WhatsApp is launching new privacy updates to users this month

Privacy updates - WhatsApp on Mobile

The roll out will begin for all users before the end of August to give users greater visibility control. WhatsApp has announced that it is rolling out several new privacy updates and intends to have incorporated them into the experience of all users before the end of the month. The changes will include the ability for users to check messages without others knowing they were viewed. Soon, the privacy updates will have rolled out to everyone, letting users decide who will be able to see when they are online, while…

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T-Mobile is selling consumer app data to advertising companies

App data - T-Mobile Store

The company uses network-level tools for tracking applications people are using on their phones. T-Mobile has a reputation for being rather loose with the online and app data collected from consumers and now it has placed its intentions to keep it up right out in the open. The company has launched a new ad platform that is called T-Mobile Advertising Solutions. T-Mobile Advertising Solutions comes with a business model that aggregates customer app data such as usage patterns, and then sells that information to advertisers. The program’s specifics aren’t entirely…

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FBI issues alert over spiking QR codes security problems

QR Codes - FBI

As malicious uses of the popular barcodes sharply rise, the FBI is warning the public to be cautious. QR codes found their place as the pandemic handed the world a sudden need to complete many tasks in a contactless way. However, according to a new FBI warning, cybercriminals are using the popularity of these barcodes to do what they do best: steal, damage and harm. The warning cautions people regarding certain uses that can leave them open to threats. Today, QR codes are so common on menus, event tickets and…

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Mobile payment apps generate growing number of security-related complaints

Mobile payment apps - person paying with mobile phone

Applications like Venmo and Zelle have seen a 300 percent rise in complaints related to scams. Mobile payment apps like Venmo, Zelle, and Cash App have seen a dramatic increase in the complaints they have been receiving, particularly when it comes to people becoming victims of scams while using them. The top issues in complaints have been scams, account use struggles and poor customer service. The US Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) non-profit conducted a data analysis which identified those leading topics of complaints filed about mobile payment apps. PIRG’s…

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