Advertisement Have you ever stopped and wondered, how much does Google know about you? How Much Does Google Really Know About You? How Much Does Google Really Know About You? Google is no champion of user privacy, but you might be surprised just how much they know. Read More Turns out, it’s a lot. But for the first time, the search giant is offering a way for you to check the information it has about you, how it is gathering that data, and new tools to start reclaiming your privacy.Google has launched My Account, a new hub to find out all the privacy and security implications of using its many services. In a blog post, the Internet behemoth said, “According to a recent Pew study, 93 percent of people think it’s important to control access to their personal information, and 90 percent care about the type of information that’s collected about them. But only 9 percent feel they have ‘a lot’ of control over it.”So that’s where … [Read more...] about What Does Google Know About You? Find Out and Manage Your Privacy and Security
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The nation’s second largest health insurer, Anthem, alerted its customers on Wednesday that hackers had stolen the personal information of likely tens of millions of customers. Personal information including addresses, birthdays, medical identification numbers, social security numbers and some income data belonging to both current and former customers were swept up in the cyber attack, according to a statement from Anthem CEO Joseph Swedish. In somewhat of a silver lining, at this time the company does not believe the hackers stole any medical information or payment information. He wrote the company is notifying members individually if their information was accessed. “Anthem’s own associates’ personal information – including my own – was accessed during this security breach,” he wrote. “We join you in your concern and frustration, and I assure you that we are working around the clock to do everything we can to further … [Read more...] about Health Insurance Provider Anthem Reports Massive Data Breach
Advertisement At the moment, I am reading a fascinating must-read book called Dragnet Nation by Julia Angwin. Angwin is a former Wall Street Journal journalist who covers online privacy-related stories, and Dragnet Nation is a highly researched book, where she demonstrates how much you have willingly thrown away your privacy to online marketers, advertisers, and spammers. It is a scary eye-opening piece of work, and so well written that, 10 pages in, you’ll be frantically rushing online to start purging your data.Which is exactly what I did: purge my data. Lots of it. Then I binge watched the TV show Person of Interest, and that made me switch my phone off and remove the battery How to Make Your Phone's Battery Last Longer and Hold More Juice How to Make Your Phone's Battery Last Longer and Hold More Juice Battery life is one of the biggest struggles of modern-day electronics. Smartphones, tablets, and laptops all deal with it -- so what can you do to maximize … [Read more...] about How To Clear Your Data From Google & Attempt To Regain Some Of Your Privacy
Advertisement The struggle with SIM cards can be an annoyance when upgrading to a new cell phone or reverting to a backup. Haven’t we come far enough with technology that such a thing shouldn’t matter anymore? What is a SIM card and what does it do?Is there a way to use a mobile phone without requiring one? Keep reading to find out.What Is a SIM Card?In the world of mobile phones, there are two primary phone types that are available to consumers: GSM (Global System for Mobile) and CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access). GSM phones use SIM cards while CDMA phones do not.SIM cards are the small cards which contain a chip that you need to insert into a GSM phone before it will work. Without a SIM card, a GSM phone won’t be able to tap into any mobile network. The card holds all the critical information.By comparison, CDMA carriers keep a list of all phones that can use their network. Phones are tracked by their ESN (electronic serial number) so they don’t need SIM … [Read more...] about What Is a SIM Card and What Does It Do?
Uh oh — Adobe has just disclosed that one of their servers has been hacked. While their investigations are still ongoing, Adobe has shared a few details on what they believe could have been accessed and obtained in the hack — and it’s a big one. From what Adobe has shared so far, it sounds like the hackers had access to encrypted data for as many as 2.9 million customers. While Adobe stresses that the data is encrypted and that they “do not believe the attackers removed decrypted credit or debit card numbers”, that data — encrypted or not — is definitely not something they want out in the wild. Adobe has yet to disclose how that data was encrypted, so it’s currently unclear just how secure it is. Meanwhile, it also appears that the hackers may have been able to access the source code for at least three of Adobe’s products: Acrobat, ColdFusion, and ColdFusion Builder. This goes hand in hand with a report from Brian Krebs this … [Read more...] about Adobe Gets Hacked, Product Source Code And Data For 2.9M Customers Likely Accessed