Download This Free Tool to See If the Government's Spying on You

It's been over a year-and-a-half since documents leaked by Edward Snowden shook our sense of privacy to the core. Those documents proved that government is spying on us pretty much all the time. And now that we know Congress isn't going to do anything about it right away, it's time to find the tools to protect… » 11/21/14 5:14pm Friday 5:14pm

DOJ Says iPhone Encryption Will Kill a Child, Which, C'mon Man

Here we go again. Just a few days after a former FBI agent argued that the new iOS 8 encryption would cause somebody to die, a Department of Justice boss upped the ante. At a meeting on October 1, Deputy Attorney General James Cole told a room full off Apple executives that iPhone encryption would cause a child to… » 11/19/14 4:49pm Wednesday 4:49pm

Keep Your Sensitive Info Off the Lock Screen in Android Lollipop

Android 5.0 Lollipop revamps the lock screen so you can see (and deal with) notifications without having to unlock your phone each time—great! That also means that anyone who picks up your handset can have a browse through your notifications—not so great! Here's how to make sure that nothing private shows up on the… » 11/19/14 12:09pm Wednesday 12:09pm

UK Security Chief: Privacy Has Never Been an Absolute Right

Major US technology companies are "in denial" as to how their services are being used by extremist groups, says Robert Hannigan, the new head of UK intelligence agency GCHQ. Calling out Twitter, Facebook and WhatsApp by name, Hannigan has requested that tech companies be more cooperative in sharing user information,… » 11/04/14 8:15am 11/04/14 8:15am

Cops Can Make You Fingerprint-Unlock Your Phone, and That's Not Okay

A Virginia Circuit Court judge recently said that it was not okay for cops to force suspect's to unlock their phones with a passcode. (Thanks, the Constitution!) However, the judge also ruled that it was okay for cops to force suspects to unlock their phones with a fingerprint. Wait, what? » 11/03/14 11:08am 11/03/14 11:08am

Facebook Just Created a Custom Tor Link and That's Awesome

Facebook is often criticized over privacy concerns, but the social network just made a historic move in the name of security and anonymity. The social network just created a dedicated Tor link that ensures people who visit the site from the anonymous web browser won't be mistaken for botnets. This is a big deal,… » 10/31/14 12:20pm 10/31/14 12:20pm

FBI Turned Off Hotel Internet, Impersonated Cable Guy to Catch Gamblers

It is not a good week for FBI undercover sting operations. After yesterday's revelation that the FBI planted a phony, malware-loaded Seattle Times article, we're now getting wind of another FBI scheme in which agents impersonated internet repairmen. As if we needed another reason not to trust the cable guy. » 10/29/14 3:02pm 10/29/14 3:02pm

What Happens to Your Social Security Number When You Die

Since 1935, the Social Security Administration has been issuing numbers to permanent residents of the United States. Nine simple digits distinguish each American from his or her fellow residents. Today, assigned randomly and never recycled, a social security number is as unique an identifier as your fingerprints.… » 10/29/14 6:30am 10/29/14 6:30am

FBI Planted Phishing Scam on Fake Seattle Times Page to Trap a Teen

For years, phishing scammers have been setting up fake tech support hotlines, websites—even fake Netflix logins—to plant malicious malware on unsuspecting machines. And apparently, even our own FBI has been getting on the fun. Because back in 2007, the FBI created a fake Seattle Times web page, all to catch a high… » 10/28/14 1:49pm 10/28/14 1:49pm