Reminder: Factory Resets Don't Make Your Android Phone Safe To Sell

If you plan on selling or donating your smartphone and want to make sure all of your data is removed from it it, make sure you do more than just factory reset through the phone’s OS. Security researchers picked up several phones “wiped” this way, and found loads of data.


TimeAway Manages Kids' Device Time And App Usage, Tracks Location

Android: TimeAway gives parents control over their child’s Android device. You can monitor and restrict time spent on the device, allow and block apps, and track the current location of the device.


Google's New Account History Page Helps Further Control Your Privacy

Google tracks a lot of what you do online. Much of this is to improve your search results or to assist with Google Now. Google’s updated Account History page now allows you to “pause” or delete Google’s information about you.


Is FileHippo Going To Introduce A 'Download Manager'?

Adware is on the rise, thanks in part to various “download managers” file hosts have begun wrapping their software with. Taking a few seconds to check what links you’re clicking on will usually reveal a checkbox or direct download to avoid getting the unwanted bytes (and toolbars), but that doesn’t make it any less annoying. Sadly, we may soon be taking the decade-old FileHippo off the whitelist, with news it’s looking to introduce its own helper.


Why It's Time To Stop Using Flash

In another example of how good Steve Jobs was in picking technology losers and winners, in 2010 he listed all of the reasons why the world needed to move on from using Flash. At the time, Jobs was explaining why the iPhone and iPad would not support Flash but it is clear that if he could, he would have banned it from the desktop.


Lock Google Chrome With Built-In Password Protection

Chrome: The latest stable build of Google Chrome can lock your browser when you step away, to protect your data and privacy. All you have to do is change a setting to enable the new profile management system — no extensions needed.


Five Computer Security Myths, Debunked By Experts

Some computer security myths and stories that keep getting passed around, even though they’re clearly not true. We sat down with computer security experts to separate fact from fiction.


Four Methods To Create A Secure Password You'll Actually Remember

How do you balance the necessity of highly secure passwords with the utility of easily recalling them all? The only secure password is one that you can’t remember, but there are times when you can’t use a password manager and need to rely on your memory.


Ask LH: How Does Facebook Know So Much About Me?

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.


What Can Police Learn From Mobile Phone Tower Data?

Metadata is in the news again with revelations that police in Australia have been getting access to data collected from mobile base stations (cell towers).