YouTube decides it’s easier to treat all watchers of kids’ content as kids

YouTube decides it’s easier to treat all watchers of kids’ content as kids

According to the FTC complaint, while Google said internally that it had no "child-directed" content and didn't need to worry about COPPA, it was at the same time telling companies such as Mattel and Hasbro that "YouTube was unanimously voted as the favorite website for kids 2-12" and "93 percent of tweens visit YouTube to watch videos.".

Chrome 76 arrives, blocking Flash and making paywalls easier to bypass

Chrome 76 arrives, blocking Flash and making paywalls easier to bypass

The blocking of Flash will be welcomed by many, and -- once word spreads about what the implications are (namely that it makes it far easier to get around paywalls ) -- the same is likely to be true of the changes to the detection of Incognito mode.

Opinion | Intel Executive: Rein In Data Brokers

Opinion | Intel Executive: Rein In Data Brokers

It is easier than ever for sensitive information to spread, and we urgently need legislation that allows the Federal Trade Commission and state attorneys general to protect Americans from having their personal data collected and sold without their consent.

Google’s new reCAPTCHA has a dark side

Google’s new reCAPTCHA has a dark side

Khormaee won’t share what signals Google uses to determine these scores because he says that would make it easier for scammers to imitate benign users, but he believes that this new version of reCaptcha makes it incredibly difficult for bots or Captcha farmers—humans who are paid tiny amounts to break Captchas online—to fool Google’s system.

Join the Epic Livestream to Save Net Neutrality

Join the Epic Livestream to Save Net Neutrality

Fight For the Future has provided some great resources for embedding the video, a widget and pre-written social media posts to make it easier than ever to show your support. Tell Congress how you feel, spread the word on social media and enjoy this epic livestream:.

Google Adds New Option to 'Auto-Delete' Your Location History and Activity Data

Google Adds New Option to 'Auto-Delete' Your Location History and Activity Data

Google has introduced a new, easier, privacy-focused auto-delete feature for your Google account that will allow you to automatically delete your Location History and Web and App Activity data after a set period of time.

The 5 Best Phones for Privacy & Security

The 5 Best Phones for Privacy & Security

All five phones use the AES encryption standard, with BlackBerry being the only one on our list to opt for the less secure (but easier to process) 128-bit key.

Kris Constable's digital log

Kris Constable's digital log

This means there will be a new wave in short order of FinTech apps that are offering you services to make your financial life easier — and the question will be the same as your web surfing and free email service choices — will you accept the convenience of what they offer, in exchange for your privacy?

Apple, Google, Facebook Among Tech Giants Fighting Privacy Battle

Apple, Google, Facebook Among Tech Giants Fighting Privacy Battle

Last week, a consortium of tech companies led by Apple, Google, and issued a letter to the Australian government asking it to rethink a law passed in December that would make it easier for law enforcement to compel those companies to furnish user data.

Beacon Search Engine: A Google For the Dark Web

Beacon Search Engine: A Google For the Dark Web

Even the Raypold knows that as Beacon search engine makes it easier for users to find secret and important data, it’s also possible to find ways to misuse this tool.

You may soon have to give your DNA to the state and pay $250 for the privilege

You may soon have to give your DNA to the state and pay $250 for the privilege

The proposed database appears to be focused on making it easier for law enforcement to use DNA in investigations, but Kaye said it's not targeting the right people to make a significant impact when it comes to solving cases.

Microsoft brings Windows Timeline support to Chrome with Web Activities extension

Microsoft brings Windows Timeline support to Chrome with Web Activities extension

The Timeline feature of Windows 10 makes it easier to work on multiple computers by synchronizing activity so you can move between machines and pick up from where you left off -- although it can also prove useful on a single computer.

How Target Snooped on Shoppers, Changed Prices Based on Location

How Target Snooped on Shoppers, Changed Prices Based on Location

It reads, in part, “We’ve made a number of changes within our app to make it easier to understand pricing and our price match policy.” In essence, the firm has added language to its app that makes clear a price is valid in a store or online — see the screenshot below, provided by Target.

Proposed UK law could expose journalists’ emails, say critics

Proposed UK law could expose journalists’ emails, say critics

British police forces could find it easier to access journalists’ private emails as a result of legislation making its way through parliament, according to freedom of speech campaigners, who are urging politicians to make a last-minute intervention to secure journalistic freedom.

