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SIM Swapping Is A Serious Risk: Here’s What You Can Do

SIM swapping is a risk that endangers users of SMS two-factor authentication (SMS 2FA). SMS two-factor authentication is normally used to add a layer of security to your accounts so that you will have to receive a one-time password (OTP) via SMS and enter it while logging in. We’ve reached a point where it is…

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The Pillars Of Location Tracking: How Your Phone Is Tracked Without Your Permission

It is now a well-established fact that your location is being tracked by tech companies. However, location tracking is not quite as simple as getting your coordinates from your GPS chip. It can be, but tech companies can do much more than that by tying together many bits and pieces of data that they gather…

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Understanding Android Permissions: An Android Security Guide

Android phones have privileges and permissions that control which areas of your phone a given app can access. There are permissions that you — the user can turn off, and there are also mandatory permissions that you are not allowed to disable (this is a failure to respect users’ preferences, but that’s a topic for…

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Cloud Drive Providers Won’t Respect Your Privacy? There’s An App For That

I haven’t been using cloud storage providers much (just for a few things that aren’t important like cat photos) for multiple reasons: They won’t respect my privacy. They aren’t secure enough (usually no end-to-end encryption, despite it being simple concept, they just don’t want to do it!). Considering the leaks and hacks associated with using…