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Apps to protect your security and privacy

Android has been in the news a lot lately after the latest revelation that it is more vulnerable to malware and privacy/security attacks. In response, many writers are pointing to the “good apps” that aid in detection and prevention. Information Week just published “9 Android Apps To Improve Security, Privacy and Privacystar is proud to [...]

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Posted in: As Seen In, Be Aware, Personal Privacy

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PrivacyStar on Techlicious: 7 Ways Telemarketers Get Your Cell Phone Number

Techlicious writer Christina DesMarais just published this great post: 7 Ways Telemarketers Get Your Cell Phone Number; and prominently featured PrivacyStar and PrivacyStar’s CMO, Jonathan Sasse, throughout. It’s a great reminder of the dangers of putting too much information out on the web and elsewhere, especially if you want to keep some sense of privacy [...]

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Personal information: to share or not to share?

Consumers don’t mind sharing some of their personal information-as long as there’s something in it for them… A new report by PwC’s consumer intelligence series entitled “Consumer privacy: What are consumers willing to share?” delves deeper into the question of exactly that: will you share, and if so, what and how much? A survey of [...]

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New Mobile Privacy Legislation Introduced

Congress introduced a new bill recently requiring mobile phone makers, network providers, and application developers to disclose any monitoring software installed on a mobile device. Representative Ed Markey introduced the bill as “The Mobile Device Privacy Act” and stated that “apps very commonly access our sensitive information- location, photos, web browsing, history, etc. Apps often [...]

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FTC Reconsiders Allowing Companies to Deny Guilt

The FTC and Facebook settled its November 2011 case on Friday, alleging Facebook violated its privacy policy by allowing users’ private information to be shared and made public. The commission voted to impose a 20-year consent order requiring Facebook to protect its users’ privacy and give “clear and prominent” notice and obtain express consent before revealing [...]

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Be Cautious of Crowdsourcing Apps That Download Your Information

First of all, what is crowdsourcing? According to Wikipedia- crowdsourcing is related to, but not the same as, human-based computation, which refers to the ways in which humans and computers can work together to solve problems. These two methods can be used together to accomplish tasks. Wikipedi is in fact one of the largest examples of [...]

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Spam Invades Text Messages

This is a true mobile age. Cellphones have become an indispensable tool. As spammers realize the every-present nature of the mobile phone, they have resorted to using it to their advantage. Spammers can reach users at a near instant capability and pummel them with their message to get some kind of response. While often just [...]

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Protecting Phone Privacy in Today’s TMI World

By unspoken consensus, the price of free content on the web has become user information. Advertisers store information about users who clicked on ads and track whether they made a purchase, and if not, whether they eventually returned to do so. An entire branch of marketing has sprung up around lead nurturing techniques and improving [...]

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Mobile Apps Take Data Without Permission

Sometimes in the world of mobile phone privacy, a dark cloud truly can have a silver lining.  Such is the case with the recent blowup over the social media iOS app Path, which was caught taking users’ address books without permission or even notification and uploading them to their own servers.  In a surprisingly honest [...]

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