In our weekly roundup, we draw your attention to selected news and articles that highlight issues relating to invasions of your online privacy and threats to the security of your personal data, including problems that Dodoname can help solve. Catching our attention this week were posts about browsing cleanup at the push of a button, the all-seeing Uber, Detektion in the name of online privacy, and of course, phishing schemes. For all our privacy, security and personal data related posts follow @MyDodoname on Twitter.
One of the more popular web browsers is Mozilla’s Firefox, which just celebrated 10 years in existence. To help mark the occasion, some upgrades to the Firefox browser were made, including the addition of a Forget button. According to TheNextWeb, “Using it allows you to clear between 5 minutes and 24 hours of browser data – history, cookies, log-ins, saved passwords etc. – but it leaves the rest of your stored data and auto-complete history in place. It also closes any browser windows you have open and presents you with a fresh, blank one.”
God View puts Uber in privacy purgatory with consumers
Uber, to those unfamiliar with the service, is a mobile app the facilitates ride sharing. This service has seen tremendous global growth since its launch in 2009. Funded by the likes of actor-slash-investor Ashton Kutcher, those seeking rides are connected with Uber drivers who act much like a taxi service. The company got themselves in some hot water this week when it was discovered that an Uber executive is being investigated for tracking the travel records of a journalist by using the platform’s God View. Forbes also discovered recently that Uber employees had tracked the whereabouts of VIPs using the service without their consent or knowledge. A #deleteuber hastag was born, and Ashton Kutcher himself wandered into the fray with his own comments, which subsequently landed him in some hot water of his own.
Scanning for spyware
Journalists and activists are two groups to whom privacy is of the utmost importance: their lives may depend on it. An open-source tool called Detekt has been released to provide those concerned about targeted surveillance with the means to identify spyware that has been placed without their knowledge on their Windows-based PCs.
This week’s phishing news includes fake crowdfunding for Ebola, and targeting people who have sent out their Christmas gifts early.
Indiegogo shut down a scam that started with 700,000 spam emails sent out to unsuspecting consumers, asking them to donate to a phony crowdfunding campaign in the guise of an fundraiser to help fight Ebola.
As we get closer to the holidays, many people will have shipped off presents to loved ones that might live across the state, country or planet. Phishing scams disguised as emails have been sent to gift givers who used the mail or couriers to send out presents. That email in your inbox from the USPS, FedEx or UPS? Probably a scam.