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LinkedIn's 'Intro' offers major security risks for minor benefits

LinkedIn's new "Intro" is not only the worst idea I've heard in quite a while; it's a bad idea with almost no upside. Here's what you should know about Intro before you even think about using it. Where did Intro come from? Quoting from LinkedIn's "Pledge of Privacy" page (say that ten times...

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Snapchat has given certain user messages to law enforcement agencies

Snapchat originally rose to popularity thanks to the false sense of security its timed photos provided. It wasn't long before intrepid code monkeys discovered that the app was actually storing photos it claimed to have deleted. That rather blatant oversight has since been corrected, but today the...

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Oh look, another "easy" way to spoof Touch ID on the iPhone 5s

I'll be honest: I'm getting kind of tired of seeing words like "easy" and "simple" being used to describe the ridiculous how-to videos showing that it's possible to trick the Touch ID sensor on the iPhone 5s into believing you're someone you're not. The latest in what is sure to be a never-ending...

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Apple, Google and host of other tech companies sign letter asking for greater transparency regarding government surveillance

Apple and a host of other tech companies, including Google, Microsoft, Facebook and Reddit, have all signed their name to a letter expressing support for proposed bills that would enable them to reveal more details about government requests for information. The bills in question include the...

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Yahoo! introduces sign-in verification, "app passwords" for iOS

Yahoo! has added another layer of account security for users today in the form of second sign-in verification. The new system monitors and verifies what devices you use to sign into your Yahoo! account to prevent unauthorized users from accessing private info, such as your email. If you decide to...

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Fooling Touch ID may be possible, but calling it 'easy' is a bold-faced lie

By now you've all probably seen the video that is currently making its way around the web claiming to show how easy it is to fool the Touch ID sensor on the new iPhone 5s. In it, a shaky-handed individual uses what appears to be a thin film of some sort to trick his phone into thinking he was...

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Why a disembodied finger can't be used to unlock the Touch ID sensor on the iPhone 5s

When a lot of folks think of fingerprint-scanning technology, they often assume there's a single way to do it, but nothing could be further from the truth. There are actually more than a half-dozen different technologies -- and combinations thereof -- that various devices employ to read prints,...

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Interrogating Siri: We ask Apple's digital assistant the hard-hitting privacy questions

With more and more information about the potentially worrisome link between the NSA and some of the biggest tech companies in the United States coming to light each day, Apple's announcement earlier this week of a new smartphone that can read your fingerprints was accompanied by plenty of...

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Touch ID is huge for businesses and employees, but for different reasons

Apple's newly revealed iPhone 5s sports a number of improvements over its predecessor, but if there's one feature that truly sets the device apart from other iPhones (if not from all previous smartphones), it's Touch ID. The Touch ID sensor built into the home button of the 5s can read your...

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Google's lawyers: If you use Gmail you have no expectation of privacy

While we know none of our readers would ever use email for nefarious purposes, the privacy of one's personal information is a hot topic thanks to the recent revelations about the NSA's domestic spying program. Well, there's bad news for privacy-minded Gmail fans: Google's official legal stance is...

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Facebook security bug exposed user data for 6 million users

A security bug on Facebook accidentally exposed the personal information (emails or phone numbers) of upwards of 6 million users. Facebook announced the discovered bug on Friday, noting that its team fixed it within 24 hours upon being made aware of its existence. In a blog post addressing the...

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Apple issues 'Commitment to Customer Privacy' statement

Earlier this month a top-secret PowerPoint presentation was released that leaked the existence of the US government's PRISM program. The program is a surveillance program that gives the US government a backdoor into user accounts at major technology companies such as Microsoft, Facebook, Google...

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DevJuice: Is your app watching you?

The PRISM project is hitting the news just now, with the Director of National Intelligence issuing statements, and people talking about what privacy means in a free society. This morning, our backchannel discussion about PRISM drifted to the topic of user privacy in apps. Specifically, we've...

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Apple denies involvement in US government communication surveillance

Apple has told CNBC that it does not provide the US government with direct access to its servers, contradicting a Washington Post report that the company, among others, is knowingly participating in a secret program that is allowing the government to monitor the activity of US residents. The...

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German court tells Apple to change rules for handling customer data

A German court has ruled that Apple must change its company policies for handling customer data after finding the policies violate the country's privacy laws. In the suit, brought by the group Verbraucherzentrale Bundesverband (VZBV), it took issue with eight of the provisions in Apple's data-use...

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