7 Ways iOS14 Protects Privacy

7 Ways iOS14 Protects Privacy

With each yearly major update of iOS, Apple tightens the screws on apps and services that seek to violate your privacy in order to turn a buck. This year is no different, with several very visible new features to help you better understand and control how your data is accessed.

With iOS 13, Apple introduced major changes to location tracking, Safari tracking protections, and the Sign in with Apple feature, among others. You might think your iPhone and iPad already do a great job of protecting your personal data, but there’s apparently plenty more Apple can do, because the privacy features of iOS 14 are numerous and substantial (they’re duplicated in iPadOS 14, too). Here are the highlights:

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Should you delete yourself from social media?

Should you delete yourself from social media?

You’re feeling like you’ve had enough. All the recent news—from Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica snafu to various abuses of Twitter vulnerabilities—has you wondering: Should I delete myself from social media?

Social networking does have its positive aspects. You can stay in touch with distant (or not) relatives, be included in the planning of social events within your circle of friends, get real-time updates on regional and national news, and promote your company, content, or other personal ventures.

Then again, there are quite a few reasons—spanning security, privacy, and overall shady business practices—for leaving. In 2018 alone, Facebook experienced a security breach that impacted 50 million accounts, was responsible for a genocide incited using its platform, kept user data it said it deleted, and was caught abusing Apple development apps to test on children.

Read more on the MalwareBytes blog here…

Checking For and Removing Adware From Your Mac

Checking For and Removing Adware From Your Mac

While each piece of unwanted software that tries to get on your Mac is slightly different, there are some general steps you can take to check for and remove malware. The LaunchAgents and LaunchDaemons folders are usual locations to check. You should also look for unwanted browser extensions and do an audit of the files in your Applications folder.

Watch video tutorial here…

Google Privacy Checkup FAQ

Google Privacy Checkup FAQ

It’s been a rough month for Google. A new report by Digital Content Next reveals some troubling news: Android phones, even when idle, send data to Google at an alarming pace. In fact the study found that an Android phone “communicated location information to Google 340 times during a 24-hour period” with the Chrome browser merely active in the background. That’s 10 times more data than iPhones give up.

If that’s not enough to scare you, this report comes on the heels of a class-action lawsuit filed after Google was accused of being less than clear about how, when, and where it tracks your location. In response to an AP report that showed Android phones still tracked location even with Location History turned off, Google changed some of the verbiage on its privacy page to be clearer, but it doesn’t look like it’s going to change its tactics. Read full story here…

How To Deal With Robocalls On Your iPhone

How To Deal With Robocalls On Your iPhone

Spam robocalls are getting more and more common. They can be quite a nuisance. Some of the methods that people use to deal with these, such as blocking and reporting, are ineffective because the caller ID is fake. However, ignoring them, using custom ringtones, or using services from your mobile network can help alleviate the problem. Watch MacMost video here…