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The Safest Way to Store and Share Your Nudes

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No matter what, remember the number one rule: You should always be able to say no. Not just to taking or sharing the photos initially, but anything that comes after. If you don’t want a partner to share your images, post them online, or store them somewhere unsafe, or if you want them to delete […]

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WhatsApp’s Fight With India Could Have Global Repercussions

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WhatsApp is fighting for the privacy of citizens of the world’s largest democracy. This week, the Facebook-owned messaging platform sued the Indian government in a bid to challenge new IT rules that ask messaging apps to trace the “first originator” of a message. Doing so could require WhatsApp to weaken its end-to-end encryption, revealing the […]

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WhatsApp’s Fight With India Has Global Implications

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WhatsApp is fighting for the privacy of citizens of the world’s largest democracy. This week, the Facebook-owned messaging platform sued the Indian government in a bid to challenge new IT rules that ask messaging apps to trace the “first originator” of a message. Doing so could require WhatsApp to weaken its end-to-end encryption, revealing the […]

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How to Avoid App Store Scams

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Despite Apple’s review process for apps on the App Store, sometimes terrible scams slip through. Even more so for Google’s Play Store, where apps aren’t subject to human review before going live. If you’re having a hard time figuring out how to avoid app store scams, you’re not alone. Fortunately, there are some helpful guidelines […]

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Android 12 Will Let You Fine-Tune Permissions for Apps

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After a few years of expanding privacy and security tools, the Android team is in refinement mode. Then again, when an operating system runs on more than 3 billion devices, little changes can have a big impact. And a slew of new features in Android 12 not only give you more insight into what your […]

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WhatsApp’s New Privacy Policy Just Kicked In

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At the beginning of the year, WhatsApp took the seemingly mundane step of updating its terms of use and privacy policy, mostly focused on the app’s business offerings. The changes sparked a major backlash, though, because they inadvertently highlighted WhatsApp’s years-old policy of sharing certain user data, like phone numbers, with parent company Facebook. Rather […]

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What’s Google Floc? And How Does It Affect Your Privacy?

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Google wants to change the way we’re tracked around the web, and given the widespread use of its Chrome browser, the shift could have significant security and privacy implications—but the idea has been less well-received by companies that aren’t Google. The technology in question is FLoC, or Federated Learning of Cohorts, to give it its […]

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Don’t Buy Into Facebook’s Ad-Tracking Pressure on iOS 14.5

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Last week, Apple released iOS 14.5, and with it a new feature that sent online advertisers scrambling: For the first time, users can tell apps not to track their activity across different sites and services. In an attempt to dissuade them from doing so, the Facebook and Instagram iOS apps are admonishing users that tracking […]

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Google’s Grand Plan to Eradicate Cookies Is Crumbling

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Millions of people are already part of a global experiment to eradicate cookies once and for all. Since last month, Google has been trialling new browser-based tech in Chrome that could upend the global advertising industry. Most people involved in the trial probably don’t even realize it—but as the project gathers pace, critical voices are […]

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AirDrop Is Leaking Email Addresses and Phone Numbers

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AirDrop, the feature that allows Mac and iPhone users to wirelessly transfer files between devices, is leaking user emails and phone numbers, and there’s not much anyone can do to stop it other than to turn it off, researchers said. Ars Technica This story originally appeared on Ars Technica, a trusted source for technology news, […]