PSA: Beware of FedEx Tracking Texting Scam

Gizmodo is warning of a new scam involving text messages posing as FedEx tracking notifications. Android and iOS users (including this writer) have received text messages including what purports to be a FedEx tracking number and a link to set…

Google Restricting Cookies In Chrome To Improve Privacy

The days of cookies may be coming to an end as Google announces its plans to phase out third-party cookies within two years. The first indications of Google’s plans came in August when the company announced a new initiative called…

Millions of Child-Tracking Smartwatches Exposed In Flaw

TechCrunch has reported on a vulnerability in GPS-enabled smartwatches for kids that could allow anyone to track them. In an exclusive release to TechCrunch, security firm Pen Test Partners detailed their findings. The researchers found a vulnerability in the cloud…

Facebook Defends Tracking Users Even They Opt Out

According to The Hill, Facebook has admitted to senators that it ignores users’ settings and continues to track their location in order to profit off of that information. Senators Christopher Coons (D-Del.) and Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) had questioned how the…

Google Reminds You It’s Tracking Your Every Move with Creepy, Somewhat Useful New Maps Feature

Here’s the thing: We all know that Google knows everything about us – and of course that includes where you are and where you’ve been. But seeing all of that tracking in a neat little timeline is a tad disconcerting.…

Facebook Says Its Intentions Were Pure with Those Rainbow Profile Pics

When the Supreme Court ruled in favor of same sex marriage, Facebook was ablaze with status updates, link shares, and photo uploads. If you were on Facebook in the hours following the landmark decision, it sure seemed like the entire…

Google Launches Upgraded URLs For AdWords Ads

Google announced the launch of new “Upgraded URLs” for AdWords Ads, which enable advertisers to spend less time managing tracking updates while reducing crawl and load times for their websites. They also come with new ValueTrack parameters, which provide new…

Twitter Wants to Track Which Apps You Have on Your Phone; Here’s How to Stop It

Twitter has just added a section to its security & privacy terms that explains how the company is about the start “collecting and occasionally updating the list of apps installed on your mobile device”. Re/code first spotted the updated page,…

Google Pays $17 Million To States Over ‘Safari-Gate’

Last year, Google was handed the largest fine for a single company in FTC history when it was penalized to the tune of $22.5 million in relation to the tracking of Safari users. Critics felt the fine didn’t go far…