privacy

Firefox 33 Is Getting An 'Undo' Button Of Sorts

First we had Chrome and Firefox with their Incognito and Private modes respectively, a feature that proved popular enough that even Microsoft put its own version into Internet Explorer, starting from version 9. It looks like Mozilla is taking the whole super-secret browsing thing a step further, sticking a “clear history” button right on the toolbar, which can wipe out your web escapades in chunks as small as five minutes.


No VPN Will Protect You If You're Careless With Your Identity

We talk a lot about technologies that can protect your security and your privacy around here, and VPNs are one of our favourite, easy-to-use tools to keep your traffic encrypted. Tor is great for staying anonymous. However, none of these services will protect you if you’re careless. Here’s an example we can all learn from.


Be Careful With iOS 8's New Private Browsing Mode In Safari

iOS 8 is packed with great new features, and an updated private browsing mode is one of them. As Redditor ILiketoSpooner points out, private browsing mode is not really as conveniently private as it used to be.


How To Use A Fake Name On Facebook Without Getting Flagged

Facebook has always had a policy of requiring users to supply their real name on the site. Enforcement has been lax, but there’s still a risk of getting caught. Here’s how to fly under the radar if you need to.


When Does Google Hand Over Your Data To Governments?

Governments around the world want to know a lot about who we are and what we’re doing online and they want communications companies to help them find it. We don’t know a lot about when companies hand over this data, but we do know that it’s becoming increasingly common.


HandyLock Locks Your Mac When You Walk Away, Unlocks When You Return

Mac: HandyLock is a utility that makes sure your Mac is locked and password-protected every time you get up and wander away from it. It uses your phone — or any other Bluetooth device — as a “key”. When it’s out of range, the app will lock your screen for you, automatically.


Xpire Sets Social Media Posts To Automatically Expire

iOS: Not every post needs to live forever. Xpire allows you to set expiring posts for Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr.


Chat Lock Protects Floating Message Apps Such As Facebook's Chat Heads

Android: Facebook introduced a genuinely cool feature with Chat Heads, but there’s one problem with it; you can open it anywhere, so per-app security PINs aren’t very helpful. Chat Lock fixes this problem.


This Graphic Shows How To Remove Embarrassing Photos From Social Media

Even if you think you’re sharing or storing photos privately online, there’s always a chance that your pictures could inadvertently get into the wrong hands. Here’s how to completely remove photos you don’t want shared from Facebook, Google, Instagram and Twitter.


Make Sure Your Phone's Photos Aren't Revealing Your Location

Your photos might be revealing your location without you realising it. Here’s how to make sure your phone doesn’t log the location of each photo you take.