privacy

How To Automatically Back Up And Purge Your Gmail Every 30 Days

If the Sony hack has taught us anything, it’s that keeping incriminating emails in your inbox is a terrible idea. If someone gets into your email, everything you’ve ever said could be out in the open. Here’s how to make sure that doesn’t happen by automatically backing up and deleting everything in your Gmail account on a schedule.


What We Can Learn From The Biggest Corporate Hacks

The past few years have seen an absurd amount of companies getting hacked, from simple passwords to entire databases of email. Wen we’re affected by these hacks, we look for someone to blame — but we rarely stop to look at our own lives and see what we can learn from these companies’ mistakes.


Modify Facebook's Ad Preferences To Control Which Ads You See

Facebook ads aren’t the worst we’ve seen, but they’re still annoying, and many of them are poorly targeted. Modify your ad preferences to stop Facebook’s tracking or to make the ad selection better.


Metapho Strips Photo Metadata Before Sharing

iOS: When you share a photo to a social network, you’re also sharing your metadata, which typically includes your location. A clever person can easily figure out where you are with that data. Metapho is an iPhone app that gets rid of it before you share.


Remove Your Data From Lots Of 'People Search Engines' With This List

Search engines like Pipl allow you to find information on just about anyone. If you’d like to get your information removed, Computerworld has a giant list of opt-out links for the most popular sites.


Facebook Launches Privacy Basics To Help You Learn How It Uses Your Data

Facebook has announced that it plans to update its terms of use and privacy policies at the start of next year. Coinciding with this change, the company has introduced Privacy Basics to help you understand how to stay private on the site and how Facebook uses your data.


Access OS X's Packet Sniffer With The Wireless Diagnostics Tool

We’ve shown you how to tap your network and monitor everything that’s happening before. However, blogger Jacob Salmela’s shows off a trick that makes it even easier using OS X Yosemite’s packet sniffer.


How Regin Malware Spies While Escaping Detection

The computer-security firm Symantec says it may have found some of the most sophisticated malicious software ever made. The cyber-espionage bug, called Regin, has been making attacks for many years without being caught.


How To Prevent People From Knowing When You've Seen A Message In Apps

It seems like every messaging app these days, from iMessage to Facebook, insists on sending “read receipts” letting people know that you’ve seen their messages. This can be annoying. Here’s how to turn off the feature in some of the most popular apps.


Set AirDrop To 'Contacts Only' To Protect Your Privacy (And Your Eyes)

iOS: AirDrop lets you transfer files between iOS devices with a swipe of your finger. It also lets you transfer the files to devices nearby. If you don’t set it to “contacts only”, anyone near you can send files.