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October 17, 2016

How Secure is Our Privacy on Messaging Apps?

For many of us our phones are our lifeline, but with the numerous phones apps that we use on a daily basis, how secure is our the privacy with our conversations?

In the digital age we live in we are consumed by the countless apps we have on our phone. For many, they are the perfect way of keeping in touch with friends and family far and wide.

However, when it comes to our privacy on the apps we’re using, how secure and private are they?

Recently Alphabet Inc.’s Google released its new Allo chat app. The benefits, many might think, is that the messenger platform undertakes the task of suggesting what a user should say next simply by looking at the contents [...]

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January 24, 2016

PEW Research: 91% Of Americans Feel They Have No Control Over Their Private Info

The effects of the Edward Snowden revelations are still felt in the United States. Pew Research has explored  people’s views of privacy extensively since Snowden blew the whistle. The results are enlightening about privacy in America today. 

91% of those surveyed believe that they have no control over how their personal information is collected and used by companies, with half of surveyed internet users concerned about the amount of their information that is online. Just 9% believe they have “a lot” of control over how their information is used.

What information about people appears online.

Americans are also nervous about the security of [...]

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December 16, 2015

Virtual Private Network (VPN): Everything You Need to Know

To put it simply, a Virtual Private Network (VPN) is a service or program that allows a device to connect to a secure offsite server over a network using an encrypted, “tunnel-like” connection. It allows the user’s IP address to be masked, providing a layer of all-important privacy and anonymity. Besides, the encryption of the connection is generally of such a high-grade that any data transmitted can be considered perfectly safe. Originally used for businesses, companies offering VPN services to consumers started to form, realizing the immense security benefits that users can reap from the service.

They are used by everyone from families at home who want to make sure no one [...]

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December 1, 2015

#OpSingleGateway: Anonymous Hacks Thai Police Servers, Proves Its Point

In a reminder of the staggering cybersecurity inadequacies of a country gearing to set up a new national firewall, online hacktivist collective Anonymous has hacked the servers of Thailand’s police department.

Hacked readers will know of Thailand’s military government’s aim to squeeze all internet communication into a single gateway. If you aren’t aware of the master plan, Thailand’s Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha and his cabinet ordered the country’s National Police Department, the Information and Communication Ministry along with the Justice Ministry to look into the means to set up a single gateway for the internet.

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