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    YOUR iPhone tracks your location and stores your favourite places in a map buried in your device settings. The little-known feature shows your movements over the past few months and knows where you live and work. 1Your iPhone keeps track of your whereabouts in Apple's 'Significant Locations' feature What is iPhone Significant Locations? Your iPhone has a feature called Location Services, which uses your location to improve various features on the device. This includes Significant Locations, a rolling log of your real-world movements, which are then used to offer other services. For instance, if your iPhone knows about your daily commute, it can provide tailored timing information about your journey. "Allow your iPhone to learn places significant to you in order to provide useful location-related information in Maps, Calendar, Photos and more," Apple explains. Read more about iPhoneTAP OUT iPhone 14 'set for $100 price hike' as Apple plots huge changes for new model Is iPhone Significant Locations safe? You might be panicking that Apple is keeping a log of your every move, but that's not quite the case. "Significant Locations are encrypted and...
    ANDROID users have been draining their battery by letting some apps run wild without altering the default settings. Some apps tug on the battery even when it doesn't serve the user to do so. 1Android is an operating system produced by MicrosoftCredit: Alamy Geolocating apps have enormous benefits when it comes to navigating a new city, looking for matches on dating apps, or seeking out the best local cuisine on Uber Eats. But location tracking does require a high demand of juice, and the feature pull on the battery even when it is draining. Some apps will track your location only while you're using the app, but some will be constantly scanning in the background at the expense of precious battery. For those who wish to preserve their Android battery or maintain their privacy, you can turn location tracking off. Read More on AndroidANDROID ALERT Urgent warning for 10MILLION Android phone users – check your devices nowEMOJI DROP Emoji update for iPhone and Android as 31 NEW icons added – can you name them? To turn off location tracking...
    A VIRGINIA man learned the hard way that law enforcement in his area was using the GPS in his phone to find his location after a friend of his died from a drug overdose in 2019. Scott Durvin said he was aggressively questioned by a Chesterfield County Police detective after the incident. 2A man in Virginia learned that police had been tracking him through the GPS in his phoneCredit: Getty He had no idea that police had been secretly tracking his whereabouts by ordering his provider, Verizon Wireless to ping his phone’s GPS to show his location to detectives in real-time. “That’s kind of shocking, really,” said Durvin in a phone call to Virginia Mercury. He said the detective would regularly call him asking for information and would “threaten to lock me up. But I didn’t have anything to do with it and he finally left me alone.” Durvin was never named as a suspect by police in the search warrant applicator submitted to get permission to track him. Court records show that he also hasn’t been charged with a...
    APPLE on Thursday announced updates to AirTags following claims they're being used to stalk people. The changes will prevent the coin-sized tracking devices from being used to secretly keep tabs on people instead of just finding lost keys, wallets or other items. 3Apple has announced an update to AirTags that prevents the coin-sized gadgets from being used to secretly track peopleCredit: Getty 3A string of women have reported that AirTags were used by stalkers to keep tabs on their whereaboutsCredit: twitter/Sega__JEANAsis Launched early last year, AirTags are designed to be affixed to things people tend to lose. They sync wirelessly to a real-time map on iPhones, iPads or iPod Touch devices to signal where they can be found. Reports quickly surfaced of AirTags being used for more unscrupulous ends, such as being secretly stuck on a car to later steal it or find out where the owner goes. "We've become aware that individuals can receive unwanted tracking alerts for benign reasons, such as when borrowing someone's keys with an AirTag attached," Apple said in a post. "We also have seen...
    GOOGLE keeps tabs on what you search and where you go. Every search you perform, YouTube video you watch and location you visit is logged by the US tech titan and used to build a profile about you. 1Criticism of Google's data harvesting has intensified in recent yearsCredit: Getty It's part of the company's drive to gather as much data as possible from its users to help it target advertisements. The search giant says that it hoards your data in order to improve its services. Google's rampant tracking affects some two billion users of devices that run its Android operating software. It also impacts hundreds of millions of worldwide iPhone users who rely on Google for maps or search. Storing your minute-by-minute travels carries privacy risks and has been used by police to determine the location of suspects. For the most part, Google is upfront about asking permission to use your location information. Most read in TechFLY PAST Asteroid twice size of Statue of Liberty just shot past Earth in 'close approach'HACKING IN Your Gmail may have been HACKED as...
    ANDROID phones can still track you even when you opt out, according to new research. Researchers found that some popular Android phones were constantly sending device data to OS developers and other third parties with no way to stop it. 1There is said to be no way to opt the phones out of this data collectionCredit: PA Tech experts at Trinity College in Dublin conducted a snooping study on Samsung, Xiaomi, Huawei and Realme handsets. The researchers wrote in their study: "The privacy of mobile apps has been extensively studied, but much less attention has been paid to the privacyof the mobile OS itself. "A mobile OS may communicate with servers to check for updates, send telemetry and so on. We undertake an in-depth analysis of the data sent by six variants of the Android OS, namely those developed by Samsung, Xiaomi, Huawei, Realme, LineageOS and /e/OS. "We find that even when minimally configured and the handset is idle these vendor customized Android variants transmit substantial amounts ofinformation to the OS developer and also to third-parties (Google,Microsoft, LinkedIn,...
