privacy

Ask LH: Can I Trust OneDrive With My Personal Data?

Hi Lifehacker, I recently signed up for Microsoft’s OneDrive, but I’m still not sure: can data I store there be manipulated, copied or accessed by Microsoft staff? I have all the personal information on my drive now synced, and it’s something of a concern.


Google Settings Is A Super-Useful Android App You've Missed

Way back in 2013, Google quietly added the Google Settings app to Android. At first, it didn’t have much, but it has added a lot of useful features over the years, especially for the privacy-conscious. If you haven’t checked it in a while, it’s worth a second look.


If VPN Sites Are Blocked In Australia, You Can Always Build Your Own

The battle of largely US-based media companies against Australian consumers has turned temporarily from concern about illegal downloads, to Australians circumventing geographic streaming restrictions. Leaked documents from Sony Pictures, recently posted on Wikileaks, reveal that Sony demanded that Netflix do more to stop VPN users from countries like Australia accessing their services.


How To Use Private Browsing Mode On Every Platform

Private Browsing limits the amount that your online browsing habits are tracked and recorded. Here’s how to enable it for every major platform.


DeGeo Camera Takes Photos Without Ever Recording Location

iPhone: We’re fans of using DeGeo to remove location info from photos. If you’d prefer to skip that step altogether, DeGeo Camera never records your location to begin with.


Lifehacker's Total Guide To Download And Torrent Privacy

The recent Dallas Buyer’s Club case and the threat of metadata retention mean there’s more interest than ever in using VPNs and encryption to ensure your online activity can’t be tracked. Here are Lifehacker’s best and most popular guides on how to do that.


Encryption Today: How Safe Is It Really?

When checking your email over a secure connection, or making a purchase from an online retailer, have you ever wondered how your private information or credit card data is kept secure?


Ask LH: How Can You Trust A VPN Provider?

Hey Lifehacker, It seems that VPNs are about to become a lot more attractive to Australian downloaders. Some claim not to keep any logs of any traffic or meta-data, but how can one trust that this is actually the case? It would be a perfect honeypot for a government agency or media organisation to set up and catch people specifically trying to hide their traffic. Would there be any recourse if that happened?


How New Download Laws Have Aussies Embracing VPNs

The assault on illegal downloaders by the movie industry last week was put forward as a form of making a highly visible example of a few individuals in an attempt to change public behaviour. Sadly for the likes of Voltage Pictures, it doesn’t seem to have worked.


Google Starts Rolling Out 'Trusted Voice' Smart Lock Option

Google has several options for intelligently locking your home screen already, including trusted places or devices. Now, it’s adding a new option: trusted voice. If you say “OK, Google”, your phone can unlock, but someone else’s voice won’t unlock it.