Over 157 million US credit card holders have been notified of a breach in the last 18 months while the typical web surfer is tracked by 11 companies at each site they visit – resulting in over 2,500 unique tracking and data collection attempts weekly. This is the new reality of the Internet in 2014 – and 2015 will see increased threats.
In the past, consumers had no simple way to say “NO” when asked for their personal information by mobile apps and web sites- which have all become increasingly intrusive, spammy, and insecure. Nor have they had much choice about being tracked. Until now.
Hackers claim to have stolen more than 7 million account usernames and passwords from Dropbox servers. Dropbox denies these claims, saying that the information was taken from services unrelated to Dropbox. While we can all breath a sigh of relief knowing the Dropbox wasn’t actually hacked, here are a few comments Abine has on the matter…
Almost all internet activity that can be done on a desktop computer or laptop can now be done on a mobile device. With apps tailored to your every need, it is easier than ever to access the web with your smartphone. As using mobile apps becomes more and more a part of our daily activity, we’re also becoming more concerned about our personal privacy when we use them. This was the focus of a recent study carried out by the Global Privacy Enforcement Network.
The GPEN is a network of privacy governing organizations from around the world. A few of the GPEN member organizations are the FTC, the U.K.’s Information Commissioner’s Office, and the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada. They do a Privacy Sweep each year that examines current issues in online privacy. Last year’s sweep focused on online privacy in a general sense and this year’s sweep focused on mobile app privacy.
The “sweepers” tested out over 1,000 popular apps by downloading them and then interacting with them for a short time. The goal was to re-create what an average user’s experience would be with using the app. They then ranked each one using four criteria.
A growing amount of online bank fraud is perpetrated by malicious apps that Android users inadvertently download on their mobile devices, according to several studies.
In the first, a RiskIQ study, the data suggests that app developers with malicious intent have become quite adept at concealing the surreptitious nature of these apps. According to the study, the number of malicious apps on the Google Play store increased by 388% from 2011 to 2013.
Meet social networking site Ello – the antithesis of Facebook. No more unwanted ads. No more unwanted data collection. With Ello, you are no longer the product: it is determined to prove that social networking sites can thrive without selling users’ data.
“Ello’s built to be very simple. We just wanted a nice calm place to talk to our friends and connect,” says co-founder Paul Bunditz.
The site officially launched to the “public” (currently invite-only) on August 7 and has seen huge growth in its numbers in the eight short weeks it’s been live.