At last, some good news for privacy: signs that micro-targeted advertising may be on the way out

At the beginning of this year Privacy News Online wrote about how people were waking up to the dangers of micro-targeted advertising. Despite that, nothing much happened – until now. One reason for the shift is the heightened awareness of the role of social media in politics and elections. Twitter has said it will drop … Continue reading “At last, some good news for privacy: signs that micro-targeted advertising may be on the way out”

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  • Sep 13, 2019
  • Glyn Moody
  • News, Privacy, Programming,

Should apps share details of women’s menstruation and sex lives with Facebook and other sites? Some already do

Back in January, Privacy News Online wrote about some important research from Privacy International. It found that 61% of the Android apps it investigated automatically transfer data to Facebook the moment a user opens them. This happens whether or not people have a Facebook account, and regardless of whether they are logged into Facebook or … Continue reading “Should apps share details of women’s menstruation and sex lives with Facebook and other sites? Some already do”

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  • Dec 8, 2018
  • Summer Hirst
  • General Privacy and Security, News, Online Activity, Tutorials,

Ads Following You Around? Here’s How You Can Stop Them

I looked for a nice wallet for my husband’s birthday but then decided to buy it later. An hour later, I’m showing him something on a blog and that same wallet is in the adverts. My husband smiled at me. He got the hint! Dang it! That advert ruined my surprise. If you’re also annoyed … Continue reading “Ads Following You Around? Here’s How You Can Stop Them”

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  • Dec 7, 2018
  • Summer Hirst
  • General Privacy and Security, Tutorials,

How To Remove Adware

If you’re seeing popup ads on your computer, it might be infected by adware. While adware makes computer painfully slow with annoying ads, it can also contain spyware to track down your activities, which is why it’s important to remove it. Before we begin, you must know if you’re infected by adware. Here are some … Continue reading “How To Remove Adware”

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  • Dec 3, 2018
  • Summer Hirst
  • General Privacy and Security, News, Online Activity, Tutorials,

How to Prevent Spyware

If you’re annoyed by Instagram stalkers, imagine when someone takes stalking to another level. They can see your usernames and passwords, what you chat with others, the emails you send, and every little step you take online. This can be done with spyware. A cunning little piece of code that hides in your computer and … Continue reading “How to Prevent Spyware”

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Untangling the other dark web – of pervasive, inescapable, corporate surveillance

Visitors to this site are well aware of how our every move is tracked as we move around the Internet. We know that companies are building minutely-detailed profiles of us, stored on huge databases, and that the information held there not only changes the ads we see, and the prices that companies offer us when … Continue reading “Untangling the other dark web – of pervasive, inescapable, corporate surveillance”

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