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Why the hell did I install Windows 10?

Why the hell did I install Windows 10? During their times on the market, I also liked Windows 98 and even Windows 3.We regularly, sometimes even almost daily, run stories on Windows 10 and its various privacy issues and upgrade nags and backhanded, insidious ways to force you to install it.

The ultimate guide to staying anonymous and protecting your privacy online

The ultimate guide to staying anonymous and protecting your privacy online It uses a vast network of computers to route your Web traffic through a number of encrypted layers to obscure the origin of the traffic.If the results show the third-party DNS service you’re using (like TorGuard), you’re set.

Comcast thinks it should be able to charge more to preserve your privacy

Comcast thinks it should be able to charge more to preserve your privacy People get up in arms when it comes to privacy on services like Google and Facebook, but your ISP could gather much, much more information about you if it wanted.The cable giant thinks your privacy should come with an added fee.

When you look at the camera and it looks back: How artificial intelligence is revolutionizing home security

When you look at the camera and it looks back: How artificial intelligence is revolutionizing home security Last year, we covered how scene recognition would be the next transformative milestone in artificial intelligence.But with the recent release of the Nest outdoor camera, it appears Google has an ace up its sleeve.

Researchers: Hackers could weaponize up to a billion monitors to spy on everyone

Researchers: Hackers could weaponize up to a billion monitors to spy on everyone Most of the time when we talk about PC security, we talk about either the operating system or the hardware that it runs on.The team initially hacked the Dell U2410 monitor using a USB port, but were also able to hack the hardware using the HDMI cable.

How to lock down Windows 10 Anniversary Update’s privacy settings

How to lock down Windows 10 Anniversary Update’s privacy settings The Windows 10 Anniversary Update has dropped, bringing a significant number of under-the-hood changes to the operating system.We’ve written many times about Windows 10 privacy issues over the past year, but haven’t gathered up our recommendations and strategies into a single story until now.

Cyber is the new nuclear, changing the world through mutually assured disruption

Cyber is the new nuclear, changing the world through mutually assured disruption More generally, are these particular sorts of cyber attacks really changing the world all that much?” This perceived lesser severity of cyberwar has allowed nonviolent cyber attacks to become more brazen than even Cold War espionage.

Your guide to the ‘Shadow Brokers’ NSA theft, which puts the Snowden leaks to shame

Your guide to the ‘Shadow Brokers’ NSA theft, which puts the Snowden leaks to shame It’s the group that, arguably, has given the NSA a bad name in recent years.But it’s also the group that gives the NSA the majority of its real, target-specific power to advance and protect American interests.

HP launches laptops with privacy-guarding displays, limited field of view

HP launches laptops with privacy-guarding displays, limited field of view The new technology, developed with 3M, is different from aftermarket overlays and filters that have been available for years.Users can still adjust the brightness level after enabling Sure View, though this may make the panel more visible again.

Leaked manuals confirm Stingrays can be used for mass surveillance, bypassing smartphone security

Leaked manuals confirm Stingrays can be used for mass surveillance, bypassing smartphone security Nearly four years ago, the Electronic Privacy Information Center released FBI documents discussing a controversial surveillance technique.Both federal and local authorities often have access to cell phone surveillance hardware, dubbed Stingrays (Harris Corp.

Yes, Google Play is tracking you — and that’s just the tip of a very large iceberg

Yes, Google Play is tracking you — and that’s just the tip of a very large iceberg The only way to completely disable this kind of location tracking is to disable Google Play.First of all, it’s true that location services are integrated into Google Play and that Google actively encourages developers to use Google Play services, rather than the open-source location APIs that are part of AOSP (Android Open Source Project).

New Oculus update adds Facebook integration, real-names policy

New Oculus update adds Facebook integration, real-names policy Ever since Facebook bought Oculus several years ago, there’s been fears that the social media company would begin requiring mandatory Facebook integration or would otherwise hijack the VR headset in some way.Once you sign in via Facebook, all of your friends who own a Rift are automatically populated into your Oculus friends list.

Yahoo confirms massive attack hit 500 million users, blames state-sponsored hackers

Yahoo confirms massive attack hit 500 million users, blames state-sponsored hackers The company has now revealed that it had 500 million accounts stolen (previous reports pegged the number at 200 million) and that state actors may have been responsible.Motherboard first took note of a sale of 200 million accounts in August, and the low price of $2,000 seems to imply that the information may be incorrect.

Installing the Windows 10 Anniversary Update may reset your ad preferences, other settings

Installing the Windows 10 Anniversary Update may reset your ad preferences, other settings Now, Microsoft has made changes to the Anniversary Update that may roll back some of your previously preferred settings, according to PC World.These problems may be rooted in Microsoft’s decision to fire most of its QA staff and require its own programmers to fill that role instead.

From civil liberties champion to turncoat: Yahoo built specialized software to spy on users for the NSA

From civil liberties champion to turncoat: Yahoo built specialized software to spy on users for the NSA Ever since the Snowden leaks in 2013, there’s been an ongoing debate over the nature of state surveillance.If a new report from Reuters is accurate, the Yahoo that went to bat to defend its users is a dim and distant memory today.

Yahoo applies for patent on mass surveillance system the Soviets would envy

Yahoo applies for patent on mass surveillance system the Soviets would envy On March 31, 2015 Yahoo applied for a patent with implications that would make the Stasi sit up and cheer.But there could be, if you and everyone else would just surrender all your personal information forever.

Feds demand fingerprints from all home residents to unlock their phones

Feds demand fingerprints from all home residents to unlock their phones But it offers absolutely no protection against the government, and can be compelled from suspects without raising any Fifth Amendment concerns.This was driven home with a vengeance over the weekend, when a May 2016 warrant application surfaced.

Google quietly changed its privacy policy, no longer promises to anonymize your personal information when selling ads

Google quietly changed its privacy policy, no longer promises to anonymize your personal information when selling ads According to an investigation at Pro Publica, Google has quietly changed its privacy policy at some point over the last few months.When Google bought the advertising firm DoubleClick a few years back, it promised to keep all data gathered by DoubleClick sandboxed and isolated from the data it gathered elsewhere and used for other Google services.

Google suspends accounts used to resell Pixel phones for profit

Google suspends accounts used to resell Pixel phones for profit Dozens of users had their Google accounts suspended for engaging in device reselling this week.When you purchase anything from the Google Store or Project Fi, you have to agree to Google’s terms and conditions.

Researchers use 'guessing attack' to hack credit card in 6 seconds

Researchers use 'guessing attack' to hack credit card in 6 seconds Even if you only have part of the information, researchers from Newcastle University have worked out a way that a credit card can be stolen in as little as six seconds simply by guessing wrong really, really fast, according to PCMag.For most online transactions, all you need in order to verify a card are the account number, expiration date, and CVV.