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Ghostie’s Weekly Digest: Gmail phishing, cybercrime surge and more

The week has been quite generous in terms of online privacy news. Our weekly digest aims to showcase what we regard as the most important headlines of the past seven days. Did we leave anything out? Are you directly affected by any of these measures? Drop us a line in the comment section and let’s debate!

Gmail phishing technique mimics past emails

An ingenious phishing technique that composes convincing emails by analyzing and mimicking past messages and attachments has been discovered by security experts. The new technique convinces Gmail users to click on an infected attachment which will then send them to a fake Gmail login page that will steal their credentials.

Read more on the topic here.

 

North Wales reports more cybercrimes than offline ones

It may seem like this is only a small region from a much bigger world, but this fact may be a reflection of a global trend.

According to the local police and crime commissioner (PCC) for the area, there are now more cybercrimes being recorded in north Wales than those in the offline world.

North Wales PCC Arfon Jones claimed that while traditional crimes such as burglary and shoplifting had decreased over the past decade, online crime has made up for the shortfall.

 

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Ghostie’s Weekly Digest: FBI tells us to cover up our webcams, teen sues parents over Facebook pictures and more

The world of cybersecurity and online privacy has seen a lot of important updates this week. While some of them may seem like too small an effort for all that needs to be done on this front, they are a sign that things are going in the right direction. In spite of the fact that they may be taking the longest possible way there.

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FBI thinks that our webcams need to be covered up for fear of hackers

Earlier this year, when Mark Zuckerberg covered the webcam of his laptop, everyone thought he might be exaggerating a little bit. But the FBI appear to be on the same wavelength and have advised everyone to take this simple measure and thus avoid being spied on. According to FBI director James Comey, this is one of the “sensible things” that people can do.

We also think that it’s a good idea, since more primitive devices, such as children’s toys, have been known to spy on their owners through webcams & microphones.

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Ghostie’s Weekly Digest: the Opera server hack, NY students get a Privacy Officer and more

The start of autumn anticipates an interesting last quarter of 2016, especially as online privacy begins to be taken more and more seriously. For instance, we were quite intrigued to discover that the New York State Education Department has appointed its first Privacy Officer charged with the task of protecting confidential student information. Discover more below:

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Opera resets users’ passwords after web service gets hacked

The Norway-based internet browser maker has declared in blog post that it “quickly blocked” an attack to its sync system. As a measure of precaution, all the Opera sync account passwords have been reset. Users have also been informed about this incident and asked to change their passwords. If you want to reset your password, go to this link.

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Ghostie’s Weekly Digest: major change in Whatsapp’s ToS, Facebook’s app for teens goes full-on public and more

Summer is coming to an end, but privacy issues continue to be sizzling in the heat of new apps emerging, terms of service changing the rules of the game or Big Brother-like investigations taking place. Here is, in short, what online privacy news caught our attention this week:

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WhatsApp changes terms of service, shares users’ phone numbers with Facebook

Acquired by Facebook two years ago for the staggering amount of $19 billion, WhatsApp has just changed its terms of service.

According to the new user agreement, WhatsApp will give the phone numbers of people using the service to Facebook. Furthermore, WhatsApp will also reveal other analytics such as what devices and operating systems are being used.

Before, the two did not share any information, since WhatsApp used to promote itself as a “privacy oasis”.

Read more here.

Tip: apparently there’s a way to opt out of the new terms.  When the pop-up emerges, don’t click “agree” –but navigate to the smaller “read more” option and untick the box that says “Share my WhatsApp account information with Facebook”.

 

Facebook’s video selfie app for teen can be seen by everyone

Facebook hits the news yet again with the release of Lifestage, a new app aimed at teenagers. Dedicated only to those aged 21 or under, it’s designed to make it “easy and fun to share a visual profile of who you are with in your school network”.

However, the app currently has no tools for controlling who sees the content posted. So, basically, anyone has access to the young users’ videos.

Find out more at this link.

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Ghostie’s Weekly Digest: Your battery is spying on you, iOS 10 to have stronger ad tracking control and other privacy news

The first week of August saw some interesting developments in the field of online privacy. Stay informed about this hot topic with CyberGhost, your online security expert, always here to safeguard your web surfing experience.

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No longer just a supposition: our phone’s battery is used to track us online

What was first an assumption has turned into a fact. According to researchers from the Princeton University, there’s a little-known web standard that lets site owners know how much battery a mobile device has left.

This was apparently intended to allow site owners to run low-power versions of the sites, as their device was running out of power, but now gives access to very sensitive personal information.

Get the full story here.

 

The release of iOS 10 comes with extra perks concerning ad tracking

iOS fans from all over the world are all looking forward for the newest version of Apple’s mobile operating system, anticipated to arrive in September.

This release comes with some good news for privacy aficionados, as well. The “Limit Ad Tracking” option in the iPhone’s Privacy Settings will be more effective, making sure that users are no longer targeted or tracked by many ad networks across sites.

Read more here.

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