall where you can stash some valuables.


This List Reveals The Heartbleed-Affected Passwords To Change Now

By now you’ve probably heard about the massive Heartbleed security bug that may have compromised the majority of the world’s web sites. Everyone should change their passwords on the affected sites — but only after those sites have patched the issue. Mashable is maintaining and updating a list of the most popular sites you should change your passwords for.


Chrome Bug Allows Eavesdropping On Your Mic

A new bug has been found in Chrome that allows a web site to trigger and monitor your microphone without your knowledge. Chrome has accidentally allowed web sites to eavesdrop on your mic before, and this exploit does keeps its actions pretty well hidden.


What The 'Heartbleed' Security Bug Means For You

Security researchers have discovered a serious vulnerability in OpenSSL, the cryptographic software library that protects many web sites on the internet. Here’s what that means for you, the average user.


Microsoft Revises How Its Security Software Classifies Adware

Advertising on the internet was once limited to annoying popups or excessively-animated banners, but these days even software installers can be packed with mostly unwanted extras. In light of this shift in adware distribution, Microsoft has revised how its anti-malware measures classify such software and has given developers until July 1 to get their houses in order.


Torpedo Shares Self-Destructing Files For Short Periods Of Time

Mac/web: Dropbox, OneDrive and email are great when you want to share files quickly. But sometimes you want to share a file once and destroy it afterwards. That’s exactly what Torpedo does.