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Strava begins selling your data points, and no, you can't opt-out [Updated]

Strava (free) is an extremely popular running and biking app on iPhone, and has long been at or near the top of the fitness app charts. Along with its apps on other platforms including Android and even personal GPS devices, the company has pooled a whole lot of data about your running and cycling ...

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What customer information will Apple provide to the cops?

At the beginning of May, Apple updated its Legal Process Guidelines for U.S. Law Enforcement. These are the guidelines that law enforcement and government entities within the U.S. must follow when seeking information from Apple Inc about the people who use their products, services, and devices. So...

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Snapchat settles with the US government for deceiving users

As privacy has become harder to hold onto in the digital age, the appeal of Snapchat was obvious; no matter what you sent, your photo would be deleted within ten seconds. Of course, what sounded too good to be true ended up being exactly that. There are simple workarounds that allow for screen sho...

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Moves can now share your info with Facebook and the police

Following the release of the iPhone 5s with the M7 motion coprocessor, a number of fitness apps sprang up to utilize all the data it could capture. Our favorite app was Moves, a user-friendly fitness tracker that makes it easy to cycle through the number of steps you've taken, the number of calo...

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Please don't attempt to hunt down your stolen iPhone on your own

The story of a California woman hunting down an iPhone thief has been getting a lot of attention recently. Sarah Maguire of West Hollywood awoke after a night on the town to find both her own iPhone, and her roommates', were nowhere to be found. She booted up Find My iPhone, went to the address an...

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Facebook announces anonymous app login at F8 conference

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is known for having dubious ideas about privacy. The billionaire founder is famously quoted in David Kirkpatrick's book The Facebook Effect as saying, "having two identities for yourself is an example of a lack of integrity" and "the days of you having a different ...

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Snapchat competitor Puffchat is incredibly insecure, founder threatens legal action

Puffchat, a timed text and photo messaging client in the vein of Snapchat, is broken. So broken in fact that I, with very little knowledge in the way of HTTP sniffing, was able to access supposedly deleted photos and messages using a free-to-download security testing application. Yeah, it's that b...

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Warning: Yet another wave of phishing emails targets Apple users

Email scam artists seemingly love Apple users, and following on the tail end of a widespread Apple ID phishing attempt earlier this year, a new round of sketchy emails has descended upon a large number of email addresses. Unlike the previous scam -- which claimed that a user's Apple ID had been di...

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Ad agencies are sad that Apple cares about your privacy

Fears about online privacy have resonated worldwide in recent years. It's simple enough to understand; the amount of personal information we now share with businesses online is staggering. Once upon a time I watched my grandfather get into a near shouting match with a Blockbuster video that wanted...

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Apple leads the charge on transparency while Verizon, Sprint, and Comcast lag behind

"NSA" is the hot topic on the tip of everyone's tongue these days, so it's become increasingly important for the big names in tech to have a clear disclosure policy on government requests for user account information. On January 27th, the U.S. Justice Department decided that tech's big dogs could ...

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Catchr keeps an eye on your iPhone when you can't

Have you ever left your iPhone on a countertop or coffee table and wondered if a curious friend or family member did any snooping? Catchr is an app designed to answer that question by tracking all the app activity that happens on your device. Once you tell Catchr to begin its monitoring, the app ...

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iOS 7 bug lets you turn off Find My iPhone without authorization

Find My iPhone is often the best tool for finding a stolen device, especially since the phone prompts a user for their password before allowing the feature to be turned off. But now, a bug found in iOS 7.0.4 by Bradley Williams seems to allow anyone with the phone in their possession to bypass iCl...

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How to control which iOS apps have access to your personal data

Ever wonder which apps have access to your contacts or your calendar? Or maybe you tapped the incorrect button when an app asked for permission to access your photos or microphone? Don't stress too much as you can easily change the privacy settings for your data on an app-by-app basis. Accessing ...

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Starbucks' iOS app stores user credentials in plain text

Coffee and identity theft go together like peas and carrots. I guess that's why Starbucks decided that storing usernames, email addresses and passwords without encryption is fine for its iOS app. Discovered by security sleuth Daniel Wood, the blatant security flaw was found through Crashlytics, a Tw...

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Google's latest idea for Gmail will give you plenty of reasons to switch to iCloud

Once upon a time the informal motto of Google was "don't be evil." Now the motto seems to be "maybe sometimes evil is ok." The Verge revealed Google's latest "innovation" today, the ability to email a user's Gmail account, even if you don't have their email address. The new Gmail setting allows y...

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