What To Do If Your Social Security Number Has Been Stolen in a Hack

Last week, health insurer Anthem lost over 80 million patient records, including sensitive information like social security numbers, email and physical addresses, and more. The fallout has already started, with Anthem customers getting bombarded with phishing scams. If you're an Anthem customer—or are just worried… » 2/09/15 1:22pm 2/09/15 1:22pm

How to Upgrade to a New Android Phone and Take Everything with You

Congratulations: you just got a brand new Android phone! If you're lucky, you got a great deal and a huge upgrade. Even so, your old handset has been with you for years and it's set up how you like it—with all of your apps, contacts, and settings. Here's how to move all of that precious data to your new phone. » 11/12/14 2:53pm 11/12/14 2:53pm

We Need to Re-Think How We Fight for Privacy

Most of us agree that privacy on the internet is important. Unfortunately, those of us that advocate for privacy aren't focused. We rant about a scattershot of real issues, conspiracy theories, half-truths, and aphorisms, and don't focus on how we actually fix things. We need to change this. » 5/28/14 11:57am 5/28/14 11:57am

LG's TVs Could Be Collecting Your Data Even When You Tell Them Not To

If you consider your TV a private safe haven, it might be time to think again. A UK blogger has discovered that LG's smart TVs seem to collect personal data even when such functionality is explicitly forbidden by its user. » 11/20/13 8:00am 11/20/13 8:00am

How Retail Stores Track You Using Your Smartphone (and How to Stop It)

When you walk into a brick and mortar retail store like a Nordstrom, Cabela, or even Family Dollar, you're being tracked around the store. Not by an over-suspicious security guard, but by the store's wireless network, using your phone's Wi-Fi. The store then uses your phone to track you around the store, determine if… » 7/19/13 9:22am 7/19/13 9:22am

The New California Act That Would Let Consumers Find Out Who Has Their…

Let's face it: most of us have no idea how companies are gathering and sharing our personal data. Colossal data brokers are sucking up personal facts about Americans from sources they refuse to disclose. Digital giants like Facebook are teaming up with data brokers in unsettling new ways. Privacy policies for… » 4/03/13 6:06am 4/03/13 6:06am

Some Guy Bought the Data of 1.1 Million Facebook Users for Just 5 Bucks

Bogomil Shopov, a Bulgarian blogger and digital rights activist, bought 1.1 million Facebook names, user IDs and e-mails for the ridiculously low price of 5 dollars. Yes, for a price of a Subway footlong, Shopov was able to get his hands on your personal data from Facebook. What a deal! » 10/25/12 9:20pm 10/25/12 9:20pm

100,000 Facebook Apps Have Been Accidentally Leaking Personal Data For…

Symantec, a security company, has found that third party Facebook apps have accidentally had access to Facebook users' accounts for years. Specifically, they could see your profile, photographs, chat and also have the ability to post messages and mine personal information. » 5/10/11 4:38pm 5/10/11 4:38pm

Are Cops Using Devices to Illegally Extract Data from Your Cell Phone?

The American Civil Liberties Union is accusing the Michigan State Police of using cellphone extraction devices on people that they pull over. Those devices can snag personal and sensitive data stored on your cell phone without you even knowing. Scary. » 4/18/11 8:20pm 4/18/11 8:20pm

How to Better Erase an iPhone When Selling/Repairing

We knew that refurbished iPhones have their previous owner's data on it, but how do you protect yourself when Apple won't go through the trouble of wiping phones out before passing them on? By unsyncing everything, then loading it up with music and videos until the phone is full to overwrite the old data that was… » 5/21/08 12:30pm 5/21/08 12:30pm