Category - Privacy Tips

Think twice before buying gadgets that invade your privacy

Winter holidays are approaching, and you probably already started to make Santa’s list for your family members and friends. Maybe you even started to look out for bargains (after all, Black Friday is just around the corner). Speaking of the one-time a year shopping extravaganza, you should think twice before buying some awesome gadgets you think you need, even if they’re on sale.

Some of them hide some interesting tricks that are not in your benefit in terms of privacy. You may have already heard (or even experienced yourself) the downsides of incredibly good looking and smart gadgets like Alexa or Echo. These are just a few examples of gadgets that happen to look into your home, or make instant pictures without you even knowing. And you have no idea what happens with those pictures and videos and where they end up. Ok, you have a hunch where they’re going and that’s why it’s so concerning.

Here is a random list of some of the most prying gadgets and IoT (Internet of Things) tools you should avoid if you truly care about your privacy:

Toys

Edwin the Duck rubber duckie

Now, this seems a cute and harmless toy! But don’t be fooled because it’s not a normal rubber duckie (especially if you consider its price, e.g. 49 USD) although it looks like one.

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Behind closed doors – how do hackers use your personal information?

You may have been the victim of a data breach or online hack. Or you may have just heard about the bad things a risky situation such as identity theft can cause to someone. But do you know exactly what a hacker can do with your personal and financial information?

Hackers operate in different ways, but the end result is mainly the same: they would steal your information and use it in their benefit. Surprisingly enough, they are not always interested in making money; some are just so ambitious that they just want to prove a point, such as how vulnerable the online system of a big company is.

Regardless of the reasons that lie behind their actions, it’s time that you find out the possible risks you’re exposed to when a mass data breach (such as the most recent and much talked about Equifax case) occurs.

First, here is the big picture: online fraud cases similar to Equifax are the most dangerous because they would reveal the most important of your private information: social security number along with financial information (credit and debit card details, amount of your salary, etc.), plus personal information like birth date and home address. These are like wholesale candy for hackers and this information combined would make it all easier to commit frauds.

Here is what a hacker can do with your personal details such as social security number, e-mail address and/or phone number:

  1. Apply for a loan or credit card

With your social security number, a hacker can open a bank account or apply for a loan in your name. As you may guess, the moment the loan needs to be repaid, the hacker will simply consider it’s not his/her duty to do that, so you’ll start receiving calls from the bank, since your name and personal details are linked to the loan or bank account.

       2. Rent a home under your name

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Overusing a new WhatsApp feature might be a risky business

WhatsApp has recently announced that it introduced a new feature called Live Location Sharing. Just to align with other apps who provide a similar feature, product manager of WhatsApp has attested that it had to be introduced in order to satisfy users’ needs. “Whether you are sharing a commute, or letting loved ones know you are safe, or meeting up with friends, these are experiences that are very common to us all.” Zafir Khan, Product Manager at WhatsApp.

Here is how WhatsApp Live Location sharing works:

  • Go to a conversation in WhatsApp (it can be an individual or group conversation).
  • Click the “attach” (paper clip) button from the message field and choose “Location”.
  • Apart from the static Location feature (the only Location option available so far) you’ll also see “Share Live Location”.

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Remember you have human rights on the internet too

We are living in one of the most dangerous eras in human history: we see attackers killing innocent people for no reason yet what happens probably more often, but not so obvious for everyone to see, are cyber-attacks and other online misdemeanors.

Although there is no need to panic or to constantly feel threatened and drastically change your lifestyle due to all these concerning events, some things truly need to be changed. In terms of your online behavior, you need to re-think your communication strategies and the way you use and protect your information.

The need to overcome the next generation of cyber threats

Along with the evolution of technology, new methods of digital outbreaks and violations come into force. This doesn’t mean that classical online hacks such as phishing and identity theft will go away, but they will take it to the next level along with other new hacking methods that will occur.

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Top 7 tips to protect your financial data when online banking

As the mesmerizing world of internet has been steadily growing, a significant and important part of our lives has moved online. That includes financial information. It’s true, this is not public information and only you have access to it, but you still want to protect that information at all costs.

According to recent statistics, around 60% of American citizens use mostly online or mobile banking because it’s easy and saves you a lot of time. The figures are more or less the same when it comes to citizens from other countries as well. Since this is a common custom, you don’t want any security breach to have a negative impact on your finances.

Let’s face it: no one will guard your money better than you will, so you’ll just need to adapt your online banking practices just to make sure you’re completely safe from the prying eyes of intruders.

Check these useful tips about how you can protect details about your digital bank account and other financial-related information:

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Quick and easy online safety tips for students

Students worldwide, the exciting time for a new academic year when you hear the school bell ringing again is about to start.

However, we all know study is no longer limited to going to the library and taking notes. You access various type of technologies, both in school and at home, from reading a book on your Kindle to using all types of online communication tools with your peers and teachers as well.

What you need to know is that some of the cutting-edge technology used in classroom is most of the time not protected, in terms of your personal information. Simply because many apps used in education collect and use student data.

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