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Gmail’s New “Confidential Mode” Is Not Confidential

Google revealed earlier this week that it’s launching an updated Gmail design. The new Gmail will offer new features like “Snooze” and “Smart Reply”. Also included is a newly added “Confidential Mode”. With Confidential Mode, users can control if the message can be forwarded, copied, downloaded or printed. Engadget reported that Gmail’s restrictions will “probably…

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Another Facebook Data Breach; Affecting More Than 50 Million Accounts

Facebook released a statement today about another data breach. According to the statement, Facebook’s engineering team found the latest issue on September 25. The issue is said to have affected around 50 million accounts, and Facebook has taken action on another 40 million accounts that could have also been affected. So, What Happened? This security issue…

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Facebook Is Using Your Private Information To Target Ads…Even If You Didn’t Give It To Them

Facebook may have just gotten itself into more trouble about how it collects and uses people’s data. Kashmir Hill, a senior reporter for Gizmodo, originally reported the issue. Hill ran a Facebook ad specifically targeting a single user, a computer science professor named Alan Mislove. The purpose of the ad was to see if she…

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Let’s Encrypt Is Spreading Encryption Across The Internet

Let’s Encrypt is a nonprofit, founded in 2014 by the Internet Security Research Group, that issues SSL/TLS certificates to the masses. It’s a free tool that has gained major support from companies like Mozilla, Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), Google and Facebook. What Are SSL/TLS Certificates? These certificates serve two functions: 1) They give permission to use…

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Popular Mac Apps Discreetly Collecting User Browsing Data

Apple has a positive reputation when it comes to privacy and security. However, multiple sources reported this week that numerous apps in the Mac app store are discretely collecting user browsing data in Safari. Patrick Wardle reported on security blog Objective-See, “a massively popular app, surreptitiously steals your browsing history.” Because of Apple’s good reputation, people…

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Facebook’s Latest Privacy Issue: Facial Recognition

Facebook has tried to use facial recognition on multiple occasions. In 2012, Facebook shut down the technology in Europe after lawmakers raised concerns with the legality of Facebook using facial recognition with its consent methods. The social network is making another run at using the technology, which is sparking criticism from privacy advocates. Facebook’s earlier…