Android/iOS: Your favourite social network for pretending you have a perfect life is now ready to let everyone know when you're online and lurking. Instagram is adding an activity status indicator to the people in your Direct Messages list, letting you know when they're on and ignoring that last funny video you sent. If you're of the same opinion as me, you're probably wondering how to disable this terrible new feature. Good news, lurkers: You can!
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It seems as though nearly every week a new study is published that contradicts the last one about how much screen time kids should - and shouldn't - be allowed. But assuming you've decided to take the plunge and buy your child a phone, tablet or computer, the hard choices aren't over - in fact, they have just started. Now, you'll have to figure out just how much digital privacy to allow them.
That innocent-looking mobile game you just downloaded might just have an ulterior motive. Behind the scenes, hundreds of different apps could be using your smartphone's microphone to figure out what you watch on TV, a new report from The New York Times reveals. Here's what you need to know about these eavesdropping apps and what you can do to stop them.
The sign up processes for online banking accounts, new email addresses, or health insurance apps all involve a few extra security measures to protect the precious data inside those accounts. Unfortunately, the security questions they make you answer aren't exactly secure. Your mother's maiden name just won't cut it anymore and, according to the New York Times, might cost you your credit score if someone gains access to your personal information. It's time to strengthen your security questions to keep the bad guys out of your accounts.
A team from the University of Melbourne has been able to take de-identified data of 2.9 million Australians and put it back together to identify who the data pertains to. This has potentially placed the personal data on more than one in ten Aussies in public, with sport stars and other public figures likely to be targeted.
It used to be that tracking a person involved a deep knowledge of nature, a keen eye and maybe a dog or two. Nowadays it doesn't involve more than a bit of code and a few mouse clicks. Here, we'll walk you through all the different ways your information is tracked online and how you can protect your data from prying eyes.
Android: You pull up a photo and hand your phone to a friend so they can see it. Before you know it, they're scrolling through your entire camera roll and looking at whatever screenshots, nudes, or other embarrassing images you have stored on there. We've all been in this situation (and we're probably all guilty of swiping through a friend's photos, too). Now there's a solution, at least if you're on Android.
Android: An inquiry from Quartz revealed that Google's been spying on some of its users. The search giant has been collecting location data from Android smartphone owners, whether or not they have location services enabled. Though Android users can't disable it, it looks like they won't have to worry about it for much longer.
When Apple first announced Face ID for the iPhone X, it claimed the new feature was significantly more secure than Touch ID and couldn't be fooled by even the most realistic of masks. But it turns out that might not be the case.
Even if you aren't an especially shy or guarded person, there are a lot of reasons why you might find yourself in a withholding place from time to time. You could be in a personally low or tenuous spot with work, your relationship, or life in general. You might just hate talking about yourself (hi), or you might have reasons that are less temperamental and more practical. In some situations, for instance, it isn't always professionally prudent to be chatty (even if others are encouraging it), or you might be feeling avoidant simply because you're not sure you're in a position to speak on one subject or another.
For the most part, Android keeps getting better, but it's certainly not immune to privacy concerns that plague every operating system and smartphone. And as it turns out, Google snuck a questionable feature into the operating system with a recent update.
There's no doubt you've given some iOS apps access to personal data like your photo library or contact list. But if you've given them access to your camera, they could be doing a lot more than you're aware of behind the scenes, including photographing you without your knowledge. Luckily, you can stop the surreptitious data collection without resorting to never taking a photo again.
iOS/Android: If you're worried about apps tracking your location, it's not enough to limit your location sharing. You need to limit camera-roll sharing too. If you've ever given an app access to your camera roll - to take photos, or store screenshots, or any given reason - you've also let it see where all those photos were taken. Felix Krause, an iOS developer and security writer, built an app to demonstrate this back door.
The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner, lead by Timothy Pilgrim received 114 breach notifications last financial year - up from 107 on the year before. Given mandatory notification doesn't start for a few more months, this could be the thin edge of the wedge as companies come to grips with the new regulatory regime.