Photo tweaks could protect your privacy from algorithms

"It is too late to stop people from posting photos on social media in the interest of digital privacy. However, the reliance on AI is something we can target..."

National University of Singapore • futurity
July 27, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: social-media artificial-intelligence internet privacy faces science-and-technology photos

People think they’re too smart to fall for phishing scams

People tend to think other people are more vulnerable to phishing scams online. But that actually makes you less safe, researchers say.

James Devitt-NYU • futurity
May 6, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: internet privacy security society-and-culture crimes

Those Facebook ‘challenges’ can expose you to hackers

Sharing photos and information as part of a game or challenge can threaten your social media security, an expert warns.

Eric Stann-Missouri • futurity
April 30, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: social-media artificial-intelligence internet privacy security hackers featured society-and-culture

Why we adopt and then ditch online security tips

Ever given up on a online security measure like using a VPN? Researchers have figured out why we abandon steps to protect ourselves.

Laurel Thomas-Michigan • futurity
April 29, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: internet privacy security society-and-culture

Privacy options don’t boost trust in voice assistants

For some users, having the option to control privacy settings actually reduced their trust in voice assistants like Alexa.

Jessica Hallman-Penn State • futurity
April 27, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: internet trust privacy science-and-technology voice-technology gadgets

COVID-19 contact tracing app uses Bluetooth ‘garbage’

Researchers are developing a Bluetooth-enabled contact tracing app for monitoring exposure to the coronavirus. It protects privacy with digital "garbage."

Art Jahnke-Boston University • futurity
April 22, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: covid-19 apps privacy featured health-and-medicine

New app uses QR codes to trace coronavirus exposure

A new app called COVIDTracker uses QR codes to preserve privacy while keeping track of who's been exposed to the coronavirus.

Brian Bell-UC Irvine • futurity
April 16, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: covid-19 apps privacy featured social-lives health-and-medicine

‘Surfing attacks’ could let hackers read your texts

Surfing attacks use ultrasonic waves to control your phone from afar. They could let hackers make calls or read texts, all without you knowing.

Brandie Jefferson-WUSTL • futurity
Feb. 28, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: privacy security hackers mobile-devices featured science-and-technology voice-technology ultrasound

App tells you who’s collecting your data and why

A new app called IoT Assistant can tell you when your data's being collected in public places. Try it out on your own phone.

Daniel Tkacik-Carnegie Mellon • futurity
Feb. 25, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: internet-of-things privacy security featured science-and-technology laws

Knowing the motive is key to stopping hackers

Hackers have a range of motives for the cyberattacks they pull off. Understanding more about those motives could help stop web defacements.

Caroline Brooks-Michigan State • futurity
Feb. 7, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: internet privacy security hackers science-and-technology crimes

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