Privacy News of the Week

2603529812_da66a9be8e_nLots to cover since our last privacy report. First up…

Outdated encryption tech leaves millions of devices, websites vulnerable

A decision made decades ago to use a weak form of encryption on devices exported to other countries is having present-day consequences. Read More

YouTube Change Could Make Video Views Less Private

youtube_logo_stacked-vfl225ZTxThere will soon be another reason to anonymize the searches you run on Google – all due due to a relatively minor change in the way YouTube makes money. Read More

Abine launches Bitcoin Anywhere

Screen Shot 2015-03-04 at 8.10.18 AMToday 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.

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Masked Card Issues? Here’s What You Can Do

129759103_c70b763106_nWe 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

Privacy News of the Week

eLenovo 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