Security

Microsoft Outlook mobile app gets security clearance from US government

Microsoft announced today that its Outlook app for iOS and Android meets security and compliance requirements of US government workers. As of January 15, Government Community Cloud (GCC) High and Department of Defense (DoD) customers can download and use the app.

The company updated the app's mobile architecture to meet the government's security compliance requirements to protect sensitive information. To meet compliance, Microsoft uses its native sync technology to create a direct link between its mobile app and... Read More »

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Facebook app can't be deleted off of some Samsung phones

Last year, nearly half of Facebook (download for iOS or Android) users between the ages of 18 and 29 deleted the app from their phones. The company has seen an exodus of younger users in the last few years after the fallout of the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

Unfortunately for the owners of some Samsung devices, the social media app comes pre-installed. This means users can only disable the app, they can't delete it. Some users took... Read More »

Topics: Social Networking Software , Security , Android Software , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software

Why you should stop using third-party weather apps

Odds are, at least once a day, you open a weather app. You might check in the morning to learn the day's forecast or in the evening to prepare for tomorrow's weather.

So the light of what seems like an endless stream of news about the lack of data privacy in apps, you may not be surprised to hear that your weather app may be spying on you.

But why a weather app? According to Motherboard, third-party weather apps are easy... Read More »

Topics: Privacy Software , Weather Software , Security , Android Software , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software

Why 'SocialRecall' facial recognition app has experts worried for your privacy

The SocialRecall app (download for iOS or Android) brings a whole new meaning to "I'm bad at names, but I'm great with faces." The facial recognition app wants to make large events like weddings and conferences less stressful by helping users remember who people are.

Instead of having to remember a person's name, if you download the app, simply point your smartphone camera at an event attendee's face. SocialRecall will identify them, display their name and links to... Read More »

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How to beef up your Chrome and Firefox security in 2019

Despite the existence of millions of popular apps and services today, the humble little web browser keeps on trucking. However, online security and privacy has gotten a lot trickier over the years, and both Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox arguably need a few tweaks to their settings to help you stay safe on the web. Let's get you up to speed on password management, Google account management, two-factor authentication, spyware, virtual private networks, and more.

Google Chrome settings

1. Disable Chrome's... Read More »

Topics: Browsers , Security Software , Windows Software , Mac Software , Security , Android Software , iOS Software

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A buyer's guide to virtual private networks (VPNs) in 2019

On April 4, 2017, a measure was signed into federal law that allows Internet service providers to collect and sell your personal data without your consent. Things including your physical location, your favorite websites, and what Internet apps you use are all valid targets for a price tag. One of the ways you can maintain your privacy is with a virtual private network (VPN). While these were originally designed for business users, VPNs have greatly expanded in recent years... Read More »

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Carpool Karaoke alerts from Apple break its own rules for push notifications

Apple sent push notifications promoting Carpool Karaoke, and users aren't happy about it. Users' phones alerted on December 7 and December 14 for two episodes of the show.

Apple users took to Twitter and voiced their distaste for the notifications.

"Why did Apple just send me a notification about an all new carpool karaoke, something I've never watched and have absolutely no interest in?" Mark Fletcher tweeted.

Besides sending a potentially unwanted notification, Apple violated its own policy against... Read More »

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Exclusive: New app to protect your privacy will run on iOS, Android, Windows, and Mac

When you think of data breaches and privacy violations, Facebook probably comes to mind. The company's privacy policies went under a microscope after the Cambridge Analytica scandal. And, Facebook is under new scrutiny after it came to light that the company granted Netflix, Spotify, Amazon and others access to mass amounts of user data.

Consumers might feel helpless in not knowing how to fight back or may not understanding how it affects them. FigLeaf, a startup founded... Read More »

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Zift parenting app helps protect kids online by blocking searches, monitoring screen time, and more

As a parent, keeping your child safe is one of your most important jobs. Today parents must be aware of not only physical dangers in the world but digital ones as well.

Parents in today's digital era walk a thin line between what constitutes prying and protection when their children are on the internet.

Zift (iOS, Android) is a parental control app and screen time monitor that wants to help parents keep their kids safe online.

SEE: 'Bark' internet safety app uses AI to help parents protect kids from bullies, predators, and more

Zift... Read More »

Topics: Parental Control , Kids & Parenting Software , Security , Android Software , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software

US Senator calls Chinese apps a risk to national security

US Senator Mark Warner called for legislators to look into Chinese app makers and their connections to the Chinese government, ominously comparing them to two major telecom companies, Huawei and ZTE, which were just banned from US government use in light of longstanding security concerns.

The Virginia Senator told BuzzFeed News today that Congress desperately needs to examine a variety of tech-related issues, both for national security reasons as well as the safety of US citizens and businesses.

"Under Chinese... Read More »

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