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{FD} Grieving dad slammed Facebook after ‘sick sadist’ trolled him about his dead daughter

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A grief stricken British father lashed out at Facebook after a ‘sick sadist’ admitted that he posted derogatory material about his dead young daughter. Continue reading

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{FD} Lots of email scams are surprisingly simple but effective, report says

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Many email scams are effective because they’re so straightforward, a new report says. Continue reading

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{FD} Is your Amazon Echo spying on you?

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Amazon’s Echo smart speaker is the latest must-have gadget – but experts warn it may not be as safe as you think. Continue reading

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{FD} Rogue Chinese message broadcast over intercom at National Weather Service center

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A strange Chinese audio message was heard over the intercom at the National Weather Service center on Wednesday. Continue reading

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{FD} Is your iPhone spying on you? Here’s what Apple told lawmakers

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Apple has assured U.S. lawmakers that it is not spying on iPhone users. Continue reading

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{FD} HP offers $10K reward for hacking its printers

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Any connected device is a potential security threat for businesses and individuals alike, and that’s definitely the case for printers which are both connected and regularly used to produce potentially sensitive information. Continue reading

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{FD} Tech giants meeting with Trump administration to craft federal privacy regulations

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The Trump administration is quietly meeting with top tech company representatives to craft a proposal to protect web users’ privacy amid the ongoing fallout globally of scandals that have rocked Facebook and other companies. Continue reading

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{FD} Amazon face recognition wrongly tagged lawmakers as police suspects, fueling racial bias concerns

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Amazon’s Rekognition facial surveillance technology has wrongly tagged 28 members of Congress as police suspects, according to ACLU research, which notes that nearly 40 percent of the lawmakers identified by the system are people of color. Continue reading

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{FD} Twitter locks your account if Elon Musk becomes your display name

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Want to get kicked out from your Twitter account? Continue reading

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{FD} States experiment with sending distracted drivers to jail

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Alongside the rise in popularity of smartphones, most states have put distracted driving laws on the books over the past decade. Continue reading

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{FD} 35 percent of people never change their passwords

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How often do you change your passwords? Continue reading

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{FD} Stop robocalls, free TV, anonymous browsing and more: Tech Q&A

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I am so tired of robocalls. Is there any way to stop them for good? Continue reading

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{FD} Anonymous browsing, converting slides, mosquito repelling apps and more: Tech Q&A

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I value my privacy. I hate all the tracking that happens online. Is there any way I can stop it for good? Continue reading

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{FD} Mom says hacker used baby cam to watch ‘intimate’ moments

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A South Carolina mom claims a hacker used their home baby monitor to watch her breastfeed her newborn. Continue reading

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{FD} FBI inflated the number of encrypted devices it can’t access

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For the past several months, the FBI has been claiming that encryption has prevented the agency from accessing around 7,000 mobile devices connected to various crimes. Continue reading

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{FD} 7 ways to finally end robocalls

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Robocalls are the worst. That phony voice. The unstoppable message. At least you can get sassy with a telemarketer. Some robocalls are so convincing that you think you’re talking with an actual person, and they’re even programmed to respond to your voi… Continue reading

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{FD} Facebook labels you as a liberal or conservative — here’s how to turn it off

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As you click around Facebook, the network tracks whether your views are liberal, conservative, or somewhere in between, as well as your political party. Find that level of tracking creepy? There’s an option to remove both labels. Continue reading

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{FD} Twitter urges users to change their passwords after discovering bug

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Twitter is urging users to change their passwords after discovering a bug in its system that left passwords exposed. Continue reading

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{FD} 4 clever ways to prevent spying and 1 way to spy

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Cyber-security is much like driving a car: one accident can change everything, sending ripples of misfortune through every aspect of your life. Protecting your devices may seem excessive, even silly. Do you really need two-factor identification? Aren’t… Continue reading

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{FD} Thousands of Android apps improperly tracking kids’ activities

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While everyone’s in an uproar about Facebook accounts getting skimmed for data, a new study claims that thousands of Android apps are in breach of standards for monitoring kids’ behavior online. Continue reading

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{FD} Most Americans think Big Brother is spying on them

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A whopping 82 percent of Americans think Big Brother is spying on them, according to a survey released on Monday. Continue reading

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{FD} Hackers using porn as bait for online scams that ‘steal your data and money by the second’

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Porn is being used as bait for scams designed to steal money and private info from internet users. Continue reading

