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Alexa, don’t talk to strangers!

 “Alexa, how do you hide a body?” Vocal identification is a complicated thing. Alexa doesn’t identify individual users; all us humans are the same. And because Echo has no user identification process, this actually means that anyone within talking range can get access to Echo users’ sensitive emails, documents and other personal data. Read More

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Menny Barzilay

May 23rd

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Google-funded ‘super sensor’ project brings IoT powers to dumb appliances

 Researchers at CMU’s Future Interfaces Group reckon they’ve come up with a quicker, less expensive and less cumbersome way to create a smart home. And one that might have some privacy benefits too. Just plug in their single ‘super sensor’ and play… Read More

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Natasha Lomas

May 11th

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Politicians who voted to gut web privacy are now being shamed on huge billboards

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Remember back in March when the totally-not-corrupt, democratically-elected politicians in Congress voted to allow ISPs to continue conducting the shady business of compiling and selling the browsing habits of its customers? There was a lot out outrage — and that anger continues to simmer in some corners of the web — but within a few days other tidbits of government insanity stole the headlines and lots of internet users gave up the fight. Well, one group of dedicated privacy advocates hasn't forgotten, and they're making sure everyone knows exactly who is responsible.

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Mike Wehner

May 5th

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The Turds That Voted to Sell Out Your Online Privacy Get Their Faces Plastered on Billboards

Last month, Congress voted to repeal FCC rules that would prevent internet service providers from selling your personal web browsing and app usage data. It was a decision that’s unpopular across the country, regardless of party affiliation. If the politicians that voted in favor of the reversal thought no one would…

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Rhett Jones

May 4th

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Microsoft is trying to make passwords obsolete, and it might succeed

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Passwords are annoying, clumsy, easily beaten (for the most part), and an absolutely antiquated form of security. They also happen to be the primary way we secure our most precious information today. Microsoft wants to change that with a new app feature that basically removes passwords from the equation entirely. It's part of the Microsoft Authenticator app, and it just might work.

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Mike Wehner

April 20th

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Microsoft is trying to make passwords obsolete, and it might succeed

microsoft authenticator

Passwords are annoying, clumsy, easily beaten (for the most part), and an absolutely antiquated form of security. They also happen to be the primary way we secure our most precious information today. Microsoft wants to change that with a new app feature that basically removes passwords from the equation entirely. It's part of the Microsoft Authenticator app, and it just might work.

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  1. Scientists just unearthed an absolutely terrifying new sea creature
  2. Niantic is finally addressing Pokemon Go’s biggest problem
  3. Today’s Alexa smart plug sale on Amazon is even better than yesterday’s

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Mike Wehner

April 20th

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Trump just destroyed internet privacy

New Internet Privacy Law Signed Trump

Congress a few days ago voted to pass a repeal of Obama’s broadband privacy rules that prevented internet service providers from selling your personal data without obtaining consent first. The White House then confirmed that President Trump will sign the bill, without specifying when that will happen. It turns out that Trump inked the new law on Monday, making the whole thing official. Even if many of them say they will not sell your internet browsing history and other personal data, ISPs can now do so under the new rules.

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Chris Smith

April 4th

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What you can do now that Congress sold out your online privacy

How to Protect Your Privacy Online

Yes, Congress did “sell you out” earlier this week, by passing a bill that will let internet service providers (ISPs) collect your browsing data and use it for their financial gain. But that doesn’t mean that all hell will break loose, or that there aren’t ways to still try to protect that precious personal data now that the FCC protections have been repealed.

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Chris Smith

March 30th

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You can now use Google Maps to show people exactly where you are

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Google Maps is the undisputed champion of mobile navigation and it's an extremely powerful tool for helping you find locations, but what about people? The search giant wants that to be just as easy and, as long as you're cool with it, you can now use Google Maps to share your real-time location with whoever you choose, and for however long you want. 

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Mike Wehner

March 22nd

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Can your smart home be used against you in court?

 First responders found a body floating in a hot tub. The home’s resident, James Andrew Bates, told authorities he’d found the body of Victor Collins dead that morning. He’d gone to bed at 1 AM, while Collins and another friend stayed up drinking. Authorities subpoenaed Amazon over the case — they hoped Bates’s Echo might hold some insights into what happened the… Read More

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Brian Heater

March 12th

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