Don’t just ignore those text message scams. Here’s how to stop them Technology 

Don’t just ignore those text message scams. Here’s how to stop them

Spam text messages are more than just annoying reminders we receive about a free milkshake at a local restaurant. They have the potential to be just as intrusive as the robocalls that bombard us daily. Perhaps you’ve received a message announcing you’ve won a trip or a warning that your iCloud account has been hacked. Those messages are an attempt to trick you into providing personal or account information to hackers, who will then use it to take over your phone number or access your online accounts. Here’s what you…

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California Police Have Been Illegally Sharing License Plate Reader Data News 

California Police Have Been Illegally Sharing License Plate Reader Data

Some of California’s largest police departments have been collecting millions of images of drivers’ license plates and sharing them with entities around the country—without having necessary security policies in place, in violation of state law, according to a newly released state audit. The audit, published Thursday, found that 230 police and sheriff’s departments in the state currently use automated license plate readers (ALPRs), which can be fixed cameras or devices mounted on patrol cars. Police have touted the technology as necessary for enforcing parking and basic municipal laws, and as…

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It Appears U.S. Has a ‘Smoking Gun’ Confirming Huawei-Built Spy Backdoors News 

It Appears U.S. Has a ‘Smoking Gun’ Confirming Huawei-Built Spy Backdoors

According to a Wall Street Journal report, the U.S. government officials are claiming Huawei, a phone and telecommunications company with ties to the Chinese government, has the ability to spy on users of mobile phone networks employing Huawei equipment. The claim comes after years of accusations from the U.S. government and repeated denials from Huawei. While Huawei is one of the largest sellers of phones in the world, its original business was building telecommunication networks. However, the U.S. has been wary of allowing Huawei equipment to be incorporated into U.S….

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Malware Threats on Macs Outpace Windows For First Time Ever Technology 

Malware Threats on Macs Outpace Windows For First Time Ever

It’s generally accepted that Macs are safer and less malware-prone than Windows PCs. Well, not anymore. A new report says that for the first time ever, Mac-specific threats outpaced PCs by a rate of 2:1 in 2019. The report comes from Malwarebytes, an antivirus software maker. In its 2020 State of Malware Report, the firm says it found the volume of Mac threats increased year-over-year by more than 400 percent. While it attributes some of that number to a larger Mac userbase, the company calculated the number of threats per…

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Here’s everything you can do to stop annoying robocalls News 

Here’s everything you can do to stop annoying robocalls

Robocalls are about to meet their match. These are the rampant, inconvenient, and sometimes scammy phone calls that convey a prerecorded message and often urge you to do something. For example, roping you into a free trip to the Bahamas that you never applied for, or a call tricking you to give up information to “the IRS”. There were over 58 billion robocalls in 2019 alone, according to YouMail. Now, the US government and leading tech companies are attacking the practice, and there are measures you can take right now….

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Netflix removed 9 films and TV shows due to government demands. Here’s why. News 

Netflix removed 9 films and TV shows due to government demands. Here’s why.

When Netflix lost Friends at the beginning of the year, fans of the show were really disappointed. But, hey, that’s showbiz. Rights to movies and TV shows get bought, sold, and expire all the time. But did you know that Netflix has removed movies and TV shows from its service at the demand of foreign governments? Thanks to Netflix’s new efforts to be more transparent, we now know for the first time exactly what content has been removed due to these demands. According to Netflix’s 2019 Environmental Social Governance report,…

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Instagram now lets you see which accounts you interact with the most and least Technology 

Instagram now lets you see which accounts you interact with the most and least

Instagram has added a feature which lets you sort through the accounts that you’re following by “Most shown in feed” and “Least interacted with.” From there, users can manage their follow status and notifications, or mute an account. “Instagram is really about bringing you closer to the people and things you care about — but we know that over time, your interests and relationships can evolve and change,” the company says. “Whether you graduate, move to a new city, or become obsessed with a new interest and find a community,…

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Everywhere You Can Get Free Treats for National Frozen Yogurt Day News 

Everywhere You Can Get Free Treats for National Frozen Yogurt Day

February 6 is a big day. It’s the one day a year when frozen yogurt steps out from behind the shadow of ice cream and proudly proclaims, “Hey! Would you eat me if I were free!?” It’s National Frozen Yogurt Day, and today, for just a moment, frozen yogurt won’t play second fiddle to its other frozen brethren. Shops around the US are hoping to make you rail against your aversion to saying froyo by offering free or cheap frozen yogurt. You’ll find deals at shops like TCBY, 16 Handles,…

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Delete These Scammy Android Apps That Drove 382M Downloads Technology 

Delete These Scammy Android Apps That Drove 382M Downloads

Whenever we post “delete these apps” stories, we invariably see comments claiming that the malware apps in question are so bizarre and pointless, you’d have to be the dumbest Android user on Earth to download them in the first place (or something to that effect). According to a new report from VPNpro, the Chinese company Shenzhen Hawk appears to have launched 24 different sketchy apps into the Google Play Store that have racked up a total of 382 million downloads. While you might not have been suckered into installing one onto your device,…

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Twitter says bad actors linked users with phone numbers Technology 

Twitter says bad actors linked users with phone numbers

Twitter has revealed a security incident that occurred at the end of last year, where phone numbers were matched to usernames. The company said Monday that a large number of fake accounts exploited its API to access the information. The accounts were suspended immediately. The incident, discovered on Dec. 24, affected users who have a phone number linked to their account, and who have enabled the “let people who have your phone number find you on Twitter” option. To get the numbers, the fake accounts sent large numbers of requests…

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