privacy

Safari And Spotlight Can Send Data To Apple, Here's How To Turn It Off

Mac: In order for Spotlight to work properly, it needs to send your search data to Google, Apple and Bing. Initially, it seems easy enough to disable this if you care about privacy, but as users over on Hacker News note, it’s not as obvious as it seems.


Ask LH: Will Incognito Mode Save Me At Work?

Hey Lifehacker, If I’m working in incognito mode and using an app like Omegle or Chatroulette, can my employer track the chat?


Control Your Public Persona With Carefully Selected Information

You probably know how handy a personal website can be, but it’s even more important if you’re the kind of person who likes to keep your social media private. By carefully crafting your public persona, you can control people’s first impressions (and keep the rest more private).


Why Your Privacy Matters, Even If You're Not 'Doing Anything Wrong'

We’ve talked about why privacy matters in the internet age, but it’s an ongoing battle. Glenn Greenwald — one of the first reporters to write about Edward Snowden’s release of classified files — explains in this TED Talk why privacy is important, regardless of whether you do anything wrong or not.


Another Researcher Shows How Social Networks Can Follow You Online

Security researcher Andris Atteka discovered a way to see LinkedIn users that came to his blog page, and get their profile information as long as they were logged in when they did it. It serves as a good reminder: log out of social networks when you’re finished.


Tinfoil For Facebook Puts Your Mobile Browsing In A Privacy Sandbox

Android: Part of the problem with Facebook privacy is that you can still be tracked even when you’re not on Facebook itself. Tinfoil for Facebook helps prevent this by browsing the mobile Facebook site in a sandbox.


This Comic Shows You The Right Way To Share Private Sexy Selfies (NSFW)

Just a few weeks ago, we highlighted an Oh Joy Sex Toy comic that explained when it’s OK to share someone else’s private sexy selfies (hint: Never.) This week Erika Moen is back with another comic with tips on how to take and share yours with people you trust, and it’s packed with good information.


Droid Protector Locks Apps, Hides Photos All In One App

Android: We’ve seen apps that lock other apps with passwords and ones that hide sensitive photos. Droid Protector does both, in a nice-looking package.


NOVA's CyberSecurity Lab Shows How Tricky Data Security Really Is

Keeping data secure is no easy task, and no one knows that better than the engineers who work to secure applications, networks and databases every day. To get an idea how difficult it can be — and learn about security in the process, this NOVA Lab puts you in their shoes.


Another iOS Exploit Allows Untrusted Users To Access Siri

Since Siri was announced, it seems like there’s always a new way for people to use it against it you. It turns out iOS 8 is no different.