The dark web turns 20 this month. From black market hotspots to facilitating the Arab Spring

2020-03-23 11:25

The dark web — used by outlaws, dissidents, and hackers to share information without scrutiny — will turn 20 years old this month.

A leak reportedly shows the CIA bought an encryption company and spied on clients — while turning a profit

2020-02-12 08:30

The American CIA secretly listened in on communications by spies, diplomats, military officials, calling it "the intelligence coup of the century."

TikTok is reportedly on the hunt for a US-based CEO, and it could be the company's latest step to distance itself from ties to China

2020-01-23 15:15

The move may help to distance TikTok from ByteDance, its Chinese parent company, and appease concerns about the app's ties to the Chinese government.

Here's why Facebook, Google, and every other major tech company are updating their privacy policy in time for 2020, and what it means for you

2020-01-01 16:38

A new law was passed in California, but changes being made by most major tech companies will affect everyone.

Apple is appearing at the year's biggest tech conference for the first time since 1992, and it says a lot about where the company is headed

2019-12-19 10:27

Apple's presence at CES 2020 provides a hint at where the company's priorities lie as it sees the value in expanding beyond its own events.

China introduces mandatory face scans for phone users

2019-12-01 08:40

China will require telecom operators to collect face scans when registering new phone users at offline outlets starting on Sunday, according to the country's information technology authority, as Beijing continues to tighten cyberspace controls.

Banks and financial apps in South Africa are sharing your personal information - here’s how to stop them

2019-11-30 06:44

Financial institutions around the world sell data about customer spending habits. Here's how FNB, ABSA, Capitec, Nedbank, and Standard Bank approach privacy – and what you can do to protect yours.

Facebook will pay Americans (for now) to answer market research surveys, and insists it won't sell the data

2019-11-25 21:41

Facebook is launching Viewpoints, a new market research app that pays users for responding to participating in surveys – only the US for now.

Facial recognition is on the rise, but artificial intelligence is already being trained to recognise humans in new ways — including gait detection and heartbeat sensors

2019-10-30 11:36

Emerging technologies can recognise humans and track people's location by detecting their heartbeat, walking gait, and even skin cells left behind.

'How do I stop my iPhone from listening to me?': How to change your microphone settings so that your iPhone can't hear your voice

2019-10-18 17:18

You can stop your iPhone from listening to you by changing your microphone and Siri settings, which you can do from the Settings app.

 

Hackers are getting better at tricking people into handing over passwords — here's what to look out for

2020-03-02 18:51

Phishing scams are on the rise, and costing over $57 million from more than 114,000 victims in the US last year, according to the FBI.

These email apps are scraping information from your inbox and selling the data for a profit

2020-02-11 10:51

The apps are primarily interested in tracking receipts and shipping emails that show people's consumer behavior.

Nobel laureate Paul Krugman said he likely fell for a phishing scam. Here's how phishing scams work and how to avoid them.

2020-01-10 18:00

Krugman tweeted that he received a phone call indicating that hackers downloaded child pornography on his WiFi network.

Facebook says it's investigating data exposure of 267 million users

2019-12-20 08:42

Facebook says it is investigating a report that a database containing names and phone numbers of more than 267 million users was exposed online.

This is how Facebook learns what you buy at physical stores in order to show you relevant ads — and how to opt out

2019-12-12 09:34

Facebook learns about what users are buying in order to serve them ads that reflect what they're likely to spend money on.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey doesn't use Google on his phone but a privacy-focused rival called DuckDuckGo

2019-11-30 08:18

DuckDuckGo is a search engine that prioritizes user privacy, eschewing personalized search results and refusing to profile its users.

You can and should be using spaces in your passwords — here's why

2019-11-26 09:02

There's no reason that your password should be a single word — a "passphrase" consisting of multiple words is much safer.

WATCH: Whistleblower Edward Snowden talks data exploitation

2019-11-05 11:48

The whistleblower joined Web Summit via live link from Russia.

Clicking this link lets you see what Google thinks it knows about you based on your search history — and some of its predictions are eerily accurate

2019-10-29 17:30

By clicking a link from Google's account settings page, users can find out what the tech giant thinks it knows about them.

A cybersecurity expert describes the underground hacker network where stolen usernames and passwords are 'traded like Pokémon cards'

2019-10-07 12:47

Hackers use secret networks to aggregate and trade millions of stolen login credentials and passwords, according to a cybersecurity expert.

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