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Ask LH: Will I Get Busted For Ripping Bali DVDs To My Macbook?

Dear Lifehacker, I have made many trips to Bali and now have over 100 cheap DVDs purchased from market stalls over there. I like to travel but carrying around 100 DVDs isn’t very efficient. I was thinking about moving them onto my MacBook but don’t want to get in trouble for breaking copyright. Am I allowed to transfer these DVDs to a MacBook or is this considered pirating?


Avast Antivirus Acquires AVG For $1.7 Billion

Avast, one of our past favourite desktop antivirus applications, is acquiring one of it’s biggest rivals, AVG Technologies, for $US1.3 billion ($1.7 billion) in cash. The deal will give Avast access to hundreds of millions of devices.


How To See Everything Google Knows About You

It’s no secret that Google knows a lot about its users. The tech giant collects tons of data about you, including your search history, location, and voice searches that help improve Google’s services and provide relevant ads. However, you might be surprised to know Google can easily take a look at all of the data it has on you. Here’s how you can find out what the tech giant knows about your online habits and personal information.


Warning: Telstra Customers Scammed With Fake Refund Email

Scammers are tricking Telstra customers into handing over their credit card details by claiming they’ve paid your bill twice. Here’s what you need to know.


How To Find Your Partner's Secret Crush On Facebook

For all its faults, Facebook remains one of the best ways to stay connected with friends, family and colleagues online. Unfortunately, some people take these “connections” to inappropriate levels. If you suspect your partner has been Facebook-stalking a mutual friend, this simple search command may confirm your worst suspicions…


Where Do Australia's Political Parties Stand On Privacy And Encryption? [Infographic]

On 8 July the nation finally gets to cast its vote in the 2016 federal election. By now you probably have a pretty good idea where each party stands on key election issues — but one area you may have overlooked is privacy and encryption. If you work in IT, this could have serious ramifications for you industry. This infographic from lobby group Electronic Frontiers Australia (EFA) reveals where each major party stands on surveillance, encryption, copyright issues and censorship.


How To Make Sure Your VPN Is Honest About Its International Exit Servers

One of the best reasons to use a VPN is to get around pesky location restrictions on streaming movies and other content. But before you shell out money to a VPN that promises servers in dozens of countries, make sure they’re telling the truth about them. Trust, but verify.


Google Chrome Bug Lets You Pirate Netflix Content

Copyright holders have been fighting against content piracy for some time and one of the weapons they use is digital rights management (DRM). DRM technology generally restricts the access and reproduction of the protected content and Google Chrome uses one called Widevine for copyright media content that is streamed through its browsers including materials from Netflix. But security researchers have found a way to bypass this. Here’s what you need to know.


Five Digital Smart Locks You Can Buy Right Now

Security is a big issue, but it has taken a surprisingly long time for technology to help make it better. Fortunately, there are now a range of options available that make locks a whole lot smarter. And it’s not just for your home either – digital locks range from deadbolts, to padlocks and even USB drives.


Tips, Tricks And Apps For Total Android Security

Accounting for over one billion smartphone sales last year, Android is by far the most common operating system. It’s no surprise then that the OS is a prime target for malware and compromised security. While Google is very active in making Android safer, there are also a range of third party apps available. Read on to find out how to improve your security.


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