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Disconnect Mobile Blocks Malicious Ads and Malware on Your Smartphone

Android/iOS: Disconnect, one of our favorite privacy-protecting browser tools , has a mobile app that keeps you safe on your smartphone as well. Disconnect Mobile blocks malicious ads that track your activities, blocks malware disguised as ads, and offers protection against suspected malware sites. Read more… Continue Reading from the Source

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Google announces open source security initiative, continuing its love-hate relationship with user privacy

  Google, Dropbox, and the Open Technology Fund have partnered to create Simply Secure, a group meant to make it easier for companies to build open source security tools into their products. They couldn’t have picked a better year to found a group dedicated to digital security. Whether it was the crippling Heartbleed bug that rocked the Internet [...]

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Apple publishes huge accountability report on privacy and security. But does it go far enough?

In the wake of criticism related to Labor Day Weekend’s celebrity photo leak, Apple has published a detailed look at its built-in security tools, the government’s requests for customer data, and its thinking on how much information should be shared with other parties. The information contained within is much more detailed than what was offered during [...]

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Faulty Android tablets leave children (and their parents) exposed even after factory reset

It’s hard to protect a child’s personal information online. So many kids are now using tablets and other devices to play games, read books, and communicate with their friends that working to keep them safe on the Web can sometimes seem like a particularly stressful full-time job. A report from the Guardian adds to this [...]

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iCloud’s Two-Step Authentication Is Back and Now Covers Backups

Good news after a harrowing week: Your iCloud account is now (a little) more secure. After popping up briefly and then disappearing—and a highly publicized, unfortunately timed security breach —iCloud’s two-step authentication has returned for good, with several important improvements, according to Ars Technica. Read more… Continue Reading from the Source

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Hackers make the case for trusting Amazon’s and Apple’s “walled gardens”

If there’s anything a small segment of the tech-using population hates, it’s being forced to shop from a single marketplace. These people whine about “walled gardens” and “the tight shackles of modern consumerism” and other such malarkey. Often, they find ways to avoid these restrictions on where they can shop around for applications, videos, games, and many [...]

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Tim Cook’s defense of Apple’s privacy is incomplete at best

It’s hard to imagine the mental acrobatics required to defend your company’s data practices after just announcing it would start using your thumbprint in many applications and allow you to add your credit card information to its new payment service. But that’s exactly what Apple chief executive Tim Cook did in the second part of [...]

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