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Here’s Why You Can’t Trust a Free VPN

A lot of internet users still don’t understand and appreciate the importance of using a VPN. There are tons of reasons why people should be connected to a VPN service. Ideally, you need to be connected to a professional or premium VPN service to be able to maximize the many features and advantages that comes Read More

Deadly New LusyPOS Malware Found In Black Market

The underground markets are selling a new type of PoS malware called LusyPoS, much like the malware behind some of the last year’s worst breaches, and is available for $2,000 and open for anyone to buy. LusyPoS, which is similar to the one that hit Target last year, has been found on VirusTotal, a website Read More

Twitter Knows What Apps You Have Installed: How to Disable It

Twitter wants to tailor content according to the interests of its users and will therefore be scanning users’ phones to see what other apps they’ve installed. Recode reported the social networking giant is looking to gather more data about its users to increase the effectiveness of advertisements. With a new update to its Android and Read More

Ello Signs Charter to ‘Never Sell Ads or Data’ After VC Funding Round

Last week, the increasingly popular social networking alternative to Facebook, Ello received another $5.5m in venture capital funding, thanks in part to their rapidly expanding user base who have been adamant about the company’s commitment to keeping their data and identities safe from the prying eyes of advertising firms. Ello, which first burst out onto Read More

Malvertising Campaign Targets AOL, Yahoo & More

Web pages managed by AOL, Yahoo, Match.com, and The Atlantic have this week been detected as serving malicious ads, which may have put visitors to those sites vulnerable to downloading ransomware, warn researchers. The malvertising campaign was spotted by security firm the Proofpoint and had an impact on visitors to at least 22 high-profile websites. Read More

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Avast Anti-virus Toolbar Caught Using Spyware to Collect Data on Users

Update (Oct 24, 20.10PM CET): Avast Chief Operations Officer, Ondrej Vlcek has responded to the claims made by How To Geek, which have been covered in this post. Tech tutorial blog How-To Geek has revealed their discovery that the Avast Antivirus Toolbar had been secretly installing spyware and adware modules on user’s machines that were Read More

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Detecting Fraudulent In-App Ads On Your Android Device

Worried about nefarious ad networks that might leak your information to malicious third parties? Well, there are several tools that allow you to detect in-app ads on the Android platform. To start with, we are not exactly talking about web browser ads here. On Android, you will find ads within the apps, and this is Read More

Study: Mobile Apps Are Not Respecting User Privacy

Mobile apps aren’t as innocent as they look – you may already know they access your personal information for granting access to several of their features. But you may not be aware that a large majority of them are accessing your personal data without explanation of how that data is processed or used, ICO (Information Read More

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Kyle and Stan Malvertising Infects Thousands of Computers

A malvertising network called ‘Kyle and Stan’ has been used to attack millions of users via several websites including YouTube, Yahoo and Amazon, according to an investigation carried out by Cisco. Three security researchers at Cisco, David McDaniel, Shaun Hurley and Armin Pelkmann, shared their findings about the malware attacks in a blog post. Kyle Read More

Google Criticized For Banning Privacy App From Play Store

Google earns a major portion of its revenue from advertisements and developers on the Google Play Store follow a similar model to generate revenue – by serving third-party banners and mobile advertisements in apps that don’t have the capacity to charge users an upfront fee or sell in-app items. Perhaps this is the reason why Read More

Visitors To High-Profile Websites Affected By Malvertising

A week ago, some visitors to high-profile websites were redirected to browser exploits that installed malware on their PCs, courtesy of the malware advertisements on those websites. The malicious advertisements were discovered between August 19 and August 22, and users didn’t have to click these advertisements to be infected. Researchers from Dutch security firm Fox-IT Read More

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PIPCU Ramps Up Its Quest Against Piracy Sites

The Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) in the UK have arrested a Manchester man for allegedly running illegitimate sports streaming websites. The 27-year old man was supposedly running several websites that allowed illegal access to paid television services. It is believed that the combined loss to several subscription services due to these websites is Read More

Apple Reinforces Privacy Rules For Health Apps

Ahead of its September 9 event, which is expected to include the official launch of iPhone 6, the HealthKit platform and the iOS 8 Health app, Apple has updated its privacy policy pertaining to health and fitness apps. The Guardian reports: The technology firm has told developers that their apps, which would use Apple’s “HealthKit” Read More

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Google Maps Tracks Your Every Move. Here’s How To Stop It

Google probably already knows your interests, hobbies, age, relationship status and everything you’ve updated online. And if you’ve been using a Gmail account or any of Google’s apps, there’s a likely chance that Google has stored some of your location data in its systems. It isn’t a surprise that Google is utilizing its location services Read More

Phishing Attackers Imitate Popular Bitcoin Websites

Bitcoin news website CryptoCoinNews (CCN) was impersonated in a phishing attack on Thursday, August 14, marking the latest in a recent string of attacks impersonating bitcoin-related domain names. Photo: Flickr The attacker registered a similar domain name (cryptocoinznews.com) and proceeded to send emails to potential advertisers while offering special discounted rates. The offer promised to Read More

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UK Police Battles Illegal Websites With Anti-Piracy Ads

A special unit of City of London Police in the UK has started an ad-replacement campaign against websites that provide illegal access to copyrighted content. The move augments the UK government’s initiative to combat the theft of IP (intellectual property) by cracking down on the sale of counterfeit goods and online piracy. The police is Read More

AddThis Tracker “Just a Test,” Still Questioned

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) reported on July 22, 2014 that the White House website WhiteHouse.gov has been running the intrusive tracker AddThis. AddThis is a sharing company that had been quietly running tests with canvas fingerprinting in order to obtain unique tracking information from website users. Canvas fingerprinting, when successful, is supposed to provide Read More

EFF Launches Privacy Badger To Block Online Tracking

The EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation) has launched a beta version of ‘Privacy Badger’. It’s a Firefox and Chrome plugin that detects and blocks advertisements and embedded content that tracks user activity without their permission. While surfing the Internet today, it is normal to assume that most websites contain some code that is intended to track, Read More

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Facebook Cracks Open Users History for Advertising Data

Last Thursday, Facebook announced on their blog that they would begin a new program which would allow the social networking site to hoard even more data about their users than they already do, in the form of web history tracking. This isn’t the first time the company has shown an interest in what a user Read More

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