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Thousands of Android apps have been creating a permanent record of everything you do

New research out of the International Computer Science Institute in California has turned up a worrisome finding: About 17,000 Android apps have apparently been not only tracking your activity over the long-term (even in instances where users make it clear they don’t want that), but they’ve also been creating a permanent record on your device of every single thing you do, which a CNET report today notes in most cases is a violation of Google’s policy on collecting data that can be used to target advertising to users.

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5 Critical Settings to Avoid Your Phone from Being Tracked

If you’ve seen all these hackers in movies finding everything about a person with several clicks on a keyboard and assumed it was unrealistic, well think again! Now don’t quote me on several clicks but these 5 critical settings are much simpler than you think.

It’s the hidden truth in today’s day and age, it seems inevitable that our lives are being entirely tracked down by the social media apps that we have not authorized to use any of that information. Or have we ? from targeted advertising, the miraculous things you like on Facebook reappearing on your Instagram explore page we have a lot to link our social media profiles to our existence as a living [...]

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Half of Google’s $3.4 million vulnerability rewards went to Android and Chrome bugs in 2018

To close out the week that Google spun out of Safer Internet Day, the company summarized the progress of its Vulnerability Reward Program in 2018. In total, $3.4 million in rewards were issued last year to 317 security researchers from around the world.

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Hackers can compromise your Android phone with a single image file

Opening a single image in PNG format may be enough for your Android phone to be compromised by hackers, and that’s regardless of how tech-savvy you might be. That’s because a vulnerability in Android from versions 7.0 to 9.0 will allow hackers to run code on your smartphone or tablet after you’ve looked at the image. And you’d have no way of knowing you’ve been targeted.

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