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What are location services and how do they work?

Proton: “Location services refer to a combination of technologies used in devices like smartphones and computers that use data from your device’s GPS, WiFi, mobile (cellular networks), and sometimes even Bluetooth connections to determine and track your geographic location. This information can be accessed by your operating system (OS) and the apps installed on your device. In many cases, this allows them to perform their purpose correctly or otherwise deliver useful content and features.  For example, navigation/map, weather, ridesharing (such Uber or Lyft), and health and fitness tracking apps require location services to perform their functions, while dating(new window), travel(new window), and social media apps can offer additional functionality with access to your device’s location services (such as being able to locate a Tinder match or see recommendations for nearby restaurants ). There’s no doubt location services (and the apps that use them) can be useful. However, the technology can be (and is) also abused by apps to track(new window) your movements. The apps then usually sell this information to advertising and analytics companies that combine it with other data to create a profile of you, which they can then use to sell ads. Unfortunately, this behavior is not limited to “rogue” apps. Apps usually regarded as legitimate, including almost all Google apps, Facebook, Instagram, and others, routinely send detailed and highly sensitive location details back to their developers by default. And it’s not just apps — operating systems themselves, such as Google’s Android and Microsoft Windows also closely track your movements using location services.  This makes weighing the undeniable usefulness of location services with the need to maintain a basic level of privacy a tricky balancing act. However, because location services are so easy to abuse, all operating systems include built-in safeguards that give you some control over their use. In this article, we’ll look at how location services work and show how to manage their use…”

Co-working spaces might actually be a security nightmare

techradar: “A new study of more than 1,000 remote workers by Beyond Identity has revealed that co-working spaces could actually be costing businesses their cybersecurity despite being cheaper in terms of rent. According to the report, co-working spaces are the most likely place for data to be stolen, with 18% having previously chosen to locate… Continue Reading

The Best VPNs to Protect Yourself Online

Wired – “It won’t solve all of your privacy problems, but a virtual private network can make you a less tempting target for hackers. A virtual private network (VPN) is like a protective tunnel you can use to pass through a public network, protecting your data from outside eyes. Whether you’re worried about hiding your… Continue Reading

Complaint filed against Alphabets plans to intercept 100s of billions of messages to train Bard

LinkedIn, Alexander Hanff: “Today I filed a complaint [included with lead link] with the Data Protection Commission Ireland as an open letter against Alphabets plans to introduce their Bard AI into Android Messages app and to intercept 100s of billions of confidential communications for the purpose of training their AI. This is a direct breach… Continue Reading

Lawrence school district using AI to look for ‘concerning behavior’ in students’ activity (read free): “The Lawrence [Kansas] school district has purchased a new system that uses artificial intelligence to look for warning signs of “concerning behavior” in the things students type, send and search for on their district-issued computers and other such devices. The purchase of the software system, called Gaggle, comes at a time when… Continue Reading

Wireless TVs use built-in cameras, NFC readers to sell you stuff you see on TV

Ars Technica: “It’s no secret that TV makers are seriously invested in pushing ads. Using TVs for advertising goes back to 1941 when the first TV commercial aired. But as we trudge our way through the 21st century, TV vendors are becoming more involved in ensuring that their hardware is used to sell stuff and… Continue Reading

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, August 6, 2023

Via LLRX – Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, August 6, 2023 – Privacy and cybersecurity issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, finance, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly… Continue Reading

Canon warns printer users to manually wipe Wi-Fi settings before discarding

Ars Technica: “Printer manufacturer Canon is warning that sensitive Wi-Fi settings don’t automatically get wiped during resets, so customers should manually delete them before selling, discarding, or getting them repaired to prevent the settings from falling into the wrong hands. “Sensitive information on the Wi-Fi connection settings stored in the memories of inkjet printers (home… Continue Reading