privacy

How To Ditch Dropbox And Sync Files With BitTorrent Sync

Dropbox (and similar cloud services) are awesome, but they don’t give you that much control, security or privacy over your files. If you want to take control into your own hands without losing the features of cloud syncing services, BitTorrent Sync is the service for you. Here’s how to use it.


How To Test Your PC For The New 'Superfish' Security Vulnerability

Security researchers have discovered a vulnerability in a piece of adware called Superfish that makes your computer vulnerable to all kinds of attacks. Superfish ships preloaded on many Lenovo computers, but can also be installed on any machine. Here’s what’s going on and how to test if you’re infected


What To Do If You Lose The Master Password To Your Password Manager

Using a password manager is smart security. That’s nothing new. However, the best password managers keep your credentials locked behind a single “master” password that only you know. But what happens if you lose that master password?


This Flowchart Explains When Apps And Sites Should Ask For Real Names

Apps and sites that demand that people supply their real name often end up mired in controversy — just ask Google or Facebook. This common-sense flowchart explaining the circumstances under which it’s actually OK to demand real names from users spells out the approach you should take.


DeGeo Updates With iOS 8 Support To Quickly Strip Location From Photos

iOS: If you share a lot of photos on social media, you’re also probably accidentally sharing your location. DeGeo is a simple app that strips away that location information before you share. A recent update makes it even easier to use.


Google Still Cares More About Profits Than Privacy

After the European Court of Justice ruled that there was a “right to be forgotten” from Google’s search results, Google’s Advisory Council embarked on a roadshow aimed at debating the issue. While this debate poses many interesting questions, Google’s agenda is apparent in the way it has answered them — as revealed in the Advisory Council’s recently published report.


How To Hide Your House From Google Street View

Google Street View is useful, but it can also be an invasion to your privacy, depending on when and how they snap those photos. Thankfully, it’s also easy to blur out your house if you want.


What Chrome's Bundled Plugins Actually Do

Chrome doesn’t rely much on plugins, but it’s packed with five of them when you load up Chrome for the first time. How-To Geek explains what the heck they actually do.


How To See If Your VPN Is Leaking Your IP Address (And How To Stop It)

VPNs are great for security, but one of the big reasons many people use one is to mask or change their IP address. This lets you get around location-based restrictions on content, or check if your provider is throttling your connection. Unfortunately, a new security flaw can reveal your real IP address to prying eyes, even if you’re using a VPN, and it’s easy to exploit. Here’s how it works and what you can do about it.