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Camscanner, a Hugely Popular Android App, Shipped with a Malicious Malware

by Aigerim Berzinya - Aug 29, 2019

Camscanner is a very popular app for Android. Recently, Kaspersky Labs informed Google about Camscanner’s malicious code and the app was removed from Google Play immediately. What should we be aware of before downloading the next app?

Privacy Law in Education: Personal Student Data Can Be Threatened

Privacy Law in Education: Personal Student Data Can Be Threatened

by Aigerim Berzinya - Aug 28, 2019

Who to blame for data breach again? Who is responsible for personal data vulnerability? All these questions are raised up once one more time data has been stolen. We forget about simple steps on how to protect our personal information. Remind your children how to prevent losing data and protect yourself from online threats.

16 Worst and Most Extreme Ways Employers are Spying on Their People

16 Worst and Most Extreme Ways Employers are Spying on Their People

by Aigerim Berzinya - Aug 20, 2019

There are regular employee tracking apps which offer a usual set of features, such as GPS monitoring, performance tracking, closed messaging employees` groups, time tracking features, and etc. However, some of them can be considered as too invasive like incognito agents. This article is about spying apps used for secretly monitoring employees` activities at work (maybe not only at work).

Be Aware: Google Removed these Apps from Google Play Store

Be Aware: Google Removed these Apps from Google Play Store

by Aigerim Berzinya - Jul 26, 2019

Downloading apps to your devices, we do not think of any potential threats from it. We have made a list of applications which have been deleted from Google Play Store by Google itself. Do you know why? Here is the answer.

Ad Blockers are Super Popular Right Now and for a Reason

by Aigerim Berzinya - Jun 03, 2019

Were you annoyed by ads when it suddenly stops a video you were watching or blocks an article you were reading? We are surrounded by online advertisement. It seems like there is no way to hide from it. Thanks to geniuses who invented ad blockers. How does it work and what apps to use? The answers are here.

Facebook Managed to Get Itself Involved in Three Security Blunders in Less Than a Month

Facebook Managed to Get Itself Involved in Three Security Blunders in Less Than a Month

by Aigerim Berzinya - Apr 29, 2019

We are getting more worried about online data privacy. How to keep your private information protected and still use social media platforms? This question was asked by millions of Facebook users. Well, nothing is perfect and you have to evaluate an online risk and be prepared for circumstances. Here you go, scandals are continued.

Location Sharing Tips: Shoulds and Shouldn’ts

Location Sharing Tips: Shoulds and Shouldn’ts

by Aigerim Berzinya - Apr 04, 2019

Location sharing is a very useful feature, especially if you have a big family or upcoming event with a huge number of guests. However, it is a double-edged sword. You have to be careful when sharing your location and know what you should do and should not do.

Private Search Engines Could Shake Google's Empire in Years to Come

Private Search Engines Could Shake Google's Empire in Years to Come

by Aigerim Berzinya - Mar 13, 2019

Google is one of the most powerful search engines we have ever known. It dominates all other sources and it still has been developed. However, Google has damaged its reputation in data privacy incidents. What would happen if Google was replaced by other private search engines? Is it possible?

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The Top Apps to Keep Your Location and Personal Data Safe and Secure

The Top Apps to Keep Your Location and Personal Data Safe and Secure

by Aigerim Berzinya - Jan 05, 2019

The world is waking up to the reality that our apps are leaking, harvesting, sharing, and selling our data—both location data and other types—rampantly. Thank god for GDPR arriving on the scene, but still our governments are either turning a blind eye or unable to keep up. What can we do? Use better apps.

Google Plus Data Breach: the Aftermath of Secrecy

Google Plus Data Breach: the Aftermath of Secrecy

by Aigerim Berzinya - Oct 12, 2018

Google Plus will be shut down by the end of August, 2019. Within three years about 430 apps had access to the private data of Google Plus users - such as name, email address, occupation, gender, and age, no matter if users marked the data as private. It seems that 2018 will be known as the year of the “data breach”, but you never know. It is still October...

Facebook: Massive Hack Affecting 50 Million Users

Facebook: Massive Hack Affecting 50 Million Users

by Aigerim Berzinya - Oct 05, 2018

The world’s biggest social network suffers a massive hack affecting 50 million users after it is discovered that Facebook uses 2fa numbers and shadow contact info for ad purposes.

2019 Starts with New Data Privacy Issues: Cell Carriers Sold Users' Data

by Aigerim Berzinya - Jan 16, 2019

This year has started off with a major new location data privacy scandal. AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile have all been caught sharing and selling location data — again — after they had already pledged to the US Congress to stop. Will there ever be any consequences for their consistent trampling of users' privacy rights?

Twenty Four Popular iOS Apps Share Private Location Data Without Users’ Knowledge. Is anyone surprised?

by Aigerim Berzinya - Sep 14, 2018

People talk about private location data and how it is bad to share it. The EU countries agreed on GDPR regulations, but still more apps continue sharing private location data without users` permission. In this article we have listed twenty four iOS apps you would be careful with.

