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Consent Matters: When Tech Shares Your Secrets Without Your Permission

Purism Blog – 7.18.19 (7.16.19)

There is a saying that goes around modern privacy circles that “Privacy is about Consent.” This means that the one big factor that determines whether your privacy is violated comes down to whether you consented to share the information. For instance, let’s say Alice tells Bob a secret: if Bob then tells the secret to someone else, Bob will be violating Alice’s privacy, unless he had asked Alice for permission first. If you think about it, you can come up with many examples where the same action, leading to the same result, takes on a completely different tone–depending on whether or not the actor got consent.

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Could a Dropped USB Drive Expose You to Malware?

McAfee Blog – 7.17.19 (7.16.19)

USB drives seem harmless enough and they’re a convenient way to store, back up, or transfer files from your computer. So If you spot a USB drive sitting on the ground or in your office, should you assume someone lost their files? Or is it a hacker baiting you into compromising your computer and network?

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Agent Smith Malware Hits 25 Million Android Devices

Avast Blog – 7.15.19 (7.12.19)

Bad actors have pushed variants of the Agent Smith malware to users through unofficial Android app stores, infecting up to 25 million devices, Bleeping Computer reported. Security analysts identified over 360 different dropper strains of the malware, being distributed in malicious game, photo, and adult content apps for over two years.

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How to Help Kids Build Strong Digital Habits Before Summer Slips Away

McAfee Blog – 7.11.19 (7.9.19)

Few seasons are more important to the parent-child bond than summer. The days are longer, fewer activities are crowding the family calendar, and if we’re lucky, we can grab a few more quiet moments with one another.

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The best parental control apps

TechDen Blog – 7.10.19 (7.9.19)

Parental control apps for iOS or Android devices are worth their weight in gold. Especially since the internet is largely unregulated and kids are techy ninjas who can find pretty much anything online at lightning speed. Starting at an alarmingly young age, most can operate a device better than the adult(s) in the house.

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Is Your Smart Home Secure? 5 Tips to Help You Connect Confidently

McAfee Blog – 7.9.19 (7.3.19)

With so many smart home devices being used today, it’s no surprise that users would want a tool to help them manage this technology. That’s where Orvibo comes in. This smart home platform helps users manage their smart appliances such as security cameras, smart lightbulbs, thermostats, and more. Unfortunately, the company left an Elasticsearch server online without a password, exposing billions of user records.

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