Today’s Tech Sightings:
February 7, 2017 is Safer Internet Day, which shines a light on unhealthy online habits and promotes better privacy and safety practices. Your Google searches – and trips to various ad-funded websites – tip off advertising companies to all sorts of information about where users have been and how they behave online. But there are a few things you can do to protect yourself.
Some iOS apps that should encrypt user data have misconfigured encryption settings, according to Will Strafach, CEO of Sudo Security Group. Strafach claims that programming code has been accidentally misconfigured to accept invalid security certificates in 76 apps, which were downloaded 18 million times.
Google and Facebook just joined forces to fight online fake news, introducing filters and tools to track how fake news content is generated and to keep some of it out. But academics and researchers doubt these tools will put an end to fake news and argue that the fight isn’t just up to social media and tech players. Education and awareness, they say, are the key to fostering a critical mind that questions news sources and explores alternative ones.
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- Vizio to Pay $2.2 Million to FTC for Unprecedented Spying on US Customers
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- How to Protect Your Privacy With a VPN on Android
- US House Passes Bill Requiring Warrants to Search Old Emails
- Dubai Government, Companies Team Up With IBM on Blockchain Project
- How Men and Women Compare in iOS App Spending Habits
- YouTube Takes on Facebook Live With Mobile Live Streaming
- Uber Hires NASA Expert to Help Develop Flying Cars