privacy

The Essential Android Security Features You Should Enable Right Now

Your phone is probably the most personal device you own. You carry it with you at all times, and it can access a large chunk of your most sensitive data. Here’s how to keep it secure using just the basic tools provided by Google.


Gruveo Brings Fast, No-Install, Anonymous Video Calling To Android

Android/Web: Previously mentioned video calling service Gruveo took the wraps off a major update today. It now includes Android support that lets you talk to others without having to install an app first..


Google Drops Real-Name Requirements From Google+

If being required to use your real name has stopped you from signing up for a Google+ account, you now have an opportunity to reconsider: Google has apologised and dropped all real-name requirements from the social networking service.


Ask LH: Can My Former Employer Maintain An Email Account In My Name?

Hi Lifehacker, I recently quit my job, and found out that they’re not shutting down my work email — only my access to it. Is this legal? I worry they could send emails claiming to be me.


Reminder: Factory Resets Don't Make Your Android Phone Safe To Sell

If you plan on selling or donating your smartphone and want to make sure all of your data is removed from it it, make sure you do more than just factory reset through the phone’s OS. Security researchers picked up several phones “wiped” this way, and found loads of data.


Google's New Account History Page Helps Further Control Your Privacy

Google tracks a lot of what you do online. Much of this is to improve your search results or to assist with Google Now. Google’s updated Account History page now allows you to “pause” or delete Google’s information about you.


Lock Google Chrome With Built-In Password Protection

Chrome: The latest stable build of Google Chrome can lock your browser when you step away, to protect your data and privacy. All you have to do is change a setting to enable the new profile management system — no extensions needed.


Five Computer Security Myths, Debunked By Experts

Some computer security myths and stories that keep getting passed around, even though they’re clearly not true. We sat down with computer security experts to separate fact from fiction.


Ask LH: How Does Facebook Know So Much About Me?

Is there a way to work out where Facebook gets its “suggested friends” lists from? I recently started getting some very specific suggestions which Facebook could only know if it had access to my SMS messages from some years ago. I have no common friends with them and these people are no longer part of my life for a reason. I’m worried that these people may be seeing me as a suggestion too which I absolutely don’t want.


What Can Police Learn From Mobile Phone Tower Data?

Metadata is in the news again with revelations that police in Australia have been getting access to data collected from mobile base stations (cell towers).