Mac: While it's not easy nor likely for malware to hijack your Mac's microphone or webcam, it's always a theoretical possibility. Oversight is a free app that will alert you any time an app tries to access your camera or mic.
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Google's new "Trusted Contacts" app and service makes sure your loved ones always know where you are or can find out where you are if there's an emergency. It's opt-in from both sides, only shares in real-time when you want it to and can put an end to "where are you, are you OK?" texts when someone's late home or to a meeting.
Ransomware, malware that enables attackers to disable systems or encrypt your data until you pay them, is on the rise. If you've become the victim of an attack, these four decryption tools might save the day.
Google has become synonymous with online search - to the point where it's the only search engine that many people have ever used. If you still haven't asked anyone but Google to answer your search queries — it's time to rethink your approach to web browsing.
DIY isn't always the easiest way to do something, but it's usually the most informative and educational one. This week, let's check out some great DIY tech projects that will teach you a ton about the tools you probably use every day — and protect your privacy and give you control over your own data in the process.
Home burglaries increase around the holidays for obvious reasons: You're gone, and your house is empty and vulnerable. While you're away, you want to make sure your home is as secure as possible, and part of this means making it look like someone is actually there even when you're not.
From making sure they don't fall for phishing scams to reminding them to never reveal personal information online, children just getting their start on the web may talk savvy, but still need a helping hand learning the stuff the rest of us know. Here are a few tips to get them started on the right foot.
Google provides a lot of helpful, free services, but they often come at the cost of privacy. You might love Gmail, but you have to suffer through targeted ads; you may enjoy using Google Maps, but you have to give up your location privacy. Signing up for Google's suite of apps almost always involves some degree of data collection, but you should at least try to limit the amount of spying the company performs on you. Here's how you can keep using Google's apps without constantly getting spied on.
It came to light this week that NVIDIA has started sending information about your machine back to HQ via its graphics drivers. While this is kind-of true, it's not the full story, as Steve Burke of Gamers Nexus recently discovered.
When it comes to network security, most of the tools to test your network are pretty complex. Nessus isn't new, but it definitely bucks this trend. It's incredibly easy to use, works quickly and can give you a quick rundown of your network's security at the click of a button.
According to a report from the German television channel NDR, Web of Trust, one of the top privacy and security extensions out there, collects and sells a bunch of data about your browsing habits and doesn't anonymise it properly. If you have it installed, it's best to uninstall it right now.
Web of Trust is a popular extension, one we ourselves have recommended in the past. Unfortunately, that trust was misplaced — the add-on has been removed from Chrome and Firefox's online repositories after it was alleged the creators were selling user data.
Last week's DDoS attack on Dyn that shut down portions of the internet was fuelled by bots created from hacked connected devices, like internet-connected cameras and DVRs, but can also theoretically include connected routers and printers. While there isn't exactly a fix for this problem, IoT Scanner is a tool that can at least tell you if a device in your house is creating a vulnerability.
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.
We live in a post-Edward Snowden world, in which US tech companies have been accused of complicity in mass surveillance by the US National Security Agency (NSA). One recent allegation is the claim that Yahoo scanned hundreds of millions of emails at the NSA’s request. We don’t truly know how much or how often this is happening within the companies that host millions of people's email accounts.
You know you should use two-factor authentication everywhere you can, but there's also "two-step" authentication, which may come off like the same thing. They're really not. Here's the difference, and what you should know about both.
It has recently come to light that the Department of Health may not be so good at securing its data after University of Melbourne academics notified the agency that it's possible to identify individuals in publicly available Medicare datasets. Now the Privacy Commissioner has launched an investigation into the matter.