8 Apps to Save and Back Up Texts on Android If you're reading this, chances are you spend a lot of time texting. Like, a ridiculous amount of time. Some might say too much time, but we wouldn't know anything about that — this is a judgment free zone. The point is, texting is a huge part of our daily lives. We use texting to make memories, share secrets, send complex late-night film ideas. So why are you erasing all of them?
Can the NSA and CIA use your phone to track your location? July 26, 2011, 12:43 PM — There's no need to panic, or start shopping for aluminum-foil headwear, but the super-secret National Security Agency has apparently been thinking frequently enough about whether the NSA is allowed to intercept location data from cell phones to track U.S. citizens that the agency's chief lawyer was able to speak intelligently about it off the cuff while interviewing for a different job. "There are certain circumstances where that authority may exist," even if the NSA has no warrant to investigate a the person whose privacy it is invading or global permission to eavesdrop on everyone, according to Matthew Olsen, the NSA's general counsel. He didn't come to talk about that particularly; he said it yesterday in response to a question from the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, which was considering whether he'd be a good choice to run the National Counterterrorism Center.
Protecting Your Privacy on the New Facebook It can be scoured by police officers, partners and would-be employers. It can be mined by marketers to show tailored advertisements. And now, with Facebook’s newfangled search tool, it can allow strangers, along with “friends” on Facebook, to discover who you are, what you like and where you go. Facebook insists it is up to you to decide how much you want others to see. And that is true, to some extent. But you cannot entirely opt out of Facebook searches. United Kingdom: Surveillance Activity by UK Intelligence Agencies Ruled Unlawful (Dec. 8, 2016) The Investigatory Powers Tribunal ruled on October 17, 2016, that the British Intelligence Agencies unlawfully collected the confidential personal data of British citizens in bulk for 17 years, from 1998 to 2015, when the activities were publicly acknowledged. (Privacy International v. Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs,  UKIPTrib 15_110-CH.) The ruling was declared “one of the most significant indictments of the secret use of the government’s mass surveillance powers since Edward Snowden first began exposing the extent of British and American state digital surveillance of citizens in 2013.” (Alan Travis, UK Security Agencies Unlawfully Collected Data for 17 Years, Court Rules, GUARDIAN ( Oct. 17, 2016).)
Popular Desktop Apps And Their Online Alternatives Outfitting your computer with the latest software can be expensive. Time and money aren’t things to be wasted. With sky rocketing prices for desktop applications, you need to arm yourself with the right alternatives. Fortunately, there is a great alternative out there: the Internet. As hard as it is to believe, just by surfing around online, you can access most of the desktop app functionalities you need without shelling out a cent. Do We Have the NSA on the Run, or Is a Much Worse Surveillance State in the Making? December 20, 2013 | Like this article? Join our email list: Stay up to date with the latest headlines via email.
Home Routers Pose Biggest Consumer Cyberthreat Flaws in home routers let Polish hackers rob banks using man-in-the-middle attacks. The remote-access management flaw that allowed TheMoon worm to thrive on Linksys routers is far from the only vulnerability in that particular brand of hardware, though it might be simpler to call all home-based wireless routers gaping holes of insecurity than to list all the flaws in those of just one vendor. Many of the same Linksys routers with flaws that make them vulnerable to infection by TheMoon ship with other doors and windows open. Chief among them is a bug that would allow a remote user to access the administrative console of a Linksys router without logging in first, using port 8083, which is left open on many Linksys models. Vulnerable machines include the Linksys EA2700, EA3500, E4200 or EA4500, according to security researcher Kyle Lovett and SANS Institute Internet Storm Center (ICS)’s Matt Claunch, who reported it to Linksys in July 2013.
Detekt: A New Malware Detection Tool That Can Expose Illegitimate State Surveillance Eva GalperinElectronic Frontier Foundation Recent years have seen a boom in the adoption of surveillance technology by governments around the world, including spyware that provides its purchasers the unchecked ability to target remote Internet users' computers, to read their personal emails, listen in on private audio calls, record keystrokes and passwords, and remotely activate their computer’s camera or microphone. EFF, together with Amnesty International, Digitale Gesellschaft, and Privacy International have all had experience assisting journalists and activists who have faced the illegitimate use of such software in defiance of accepted international human rights law. Software like this is designed to evade detection by its victims. That's why we've joined together to support Detekt, a new malware detection tool developed by security researcher Claudio Guarnieri.
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