YouTube ordered to cough up $170M settlement over COPPA infraction

Last week, the FTC announced its settlement with Google over YouTube’s COPPA violations, including requirements for better protecting children’s data. But is it enough?

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300 shades of gray: a look into free mobile VPN apps

Mobile VPN apps are one of the best tools for protecting user privacy. Unfortunately, a notable number of are deemed unsafe. Read on to find out how to assess the best mobile VPN for you.

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Nextdoor neighborhood app sends letters on its users’ behalf

The Nextdoor neighborhood app sends out snail mail letters to neighbors on behalf of its users. Is this a scam—or an ill-conceived marketing plan?

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How much personalization is too much?

Personalization is the new mantra of marketers—and most people are perfectly okay with that. But when does personalization cross the line into invasive? And what can uncomfortable consumers do about blocking it?

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8 ways to improve security on smart home devices

Smart home devices aren’t the most secure, but they do make life more convenient. How can those who’ve embraced smart home tech stay as secure as possible? Here are eight ways.

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Mobile Menace Monday: Dark Android Q rises

The Android Q operating system is being developed with privacy and security in mind. We take a look at both, examining new features intended for giving users better control of their devices and data.

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A week in security (July 15 – 21)

A roundup of cybersecurity news from July 15–21, including the Zoom camera vulnerability, Extenbro, Sodinokibi, Magecart, and cybersecurity challenges facing the education sector.

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A week in security (July 8 – 14)

A roundup of cybersecurity news from July 8–14, including secure data sending, federal data privacy law, the Soft Cell attack, and more.

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A week in security (June 10 – 16)

A roundup of security news from June 10–16, including MegaCortex, the latest news on privacy, the abuse of Twitter’s Lists feature, and more.

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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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