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Snapchat privacy – spam deluge may make users feel fat

Concerns over Snapchat privacy rocketed this week after users were bombarded with spam messages written in a style which suggests that a user’s own friends think they are overweight.

StealthGenie CEO arrested for marketing ‘illegal stalking app’

The creator of an app that secretly allows you to monitor another person’s smartphone usage without their knowledge has been arrested in Los Angeles, according to Slashgear.

How George Clooney made sure phone hackers didn’t ruin his wedding

Newly weds George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin supplied guests with “burner phones” to prevent photographs from falling into the hands of hackers and the tabloid press.

Emma Watson images – ‘countdown’ to leak after UN speech

In what appears to be a misogynist attack directed at Harry Potter actress Emma Watson, a site has appeared supposedly offering a countdown until images of her are released online.

Facial recognition – boom in sites such as dating services

Facial recognition is booming, with the market expected to grow from $1.92 billion to $6.5 billion in 2018 – and invading markets such as dating, with Match.com integrating a service which finds users dates based on their exes.

Right to be forgotten – why do Americans want it?

A poll has found that more than half (61%) of Americans want a ‘right to be forgotten’ from search engines such as Google, as the European Union passed into law earlier on this year.

How to change Safari’s default search engine in iOS 8 for greater privacy

With iOS 8, you can – for the first time – switch your Safari browser’s search engine to alternatives such as DuckDuckGo. Find out why you might want to and, in fairness, why you might NOT want to…

Week in security: Home Depot speaks, Gmail and Android ‘leak’

This week, American chain Home Depot admitted its systems had been breached, Gmail users got a fright, and a series of videos showed leaks in Android chat apps. Meanwhile, Facebook freaked out the world…. again.

Facebook tag – fears over “Faceprints” after genetic match

A young man who got an email from Facebook ‘identifying’ him via Facebook tag in a series of photographs which turned out to be his mother as a young woman, says the incident “opens the door to larger and more difficult questions.”

Bitcoin creator – could he be ‘outed’ after email ransom?

Bitcoin’s mysterious creator, who goes by the pseudonym ‘Satoshi Nakamoto’, could be about to have his identity made public, after a series of emails from the address that has been his only point of contact with the world since 2011.

Chat apps leak: Billion app users from OKCupid to Grindr at risk

Nearly a billion users of a dozen chat apps for Android including popular apps such as Instagram, Oovoo, OKCupid and Grindr could be at risk from eavesdroppers and snoopers after University of New Haven researchers found serious data leakage problems.

Private browsing – Americans ‘care deeply’ about privacy

A new Harris survey found that almost all Americans care about online privacy, and 71% said that they ‘care deeply’ about it. The survey found that the service that worries Americans most is Facebook.

Now your LinkedIn account can be better protected than ever before

LinkedIn may not have a spotless record when it comes to security and privacy, but we should give them credit when they do something right. Learn more now.

Week in Security: Game over in Korea, cellphone snoops and phishy Bitcoins

Gamers and cellphone users were targeted by criminal groups around the world this week – while retailers continued to suffer at the hands of POS malware, and a phishing campaign highlighted just how hot Bitcoin is right now.

Internet privacy: Seven rules to keep secrets safe

You are never truly invisible online – and even if you equip yourself with an arsenal of privacy tools, you’ll still be watched. But there are ways to ensure that you and your business never “overshare”. Here’s seven of them.

Google dorks – FBI warning about dangerous ‘new’ search tool

The FBI has issued a warning to police and other emergency response personnel about a lethal new tool which ‘malicious actors’ have been using to deadly effect against American government institutions – Google dorks.

Surveillance fears over systems which ‘follow’ cellphone users

Concern is growing over the export of surveillance equipment which can track the movements of anyone carrying a cellphone. Such technnologies are freely on sale not only to oppressive regimes, but also to criminal gangs.

Online fraud – POS malware has now hit 1,000 U.S. firms

More than a thousand U.S. businesses have been affected by point-of-sale malware – malicious software written specifically for online fraud, to steal information such as credit card details from businesses and their customers.

Twitter hacked – Cricket legend ‘Beefy’ Botham exposed

One of England’s greatest-ever cricketers, Sir Ian Botham, appeared to have been the victim of a Twitter hack yesterday as an obscene picture unexpectedly appeared on the sportsman’s feed.

Privacy: Workers “would pay” to stop snoopers

Online privacy has gone from being a minority concern to something that worries the man in the street – after a study of 2,000 people found a majority believed they were being listened to online, and nearly a third would pay to stop it.

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