Today we announce the release of Bitcoin Anywhere, a new beta service designed to help Bitcoin users more fully participate in online commerce. This invite-only beta will allow users to fund their Masked Cards (created through Blur) with their Coinbase Wallet, ensuring maximum financial security throughout the entire online checkout process.
As the Bitcoin economy goes mainstream, there is an increasing need to be able to use Bitcoin at more places, provided that spending is ultimately compliant and is for legitimate e-commerce purposes. “What we aim to achieve is to assess consumer demand for a purchasing experience that balances innovation, convenience, compliance, and security,” said Andrew Sudbury, Abine co-founder and CTO.
We know Masked Cards are one of our users’ favorite features – December 2014 saw Masked Card payment volume top $500,000 for the first time.
But we also know that Masked Cards are a new concept, which means it’s possible to run into some occasional hiccups when using them.
What common Masked Card problems do we see, and how can you fix them? Read on. Read More
Lenovo adware found to track user browsing activity
Software on certain Lenovo PCs can compromise users’ online privacy, Lenovo has admitted.
The software, called Superfish, intercepts internet traffic – nominally to insert targeted ads into web browsers. Because it issues its own security certificates, however, Superfish can theoretically spoof legitimate websites.
No criminal activity related to Superfish has been reported, but a California woman is suing Lenovo for violating California’s Invasion of Privacy Act. PC Magazine explains how to remove Superfish here. Read More
No matter what search engine you use, search providers know a whole lot about you. That’s the very foundation of their business.
Even if you’re blocking trackers with Blur, there’s a good chance that Google has created an extensive demographic profile based on your search behavior. (If you are logged in to your Google Account, you can click this link to view your Google advertising profile.)
We aren’t fans of this kind of data collection, and we don’t think many of you are, either. That’s why we’ve introduced Blur Private Search! Read More
Verizon Wireless to allow ‘supercookie’ opt-out
The nation’s largest wireless carrier, stung by criticism about its use of “supercookie” trackers on customers’ mobile devices, will start allowing people to opt out of supercookie tracking.
The move, announced at the end of January, marks a sharp reversal for Verizon, which until recently had only let customers opt out of marketing programs that used data generated by the trackers. Customers of the carrier will be able to fully remove the supercookies, known formally as UIDHs, “soon”, in the words of a Verizon spokesman.
Most troubling about the supercookies is that they have the potential to supersede conventional privacy protection measures, such as deleting browser cookies. Mark this announcement as a win for privacy – but keep an eye on device-based tracking moving forward, we say. Read More