Google’s popular Chromecast and Home products suffer from a serious privacy flaw that would let hackers discover your location with incredible accuracy, well beyond the information they could learn from an internet service provider.
The good news is that Google will fix this issue via a software update that should be released in July, although Google decided back in May not to address it. Until then, the chances of hackers actually finding out your location are incredibly slim, if you’re internet-savvy enough not to fall for phishing schemes.
In today’s edition of “you probably didn’t know this was still a thing but be glad it stopped,” Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint have all confirmed that they’re cutting ties with some third-party data brokers to whom the wireless networks had been selling customer location data. All the major cell networks have long sold location data to third parties, who were supposed to vet how it was being used. It will come as no surprise to learn that the data was being misused across a number of brokers, and security researcher Brian Krebs even found that one data firm was enabling anyone to find location data on any cell number, for free.
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If you’re an important man, it’s common sense to fear for your smartphone security and personal information. But if you’re President Donald Trump, you don’t need to worry! It’s reported that Trump himself views the security plans in regards to his smartphone as “inconvenient,” and just disregards all advice.
The security on both Donald Trump’s smartphones lack high-end security and advanced protection. Trump prefers to use two iPhones: one for phone calls and another for apps like Twitter (Trump is a big fan!) and others. The White House Communications Agency urged the president to increase the security on his phones, but he disregarded all their advice.
They suggested [...]
Our lives and our private posts – for the most part – are shared online on social media, however; there are some things that we like to keep to ourselves. There are always these Friday night clubbing pictures with friends that we wouldn’t like our bosses to see, or some depressive late night post that we wouldn’t appreciate if a distant family member came across. So it’s always good to have the option to select who gets to see our posts, and who absolutely shouldn’t. Now, can you imagine if all your posts in a certain period where set to ‘public’ without your consent, and you had no idea about it?
Facebook has unfortunately made 14 million of us go through that awful [...]