Popular password manager in the spotlight over web trackers

While the trackers in LastPass’ Android app don’t collect any personal data, the news may not sit well with some privacy-minded users. LastPass, a popular password manager, has come under some fire following a report that its Android app features seven built-in advertising and analytics trackers that gather data ranging from the user’s device type and … More Popular password manager in the spotlight over web trackers

Identity theft spikes amid pandemic

The US Federal Trade Commission received 1.4 million reports of identity theft last year, double the number from 2019. The number of reported cases of identity theft in the United States doubled in 2020 year-on-year, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has said. In a blogpost marking the start of Identity Theft Awareness Week, the FTC said that … More Identity theft spikes amid pandemic

SIM swap scam: What it is and how to protect yourself

Here’s what to know about attacks where a fraudster has your number, literally and otherwise. SIM swap scams have been a growing problem, with fraudsters targeting people from various walks of life, including tech leaders, and causing untold damage to many victims. Here’s why you should be on the lookout for attacks where someone can upend your … More SIM swap scam: What it is and how to protect yourself

So you thought your personal data was deleted? Not so fast

It may be impossible to delete your personal information from Houseparty and other social media services – despite privacy legislation! My colleague Jake Moore recently published a blogpost Houseparty – should I stay or should I go now? The post intrigued me, not just for the title taken from the great 1982 song by the Clash. Jake, … More So you thought your personal data was deleted? Not so fast

How much is your personal data worth on the dark web?

The going prices are lower than you probably think – your credit card details, for example, can sell for a few bucks. It’s no news that the dark web is rife with offers of stolen data that ranges from pilfered credit card information and hijacked payment services accounts to hacked social media accounts. Anyone interested … More How much is your personal data worth on the dark web?