    WITH tech giant such as Google warning that they may be unintentionally "monitoring" people's YouTube history and tracking their movements using location settings, some Americans may be looking to turn off such services. Switching off location services, however, comes with its own issues – like disabling Maps, Uber and weather apps, for example. 1Many Americans may be looking to turn off tracking settings that were accepted when their apps were installed On many apps, though, most users would have probably said yes to location tracking when they were installed. The solution to tracking across all apps are rather straightforward. Anyone with an iPhone or iPad call follow the steps below to alter their tracking preferences: Tap Settings, head to Privacy, and then select Location Services. If the slider is on, apps can track you; if it's off, your device will universally block Location Services. An individual can look under the Location Services tab to see which apps have access to their location and how frequently they are using this. By clicking on a specific app, a person can...
    We used to download apps, enable permissions, and share data without giving it a second thought. These days, most people want more control over their info. That starts with protecting yourself from endless data breaches, leaks, and hacks. When was the last time you checked to make sure your info isn't floating around the web for anyone to find? Tap or click to check your email address against a database of major hacks. 7 BRILLIANT WAYS YOUR SMARTPHONE CAN HELP YOU GET THINGS DONE Then you have to deal with the Big Tech giants. It’s hard to do much online without Google and Facebook knowing about it. Tap or click here for critical settings everyone should adjust to protect their privacy. And what about all those apps on your phone? It’s easier than ever to see if they know exactly where you are — and stop it if you want to. Your location is yours to protect Some apps need to know where you are to work correctly. Many that don't need it request access, and you probably said yes...
    A NEW measure will help you restore control from mobile phones tracking your location.  A team designed a system to protect a user’s mobile privacy while enabling normal mobile connectivity. 2The issue of privacy starts with how modern phones receive serviceCredit: AFP ‘Our phones are tracking devices’ Even though mobile users are given the option to disable apps and companies from tracking their location, researchers say that phones are still revealing GPS data. According to a study from USC’s Viterbi School of Engineering and Princeton University, the issue of privacy starts with how modern phones receive service. Even if GPS services are turned off, a cell device still reveals personal information to cell towers owned by large networks. Researchers say this leads to non consensual location data exposure to third parties. “We’ve unwittingly accepted that our phones are tracking devices in disguise, but until now we’ve had no other option—using mobile devices meant accepting this tracking,” says study co-author Barath Raghavan, an assistant professor in computer science at USC, in a university release.  “We figured out how to decouple authentication from...
    GOOGLE tracks your every move 24 hours a day even when you specifically tell it not to - but there's a way to change that. Google services on iPhones and Android devices store your location data even if you've switched off your location history on your Google account. 3Google services on iPhones and Android devices store your location data even if you've switched off your location historyCredit: Getty In fact, opening Google maps or using the search engine on any platform logs your location down to a square foot with a timestamp, a 2018 investigation carried out by the Associated Press found. Turning off your location history only removes where you've been from the Google Maps timeline feature, which notes your location with specific data at certain times. But adding to the confusion, Google’s support page on the subject states: “You can turn off Location History at any time. With Location History off, the places you go are no longer stored.” That isn't true, however. For example, Google stores a snapshot of where you are when you...
    INVISIBLE tracking pixels in standard emails many of us receive everyday have been blasted as a "grotesque invasion of privacy". Many large brands are known to use the trackers that blend into emails so you don't even notice them. 2It can be impossible to spot a 'spy pixel' in an emailCredit: PA:Press Association A BBC investigation asked messaging service Hey's to look into 'spy pixels' and how often they were used. It found over two thirds of emails sent to Hey's users contained a 'spy pixel' even after spam messages had been removed. The pixels can inform a company if and when you've opened an email and can even decipher your physical location at that time. They can also be used to tell what device you've used and how many times you opened the email. 2You may have received several emails with tracking pixels in todayCredit: Alamy Some people just see this as a common marketing strategy because it can tell if an advertising campaign is going well and can lead to more tailored advertising. Others think it's a huge invasion...
    This week marked the first-ever online-only Black Hat and Defcon security conferences, both of which still produced impactful work despite going remote. But before you dive into everything that's broken, start off with a tale of perseverance that starts with the private keys needed to recover $300,000 of bitcoin trapped in an old zip file. Dutch researchers figured out how to mess with traffic lights across at least 10 cities in the Netherlands. At most they could have caused a few traffic jams—not multicar pileups—but it's an important reminder about the potential fragility of connected city infrastructure. Also fragile: a file type known as Symbolic Link, which gave Apple hacker Patrick Wardle the foothold he needed to compromise macOS in a since-patched vulnerability chain. After months of qualifying rounds, the US Air Force's Hack-a-Sat finals arrived, albeit remotely thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic. And speaking of satellites, hackers have built cheap ground stations that allow anyone to intercept their transmissions. Neat! We also took a look at how IoT botnets made from high-wattage machines like home appliances could potentially be...
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