Tor and Deep web have never been more relevant than today, we have touched the matter of privacy in Windows 10 and talked about dark web before. Today let’s take a look at what Tor is and how to use it in the infographic below which was made by the folks at WIHT.
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WhatsApp is one of the most popular messaging apps on both major mobile platforms, iOS, and Android. Facebook, who now owns the said messaging client, has worked a lot in recent years to increase the privacy and security of the app and we have also covered some tips to make WhatsApp more secure for you.
But it looks like WhatsApp’s policies are not as safe as they can be, which was revealed by Electronic Frontier Foundation. The EFF said in a report titled “Who has your back” that WhatsApp policies are too weak to protect users from governments.
“WhatsApp does not explicitly state that it prohibits third-party access to its user data, nor does it say that third parties are prohibited from allowing WhatsApp user data to be used for surveillance purposes,” and “Our reading of WhatsApp’s public-facing policies would not prohibit it from sharing data to be used for surveillance,” the EFF report wrote about the messaging service.
Alongside with WhatsApp, the company prepared reports about many other companies, among them, Adobe, Dropbox, Uber, WordPress, Pinterest and some others did earn good marks and praise for their user privacy centric policy. Two biggest disappointments were Amazon and WhatsApp. both scored poor marks and were deemed not consumer privacy centric.
“This information is a magnet for governments seeking to surveil citizens, journalists, and activists. When governments do so, they need to follow the law, and users are increasingly demanding that companies holding their data enact the toughest policies to protect customer information,” said EFF Activism Director Rainey Reitman.
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Google’s User Data policy states that the developers have to be clear about how they handle user data (information provided by a user, collected about a user, and collected about a user’s use of the app or device). It also adds that the app is required to follow additional restrictions or procedures if required by applicable law.
This move might boost the confidence of the users in Android which had been shaken up a bit due to the presence of too many fake apps.
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VPNs are one of the most trusted ways of browsing the internet anonymously. These small apps let you access region locked content on the web, and most of them encrypt all your browsing traffic so that no one on your network can see what you are doing on the internet.
VPNs are especially easy to install on Android Devices and Google’s Chrome browser, and they don’t require the user to have the technical knowledge, but you might want to be a bit more careful from the next time you install any VPN apps on Android.
A group of researchers from CSIRO’s Data 61, UNSW Sydney, UC Berkeley and Malaysia’s UCSI conducted a research on VPN apps for Android. And they found that among a ton of VPN apps that are available on Google Play, many are insecure who inject ads on your pages, contain malware and even leak your personal data.
The researchers looked at 283 VPN apps on the Play Store, and they found that over 38 percent of these VPN apps contain some malware.
In addition to that, almost 18 percent of apps don’t even encrypt your browsing data and 16 percent VPN apps rerouted traffic through other users’ devices.
Here are 10 of the worst offenders, you can study about the research in detail in this PDF.
Many VPN companies spend a ton of money for Advertising, promotion and affiliate programs and this is why it is tough for average users to find an honest advice.
Before buying or installing any VPN apps, you should do some research so that you can be sure about the safety of your data.
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