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Uber's Android app is acting like malware, reporting personal data back to the company tha...

Security researcher GironSec has pulled Uber's Android app apart and discovered that it's sending a huge amount of personal data back to base – including your call logs, what apps you've got installed, whether your phone is vulnerable to certain malware, whether your phone is rooted, and your SMS and MMS logs, which it explicitly doesn't have permission to do. It's the latest in a series of big-time missteps for a company whose core business model is, frankly, illegal in most of its markets as well.  Read More

Researchers have found a simple risk score could help improve mobile device security (Phot...

Next time you download or update an app for your smartphone or tablet and blitz through messages asking for permissions approval, you may be unnecessarily exposing your personal information to possible cyber violation. Researchers suggest this issue could potentially be addressed through better consumer education and an easy to understand risk score for each app.  Read More

 XRay helps users see how popular online services track their personal information  (Image...

A new software tool developed at Columbia University is providing valuable insights into how some very popular websites make use of the sensitive data they collect from their users. The software could help sniff out potential abuses from advertisers and contribute in making the usage of sensitive data a lot more transparent to the end user.  Read More

The visual microphone can reconstruct sounds from video images, such as subtly-vibrating p...

If you've ever had the feeling that you’re being listened to by chip bags, spied on by your houseplants, and eavesdropped by chocolate bar wrappers, then you may not be paranoid; you may just be up on the latest technology. That’s because a team of scientists led by MIT that includes participants from Microsoft, and Adobe has created a "visual microphone" that uses a computer algorithm to analyze and reconstruct audio signals from objects in a video image.  Read More

The LokLok app in use

Your phone's lock-screen is used to keep would-be snoopers out of your messages, but a new app turns this idea on its head. Once installed, LokLok allows friends to leave messages and drawings on each other's lock-screens. Two things seem certain: it will be great fun and it will all end in tears!  Read More

Cozy Room offers a personal isolation chamber with all your personal belongings close to h...

Even the most gregarious people occasionally need some alone time. Many choose garden sheds or outbuildings as their place of solitude, while others choose the spare room. But a new option has arrived in the form of Cozy Room, a personal isolation chamber that contains everything you could wish for from a man (or woman) cave.  Read More

Casa 7A, by Arquitectura en Estudio and Natalia Heredia (Photo: David Uribe)

High up in the hills around an hour or two's drive from Bogota, Colombia, is located a country villa that boasts a degree of sustainability – and even more luxury. Designed by Arquitectura en Estudio and Natalia Heredia, Casa 7A also sports a novel facade made up of sliding and pivoting wooden screens that can offer both openness and privacy, as required.  Read More

SGP Technologies has released updated tech specs for its security-focused Blackphone

SGP Technologies has released updated tech specs for its Blackphone, a smartphone designed with user privacy in mind. The device was unveiled at Mobile World Congress in February as a secure smartphone for the mass market.  Read More

Combined with Google Glass, the Ubic system could be used to thwart PIN thieves

While many of us worry about the ways in which Google Glass could be used to infringe on peoples' privacy, scientists at Saarland University in Germany have instead developed a process in which the high-tech eyewear could ensure privacy. More specifically, it would keep shady characters from obtaining your PIN while you used an automated teller.  Read More

The Blackphone is aimed at providing users with control over their security and privacy

Security and privacy are issues that have been brought more sharply into focus than ever of late, following multiple high-profile data breaches and ongoing revelations about NSA spying activities. SGP Technologies, a joint venture between Silent Circle and Geeksphone, wants to tackle these issues with the launch of a new smartphone. The Blackphone is aimed at providing users with control over their security and privacy.  Read More

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