Safari And Spotlight Can Send Data To Apple, Here's How To Turn It Off

Mac: In order for Spotlight to work properly, it needs to send your search data to Google, Apple and Bing. Initially, it seems easy enough to disable this if you care about privacy, but as users over on Hacker News note, it’s not as obvious as it seems.


Configure Your Browser To Disable SSL 3.0 Connections

eBay has already killed off SSL 3.0 connections to its website, one of undoubtedly many major companies clamping down on the now-insecure transport protocol. If you’d like to be proactive about the problem, it is possible, using the proper options, to disable or reject SSL connections right from your browser.


eBay Abandons Older Browsers With SSL 3.0 Upgrade

With the furore over Heartbleed and the seemingly regular database intrusions we hear about these days, all manner of companies are taking security a little more seriously. eBay, for instance, recently stepped up its game, killing support for SSL 3.0. It doesn’t mean much to the daily experience, but it’s a step in the right direction.


Why Your Privacy Matters, Even If You're Not 'Doing Anything Wrong'

We’ve talked about why privacy matters in the internet age, but it’s an ongoing battle. Glenn Greenwald — one of the first reporters to write about Edward Snowden’s release of classified files — explains in this TED Talk why privacy is important, regardless of whether you do anything wrong or not.


Another Researcher Shows How Social Networks Can Follow You Online

Security researcher Andris Atteka discovered a way to see LinkedIn users that came to his blog page, and get their profile information as long as they were logged in when they did it. It serves as a good reminder: log out of social networks when you’re finished.


Hundreds Of Dropbox Passwords Leaked, Change Yours Now

A few hundred Dropbox usernames and passwords have leaked on Reddit, likely from third-party services and possibly as part of a much larger breach. Time to change your passwords.


Tinfoil For Facebook Puts Your Mobile Browsing In A Privacy Sandbox

Android: Part of the problem with Facebook privacy is that you can still be tracked even when you’re not on Facebook itself. Tinfoil for Facebook helps prevent this by browsing the mobile Facebook site in a sandbox.


Two Ways To Securely Lock Your Bike On A Comb Rack

We’ve talked about how to properly lock your bicycle before, but some bike racks — particularly cheaper comb racks — might require a few tricks. Here’s what you need to do.


Ask LH: How Can I Run Surveillance Cameras In A Remote Location?

Hey Lifehacker, My father runs a factory which is about 20kms away from our home. It’s in a remote area with iffy phone signals and no internet connection. Trucks comes at around midnight every day for loading, but my father suspects the drivers are also stealing some goods during this time. What’s the best option for monitoring the area? Does it matter that the cameras can’t be connected?


NOVA's CyberSecurity Lab Shows How Tricky Data Security Really Is

Keeping data secure is no easy task, and no one knows that better than the engineers who work to secure applications, networks and databases every day. To get an idea how difficult it can be — and learn about security in the process, this NOVA Lab puts you in their shoes.