Tagged: mobile apps

Smartphones and the Rise of Contextual Apps

One way to think about your mobile phone is that it’s basically a tracking device. The new thing in the app world is something called “contextual apps.” Contextual apps are mobile apps that can figure out where we are or what we are looking at and then present us with all kinds of information about that spot. Does that sound dangerous? Keep reading to learn more.

Lookout Study Highlights Our Dependency On Our Smartphones

Did you know that while 94% of us are concerned about losing our phones (including 74% who feel panicked at even thinking about it), 6% of us actually feel relieved when we lose our phones, perhaps because we subconsciously want to unplug. Check out other interesting stats from a new survey that highlights just how addicted we are to our smartphones.

Survey: Teens Are Caring More About Online Privacy

Two new reports indicate that teenagers are savvier than their older peers in understanding how they can protect their privacy online and actually taking steps to do that. Plus, find out which site has overtaken Facebook as the most used website for their age group.

Smartphone Privacy: Beyond The NSA

Smartphone privacy goes far beyond the NSA. Consider what your wireless carrier knows about you. Phone companies collect your data all the time, everything from your location, browsing, searches, and more…

Mobile Privacy: Would You Pay $5 Per App to Protect Sensitive Personal Information?

A new study shows that smartphone owners are significantly more protective over the content of their text messages and personal contact lists than personal location or ID number data. Why would they pay $4.05 per app to protect their contact lists but only $1.19 to protect their personal location?

Does this study indicate the potential for “full disclosure” of how apps use personal information, similar to the labeling of food contents in grocery stores? Perhaps this could be mutually beneficial to consumers and app developers, where a consumer with high value of privacy could buy a relatively expensive app that places a premium on protecting their personal information.

Do Self-Destructing Messaging Apps Really Protect Your Privacy?

Over the past two years, a privacy backlash has been developing around the world.  According to the latest The Truth About Privacy study from McCann, especially those in younger age groups have become more selective about sharing their personal information online. That’s why they’ve moved to private apps such as Snapchat to connect with friends. But how much do they protect your online privacy?

Ready for Data Privacy Day? Take The My Privacy IQ Quiz

If you haven’t marked your calendar yet, Data Privacy Day (DPD) is less than one week away. On January 28th, we’re encouraging everyone to make protecting privacy and data a greater priority. PRIVATE WiFi has teamed up with the National Cyber Security Alliance and countless other corporations, governments and organizations to empower the masses to own their online presence.

You Are What You Type: Facebook Tracks What You Decide Not to Post

We all do it: start typing into the status update bar on Facebook and then use our (better) judgment to delete those thoughts and not share them with the world. Facebook calls it “self-censorship,” and according to a report by Slate’ s Jennifer Golbeck, the social network has been tracking and studying our unpublished thoughts.

Put simply: the posts that you have consciously decided to not share, are being analyzed by Facebook. Read on to discover how Facebook did this as well as what it means for your privacy now and in the future.

Consumers Left In the Dark: ‘Brightest Flashlight’ App Settles With FTC Over Geolocation Allegations

Smartphones make it easy for marketers to use your location data to create a detailed profile and serve you promotions for products in real time. So that free app you’re about to download? It may cost you plenty when it comes to your personal and sensitive information.

Keep reading to find out why the FTC just settled with an app company that turned your smartphone into a flashlight — and what this has to do with geolocation drama and third-party advertising at all.

#Dislike: InstLike App Duped Users Into Revealing Passwords Before Hacking Instagram Accounts

Are you on Instagram? An app that promised more “likes” and followers for Instagram users is suspected of hacking at least 100,000 people, turned unsuspecting app users into willing participants of a giant social botnet. Keep reading for five things you can do to help keep your account safe.

Email Without Borders: LinkedIn’s New Intro App May be Dangerous to Your Online Security

Have you heard of LinkedIn’s new “Intro” app? By rerouting your email through their servers, LinkedIn can scan and store all of your information in your emails, including contacts and email content. Are you sure you want a third party to be able to access all of this private information? Probably not. But that’s not all. Read on to discover why Intro sounds like a bad idea for your privacy.