How to Automatically Back Up and Purge Your Gmail Every 30 Days

If the Sony hack has taught us anything, it's that keeping incriminating emails in your inbox is a terrible idea. Even if you aren't doing anything particularly bad, if someone gets into you email, everything you've ever said could be out in the open. Here's how to make sure that doesn't happen by automatically… » 12/18/14 2:24pm 12/18/14 2:24pm

What We Can Learn from the Biggest Corporate Hacks

The past few years have seen an absurd amount of companies getting hacked, from simple passwords to entire databases of email. And sure, when we're affected by these hacks, we look for someone to blame—but we rarely stop to look at our own lives and see what we can learn from these companies' mistakes. » 12/16/14 11:02am 12/16/14 11:02am

Sony Leak: The Secret Meetings That Set Hollywood's Anti-Piracy War Plan

Every year, legal representatives from seven of the biggest movie studios in the country gather in Sherman Oaks, California to talk about all things anti-piracy. Which isn't surprising; it's their livelihood, after all. But what does leaves a sour taste in your mouth is their plan to spread the DMCA-dispensing gospel:… » 12/15/14 9:40am 12/15/14 9:40am

Will Google Sell All Your Emails to Your Grandchildren?

In 40 years will Google, Facebook and Visa sell all your emails, photos, and purchase history to your grandchildren? The Sony hack has reminded us that nearly everything we say and do here in the early 21st century will be on the record forever. And we better be prepared for the historians of tomorrow to pick through… » 12/12/14 1:53pm 12/12/14 1:53pm

George Clooney Was the Only One Who Saw the Sony Hack Coming

The debilitating, often humiliating Sony hack has pretty much screwed over most anyone who's ever had anything to do with the company ever. But when the time comes to lay blame, lay it not on George Clooney. For as with everything else in life, George Clooney had the upper hand. His prophecy by email lies below. » 12/09/14 4:20pm 12/09/14 4:20pm

Your Favorite Anonymous App Is Not Anonymous At All

Security researchers recently discovered a serious flaw in Yik Yak, the "anonymous" messaging app popular with teens. In surprisingly simple fashion, the flaw offered hackers a way to discover the identities of Yik Yak's supposedly unnamed users. It also provides a good opportunity to issue this very important PSA:… » 12/09/14 3:00pm 12/09/14 3:00pm

Obama’s Plan for Better Policing: The Good, the Bad, the Body Cameras

You may be shocked to hear that EFF doesn't think technology is a solution to every problem. That includes problems with the police and with public safety. And, as we've pointed out when it comes to drones and other types of local surveillance, we think adoption of new technology requires communities to understand and… » 12/09/14 3:53am 12/09/14 3:53am

Man, the Government Sure Likes to Blame Shit on Tor

In a non-public report, the Department of Treasury revealed that an increasing number of hackers are using the Tor network to maintain their anonymity. Surprise surprise! After all,Tor is one of the biggest online anonymity services. So the government is suggesting (again) that blocking Tor would keep hackers away,… » 12/08/14 12:55pm 12/08/14 12:55pm

Why the FAA Isn't Worried About Drones Invading Your Privacy Right Now

Drones have a privacy problem. As more and more domestic drones take flight in the United States, more and more people are worried that these airborne cameras will be peeking in their windows and watching them drive around town—and rightfully so. Yet the federal agency overseeing the growing industry apparently… » 12/02/14 4:20pm 12/02/14 4:20pm

Feds Use 18th Century Law to Force Apple to Unlock Encrypted Phones

The Department of Justice is going to absurd lengths in order to unlock encrypted smartphones. It's using a law from the 1700s to force Apple and at least one other company to cooperate with law enforcement officials in investigations dealing with locked, encrypted phones. And the courts, so far, are letting it happen. » 12/01/14 12:23pm 12/01/14 12:23pm