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WhatsApp ranked worst at protecting user data

WhatsApp, AT&T ranked worst at protecting user data

Even the one star WhatsApp got in the EFF's ranking - for publicly opposing backdoors for government spying - was inherited from Facebook.

DuckDuckGo search traffic soars 600% post-Snowden

DuckDuckGo search traffic soars 600% post-Snowden

DuckDuckGo CEO Gabriel Weinberg believes the search engine can attract a growing number of privacy-conscious web users.

FBI investigates Cardinals for breaking into Astros' database in baseball data theft

FBI investigates Cardinals for breaking into Astros' database in baseball data theft

The FBI is investigating one of the best baseball teams in the US after it allegedly broke into a database belonging to one of the worst.

Bing arrives better late than never to the encryption party

Bing arrives better late than never to the encryption party

Bing, the perennial web search bridesmaid is finally going to encrypt your search data by default.

Privacy groups walk out of US talks on facial recognition guidelines

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Not a single industry representative would agree on the most basic premise: that targets of facial recognition should opt in before companies identify them.

Facebook introduces "Moments" - supposedly a safer way to share photos

Unlike Facebook's "Photo Sync" feature, Moments is a separate photo app that doesn't upload anything until you tell it to.

Paul Ducklin wonders how much safer you'll be from over-sharing your pics...

Armed robber caught after confessing on Facebook, "ashamed" emoticon and all

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Here's a candidate for the Facebook Hall of Stupid Posts fame: a robber who, though he took the time to wear a mask to cover his face, then posted a thinly veiled confession online.

Thinkuknow: What kids are up to online and how to protect them

Thinkuknow: What kids are up to online and how to protect them

How to teach 5-year-olds that people online aren't always who they say they are, that older kids don't have to suffer bullying in silence, and much more.

Uber petition site pulled after hacker redirected visitors to rival

Uber petition site pulled after hacker redirected visitors to rival

An online petition by taxi firm Uber had to be pulled after a hacker redirected visitors to rival Lyft's website.

France orders Google to scrub search globally in right to be forgotten requests

France orders Google to scrub search globally in right to be forgotten requests

We do not care if a URL's got a .fr, a .uk or a .com glued to the end, France told Google - if a European makes a legitimate request to be forgotten in search results, make it so on all your search engines in all countries.

Thief who mugged Facebook PlayStation-seller busted thanks to location data

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The victim had been trying to sell an old PlayStation 2 through Facebook, and was contacted by a potential purchaser who turned out to be the mugger.

We offer some advice on making offline transactions with people you meet online.

Watch out for Acai Berry scams on Facebook

Imagine a friend sends you a link, and you end up on a scammy diet site...

Could that cause any harm? What should you do?

Feds seize man's computers in raids connected to celebrity nude photo hack

Feds seize Chicago man's computers in raids connected to Celebgate

The FBI's investigation points to a ring of thieves who used phishing and password-reset scams to crack celebrities' iCloud and email accounts and steal nude images.

Microsoft update: new Ts, new Cs and, for some of us, fáilte go hÉireann

We just received an important email from Microsoft.

If you're a user of any of Microsoft's cloud services, you probably received one, too.

iOS 9 enhances two factor authentication, introduces 6-digit passcodes

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Apple announced on Monday that iOS 9 will have native two-factor authentication as well as (slightly) more secure passcodes.

You'll never need to say "I'm on a train" again - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

Here's our latest "60 Second Security" security news roundup video - fun with a serious side.

Facebook Messenger no longer tracks your location by default

Facebook Messenger no longer tracks your location by default

One week on from "Marauders Map" and Facebook Messenger has removed its eerie always-on location sharing feature.

California passes law requiring warrant to search computers, cellphones and tablets

California passes law requiring warrant to search cellphones, tablets

The hodgepodge of US state and federal laws about phone search, some of which say the law needs a warrant and some of which say they don't, just got a bit messier.