Tag Archives: privacy

2016: The Year of Spying Microwaves and Hijacked Cars

The security stakes only seem to be rising when it comes to the threats that affect us as modern-day consumers.   Over the past year, we have seen a list of notable mobile threats that put people’s privacy at risk. Previously unseen vulnerabilities surfaced, such as Certifi-gate and Stagefright, both of which can be exploited […]

What you share online may be revealed to others

Every year we celebrate Data Privacy Day by thinking about what we post online, what methods we use to connect, and the security of the devices we use. Data Privacy Day  (DPD) is an international effort held annually on January 28 to create awareness about the importance of privacy and protecting personal information. Avast knows […]

Privacy on the Internet: There is no such thing as a free lunch

This is a reprint of The elusive “P” which appeared in the January 2016 issue of Indian Management. There is no such thing as a free lunch, truly. As we increasingly traverse the virtual realm, we are putting at stake a crucial aspect—our much-treasured privacy. There is not a lot of privacy on the Internet today. Every […]

Internet of Things: What you need to do to protect yourself

The Internet of Things (IoT) join together physical devices that we use every day with information technology. Using internet-connected devices expands our ability to control and monitor in the real world.  The IoT is literally changing our lives. The Internet of Things has the potential to fundamentally shift the way we interact with our surroundings. The ability to monitor […]

Retailer’s apps reveal your Christmas list to the public

By using some retailer’s apps to make your holiday wish list, more people than just Santa Claus can see your list. In fact, it may be accessible to anyone over the Internet! America’s most popular retailers collect more information about you via apps than you may be comfortable with. Recently, the Avast Security Warriors began looking […]

Digital toy company hack exposes information and risks kids’ privacy

Internet-connected toys gather data on the user and have weak security compared to other computer products. Digital devices and toys like cameras, smartwatches, and tablets may be on your child’s Christmas wish list. But more parents are having second thoughts about placing these items under the tree, because Internet-connected toys gather data on the user […]

Is Facebook‘s “Most used words” quiz a privacy thief?

The “Most used words” app became a Facebook hit within days of its launch. At the moment of writing this article, it has been used by nearly 18 million users globally. There are many controversies about user privacy in relation to data that is collected by the app. Earlier this week, the British company Comparitech […]

Can shopping extensions help you find the best prices?

Protect your privacy while finding the best online prices. The holiday shopping season is upon us and shoppers are flocking to the Web to find online deals and coupons. Shopping extensions for your web browser can help you find the best prices, but how do you know you are finding a great deal from a SAFE […]