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All the New Privacy Features Coming to iOS and macOS

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As it does every year, Apple has used its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) to show off some of the changes coming to its software this year—and, unsurprisingly given Apple’s track record, privacy and security are top of the agenda once more. The iOS 15 update for your iPhone and macOS 12 Monterey update for your […]

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How to Turn Off Amazon Sidewalk

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Today Amazon is turning on Sidewalk, a way to extend internet service between Amazon devices like Echo smart speakers and Ring cameras. Unless you opt out, your Amazon devices will automatically start participating in this connectivity bacchanal. Amazon has talked about Sidewalk for a while, so it’s no surprise that the switch is finally flipping. […]

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How to Protect Your Files From Ransomware

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Move over viruses, step aside worms: Ransomware has the spotlight and isn’t about to give it up. From taking down entire fuel pipelines to hijacking hospital networks, it’s the cyberattack du jour. Not only do you have the potentially disastrous consequences of being locked out of your most important files and systems, you also have […]

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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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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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How to Avoid Those Infuriating Cookie Pop-Ups

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By now you’re used to the constant intrusion of cookie pop-ups. The question is always the same: “Do you accept cookies from this website?” You probably just click yes and don’t think twice about navigating through the labyrinthian settings nested in obscure menus. WIRED UK This story originally appeared on WIRED UK.  But it doesn’t […]

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I’m Not a Robot! So Why Won’t Captchas Believe Me?

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Meriem Guerar, a researcher at the University of Genoa, Italy, offered a simpler explanation for the poor quality of the images. “The challenge presents often noisy and blurry images in order to make it harder to recognize, for bots using state-of-the-art image recognition technologies,” says Guerar, who has coauthored papers with Migliardi on captcha. “Noise, […]

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You Need a Password Manager. Here Are the Best Ones

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Password managers are the vegetables of the internet. We know they’re good for us, but most of us are happier snacking on the password equivalent of junk food. For seven years running that’s been “123456” and “password”—the two most commonly used passwords on the web. The problem is, most of us don’t know what makes […]

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How to Tell Which Emails Quietly Track You

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Everyone sends emails now: political parties, your book club, freelance journalists, the social networks you’re signed up to, your parents, that online store that you only bought one item from a decade ago, and many, many more. What do a lot of those email senders have in common? They want to know whether the messages […]

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How to Avoid Phishing Emails and Scams

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You know not to click on links in sketchy emails. Everybody does by now. And yet, people fall for phishing attacks all the time. And that’s the whole point. If phishing didn’t work, attackers would have abandoned it a long time ago. Instead it’s everywhere. Coronavirus-related phishing scams cropped up quickly worldwide in January 2020 […]