WhatsApp Update Making it Easier To Avoid Being Added to Groups

It seems like WhatsApp is getting some of the privacy features from Facebook. The instant messaging app has just been updated with a feature that gives you more control over who can add you to groups. You can choose “Everyone”, “My contacts”, or “My contacts except” which lets you individually select people from within your

How to use Android Device Manager for tracking your kids

Privacy and security have grown to become very big concerns in today’s highly-connected world. With a considerable part of the world’s population owning a mobile device, it’s likely that these devices are also being used to keep track of our whereabouts, too. There has been quite some buzz about government agencies spying on calls and

The Internet of Things: Will our devices spy on us?

We earlier reported on Google’s acquisition of Nest for $3.2 billion. Nest, which creates thermostats that automatically adjust temperature based on a user’s proximity, interfaces with devices like smartphones and via the web. Nest also has proximity sensors that can sense whether there is someone about, and will adjust the heat accordingly. Three billion is

Apps and permissions: Is Facebook Messenger spying on us?

Google Play’s app permission system is meant to inform users of how far into our data and device an application will be able to access before we install an app, or before updating an app with revised permissions. But most users are not likely to bother reading the entire thing, which means we may already

Here’s how the NSA can listen in on your conversations

Earlier this year, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden gave us a peek into how far-reaching the agency’s digital spying activities are. US and foreign citizens alike decried how the NSA’s PRISM program can hone in on supposed enemies of the state and pick up relevant conversations — all in the name of national security, of course.

Privacy vs. connectivity: Can there be a balance?

Vint Cerf, one of the fathers of the Internet, has said that privacy may actually be “an anomaly.” He says this in the context of an increasingly connected world. We now take things like instant messaging, email and social networking for granted, when only a few decades ago many households relied on public-switch telephone networks

The smartphone kill switch: Pros and cons

Have you ever lost a mobile phone? Or, worse, have you had a mobile phone stolen from you? I have experienced being pick-pocketed firsthand, although I was able to recover the device later on. It wasn’t a pleasant experience, and I made sure to better secure my devices from that point on. With tracking apps

FortressFone claims to be an anti-hacking smartphone

A new device called the FortressFone promises to keep your private data from being accessed by unauthorized persons. It is a timely solution to the growing concern caused by recent security-related issues. FortressFone is described as an 256-bit AES encrypted device using professional-grade standards defined by the NSA. It is based on the Samsung Galaxy

Google rejects Glass facial recognition apps for now

Google will not approve facial recognition apps for Google Glass, at least for the moment, until it ensures that strict privacy protections are established. Thus, such facial recognition apps still have hope of getting approved once the Mountain View, California-based technology giant is able to guarantee that they may not be used in privacy abuses.

Avast Acquires Secure.me

Avast a consumer antivirus maker has just acquires the Facebook-focuesd security startup Secure.me in a move to widen there reach both to the online users and the users that just worry about their immediate systems. Secure.me was launched to the public in November of 2011 as a way that parents could see their children’s Facebook

Plaintiff’s In Mobile App Privacy Suits Seeking Class Action

Earlier this year when Path came under fire for uploading the entire contents of users mobile address books (contacts) to their private servers, it launched a myriad of individual lawsuits. This week we’re hearing that 13 of those plaintiffs are seeking to build a class against a group of well known apps. The new class