How to Check If Your Kid Is Using Facebook’s ‘Banned’ Research App

As you’ve probably heard by now, Facebook—in its infinite wisdom—has been running a program that pays your kid (aged 13 to 35) a whopping $20 worth of gift cards each month in exchange for near-unlimited access to the data on their Apple or Android devices. By installing a custom root certificate, Facebook can see…

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Twitter Knows Where You Live 

Does the entire world really need to see where you’re tweeting from? I usually don’t think about how much location data I’m sharing on Twitter, because I don’t think anybody cares about my 1) tweets and 2) where I tweet. However, a new report from Wired has made me rethink my approach. As it turns out, it’s not that…

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Delete the Weather Channel App If You’re Concerned About Your Location Data

The Weather Channel, an app drawer staple for many of us, may be using your location data without your consent. The city of Los Angeles filed a lawsuit Thursday accusing Weather Channel owner The Weather Company, as well as IBM, its parent company, of using location data acquired through the app for targeted ad sales…

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Digital Fads Like the ‘Twinning’ App Are Almost Always Bad for Your Privacy

It’s a new year, folks, but there’s still one last data leak from 2018 we need to discuss. If you spent any time online over the holiday break, you’ve probably seen someone on Facebook or Twitter posting photos from Popsugar’s Twinning app, which uses facial recognition to tell you what celebrities you may kind of,…

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How to Choose a VPN

Finding a great VPN service can be a challenging task—and that’s putting it mildly. It’s not hard to find any VPN service. There are plenty of apps that promise to encrypt your connection by shuffling it through a third-party server, causing your requests to appear as if they’re coming from said server (even if its…

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How to Keep Your Internet-Connected Device From Spying on You 

A typically geeky holiday might sound something like this: You wake up on the morning of December 25, run down to your Christmas tree, unwrap everything in a frenzy, plug in all your long-awaited gadgets, connect them to your wifi, and speed past the installation screens (or manuals) to start having all kinds of fun.

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How to Keep Apple From Spamming Your Phone

What’s worse than Carpool Karaoke? Getting Carpool Karaoke notifications on your iPhone when you haven’t watched it in a long, long time.

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What Porn Streaming Sites Are Doing with Your Data

In 2018 and beyond, it’s safe to assume that there’s at least one company watching everything you do on the internet at all times, poised to profit from that data.

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What Porn Streaming Sites Are Doing with Your Data

In 2018 and beyond, it’s safe to assume that there’s at least one company watching everything you do on the internet at all times, poised to profit from that data.

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I Asked Apple for Everything It Knows About Me, and Here’s What I Found

Apple, like most of the tech giants, collects a lot of data about you. Not as much as everybody else—since it’s not the single search engine you rely on for everything—but you can’t use Apple products and services without leaving some kind of digital footprint.

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