Articles about Privacy (page 2)

Over 500,000 Zoom Accounts Are Being Sold On The Dark Web
Zoom’s explosion in popularity should have been a great thing, but unfortunately, it only exposed the app’s security and privacy flaws which could compromise accounts. Unfortunately for Zoom, it looks like the company’s troubles are far from over because according to a report from BleepingComputer, it appears that over half a million Zoom accounts are being sold on the dark web and hacker forums.

This Is How Apple And Google’s COVID-19 Contact Tracing Will Work
Over the weekend, Apple and Google announced that they would be working together to develop contact tracing features into iOS and Android. Now in a new series of photos, they are showing how this feature will work, and how it will also require the user’s consent in order to better protect their privacy.

Google Is Banning Employees From Using Zoom On Their Work Laptops
In the past few months, Zoom has enjoyed an explosion in popularity. However, this popularity put the app under a very bright spotlight in which several privacy and security related issues were discovered. This has led to some organizations, such as school districts, to ban the use of the app.

Safari Flaw Would Have Allowed Hackers To Hijack iOS And macOS Device’s Webcam And Microphone
One of the concerns that many of us have with devices with built-in cameras and microphones, it would be whether or not these hardware features could be used to spy on us. This is why some people choose to tape over their microphones and cameras on their computers to prevent this from happening.

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Schools In New York Are Banning Zoom Over Security Concerns
Zoom has been discovered to contain quite a bit of vulnerabilities regarding its security and privacy. More recently, it seems that the app has been found to be routing some of its calls made in North America through China, which has raised some concerns regarding the privacy of the app.

Researchers Discover That Some Zoom Calls Were Routed To China
Zoom just can’t seem to catch a break. Recently according to a report from the security researchers at Citizen Lab, they discovered that some Zoom calls were being routed through China. These were calls that were made in North America, but yet for some reason were being sent through China.

Facebook Tried To Buy A Spyware Tool To Monitor Its Users
We’ve all encountered instances where we talk about something, only for an ad to appear for that product later on Facebook. The social media giant has long denied that they are spying on its users, but according to a recent report from Motherboard, it doesn’t mean that they haven’t tried.

Google Releases Mobile Location Data To Show Who’s Complying With Stay-At-Home Orders
Right now, governments around the world have implemented stay-at-home orders. These orders vary in degrees where for some, it is a complete lockdown, while others still allow some movement for essential services and to make grocery runs. However, despite these measures, there are still individuals out there who aren’t taking this seriously.

Apple’s 2020 iPad Pro Comes With A Hardware Microphone Disconnect Feature
With our laptops and smartphones and tablets sporting built-in microphones and cameras, there is a bit of concern that these features could be used to spy on us. Apple tried to resolve that problem with its laptops back in 2018, where they introduced a disconnect feature in its MacBooks that disabled the microphone when the laptop’s lid was closed.

Zoom Pledges To Spend The Next 90 Days Fixing Its Privacy And Security Issues
Video conferencing app Zoom has been around for quite a while now. Granted, it might not have been quite as mainstream compared to Skype, Google Hangouts, and other similar apps, but in the recent months, the app’s popularity has exploded due to people being forced to work and study from home as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

Researchers Want To Use Crowdsourced Data To Help Fight The COVID-19 Virus
If you’re not a doctor, scientist, or medical researcher, it doesn’t mean that you can’t help fight the COVID-19 virus. Simply staying at home to help flatten the curve is already a contribution towards society, but if you want to be more active in lending a helping hand, researchers at UC San Francisco could use your help.

Zoom Reassures They Are Not Selling User Data
With Zoom seeing a sudden surge in popularity due to the coronavirus outbreak which has forced thousands to work and study from home, the app is also under new scrutiny where a recent discovery revealed that the app was secretly sending data to Facebook. Zoom later removed the offending code, and have since updated its privacy policy.

Zoom Removes Code That Sends Data to Facebook
With the rise in popularity of the Zoom video conferencing app, it has been discovered that the app has been secretly sending user data to Facebook without the user’s consent. For those who are uncomfortable with this, the good news is that following Motherboard’s report, the company has since removed the offending code.

iOS 13.4 Bug Is Breaking VPN Data Encryption Features
One of the main purposes of using VPNs is to protect your identity and also keeping your data encrypted. However, it seems that due to a bug in iOS 13.4, it looks like the latest update is breaking data encryption for VPNs, essentially rendering them (kind of) useless and defeating the whole point of using them.