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How to Turn Off Facebook's Face Recognition Features

posted onFebruary 28, 2018
by l33tdawg

In recent days, more and more Facebook users started seeing a notification about how the social network uses its facial recognition technology. When Facebook first implemented the tech in 2013, it limited its use to suggesting tags in photos. In December, though, the company announced that it would expand face recognition's scope to notify you when someone added a photo you were in, whether it was tagged or not. If that sounds like something you'd rather Facebook not do, it's easy enough to stop.

Iridium Browser: A Browser for the Privacy Conscious

posted onFebruary 26, 2018
by l33tdawg

Google Chrome is one of the most popular web browsers in use today. People like it because it is quick and highly customizable. However, many people are leery of using it because Chrome tends to send lots of user information home to the massive Google servers. (You didn’t think that Google built these huge data centers to store cat videos, did you?) Thankfully, there is an alternative for those who are privacy conscious.

Surprise! Yet Another Baby Monitor Can Be Hacked by a Child

posted onFebruary 21, 2018
by l33tdawg

You probably think your baby is special. Every hacker in the world is just itching to catch a glimpse of that tubby little poo monster. But let’s be real—probably no one is spying on your boring baby.

Nevertheless, on the off chance you are one of the 50,000 parents who bought a Mi-Cam device (presumably to keep track of your bundle of joy while you’re slamming back screwdrivers with the other breeders in your cul-de-sac) you should know that that cheap Chinese-made camera you got is apparently incredibly hackable.

Fitness Tracker Data Exposes Military Operations, Shows What Damage That Can Be Done With 'Just Metadata'

posted onJanuary 29, 2018
by l33tdawg

 Last November, Strava Labs released its "global heatmap" -- a stockpile of data created by millions of health-conscious people worldwide. Strava Labs is the GPS brain many fitness trackers rely on, allowing devices to record billions of steps recorded by millions of users. The company pulls data from big players like FitBit and Jawbone, as well as having its own fitness-tracking app. Here's what Strava Labs handed over to the general public:

1 billion activities

3 trillion latitude/longitude points

13 trillion pixels rasterized

10 terabytes of raw input data

Facebook Bug Could Have Let Advertisers Get Your Phone Number

posted onJanuary 8, 2018
by l33tdawg

Facebook tells users that giving the company their mobile phone number will help keep their account secure. Until a few weeks ago, however, the social network’s self-service ad-targeting tools could be massaged into revealing a Facebook user’s cellphone number from their email address. The same flaw made it possible to collect phone numbers for Facebook users who had visited a particular webpage.

Breach of India's Biometric Database Puts 1 Billion Users at Risk

posted onJanuary 5, 2018
by l33tdawg

A breach of the Unique Identification Authority of India's Aadhaar biometric system is putting personally identifiable information (PII) of more than 1 billion Indian residents at risk, reports the Tribune, an Indian publication.

Attackers created a gateway to the biometric database, in which any Aadhaar user's ID number can be entered into a portal, the Tribune reports. Once the number is entered, it will pull up the resident's name, address, postal code, photo, phone number, and email address, according to the Tribune.