Laser-hacking voice-assistants

Who knew? Microphones respond to light waves as well as sound waves. This allows hackers to attack voice-assistant technologies such as Siri, Alexa and Google Assistant, sometimes from a considerable distance.

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Location, location, location history

Who knew? Turning off Location History on Google doesn’t actually turn off location history. That, at least, is the basis of an A$10 million lawsuit the Australian Competition and Consumer…

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The Dark Side of Facebook

“The biggest surveillance-based enterprise in the history of mankind.” In a hugely popular post titled The Ultimate Retaliation: Pranking my Roommate with Targeted Facebook Ads, Brian Swichkow details how he…

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Smartphones: The Abuser in Your Pocket

The first three questions in the Am I In An Abusive Relationship questionnaire take on a whole new meaning if you replace the word “partner” with the word “phone”: Has…

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The Spyingest Windows Ever

Windows 10 is without doubt the “spyingest” Windows ever. Visit Settings > Privacy and you’ll find 25 separate privacy settings, (27 in version 1903), many with multiple sub-settings. Below, you’ll…

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Web of Spies

How to check out who is secretly checking you out Lightbeam is a simple browser add-on for Firefox that lets you spy on web spies. More specifically, it reveals the…

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The iPhone hack: What you need to know

A few days ago, one of Google’s security teams called Project Zero revealed a chilling and truly massive hack of Apple’s iPhone that has been going on for at least…

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Clutter-free Web Browsing

Firefox has a great little built-in tool that most users don’t know about. It’s called Reader View and it’s right there on the URL bar: It’s a toggle. Click it…

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Diagnosing Mac Hardware Problems

Your Mac’s acting up. It’s been all right for hours. Days, even. Then you have a rush on. You need something in a hurry. A look at a database or…

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New Life for an Old Phone

My Samsung Galaxy S-III was getting a bit whiskery. Although it was six years old, it still did most of what I needed in a smartphone – made calls, sent…

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