Security Vulnerabilities of Most Popular Location Sharing and Spying Apps

Security Vulnerabilities of Most Popular Location Sharing and Spying Apps

by Aigerim Berzinya - Sep 07, 2018

Security experts Siegfried Rasthofer and Stephan Huber worked on a study titled “All your family secrets belong to us – Worrisome security issues in tracker apps”. The experts revealed a huge amount of security vulnerabilities among 18 of the most popular location sharing and spying apps that can be found in Google Play Store.

Google in Hot Water for Their Rampant Location Data Tracking

Google in Hot Water for Their Rampant Location Data Tracking

by Stephen Schroeder - Aug 24, 2018

"Big company overstep fatigue" got you down? Well brace yourself, Google has recently been caught out in 3 major breaches of users' trust. #1, surreptitiously recording and storing users' location data without their consent. #2, incognito browsing isn't as incognito as you thought, and #3, Google Home and Chromecast are also spilling data.

Privacy Experts Weigh in on the Risks in Location Data

Privacy Experts Weigh in on the Risks in Location Data

by Aigerim Berzinya - Aug 15, 2018

Users seldom think about the location data their apps and devices are generating. This info is very personal and can expose both individuals and companies to a surprising array of risk. We ask top privacy experts why users should be aware and steps they can take to control it.

GDPR in Europe: Citizens with Super Power and Companies with Restrictions

by Aigerim Berzinya - Jun 07, 2018

The European Union is trying to make companies respect individuals` data privacy. Hopefully, GDPR changes giant internet corporations` attitude regarding data protection. One day other countries will follow the EU and will come up with similar laws to keep all of our data encrypted, private and anonymous.

Data Privacy in Social Media: Who Takes Responsibility and Data Protection as a Priority Feature

Data Privacy in Social Media: Who Takes Responsibility and Data Protection as a Priority Feature

by Aigerim Berzinya - Apr 09, 2018

When it comes to data privacy and security, it is irresponsible to blame someone for all troubles happened to us. However, it does not remove any social media platforms guiltiness in personal data leaks, which happened recently. The EU and its General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) go into effect on May 25, 2018. There are big expectations to it. We will see...

Norwegian Consumer Council Releases Alarming Report on Child Smartwatch Privacy and Security Failures

Norwegian Consumer Council Releases Alarming Report on Child Smartwatch Privacy and Security Failures

by Stephen Schroeder - Nov 09, 2017

The state-supported Norwegian Consumer Council has conducted thorough research on child GPS smartwatches with phone calling features and has released the exposé '#WatchOut' seeking to push improvement and more regulation of the products. They are referring the Norwegian Data Protection Authority and the Consumer Ombudsman to review the manufacturers for breaches of the Norwegian Personal Data Act and the Marketing Control Act. The report has spread to a call in the US for the FTC to do likewise.

Top 11 Worst Location Data Privacy Breaches

Top 11 Worst Location Data Privacy Breaches

by Stephen Schroeder - Sep 25, 2017

Personal location data includes where you are right now, where you've been, where you often go, the locations of your loved ones and more. Safeguarding it is critical for safety but this data is too often overlooked and dangerous data leaks have occurred, often by big companies that should know better.

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We Know What Youtube and Facebook Did This Summer

Privacy & Security | by Aigerim Berzinya - Sep 09, 2019

Recently Youtube was fined $170 million for violating kids’ privacy. And oops...Facebook did it again! 400 million phone numbers were not protected enough.

Camscanner, a Hugely Popular Android App, Shipped with a Malicious Malware

Camscanner, a Hugely Popular Android App, Shipped with a Malicious Malware

Privacy & Security | by Aigerim Berzinya - Aug 29, 2019

Camscanner is a very popular app for Android. Recently, Kaspersky Labs informed Google about Camscanner’s malicious code and the app was removed from Google Play immediately. What should we be aware of before downloading the next app?

Privacy Law in Education: Personal Student Data Can Be Threatened

Privacy Law in Education: Personal Student Data Can Be Threatened

Privacy & Security | by Aigerim Berzinya - Aug 28, 2019

Who to blame for data breach again? Who is responsible for personal data vulnerability? All these questions are raised up once one more time data has been stolen. We forget about simple steps on how to protect our personal information. Remind your children how to prevent losing data and protect yourself from online threats.

16 Worst and Most Extreme Ways Employers are Spying on Their People

16 Worst and Most Extreme Ways Employers are Spying on Their People

Privacy & Security | by Aigerim Berzinya - Aug 20, 2019

There are regular employee tracking apps which offer a usual set of features, such as GPS monitoring, performance tracking, closed messaging employees` groups, time tracking features, and etc. However, some of them can be considered as too invasive like incognito agents. This article is about spying apps used for secretly monitoring employees` activities at work (maybe not only at work).