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Password Lock Your Surfing History With the Keepsafe Browser

iOS, Android: Keepsafe, the company behind privacy-focused apps like Blur for iMessage and Private Photo Vault (iOS, Android), launched a new app this week for browsing the web privately. Aptly named Keepsafe Browser (iOS, Android ), the browser prevents third-party trackers from snooping on your mobile web browsing…Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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Fix This Mac Security Flaw by Deleting Your Quick Look Cache

A new, unpleasant report making the rounds today is a great reminder that your Mac’s Quick Look feature—useful as it might be for previewing files by mashing your space bar—stores information about the contents of encrypted USB drives you’ve connected to your system.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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How to Unsend That Horrible Thing You Just Messaged Someone on Snapchat

Snapchat announced a new feature today that allows any user to delete any messages they send in individual or group conversations. In other words, if you Snapchat message your mom “nice bod,” but meant to send that to your favorite friend instead, you can now use Snapchat’s “Clear Chats” feature to prevent all the…Read more… […]

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Here’s How Internet Ads Follow You Around

Internet ads are so invasive that we can’t blame you for thinking that Facebook is listening to you talk. It’s probably not, but it is helping ad networks track you across the internet and across your apps. Tech public policy expert Chris Yiu recently tweeted 14 different ways that ads follow you around the internet,…Read […]

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Anonymous Chat Apps like Signal and Whatsapp Are Only as Private as the People You Talk To

In the show I’m in right now, there’s an scene when the less-than-pleasant Archdeacon of the Notre Dame Cathedral, Claude Frollo, tells his adopted son, Quasimodo, that “it takes two people to communicate.” But it’s not just the hunchback that forgets this lesson—I’m surprised, but not that surprised, about how easy…Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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Apple Isn’t Your Friend

Apple has been steadily positioning itself as the anti-Facebook for a while now, and between verbal jabs aimed at the social media giant and privacy-focused product decisions, the patient goodwill campaign seems to be working. Unfortunately, Apple isn’t going to save us, and now’s the time to keep your guard up.Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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Make Fake Email Accounts for Website Signups Using the ‘Burner Emails’ Extension

Chrome and Firefox: There are plenty of reasons you might not want to give out your real email address when signing up for a site or service. Maybe you’re really big on privacy; or, more likely, you just hate spam, and figure the fewer places that know your real email address, the better.Read more… Continue […]

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To Make Websites Load Faster, Browse the Web Like a European

We now live in a GDPR world. GDPR, in case you didn’t know, stands for the European Union’s “General Data Protection Regulation” privacy law, which kicked into effect May 25 and caused every service you’ve ever used to blow up your inbox over the last month. Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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Clean Up URLs Before You Share Them with the ‘Tracking Token Stripper’ Extension

How many times have you gone to share an interesting story (or comic) with a friend—a pretty standard process—only to find that the short URL you thought you were copying and pasting is actually one giant, messy paragraph of text. You can thank all the services and sites that append a ton of extra junk […]

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This Paper Shredder Upgraded With a Scary-Powerful Motor Looks Like It Could Rip Off an Arm

Destroying sensitive documents using a paper shredder is a long and boring process because most of the machines are woefully underpowered. Destruction is supposed to be fun, so a gifted Danish hardware hacker upgraded a run-of-the-mill shredder with a 44,400-RPM brushless motor, letting the machine tear through a page…Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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How to Keep Your Amazon Echo From Sending Your Conversations to Your Contacts

The Internet was abuzz yesterday following a report that a Portland, Oregon family’s Amazon Echo allegedly recorded a “private conversation” and sent it to a “random stranger.” That sounds a lot more sinister than what actually happened and, thankfully, there’s a trick you can do to ensure this doesn’t happen to you. Read more… Continue […]

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Public DNA Databases Are Now Crawling With Law Enforcement and We Better Get Used to It

Law enforcement and genetic genealogists didn’t waste any time after public DNA databases led to the Golden State Killer suspect last month. A forensics company announced a service to do this analysis en masse, and the DNA database GEDmatch has already changed its privacy policy to allow for its use by law…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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How to Secure Your Email Now That PGP Is Compromised

If you’ve been using PGP—short for Pretty Good Privacy—to send and receive encrypted emails, it might be time to switch to a different service to maintain the privacy of your communications. A brand-new vulnerability, hilariously called EFAIL, can reveal the contents of your emails (even older emails, in certain…Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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Should You Sign Up for the Massive ‘All of Us’ Medical Research Study?

The National Institutes of Health are trying to recruit one million people to share their health data for a long-term, wide-ranging study. “The next great breakthrough will be found in each and every one of us,” gushes an ad aimed at potential participants, “and what we find there will unlock mysteries, heal the sick,…Read more… […]

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