Category: Security

March 21, 2020

How Surveillance Could Save Lives Amid a Public Health Crisis

Smartphones could be a powerful weapon against the novel coronavirus. But tracking people’s movements would offend many Americans’ sense of privacy.


by Sidney Fussell in Business
March 18, 2020

The Value and Ethics of Using Phone Data to Monitor Covid-19

Google and Facebook are discussing plans with the White House to share collective data on people’s movements during the coronavirus pandemic.


by Will Knight in Business
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March 18, 2020

TikTok brings in outside experts to help it craft moderation and content policies

In October, TikTok tapped corporate law firm K&L Gates to advise the company on its moderation policies and other topics afflicting social media platforms. As a part of those efforts, TikTok said it would form a new committee of experts to advise the business on...


by Sarah Perez in Apps
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March 18, 2020

Google’s Advanced Protection program for high-risk users now includes malware protection

Google is expanding the feature set for its Advanced Protection Program, a security offering that helps safeguard Google Accounts of those at risk for targeted attacks — like politicians, journalists, activists, business leaders and others. The program already provides an increased level of protection for...


by Sarah Perez in Android
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March 16, 2020

To make locks touchless, Proxy bluetooth ID raises $42M

We need to go hands-off in the age of coronavirus. That means touching fewer doors, elevators, and sign-in iPads. But once a building is using phone-based identity for security, there’s opportunities to speed up access to WIFI networks and printers, or personalize conference rooms and...


by Josh Constine in Access Control
March 4, 2020

The Best VPNs (2020): ExpressVPN, TunnelBear, Mullvad

A VPN won’t solve all of your privacy problems, but it can help make you a less tempting target for hackers.


by Scott Gilbertson in Gear
March 2, 2020

WireGuard Gives Linux a Faster, More Secure VPN

The virtual private network software from security researcher Jason Donenfeld wins fans with its simplicity and ease of auditing.


by Klint Finley in Business
February 8, 2020

How AI Is Tracking the Coronavirus Outbreak

Machine-learning programs are analyzing websites, news reports, and social media posts for signs of symptoms, such as fever or breathing problems. 


by Will Knight in Business
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February 4, 2020

Messenger Kids adds expanded parental controls, details how much kids’ data Facebook collects

Facebook’s messaging app for families with children, Messenger Kids, is being updated today with new tools and features to give parents more oversight and control over their kids’ chats. Now, parents will be able to see who a child is chatting with and how often,...


by Sarah Perez in Apps
February 1, 2020

5 Best Password Managers of 2020: 1Password, Bitwarden, and More

Keep your logins under lock and key. We picked our favorites for PC, Mac, Android, iPhone, and web browser.


by Scott Gilbertson in Gear