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How To Protect Your Phone Number On Facebook, Protect Your Privacy

A recent research by Indian security researcher Suriya Prakash, has revealed that majority of phone numbers of users are not safe on Facebook. The security researcher has claimed that around 83.3 percent of Facebook users are vulnerable. Facebook has also confirmed about the exploit by the researcher and said that it has limited the brute force search attack. The attack is possible because Facebook doesn’t limits phone number searches (after the media exposure, Facebook has limited the searches) that can be performed by a user via the mobile version of its website. In fact, any malicious user can abuse Facebook’s phone search with brute force search attack, to...

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CCleaner for Mac OS X [Freeware]

Piriform, the developers of the popular Windows system cleanup software, CCleaner, has released a Mac version of it. CCleaner for Mac is a very good companion for OS X users and is nearly as full-featured as its Windows counterpart. CCleaner for Mac is a freeware application that can clean up junk files that takes up a bit of disk space, from all corners of your Mac OS X as well as some popular web browsers with a single click. Further, it lets you uninstall apps from your Mac, repair permissions, erase free space and manage browser cookies. The app can free up...

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Best Free VPN Services To Securely Browse Internet

VPN (Virtual Private Network) uses a public network (usually the Internet) to create a secure reliable communication between remote sites or users. Primarily a VPN is used by large geographically diverse business organizations so that their employee or a remote site can securely connect with them using a VPN Tunnel. Other than the use of VPN services in organizations for secure connection, VPN services are now widely used to bypass Internet censorship. Using a VPN you can get access to location-restricted websites like Hulu, Pandora, Netflix, etc. Sometimes, VPN services are also used to protect privacy. In simple words, a VPN creates a secure (encrypted) tunnel between your computer and the VPN service provider. Through this tunnel whatever data flows is completely safe from the prying eyes of ISPs, hackers, monitoring agencies who might be tapping your online activities. So, whatever is the reason, if you came here looking for free VPN services, you’re at the right page. Below we have included the five best quality* free VPN services for your personal use. Please don’t forget to read the note at the end of the article. TunnelBear TunnelBear is our favorite VPN app now because of its simplicity and ease of use. You just need to download and install it, sign up for an account, and choose location of the content you want to get access to. Flip the switch to on position and voilà you can...

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Free Tools To Check If Carrier IQ Is Running On Your Android Device

Recently, there is a huge controversy going on around Carrier IQ and the Internet has been abuzz with mentions of it. If you don’t know what Carrier IQ is, well here is a brief introduction about it. Carrier IQ is a software that runs on more than 140 million mobile phones (according to Carrier IQ website). It is a monitoring software to track user activities, including their personal information, locations, network communications, phone calls, messages and more. If you want to know about Carrier IQ in-depth read this article by Engadget. Carrier IQ was apparently designed to give metrics to help mobile carriers improve their services, but in some circumstances, the software is not offered as an opt-out feature and in many cases users don’t even know it’s there, tracking all interactions with their mobile phone. Coming back to the main purpose of this article, we are here sharing some free tools for Android users that will help them find out if their Android device has Carrier IQ or not. Click on the title of the app to download it from the Android Market. Carrier IQ Detector by Lookout Labs Carrier IQ Detector helps mobile users find if their device is having Carrier IQ. According to the application description, the app does not remove Carrier IQ software as Carrier IQ software is deeply integrated with the handset firmware. Users...

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Auslogics BoostSpeed 5.1 Honest Review Plus Giveaway

Windows users these days can find plenty of system optimization applications which promises to make their slow computer system fast. But let us be frank, most of these utilities are a disappointment. The come bundled with a lot of useless stuff which instead of speeding up, slows down your PC further. Some of them even kills your Windows system by mindlessly removing critical registry entries or system files. There are some exceptions available to the above set, which do what they promises to do. Auslogics BoostSpeed is one such system optimization software which is one of the best among those which we have reviewed earlier. We took the latest version of BoostSpeed, Auslogics BoostSpeed 5.1, for a test ride. Below you will read about how it performs in our test and whether it is really worth the money. By the way, did we mention about a surprise at the end of this review? Auslogics BoostSpeed is a program which really can revitalize your system. The program uses trusted and tested useful system optimization techniques and technologies to take care of your PCs performance. And, you don’t need to have a PhD in Windows or be an expert to use this program. It comes with many integrated utilities which lets you easily tweak almost every area of your computer system. BoostSpeed installer is small and is just 8 MB (8.09...

