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Is Snapchat Private?

Thumbnail image for Is Snapchat Private? by Barbara J. Feldman October 11, 2014

No, Snapchat and all other social networks are inherently not private. And the fact that Snapchat promises to erase your photos lulls many users (especially teens) into a false sense of privacy. In addition to the ability for the recipient to take a screenshot of a Snap, there are also third party apps that can […]

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Is the Facebook Messenger App Evil?

Thumbnail image for Is the Facebook Messenger App Evil? by Barbara J. Feldman August 11, 2014

Last week Facebook made a change to its messaging service, requiring mobile users to download (and use) a separate Facebook Messenger app, instead of being able to message through your existing mobile Facebook app. The public outcry was swift and noisy! Many didn’t like being forced to download a new app, but most of the […]

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5 Ways to Increase Privacy on Your Cell Phone

Thumbnail image for 5 Ways to Increase Privacy on Your Cell Phone by Barbara J. Feldman July 7, 2014

With privacy concerns all over the news, several mobile handset makers are releasing new models with extra privacy features built-in. But there’s no need to throw your current handset out, as there is plenty you can do with your current Android or iPhone to make it harder for anyone to spy on your activities. 1) […]

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Protect Yourself from Unwanted Surveillance

Thumbnail image for Protect Yourself from Unwanted Surveillance by Barbara J. Feldman June 16, 2014

If the NSA truly wants to compile a dossier about you, these simple tips probably won’t be enough, but they certainly are a good start to avoid unwanted snooping, whether from a government agency or a rouge bad guy. 1) Install HTTPS Everywhere. HTTPS Everywhere is both a movement and a browser plugin. Installing the […]

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Google Pushes to Make Email More Private

Thumbnail image for Google Pushes to Make Email More Private by Barbara J. Feldman June 9, 2014

If you are a Google Gmail user, your email is accessed and transmitted over a secure connection. But not all email providers offer end-to-end email security (which equals privacy), and Google is calling them out with new Safer Email campaign. In this report, Gmail revealed that 71% of email they send to other providers is […]

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What’s Up with the Blue Facebook Dinosaur?

Thumbnail image for What’s  Up with the Blue Facebook Dinosaur? by Barbara J. Feldman April 7, 2014

Facebook is testing a proactive approach to user privacy this week with the introduction of a cartoon blue dinosaur. If you haven’t modified your privacy settings in awhile (meaning you are probably several steps behind current best-practices and therefore as out-of-date as a dinosaur!), your next post may be greeted by the this friendly looking […]

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