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Online Privacy & Security

WhatsApp will Stop Working on MILLIONS of Smartphones Worldwide in 2020

WhatsApp will stop working on Windows Phone after December 31, 2019. The app also ends Android 2.3.7 and iPhone iOS 8 support from February. Users of these operating systems are already unable to create new WhatsApp accounts or re-verify existing accounts. WhatsApp has long been plagued with various security problems. NOTE: See https://duckduckgo.com/?q=site%3Aprivacyblog.com+whatsapp&t=brave&ia=web to find a list of past articles in this blog concerning WhatsApp. Most of those articles Managers […]

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FTC officially rules that Cambridge Analytica deceived Facebook Users

There’s no surprise here: More than 18 months after the scandal first broke, the Federal Trade Commission has officially ruled that Cambridge Analytica deceived consumers through its data-gathering practices. Details may be found in an article by Colin Lecher in TheVerge web site at: https://www.theverge.com/2019/12/6/20999078/ftc-cambridge-analytica-facebook-users-official-ruling-privacy-scandal.

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Google Maps tracks everywhere you go. Here’s how to automatically delete what it stores.

You may be shocked at how much Google (and Facebook and Amazon and numerous other online sites) know about you and your life. You probably will want to delete all information these online giants know about you. Actually, you cannot delete EVERYTHING they know about you but at least Google gives you an option to delete SOME of their stored information concerning your privacy. You can check it out in […]

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WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and Instagram May Soon Be Banned

Due to a patent infringement case that Facebook recently lost, its apps including WhatsApp and Instagram may soon be prohibited, at least in Germany where it lost the case. That may result in the same apps later being banned worldwide. Details may be found at: https://www.gizchina.com/2019/12/07/whatsapp-facebook-messenger-and-instagram-may-soon-be-banned/ I believe banning these apps would be a good thing. WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and Instagram all have been plagued by security problems. Each has […]

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US Shows a ‘Concerning Lack of Regard For the Privacy of People’s Biometrics’

When it comes to the extensive and invasive use of biometric data, the USA is one of the worst offenders in the world, faring only slightly better than China. According to research conducted by Comparitech, which rated 50 countries according to how, where and why biometrics were taken and how they are stored, the U.S. ranked as the fourth worst country. Topping the list is China, followed by Malaysia and […]

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The Real Life “Catch Me If You Can” Con Artist Says You Should Never Post These Three Things on Social Media

Frank Abagnale, a reformed con artist and author of “Scam Me If You Can,” was famously portrayed by Leonardo DiCaprio in the movie “Catch Me If You Can.” He now works as a private consultant, author and public speaker with the goal of preventing fraud. He has some advice for everyone who uses a computer, tablet, or smartphone: stop giving away your information to scammers. Abagnale thinks technology is only […]

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FBI calls FaceApp a ‘Potential Counterintelligence Threat’ from Russia

In a Nov. 25 letter to Sen. Chuck Schumer, a Democrat from New York, FBI assistant director Jill Tyson said that the agency is investigating FaceApp over its ties to Russia. The app, which takes photos and adds effects that can make people look older or add a smile to their pictures, is based in Russia. “The FBI considers any mobile application or similar product developed in Russia, such as […]

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