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How to Solve IoT Security Issues

The innovation that allows you to talk to a stubby gadget sitting on your counter in order to hear your favorite song, get a recipe for meatloaf, or purchase any number of products has become practically mainstream through things like the Alexa virtual assistant from Amazon. This example of the Internet of Things (IoT) just…

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Why Do People Trust “Big Tech”?

Privacy advocates have become more concerned with how “big tech” companies (i.e. Google, Facebook and Amazon) gather and use data from people using their products. However, these companies have maintained their massive user bases and have mostly continued their concerning data practices. Trusting Big Data Companies Is Risky Companies that rely on big data to make money…

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What is PGP? [2019]

PGP stands for Pretty Good Privacy. It is an encryption program that applies cryptographic privacy and authentication to online communications. PGP is most commonly used for keeping contents of emails encrypted and private. OpenPGP is an open-source version of PGP that has become widely used. How does PGP Work? PGP encrypts the contents of an email so…

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What is an API?

If you spend time around software or internet tools you’ve likely heard the term “API”. API stands for “application programming interface”. There are tons of APIs available online for software developers to use to integrate information from other applications into their own software. What is an API? An API is a system of tools and…

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Your iPhone Has a List of Every Location You’ve Visited

Apple is widely regarded as a tech company that actually cares about privacy for people using its devices. However, using an iPhone over an Android device doesn’t guarantee you better privacy protection. One feature that concerns us from a privacy standpoint is the location suggestion feature. While Apple protects that location data with your pass code, FaceID…

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Why Collaborative Filtering Is Putting You In a Bubble

Popular websites and internet companies, like Amazon, Netflix and Facebook, use collaborative filtering to make recommendations to users about what they may be interested in. Collaborative filtering is what lets Amazon recommend other products, Netflix recommend new shows or movies, and how Facebook determines which posts you see in your News Feed. What is Collaborative Filtering?…