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Apple to block your camera at gigs?

In the olden days, you could barely get a photo of a gig, because security would scald you if you whipped your camera out. Then, along came smartphones and social media, making it impossible to police. Of course, it has been a godsend as artists get free promotion, and if anyone cocks up at a…

Facebook tracking your location

Privacy issues with Facebook are nothing new, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't be talking about them. A report says that Facebook has been tracking people's real life location, so they can use the information as a way of finding out who you might have met up with. This helps the 'People You May Know'…

Ignore “posts can become public tomorrow” Facebook nonsense

Every so often, something goes around Facebook that gets everyone concerned about the privacy of their account. Of course, the simple act of having a Facebook account means that your details, messages, and everything else, isn't exactly private, but that's not what we're talking about here. You'll see messages saying that your Facebook posts (among…

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Zuckerberg covers his webcam

Zuckerberg covers his webcam

Ever felt like the internet is spying on you through your webcam and the like? Perhaps you don't trust certain social media companies to respect your privacy? Well, join Mark Zuckerberg's club, who clearly doesn't think sharing is caring, as it turns out he's put tape over his webcam, as well as covering the Apple…

Google's two-step to become less irritating

You may have used two-step authentication recently, as tech companies look to beef up security. Usually, you get a code texted to you, or whatever, and it is a bit irritating and fiddly. You get a fresh six digit code (or more), and it enables you to log-in to your account or app, and it…

£20 million fine for companies who lose your data

There's been a lot of cyber attacks on companies lately, which have resulted in huge leaks of your personal data. What's being done about it? Well, we can only take the word of the companies that have been hit by these, but it looks like there's going to be stern penalties issued, in a bid…

Domino's to start tracking customers through GPS

Pizza vendors Domino's are going to start tracking some of their customers from Monday. That's right - they're going to watch you, check where you are, all in the name of making sure your pizza is piping hot when you approach their store. This is through their On Time Cooking concept. Now, it looks like…

Mitsubishi Outlander hybrid can be hacked

There could be a big ol' recall on the cards for Mitsubishi, as some security researchers have found that (at least) 100,000 Outlander hybrid cars have a security flaw, which allow hackers to turn off the car's alarm system, drain the battery, and control the lights. Ken Munro, who oversaw this investigation, looked into the…

Facebook say they're not listening to your phone calls

Facebook care about your privacy, that's why they're introducing an encrypted version of their Messenger app. And if you just spat your tea out at the idea of Facebook being a caring company when it comes to your privacy, then we take you over to the story where they've been accused of listening in on…

Is your Outlook filled with spam?

Has your Outlook or Hotmail account been jammed with an unusual amount of spam this week? Don't worry - you've not been phished or hacked, or anything nefarious like that. Microsoft has said that they've had a problem with their email filters, which basically means that they have been briefly prevented from properly screening junk…

Facebook plan encrypted Messenger bot

After the whole of the technology and social media world went against the FBI, as well as various other authorities who would like to see what messages everyone is sending, encryption has been something of a key word lately. While authorities say 'we only want to have little look, so we can catch criminals', the…

Facebook tracking non-users... again

Facebook have been in trouble before, for what they do with people who aren't even signed-up to the social networking site. Their 'Friend Finder' tool was accused of being 'unlawful'. Well, looks like they've found a way around all that, and now, they're going to display adverts to people online who aren't Facebook members. The…

Today, you can opt out of cold calls by text

If you're annoyed by nuisance calls, from today, you can opt out of them by text message. The "text-to-register" service lets you add your number to the "do not call" database of the Telephone Preference Service (TPS), which is good news (provided it works). If you want in, all you have to do is text…

LinkedIn in '117 million users' breach

A hacker has been trying to sell 117 million LinkedIn users' emails and passwords on the dark web, which was apparently obtained from a hack in 2012. A number of security researchers have said that that this breach looks like the real deal, with log-ins for sale on two separate hack websites. Well, LinkedIn have…

Google IM and video chat with Allo and Duo

WhatsApp are bringing video calling to their incredibly popular instant-messaging app, and Telegram are letting users edit and delete messages they've already sent. Well, Google want in on the action. Thus far, they haven't been too successful when it comes to IM apps. We're not sure why, but we think it might be something to…