Not all mobile messaging apps are equal when it comes to built-in security and privacy protections, so you should be wary of anything new that comes your way no matter how viral it might. Not all of them feature end-to-end encryption, which is the only kind of encryption you should want in an instant messaging app — the list of secure apps includes iMessage, WhatsApp, Telegram, Skype, or Signal by the way. Some of them might actually spy on you, especially if you’re a high-target individual, or if you live in certain parts of the world. The newest popular chat app that’s secretly spying on you is called ToTok and comes from the Emirates.
Two bits of Facebook news that both popped at week’s end should underscore how much awesome power the biggest social network in the world still wields as the decade draws to a close. Not only that, but how expansive its ambitions remain — and, correspondingly, how embarrassingly bad the company still is, after all this time, at handling the privacy and security of its users’ data.
The two pieces of news we’re referring to are as follows:
Ad networks and trackers are bad, but they aren’t the only way your phone tracks your every move.
The New York Times has published a bombshell of a story that goes into great detail about how software SDKs (especially advertisement-based ones) can track your every move no matter how “anonymized” they claim to be. It’s a great article and really goes in-depth about how it all works and more importantly, why it’s something you might want to care about. Be sure to read it.
If you just bought a smart TV on Black Friday or Cyber Monday, the FBI wants you to be aware of a few things. On November 26, the FBI’s Portland, Oregon office issued a warning to smart TV users about the security risks associated with buying smart TVs.
In the report, the FBI said,
“A number of the newer TVs also have built-in cameras. In some cases, the cameras are used for facial recognition so the TV knows who is watching and can suggest programming appropriately. Beyond the risk that your TV manufacturer and app developers may be listening and watching you, that television can also be a gateway for hackers to come into your home. A bad cyber actor may [...]