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Android Q — Google Adds New Mobile Security and Privacy Features

Android Q — Google Adds New Mobile Security and Privacy Features
March 19, 2019Swati Khandelwal
Google has recently released the first beta version of Android Q, the next upcoming version of Google's popular mobile operating system, with a lot of new privacy improvements and other security enhancements. Android Q, where Q has not yet been named, offers more control over installed apps, their access, and permissions, and location settings; more support for passive authentication like face ID, and warnings when you install a new app targeting Android Marshmallow or older. Instead of directly going through dozens of different pages Google published about Android Q, here I have summarized all new privacy and security features of the new version of Android you can quickly learn from: 1) Stop Android Apps From Tracking Your Location in the Background Android Q gives you more control over how an app can use your device location information. Currently, you have a single option to either allow or deny an app access to your device location, doesn't matter if it is in-use

Microsoft Finally Reveals What Data Windows 10 Collects From Your PC

Microsoft Finally Reveals What Data Windows 10 Collects From Your PC
April 06, 2017Mohit Kumar
Since the launch of Windows 10, there has been widespread concern about its data collection practices , mostly because Microsoft has been very secretive about the telemetry data it collects. Now, this is going to be changed, as Microsoft wants to be more transparent on its diagnostics data collection practices. Till now there are three options ( Basic, Enhanced, Full ) for Windows 10 users to select from under its diagnostics data collection section, with no option for users to opt out of sending their data to Microsoft. Also, the company has never said precisely what data it collects behind these options, which raised huge privacy concerns among privacy-conscious users. But now for the first time, Microsoft has revealed what data Windows 10 is collecting from your computer with the release of the Windows 10 Creators Update , bringing an end to nearly two years of its mysterious data collection practices . The Windows 10 Creators Update, which will be available from Apri

Windows 10 Sends Your Data 5500 Times Every Day Even After Tweaking Privacy Settings

Windows 10 Sends Your Data 5500 Times Every Day Even After Tweaking Privacy Settings
February 10, 2016Swati Khandelwal
Myth: By disabling all privacy compromising and telemetry features on Windows 10 will stop Microsoft to track your activities. Fact: Even after all telemetry features disabled, Windows 10 is phoning home more than you could ever think of. Ever since the launch of Microsoft's newest operating system, Windows 10 is believed to be spying on its users. I wrote a number of articles to raise concern about Windows 10 privacy issues , including its controversial data mining features  and privacy invasion features . The only solution believed to cope up with these issues is to disable all the telemetry features or use an automated tool to disable all privacy-infringing features in just one click. But unfortunately, all these efforts got wasted because Microsoft still tracks you, even after you tighten your Windows 10 privacy to an extreme level, claims the recent analysis conducted by a Voat user CheesusCrust. Traffic Analysis Reveals Extent of Windows 10 Spying

Reminder! If You Haven't yet, Turn Off Windows 10 Keylogger Now

Reminder! If You Haven't yet, Turn Off Windows 10 Keylogger Now
September 08, 2015Swati Khandelwal
Do you know? Microsoft has the power to track every single word you type or say to its digital assistant Cortana while using its newest operating system, Windows 10 . Last fall, we reported about a ' keylogger ' that Microsoft openly put into its Windows 10 Technical Preview saying the company 'may collect voice information' as well as 'typed characters.' It was thought that the company would include the keylogger only within the Technical Preview of Windows 10, just for testing purpose. But, the thought was Wrong! The keylogger made its ways to Windows 10 public release offered by Microsoft for free due to which Windows 10 gained millions of adoption in just a few days after its first roll out back in July – but the free upgrade is not always free. Also Read:   Tip — Installing Windows 10‬? Fix 35+ Privacy Issues With Just One Click Yes, besides various privacy issues , there is a software component that tracks your inputs using your k

Just Like Windows 10, Windows 7 and 8 Also Spy on You – Here's How to Stop Them

Just Like Windows 10, Windows 7 and 8 Also Spy on You – Here’s How to Stop Them
September 01, 2015Swati Khandelwal
No plan to install Windows 10 due to Microsoft's controversial data mining and privacy invasions within the operating system? Well, Windows 7 and Windows 8 OS users should also be worried as Windows 10 spying is now headed their way too… Microsoft has been caught installing latest updates onto Windows 7 and Windows 8 computers that effectively introduce the same data collecting and user behavior tracking features used in Windows 10. Under the new updates, the operating systems indiscriminately upload data to Microsoft's servers, which might be a major privacy concern for many users. Creepy Updates The updates in question are: KB3068708 – This update introduces the Diagnostics and Telemetry tracking service to existing devices. KB3022345 (replaced by KB3068708 ) – This update adds the Diagnostics and Telemetry tracking service to in-market devices. KB3075249 – This update adds telemetry points to the User Account Control (UAC) feature in order to collect data on ele

Windows 10 Doesn't Stop Spying You, Even After Disabling It's Creepy Features

Windows 10 Doesn't Stop Spying You, Even After Disabling It's Creepy Features
August 14, 2015Swati Khandelwal
In our previous articles, we raised concern about Windows 10 privacy issues , including its controversial Wi-Fi Sense feature . Also, to cope up with these issues, I provided you a one-click solution to fix  all privacy compromising features that allow Microsoft to track users. But unfortunately, all those efforts got wasted because Microsoft still tracks you, even after you harden your Windows 10 privacy to an extreme level by disabling all privacy-infringing settings. This time the culprits are – Cortana and Bing search . Windows 10 features, including Cortana and Bing search, continue communicating with Microsoft's servers and sending it data, even after you turned the features off. A Technical Analysis done by Ars showed that even when you tell Microsoft to not to make any Internet-related inquiries by changing various privacy settings, it appears that Windows 10 still communicate with the software giant's servers for different information. Cortana

Tip — Installing Windows 10‬? Fix 35+ Privacy Issues With Just One Click

Tip — Installing Windows 10‬? Fix 35+ Privacy Issues With Just One Click
August 06, 2015Mohit Kumar
So you finally upgraded your system to Windows 10 and became one those 70 Million users. No doubt, Windows 10 is the Windows best version released by Microsoft, but you need to know that it does not offer much privacy by default. Windows 10 is making many headlines these days, even it made me to write two detailed articles about Windows 10's most controversial options, i.e. Windows Wi-Fi sense and Windows 10 stealing users' Bandwidth to deliver updates. I noticed over 35 more privacy issues that come enabled by default in Windows 10, which has permission to send your vast amount of data back to Microsoft. While Installation, a click through " Express Settings " allows Windows 10 operating system to gather up your contacts, text and touch input, calendar details, and a lot more, including: Location Data Biometrics and Handwriting data Advertisement and its Tracking Code Apps access to your personal information Windows Defender and Sample subm
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