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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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How to Get Your Photos Out of Verizon’s Leaky Cloud Service

Storing all your photos in the cloud can be great, until it isn’t. Sometimes the storage service you use might jack up its prices or a few of your photos could just inexplicably disappear. Even worse, your private pictures might just end up on a stranger’s smartphone.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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John Perry Barlow’s Tips for Being a Grown Up

Yesterday, the nonprofit privacy advocacy organization Electronic Frontier Foundation announced the passing of its founder, John Perry Barlow. He was 70. In addition to his groundbreaking work at EFF and his contributions to the Grateful Dead as a lyricist (Cassidy, anyone?), he established a set of guidelines by…Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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John Perry Barlow’s Tips for Being a Grown Up

Yesterday, the nonprofit privacy advocacy organization Electronic Frontier Foundation announced the passing of its founder, John Perry Barlow. He was 70. In addition to his groundbreaking work at EFF and his contributions to the Grateful Dead as a lyricist (Cassidy, anyone?), he established a set of guidelines by…Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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How to Keep Strava From Telling Everyone Where You Live

Sharing your running and cycling routes is the whole point of using Strava—you can see whether you’re the fastest in your neighborhood at climbing that big hill, or take on a friend’s favorite running route to see how you compare. But this weekend, analyst Nathan Ruser pointed out that the app’s heatmap of popular…Read more… […]

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See What Data Microsoft is Collecting on You and Put a Stop to It (Maybe)

Privacy-conscious users will be happy to hear about Microsoft’s latest addition to Windows 10, which adds transparency in terms of data collection, and finally let users see what information is being sent for analysis to Microsoft. The Windows Diagnostic Data Viewer makes it more convenient for users to see what data…Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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How to Stop Instagram From Telling Everyone You’re Online

Android/iOS: Your favorite social network for pretending you have a perfect life is now ready to let everyone know when you’re online and lurking. Instagram is adding an activity status indicator to the people in your Direct Messages list, letting you know when they’re on and ignoring that last funny video you sent.…Read more… Continue […]

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How Much Digital Privacy Should You Give Your Kids?

It seems as though nearly every week a new study is published that contradicts the last one about how much screen time kids should—and shouldn’t—be allowed. But assuming you’ve decided to take the plunge and buy your child a phone, tablet or computer, the hard choices aren’t over—in fact, they’ve just started. Now,…Read more… Continue […]

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How to Get Around OkCupid’s Stupid New ‘Real Name’ Policy

Online dating service OkCupid made two big changes to their platform recently, one of which involving usernames. In short, you can no longer hide behind AIM-like screen names akin to “HoneyBabe37" or “StudddMuffin96.” That’s right, they want real names now. Fortunately, there’s a simple way to still maintain your…Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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How to Stop Apps From Listening in on Your TV Habits

That innocent-looking mobile game you just downloaded might just have an ulterior motive. Behind the scenes, hundreds of different apps could be using your smartphone’s microphone to figure out what you watch on TV, a new report from The New York Times reveals. Here’s what you need to know about these eavesdropping…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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Use Fake Answers to Online Security Questions

The sign up processes for online banking accounts, new email addresses, or health insurance apps all involve a few extra security measures to protect the precious data inside those accounts. Unfortunately, the security questions they make you answer aren’t exactly secure. Your mother’s maiden name just won’t cut it…Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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‘Starwars’ and the 24 Other Worst Passwords of 2017

You know those corny movie scenes, where someone hacks their boss or girlfriend or enemy’s password by looking around the room and making two guesses? In real life, that would work way more often than it should. Check out this list of the 25 most-used, and thus most hackable, passwords of 2017.Read more… Continue Reading […]

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How to Delete the Voice Data That Amazon Echo and Google Home Are Storing

For those of us who don’t have an Amazon smart speaker, visits home for the holidays bring with them a new family member, always being shouted at. Alexa! ALEXA! SKIP SONG! But for anyone living with Amazon’s or Google’s smart home device, day in and day out, you eventually start to wonder: How much is […]

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