The Complete Guide To Personal Information (And Keeping It Safe)

The Complete Guide To Personal Information (And Keeping It Safe)

This is because it’s easier than ever for hackers and scammers to get hold of personal information if the right security isn’t in place. If you want to be smart about keeping your personal information safe and secure, there are some steps you have to take.

Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram MERGING into ‘single messaging service’ – as angry staff ‘clash with controlling Zuckerberg’

Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram MERGING into ‘single messaging service’ – as angry staff ‘clash with controlling Zuckerberg’

"With the integration project currently expected to take a year to complete, and with end-to-end encryption as part of the plan, we should expect the Facebook engineering teams to focus attention on uniform data security both in their platform and in the apps themselves." Worryingly, child safety campaigners have warned that this could make child-grooming even easier for online sickos.

Facebook to merge Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger

Facebook to merge Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger

The Facebook spokesperson added: "We’re working on making more of our messaging products end-to-end encrypted and considering ways to make it easier to reach friends and family across networks." Shape Created with Sketch.

Rate My VPN

Rate My VPN

For the first part of the test, information about your regular connection will be collected, which will make rating your VPN so much easier for you and me. Current download speed estimate: Mbit/s Generating results... RateMyVPN.org gives your VPN a rating of points.

Encryption? This time it'll be usable, Thunderbird promises

Encryption? This time it'll be usable, Thunderbird promises

While he couldn't guarantee that effort making it into the next release, "It is our hope to make encrypting Email and ensuring your private communication easier in upcoming releases." Thunderbird's look – the subject of a design consultation last year – will be supported by a dedicated UX staffer.

Tor Is Easier Than Ever. Time to Give It a Try

Tor Is Easier Than Ever. Time to Give It a Try

Read all of WIRED’s year-end coverage Content delivery network and internet infrastructure provider Cloudflare also launched an onion service in September that makes it easier to access the most secure versions of its client sites on Tor. Through its new setup, Cloudflare helps to extend protections on user anonymity without knowing anyone's identity, even on its own service.

Tech companies are ‘spying on pupils through webcams’ using software designed to tackle extremism

Tech companies are ‘spying on pupils through webcams’ using software designed to tackle extremism

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If you care about your privacy, try these special versions of Firefox

If you care about your privacy, try these special versions of Firefox

Both Beta and Nightly are available for Android devices, but there’s an easier option for maximum privacy and security on all phones and tablets: A special mobile browser called Firefox Focus.

Looking Down Under for a Back Door

Looking Down Under for a Back Door

The Australian government is working to enact legislation to make it easier for law enforcement and intelligence agencies to access electronic communications information, including data protected by encryption, by forcing companies to weaken the security of their products.

How to Make Traveling Easier by Using a VPN

How to Make Traveling Easier by Using a VPN

You can use a VPN and connect to a server from your country to watch your favorite shows. Just connect to a UK based server and use your BBC iPlayer to watch your favorite shows.

Google just found malware apps hiding in the Play store that were downloaded over 500,000 times

Google just found malware apps hiding in the Play store that were downloaded over 500,000 times

From a report via NDTV Gadgets: “The apps not only showed no legitimate functionality but also hid in the handsets to make it easier to install malware … In a tweet [which you can read below] ESET security researcher Lukas Stefanko revealed details about the 13 malicious apps discovered in the Google Play Store.

Keep your data safe

Keep your data safe

67% of the Catalan people use the same password on all their accounts, which in case of robbery makes easier to access to all their personal information. For that, Internet Segura is teaching you how to create a robust password and to use other complementary systems of protection like double-check factor.

A Facebook patent would use your family photos to target ads

A Facebook patent would use your family photos to target ads

Facebook has filed a patent that would make it easier to target whole families with ads by analyzing the photos they post.

Using Wi-Fi to “see” behind closed doors is easier than anyone thought

Using Wi-Fi to “see” behind closed doors is easier than anyone thought

In theory, they say, it ought to be possible to use this changing electromagnetic field to work out the position, actions, and movement of individuals. They do this by measuring the change in the signal strength as they walk around outside the target building or room.

The Cloud is NOT a Place

The Cloud is NOT a Place

It’s just mentally easier sometimes to use a term you think you understand, than to really dig into what it means and truly understand it. Further, I think the technical people who are responsible for using the term on us, should also bear the responsibility of not confusing us about this thing called “The Cloud.”

Google makes it easier to delete your search history

Google makes it easier to delete your search history

Today's change makes things a lot easier as it requires just a click on the "Your data in Search" page to clear the entire search history that Google associates with the account.

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