Preveil is relatively new; and takes a number of interesting whacks at conventional thinking about security and privacy. Apps available on Android, IOS, Windows, Mac. Look for the security features on https://www.preveil.com/preveil-security/ . A few immediate reflections: No passwords. Wha? Once you set up the application, you just use it. Since there are no passwords (convenient=good), […]
OSINT – is “open source intelligence”. It is what investigators and curious people use to (entirely legally) find information on the open / public internet. In this case the good news is that this source does NOT reveal your name, phone number, or other info but it does give year, make, model, and packages that […]
https://www.propublica.org/article/you-snooze-you-lose-insurers-make-the-old-adage-literally-true So there are a number of messages in this article (emphasis added by myself): start with your medical device manufacturer is not only monitoring your use but reporting it to your insurer; the implication is your noncompliance could be used to limit your benefits in the future – from the article: Privacy experts said […]
https://www.vice.com/en_uk/article/wjbzzy/your-phone-is-listening-and-its-not-paranoia Another reason to leave your phone locked in the glove compartment of your car. Furbys were banned from various gov agencies because they would record and repeat what they heard. Your phone is doing that now, recording but worse, relaying that information to advertisers and other parties. Short of physically disconnecting the microphone wires […]
https://thehackernews.com/2018/08/facebook-vpn-app-apple-store.html Just because something claims to offer “VPN” (virtual private network) services, doesn’t mean it’s actually good for your privacy nor security. How disappointing, but yet is this really unexpected? Facebook yesterday removed its mobile VPN app called Onavo Protect from the iOS App Store after Apple declared the app violated the iPhone maker’s App […]
“All software is defective” is a favorite I quote from Joe Bentfield. https://thehackernews.com/2018/08/google-chrome-vulnerability.html What can you do? Keep your software, browsers, plugins, etc. updated. Don’t assume that because some provider promised they would keep your information safe, that someone won’t hack them…
“All software is defective — Joe Bentfield”. It is still surprising to see Gmail’s position: it’s up to the user – that’s YOU – to understand who is reading your mail.