Adware and PUPs families add push notifications as an attack vector

Push notifications are being added to the arsenal of PUPs, adware, and even a Trojan browser extension that spams Facebook groups.

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Apple iOS 13 will better protect user privacy, but more could be done

Apple’s newest iOS features provide simple, easy-to-use options that can leave users more informed and more in control of their online privacy. But privacy experts agreed: Apple can—and should—go further.

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Maine inches closer to shutting down ISP pay-for-privacy schemes

Unlike a data privacy proposal in the US and a new data privacy law in California, the Maine data privacy bill aimed at Internet Service Providers (ISPs) explicitly shuts down any pay-for-privacy schemes.

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NIST’s privacy framework lets privacy tell its own story

As the Senate sits on no fewer than four data privacy bills that their own members wrote—with no plans to vote on any—and as the world’s largest social media company braces for an anticipated multibillion-dollar privacy blunder, the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has published what it calls a “privacy framework” draft.

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Governments increasingly eye social media meltdown

It seems problems never quite go away for social media platforms, and more governments of the world are taking keen interest. Will the tech giants be able to sort things out before legislators steps into the fray?

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The top six takeaways for user privacy

Amidst never-ending data breaches and constantly-surprising company fiascos, here are six takeaways for anyone in the US who cares about protecting their online privacy.

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A week in security (April 29 – May 5)

A roundup of security news from April 29 – May 5, covering Electrum botnet, Wall Street Market takedown, privacy news, and the state of cryptojacking.

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Explained: like-farming

Like-farming is a popular method on social media to harvest as many likes and shares as possible in order to increase the value of a site or domain. But what happens when scammers get in the game?

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Ellen DeGeneres giveaway scam spreading on social media

Scammers take aim at fans of Ellen DeGeneres with a bizarre chain of giveaways and free movie websites. Will anyone take the bait?

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A week in security (April 8 – 14)

A roundup of news stories from April 8–14, including Baldr, medical management apps, an Android password stealer, and new sextortion scams.

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