How to Secure Your Instagram Privacy Settings

· Andrew Orr · How-To

Now your social media accounts are private, which means that you have better control over your data, not a corporation that may not have your best interests in mind.

What We're Learning From the Army's Fitbit Affair

· John Martellaro · Editorial

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We’ve read the alarming story about how the Army’s Fitbit users can have their location and activities revealed. What’s the takeaway?

iOS Beta Shows HomePod Mics can be Disabled

· Jeff Gamet · News

HomePod scenes with muted microphones

iOS 11.2.5 Developer Beta includes settings for disabling Siri in the streaming home speaker so its built-in microphones won’t eavesdrop on what you say.

How Apple Improves its Products With iOS Analytics

· Andrew Orr · News

We’ve talked a bit about how it works before, but this latest paper has additional information. A PDF version is also available with more detail than the journal.

iPhone Privacy for the Paranoid: What You Can Do

· Andrew Orr · Quick Tip

Concerned about your privacy on the web? You should be. There is an entire industry that involves tracking people, collecting data about them, and selling it to the highest bidder.

Website Tracking to be Worse Than Thought, Study Shows

· Andrew Orr · News

The researchers say that ad-blockers can block some, but not all of the scripts. However, AdBlock Plus has recently been updated to block all of the session replay scripts.

Encryption Debate, Apple's Paradise Papers, iPhone X - ACM 436

· Bryan Chaffin · Apple Context Machine Podcast

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The false dichotomy that we must choose between privacy and safety when it comes to encryption has once again reared its ugly head, and Bryan and Jeff discuss why that’s so dangerous. They also look at how Apple was affected by the so-called Paradise Papers, and discuss Jeff’s initial impressions of the iPhone X. For added fun, Jeff mocks Bryan for not having his iPhone X yet.

Tim Cook Makes Apple's Case for Privacy in Video Interview

· Bryan Chaffin · Editorial

Tim Cook on NBC with Lester Holt

He did so by redirecting a question about the grilling Facebook, Google, and Twitter are getting for allowing (and profiting from) the Russian government’s efforts to disrupt our democracy.