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{FD} Fitness tracking data on Strava app reveal US military bases details, sparking security concerns

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Data from fitness trackers that clearly show the movement of personnel at U.S. military bases is sparking major concern, with experts citing potential dangers to base security. Continue reading

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{FD} Tech Q&A: Eavesdropping Echo, flammable laptops, switching to Android and more

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Want to know more about Amazon Echo, the HP laptop battery recall, ransomware, web printing and switching to Android? Then read this column. Continue reading

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{FD} FBI’s Wray calls for ‘significant innovation’ in accessing encrypted data

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FBI Director Chris Wray is seeking to reboot the privacy-versus-security debate surrounding law enforcement’s inability to access data on electronic devices protected by powerful encryption. Continue reading

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{FD} How to protect your devices against Meltdown, Spectre bugs

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Revelations that security flaws in chips powering PCs, laptops, servers, phones, and other devices have gone unnoticed for years have whipped bug fixers and security experts into a frenzy this week. Continue reading

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{FD} Facebook wants your face data—to benefit your privacy, of course

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Should you allow Facebook to access and store your face data? Continue reading

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{FD} iPhone X, Bitcoin, WannaCry and more: Biggest tech stories of 2017

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As in previous years, 2017 was a huge year across the technology landscape. New products were announced, backlash against the tech sector became more pronounced than it has been in years and concerns about how technology is being used for nefarious rea… Continue reading

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{FD} Pentagon accidentally exposes web-monitoring operation

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The Department of Defense accidentally exposed an intelligence-gathering operation, thanks to an online storage misconfiguration. Continue reading

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{FD} Amazon Key lets delivery people in your house: Is it safe?

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Amazon wants to help people get into your house when you’re not at home. Continue reading

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{FD} Protecting your bank account in the wake of data breaches

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The name “Equifax” now sends shivers down our spines. The company we trusted to handle our credit scores has become a pariah of the financial world since it allowed hackers to steal vital information from 145 million American adults. Continue reading

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{FD} iPhone apps with access to your camera can secretly spy on you

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In this day and age, it’s nearly impossible to keep track of all the ways that our devices keep track of us. Many of us have simply come to terms with this new reality, but thankfully, there are others out there who are staying vigilant and doing their… Continue reading

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{FD} 7 steps for crafting the perfect password

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Your password can ruin your life. I know that sounds dramatic, but it’s true. If someone figures out your email password, you’re in trouble. Social media? Even worse. Once hackers access your online bank account, they can wreck your finances, and you m… Continue reading

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{FD} Your spam is getting dangerous

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Spam, once just an annoyance, is becoming downright dangerous. Continue reading

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{FD} Tech Q&A: Recovering from Equifax, improving passwords, throwing Google off your scent and more

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With the Equifax breach, I am worried that hackers can steal money from my bank account. What can I do? Continue reading

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{FD} 5 phishing scams you need to be aware of

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Phishing uses the name of a trusted entity – often financial institutions – to get sensitive personal information such as passwords and credit card details via bogus email or texts. Continue reading

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{FD} How to stop ads from following you online

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Is this just a coincidence? You recently looked at cameras online, and now you’re seeing ads for cameras. You were browsing new outfits, and now your browser is showing ads for shirts and trousers. Continue reading

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{FD} It’s official: We’ll never know how the FBI hacked the San Bernardino iPhone

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It seems like ages ago, but it was only last year that Apple and the FBI were embroiled in a bitter legal dispute regarding an iPhone 5c which belonged to one of the San Bernardino terrorists. Continue reading

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{FD} Tech Q&A: Best routers, low airfares, Facebook privacy, dangerous cellphones and more

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Q: Every time I hold my phone up to my head, I wonder if it’s giving me cancer. Continue reading

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{FD} WikiLeaks documents allege Russian tech company colluded with Kremlin

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WikiLeaks, believed by many to be a Kremlin front, surprised some observers Tuesday morning when it released documents linking a Russian tech company with access to thousands of citizens’ telephone and Internet communications with Moscow. Continue reading

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{FD} Cincinnati court rules feds can obtain cellphone location data without warrant

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Federal agents can obtain cellphone records that reveal a caller’s location without a warrant, a Cincinnati-based federal appeals court said on Wednesday in the latest ruling to tackle the scope of privacy protections for data transmitted by personal devices. Continue reading

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