Don't-Miss Privacy Stories

Why a strong password doesn't help as much as a unique one

While it's important to have a well-chosen password to avoid it being cracked, unique passwords for every site and service are critical.

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Private I: Firefox and others deal with unwanted trackers, whether ads or malicious

A deep setting in Firefox lets you reduce tracking even further than Do Not Track. It seems to be a dead end, but the path is being well trod.

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Hacking Team hack reveals why you shouldn't jailbreak your iPhone

A massive breach in the private data of a firm that sells software to governments to spy on communications shows that jailbroken iPhones are vulnerable.

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Apple's privacy play: A good start, but far from perfect

Will Apple's efforts to focus on the security and privacy of its customers lead us to a safer future?

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Tim Cook takes shots at Google, NSA during speech on privacy and encryption

The Apple CEO is highly critical of companies that sell personal user data -- email, search queries and even photos -- to advertisers. But is Cook throwing stones in Apple's glass house?

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Apple, Google, and other tech giants ask Senate to pass NSA reform bill

The USA Freedom Act was earlier passed by the House of Representatives.

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Private I: When security products don't actually make you safer

Well-intentioned attempts to help users improve security could leave them more vulnerable than they think.

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BitTorrent's serverless chat app Bleep arrives on iOS

BitTorrent is taking a page from Snapchat with disappearing encrypted messages.

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Private I: Knock twice to see the future of the Apple Watch as a security device

Knock has extended from the iPhone to the Watch to let you unlock your Mac with a tap. This is more of what the future will bring.

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Private I: Apple's Chinese market share may affect security judgment

Apple's latest earnings show a huge uptick in revenue from China, now the company's second biggest market after the US. But China demands a lot from companies that do business within its borders.

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Private I: The collision of automatic Wi-Fi connections and a security flaw

Malicious parties could force iOS devices in public places to reboot continuously because of the intersection of two flaws, one longstanding.

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How to download your entire Google search history

Want a copy of your personal Google search history for your very own? Now you can export and download it, though it's in a funky file format.

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Private I: Fire Cannon! Encryption everywhere protects you on the web

A malicious rewriting system tied to China highlights the perils of ordinary unsecured connections hijacked by governments and criminals.

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Safari users in the UK can sue Google over alleged privacy violations

The ruling from an appeals court could lead to claims from millions of British users

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Google error leaks owner personal info for nearly 300,000 websites

The leak of the information could help phishing campaigns.