Apple Won't Turn Over Your iPhone's Data to Police If You're Using iOS 8

Here's a new feature of iOS 8 that we weren't expecting: Apple announced tonight that the new software makes it impossible for Apple to turn over the data on an iOS 8-equipped iPhone or iPad to U.S. law enforcement, even in the presence of a search warrant. Chalk one up for privacy. » 9/17/14 11:57pm Yesterday 11:57pm

iCloud's Two-Step Authentication Is Back and Now Covers Backups

Good news after a harrowing week: Your iCloud account is now (a little) more secure. After popping up briefly and then disappearing—and a highly publicized, unfortunately timed security breach—iCloud's two-step authentication has returned for good, with several important improvements, according to Ars Technica. » 9/16/14 6:40pm Tuesday 6:40pm

Tim Cook Says Apple Has Never Shared Data: "You're Not Our Product"

As part of Apple's ongoing glasnost campaign, Tim Cook was on Charlie Rose last Friday. Part two airs tonight and it looks like it will be a lot meatier, just based on the clip released today: Cook will apparently talk more about the role of privacy at Apple, including their choice not to release or mine user metadata. » 9/15/14 7:30pm Monday 7:30pm

Facebook's Messenger App Logs Way More Data Than You Realize

Ever since Facebook first started pushing users over to its standalone messaging app (whether they liked it or not), there have been cries of outrage over what's seemed like an inordinately large amount of required permissions. And while there's still no indication that Facebook has any sort of bad intent, the company » 9/11/14 10:25am 9/11/14 10:25am

The Complete Guide to Locking Down Facebook Privacy for Good

Facebook's privacy settings are notorious for being convoluted and downright confusing—even Zuck's own kin have had issues. Which is why Facebook has officially rolled out a "privacy checkup" to help you make sure you're sharing exactly what you want. But since the checkup only goes so deep, here's how to make sure … » 9/04/14 4:42pm 9/04/14 4:42pm

Why Social Engineering Should Be Your Biggest Security Concern

We all know the basics—strong passwords, two-factor authentication, and so on. However, the most recent security and privacy breaches have had less to do with bad passwords and more to do with social engineering. Let's look at what that is, why it can happen without you knowing, and how you can protect yourself. » 9/04/14 9:14am 9/04/14 9:14am

Software That Could Have Been Used to Hack Celebs Is Available to Anyone

By now you've heard about the massive cache of nude photos that internet scumbags stole from a number of female celebrities. Now, researchers are learning more about how the perv-hackers may have done it: using a password-cracking software designed for police, but available online to anyone who seeks it. » 9/02/14 6:15pm 9/02/14 6:15pm

The NSA Made Its Own Google to Help Share Your Data with Cops

Well, here's timely NSA revelation for you: The Intercept reports that the spy agency built a "Google-like" search engine for its seemingly bottomless cache of data on persons of interest. This tool allows the spy agency to share over 850 billion records with nearly two dozen U.S. government organizations, including… » 8/25/14 5:34pm 8/25/14 5:34pm

The NSA Is Scaring People Away From Tor

It makes sense in a backwards sort of way. Last year's NSA revelations scared people into seeking more privacy online, and so they turned to Tor, the anonymous web browser. Then, we learned that the NSA is actually targeting people that use Tor, sending users running in the opposite direction. Understandably, this has » 8/21/14 11:20am 8/21/14 11:20am

Everything You Need to Know About the New USA FREEDOM Act

Ever since the Snowden revelations, honest (and some dishonest) efforts have been made in Congress to try to scale back at least some of the NSA's spying. It's a complex problem, since the NSA has overstepped reasonable bounds in so many different directions and there is intense secrecy surrounding the NSA's… » 8/08/14 3:40am 8/08/14 3:40am

How Google Hunts Down Child Porn In Gmail

After yesterday's news that Google caught a sex offender who'd left no virtual trace of his misdeeds outside of his Gmail account, people were understandably a little conflicted about what that meant in terms of privacy. Now, the company has come out to (every so slightly) clarify their methods: It's not you they're… » 8/05/14 10:59am 8/05/14 10:59am