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How Apple’s iCloud Private Relay Can Keep You Safe

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If you pay for iCloud storage, then you automatically have access to the extra perks that Apple bundles together under the iCloud+ name—and one of those perks is the iCloud Private Relay service. If you open the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad, tap your name at the top, and then choose iCloud, you […]

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Apple’s Private Relay Roils Telecoms Around the World

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When Apple pushed iOS 15 out to more than a billion devices in September, the software update included the company’s first VPN-like feature, iCloud Private Relay. The subscription-only privacy tool makes it harder for anyone to snoop on what you are doing online, by routing traffic from your device through multiple servers. But the tool […]

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How to Read Your iOS 15 App Privacy Report

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The second section shows network activity, meaning which web domains your apps have reached out to in the past seven days. The report makes a distinction between domains the app contacted “directly” and those “contacted by other content.” The former means domains an app contacts to function, like your weather app pulling down the latest […]

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6 Ways to Delete Yourself From the Internet

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Depending on when you were born, there’s a good chance you’ve spent either several decades online or have never known an offline world. Whatever the case, the internet and its advertising giants know a huge amount about your life. Amazon, Facebook, and Google all have reams of data about you—including your likes and dislikes, health […]

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Meta Ousts 7 Surveillance-for-Hire Operations From Its Platforms

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For years, surveillance-for-hire companies have quietly used Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp as springboards to target people in more than 100 countries. Today, Meta removed seven of them from its platforms, and is notifying more than 50,000 people that they may have been impacted by the activity. Meta says that many are journalists, human rights activists, […]

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The Biggest Deepfake Abuse Site Is Growing in Disturbing Ways

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Analysis from an independent researcher tracking the websites, who does not want to be named, due to the sensitive subject nature, says Bravo’s website had 630 paying customers in the three days after its launch in August. This could have earned Bravo anywhere between $7,553 and $57,323, the analysis says. Bravo claims he did earn […]

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Russia’s Internet Censorship Machine Is Going After Tor

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At the start of December, the Tor Project’s support email inbox began receiving an unusual number of messages from users saying they were encountering problems accessing the digital anonymity service. “It was not just one or two, but like 10 people asking,” says Gustavo Gus, community team lead of the Tor Project. At the same […]

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How to Opt Out of Verizon’s Custom Experience Tracking

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Verizon users are now automatically enrolled in a data collection program tracking information like websites visited  and mobile app usage. Recently reported on by Input, the telecommunications company runs a two-tiered tracking program and automatically enrolls every customer in the first tier. The Verizon Custom Experience and Custom Experience Plus programs are a rebranding of […]

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The Android 12 Privacy Settings You Should Update Now

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Google released the first public version of its Android 12 operating system toward the end of October—but not for everyone. It rolled out on Google-made Pixel phones first and is gradually trickling its way onto the handsets of other manufacturers. Samsung is now making it available for its flagship Galaxy phones, and the likes of […]

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DuckDuckGo Wants to Stop Apps From Tracking You on Android

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At the end of April, Apple’s introduction of App Tracking Transparency tools shook the advertising industry to its core. iPhone and iPad owners could now stop apps from tracking their behavior and using their data for personalized advertising. Since the new privacy controls launched, almost $10 billion has been wiped from the revenues of Snap, […]