Privacy

Facebook and Instagram breach: what happened, and what to do about it

It’s unclear how many were impacted by the recent Instagram breach, but the recent Facebook breach could have impacted up to 50 million users. How was Instagram breached? A flaw in Instagram’s software allowing users to download their data accidentally exposed passwords in plain text. The irony is that this software was created in order […]

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Twitter, Facebook, and Google are Fighting Internet Privacy Laws

Recently, the Information Technology Industry Council, which represents companies like Amazon, Visa, Microsoft, Google, Facebook, and Apple, released its “Framework to Advance Interoperable Rules (FAIR) on Privacy”. On the surface, it looks like tech companies are trying to protect user privacy. In reality, they want to make sure that they can continue to profit off […]

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Security in the Roaring 2020s

Bruce Schneier’s recent op-ed in the New York Times [“Internet Hacking is About to Get Much Worse”] argues that hacking threats have overwhelmed traditional IT security and that governments must intervene to fix market failure. His assessment of the problem is only arguably-inaccurate, but his proposed solution is almost certainly wrong.   We do need […]

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Safari Update: Blur Works with Safari 12

Apple recently released a major update to its Safari Web Browser. The Safari update is teeming with features; the most notable having to do with tracking prevention when shopping online (we’ll have more on that in a future post). If using Blur, you were probably greeted with this message after upgrading: “Safari turned off extensions […]

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Google Tracking Mastercard Purchases

For the past year, Google and Mastercard had a “secret deal” allowing Google tracking of spending habits of two billion Mastercard card-holders.  Using Blur can protect you from tracking, online and off. The deal gives Google “an unprecedented asset for measuring retail spending”, as they  compete with sites like Amazon. Mastercards were used in roughly […]

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