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How to Disable Facebook Face Recognition (Tag Suggestion) Feature

Facebook’s photo tagging feature called Tag Suggestion is a face recognition feature. Using Tag Suggestions, Facebook tries to automatically find faces in the uploaded photos and intelligently identify the person. This is a great feature for organizing photos and saves time spent on manual tagging. Every day, people add more than 100 million tags to photos on Facebook. They do it because it’s an easy way to share photos and memories. Unlike photos that get forgotten in a camera or an unshared album, tagged photos help you and your friends relive everything from that life-altering skydiving trip to a birthday dinner where the laughter never stopped. Tags make photos one of the most popular features on Facebook. Because photos are such an important part of Facebook, we want to be sure you know exactly how tag suggestions work: When you or a friend upload new photos, we use face recognition software–similar to that found in many photo editing tools–to match your new photos to other photos you’re tagged in. We group similar photos together and, whenever possible, suggest the name of the friend in the photos. Like earlier roll out of new features, Tag Suggestion is also enabled by default for all Facebook users. For some reason, if you don’t want to be automatically tagged, here are the steps for you to disable the Tag Suggestion feature. First, login to...

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Firefox Beta for Android: Now Supports Do Not Track Privacy Feature

Mozilla has released a new version of Firefox Beta for Android, with the ability for users to turn on the “Do Not Track” privacy feature. Mozilla’s shift to more frequent release cycles promises cutting edge Firefox features, performance enhancements, security updates and stability improvements to users faster. Firefox for Android is the first mobile Web browser to offer the Do Not Track privacy feature. Do Not Track allows users to have more control over how their browsing behavior is tracked and used online by different advertising websites. When a user tells Firefox to enable the “Do Not Track” option, Firefox tells advertisers and marketers that the user has opted out of third-party behavioural tracking with cookies. This gives users the power to decide whether they are tracked online for advertising purposes which amounts to far better privacy options for users. This post from Privacy Engineer Sid Stamm has more information on Do Not Track. How to enable “Do Not Track” in Firefox Beta for Android? Android users using that latest version of Firefox, can turn on the “Do Not Track” option by going to Menu > Preferences and enabling “Tell sites not to track me.“ Other than the addition of the Do Not Track feature, the latest version of Firefox Beta for Android has the following changes: Improved page load speed, especially on 3G networks Improved panning responsiveness Improved compatibility...

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ChromeBlock: Google Chrome Extension to Stop Third-Party Tracking

ChromeBlock (formerly known as Do Not Track) is a Google Chrome extension that helps you block web beacons, bugs, and other tracking technologies used by advertisers to track your browsing actions. ChromeBlock automatically looks at each web page that you load and identifies web bugs, beacons and other tracking tools that the web page has and blocks them. You can easily see what trackers are in use at each website you visit and then block any or all of them by simply clicking on the ChromeBlock icon and toggling the option “Not Blocked Here” to “Blocked Here.” It gives you an easy way to stop around 90 different tracking networks that includes Google, MSN, Alexa, DoubleClick, Omniture, Quantcast, Tynt, Cleeki, etc. You can also choose to block ad-networks, or you can opt-out in advance by clicking the “show global settings” link. The overlay on ChromeBlock’s browser action button tells you how many networks are detected and how many you’ve chosen to block. Using this Chrome extension you can easily stop third-party tracking and surf the internet with complete peace of mind. [ Download ChromeBlock for Google Chrome...

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Anonymizer Nevercookie: Firefox Add-on to Kill the Evercookie

Is it too much if one is asking for one’s own privacy on the Internet these days? First, we had normal browser cookies, then we had more persistent Flash cookies and now the Evercookie that can provide everyone from advertisers to malware authors with useful information about the sites you have visited and more. Evercookie, an open source JavaScript API developed by security researcher Samy Kamkar, when implemented by any website stores a user ID and cookie data in eight different places. This makes evercookie a more persistent cookie form than Flash cookies or normal browser cookies. Its goal...

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