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Guild Wars 2 Developers Criticized For Technique Used To Suspend More Than 1,500 Accounts

Late last week, ArenaNet, makers of the MMO Guild Wars 2, suspended over 1,500 player accounts it suspected of cheating. According to one of the players caught in the sweep, the studio accomplished this using what some users and experts are calling spyware to monitor people’s computers for known cheat programs.Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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How Privacy Settings Compare Across Xbox Live, PSN, And Other Platforms

Earlier this week, Steam introduced a handful of new privacy options and, in a move that doomed number-crunching megalith Steam Spy, changed its default settings so that only friends can see which games you’ve been playing. In this one particular area, Steam is now ahead of the rest of the pack.Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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Here’s the Data Facebook Can Learn From Your Selfies

Today the Wall Street Journal listed all the data Facebook can grab when you upload a photo, based on Facebook’s privacy and data collection policies. The list illustrates what we’ve said before: Facebook doesn’t need to spy on your through your microphone, because you already let it spy on everything else you do.Read more… Continue […]

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What Are Your Best Data Privacy Tricks?

The last few weeks have been huge for data privacy—thanks to companies like Facebook and Grindr for their issues, companies like Apple that have tried to push the topic closer to the forefront of their customers’ minds, and larger regulatory moves like the European Union’s upcoming enforcement of its GDPR.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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See Which of Your WhatsApp Contacts Have Been Chatting With This Creepy New App

iOS: Facebook spies on us all the time, and, by extension, so do the companies it owns like Instagram and WhatsApp. Now, one app is turning the tables by letting you use all that data they’re quietly collecting to spy on your own WhatsApp friends and contacts.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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Keep Facebook from Spying on You with Firefox’s New Extension

You can’t stop Facebook from tracking everything you do on the social network (unless you delete your account, of course), but there is a way to stop it from tracking where you go once you leave the company’s walled garden. All you need is Mozilla’s new Firefox browser extension: Facebook Container.Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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How to Get Your Photos and Data Out of Snapchat

It’s not quite #deleteFacebook, but there’s also a growing movement to wipe Snapchat from smartphones. The company’s poorly received redesign, combined with an offensive ad that recently appeared in the app, have pushed more people to abandon Snapchat entirely—including your favorite celebrities.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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How to Delete Your Phone Contacts from Facebook

Facebook’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week continues. Though the social network’s “contact import” feature has been around for a very, very long time, you’ve probably forgotten about it. And if you want keep Facebook from filling in the gaps by collecting data about your friends from you—or worse, records…Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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How to Stop Seeing Awkward Tinder Dates on LinkedIn

Something odd happened when I checked my LinkedIn profile the other day. In the “People You May Know” section, I noticed a vaguely familiar face—it was someone I had met through online dating. We had gone on maybe two dates nearly two years ago, yet there she was, being suggested to me by LinkedIn’s creepy […]

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Lock Down Your Social Media Data With the PlusPrivacy Chrome Extension 

Most connected people use services from at least one, if not most of the major tech companies. And while they generally make it easy for you to figure out what data you’re sharing with them and other third-party services, sometimes you need a big, red warning flag—like PlusPrivacy.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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Social Book Post Manager Is a Must-Have for Pruning Your Facebook Content

Even though everyone is talking about deleting their Facebook accounts, we suspect most of your friends are probably starting out their day as usual—checking Facebook on their morning commutes. But if you’re serious about cleaning up your Facebook life, the Chrome extension Social Book Post Manager is a great tool to…Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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How to Stop MoviePass from Tracking Your Location

Just yesterday, we learned that MoviePass actively tracks your location—and not just when you’re at a movie theater or otherwise using the app. Your first instinct might be to angrily cancel the service, but what if you could keep seeing movies for cheap without sacrificing your digital privacy?Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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MoviePass Is Tracking Your Location Before and After Movies

We were all waiting for the other shoe to drop on the super cheap, all-you-can-watch movie service, and it finally has. In a recent presentation, MoviePass CEO admitted that the app tracks your location before and after you see movies—something that wasn’t clearly disclosed before millions of people signed up for the…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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What to Use Instead of Amazon’s Invasive New ‘Assistant’

If you use Amazon’s Wish List bookmarklet to keep track of all the products you want to buy or receive as a gift, you may have noticed a recent change. The company is phasing out its old one-click tool for a more advanced (and more invasive) Amazon Assistant.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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How to Protect Your Privacy on Your Smart Home Devices

Smart speakers are cool, convenient and fun to use, but when it comes to privacy, they leave a lot to be desired. If you own an Amazon Echo, a Google Home, or a HomePod, there are a bunch of settings and features to tweak if you’re worried about protecting your personal data.Read more… Continue Reading […]

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