Isn’t it really annoying when you’re on your smartphone in a public space and out of the corner of your eye (or when your spidey senses start tingling) you notice someone looking at your smartphone’s screen. You make eye contact with them and they immediately avert their gaze in guilt.
How long have they been looking? What have they seen? Did they manage to take a look at that awful selfie you took yesterday before you deleted it from your gallery? Suddenly, you’re super self-conscious.
The good news is that that may not be a problem for much longer because a group of Google researchers have found the solution.
UPDATE: SayaKenaHack.com will no longer be operational on Sunday. More details below.
A few weeks ago, Lowyat.net reported that the personal data for millions of Malaysians had been released as part of a huge telco data breach. Now the only place we can check if our data has been compromised is now blocked by MCMC.
The case of the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) forcing Apple to install a backdoor into their iPhones has been raging on for some time. While Apple is adamant that they don’t want to do so — based on this letter from Tim Cook to their customers — the FBI are pretty persistent in trying to get them to comply.
With two opposing views, people will start to take sides and the most recent high-profile tech person to choose a side is Bill Gates and while it seemed like he was with the FBI in this case, recent reports indicate a more moderate stance.
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Let’s face it. The internet is full of vulnerabilities and even our smart phones isn’t spared from exploits. Having your data stolen is not funny but you can take action now with Zipit Chat.
Using a globally recognised encryption system, it gives you a peace of mind when communicating with your peers. So how does Zipit Chat work? Read on to find out.
The world is full of people who would love to get their hands on your private information; with hacks and identity theft at an all-time high, you’re never sure if your info will truly be safe. That extends to any messaging service, be it Whatsapp, Facebook chat and the like, you don’t know if the data flow is secure.
That’s where Celcom’s Zipit Chat comes in, being the most secure communications app you’ll ever lay your eyes on.
The reason? It’s because it uses Military-Grade AES256 Encryption.
BlackBerry is betting big on its upcoming Android smart phone that’s called the PRIV. With user privacy being its key focus, the new slider device is dubbed the World’s first Blackberry secure smart phone powered by Android. With full access to Google Play Store apps, the Blackberry PRIV should be more appealing to the masses than its current BlackBerry 10 based smart phones.
To give a better idea of this BlackBerry + Android combo, the Waterloo company has just released its first PRIV video starring its very own Blackberry Hub.
Following its earlier privacy breach allegation on its Redmi Note, security concerns surrounding Xiaomi’s cloud storage, Mi Cloud has cropped up once again. This time it was raised up by security firm F-Secure.
In their earlier clarification and response, Xiaomi says that they take user privacy very seriously and they do not send user data to external servers without permission. The only time this happens is if a user opts to backup their device to the cloud with their Mi Cloud service, which is similar to other cloud solutions including Apple’s iCloud. If a user do not wish to use Mi Cloud, they can disable it completely.
So is the privacy issue sorted out for good? Not completely according to F-Secure and they have conducted a test with a brand new Redmi 1S, which is the smaller brother of the Redmi Note. With just a SIM Card, WiFi connection and no account set up when the phone was switched on for the first time, they tried making a standard voice call. To their surprise, they have reported that the device has sent some information to Xiaomi servers which includes IMEI, telco name and phone number.
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A couple of weeks back, several Taiwanese sites had reported that the Redmi Note smart phone has been secretly sending personal information such as contacts, text messages and photos to servers in China. This had certainly cast a doubt on its user privacy stand especially with the Redmi Note has been selling well worldwide. Xiaomi takes such allegation seriously and they had strongly clarified that Xiaomi does not transmit any personal information without permission of its users.
Its MIUI operating system does occasionally made contact with its servers hosted in China from time to time for syncing the latest preset messages and OTA updates. When it comes to personal information, the device does back up your contacts, messages and photos if a user opts to use their MiCloud, which is similar to Apple’s iCloud or Google’s Cloud backup system. If MiCloud is not enabled, your personal info will not be synced to their servers online.
Since the discovery was made on a Chinese site, they had released its Q&A in Chinese last week. Head after the break for the clarification in English.
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Want to disappear for the internet completely? Deleting your Facebook account and cleaning out your Twitter isn’t going to cut it. If you want all traces of your cyber-self gone from the information superhighway, follow the steps detailed in this infographic.
What kind of data is your cell phone company collecting? Malte Spitz wasn’t too worried when he asked his operator in Germany to share information stored about him. Multiple unanswered requests and a lawsuit later, Spitz received 35,830 lines of code — a detailed, nearly minute-by-minute account of half a year of his life.
If it can happen in Europe, it can happen anywhere. If it can happen anywhere, it can happen right here. With mobile phone penetration hitting over 100% in Malaysia, it’s scary to think the kind of information our mobile service providers are keeping about us. It’s downright frightening to realise that we have absolutely no idea. It’s even more frightening to think what those in power can do with such information.
Think about it.