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february 2019 by mjtsai
AccuWeather caught sending user location data, even when location sharing is off | ZDNet
A security researcher has found that the popular weather app sends private location data without the user's explicit permission to a firm designed to monetize user locations.
geolocation  location  accuweather  digital  marketing  ZDNET 
february 2019 by pciszewski
Is the window closing on enterprise customer communities? | ZDNet
While a number of leading companies have succeeded in gathering their customers around them online, the process of socially engaging the external world increasingly looks like a zero sum game for the rest.
communities  zdnet 
february 2019 by page
New security flaw impacts 5G, 4G, and 3G telephony protocols | ZDNet, Jan 2019
"A new vulnerability has been discovered in the upcoming 5G cellular mobile communications protocol. Researchers have described this new flaw as more severe than any of the previous vulnerabilities that affected the 3G and 4G standards."

"Further, besides 5G, this new vulnerability also impacts the older 3G and 4G protocols, providing surveillance tech vendors with a new flaw they can abuse to create next-gen IMSI-catchers that work across all modern telephony protocols."

According to "a research paper named "New Privacy Threat on 3G, 4G, and Upcoming5G AKA Protocols," published last year. ..., the vulnerability impacts AKA, which stands for Authentication and Key Agreement, a protocol that provides authentication between a user's phone and the cellular networks."

"Instead of intercepting mobile traffic metadata, this new vulnerability reveals details about a user's mobile activity, such as the number of sent and received texts and calls, allowing IMSI-catcher operators to create profiles for each smartphone holder."

"For example, two other academic studies from French and Finnish researchers also found that IMSI-catcher attacks are still possible against the upgraded 5G-AKA protocol, despite 3GPP's claims."
ZDNet  cyber-spectrum  cybersecurity  spectrum-vulnerability  3G  4G  5G  StingRay  IMSI-catchers  3GPP 
february 2019 by pierredv
Google News app bug burns through gigabytes of user mobile data
"I deleted the news app that day and am now enjoying SmartNews. Very poor handling of this situation, Google."
smartnews  googlenews  zdnet 
october 2018 by smartnews
Why is Google selling potentially compromised Chinese security keys? | ZDNet
Opinion: To sign up for Google's Advanced protection program, you must buy security keys from a Chinese vendor. Security questions have since been raised considering current intelligence laws in China.
Google_Titan  ZDNet 
october 2018 by GameGamer43
Windows 10 tip: Repair your Windows 10 installation | ZDNet
Windows 10 tip: Repair your Windows 10 installation
Performing a clean install or a reset means you have to reinstall apps and desktop programs and start over with settings and preferences. If you suspect Windows has become damaged, there's a less drastic solution: Run Setup to repair Windows. Here's how.

By Ed Bott for The Ed Bott Report | February 1, 2017 -- 12:00 GMT (04:00 PST) | Topic: Windows 10

Doing a repair installation includes the option to keep files, settings, and installed programs

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Last week I explained how to use the Reset option to achieve the equivalent of a clean install of Windows 10. You choose whether to keep your files or wipe the disk clean, but the installation process removes all apps and settings.

That's great if you want to get a fresh start, but what if you want to do a repair installation of Windows without losing those programs and settings? Yes, there's a way. Although it sounds odd, the solution is to upgrade Windows, using the same edition that's already installed and choosing the option to keep files, apps, and settings.

The "upgrade" requires Windows 10 installation media, which you can obtain using the free Media Creation Tool. (Full details are in my Windows 10 installation FAQ.)

Download the ISO and double-click to mount it as a virtual drive. (Or, if you chose to create bootable media on a USB drive, open that removable drive in File Explorer.) Double-click Setup to begin reinstalling Windows.

I recommend saying Yes to the option to download updates, which can help you avoid potential compatibility problems. At the step where you're asked what you want to keep, choose the option shown here: Keep personal files and apps.

Follow the wizard's prompts to finish setup. After a couple restarts, you'll have a refreshed installation of Windows 10, with your desktop programs, apps, and settings intact.
windows  10  update  repair  fall  creators  zdnet 
august 2018 by kilroy2
​Red Hat changes its open-source licensing rules | ZDNet
Red Hat-initiated open-source projects, which use GPLv2 or LGPLv2.1, will be expected to add GPLv3's cure commitment language to their licenses.
RedHat  ZDNet  GPL  OpenSource 
june 2018 by GameGamer43
US cell carriers are selling access to your real-time phone location data | ZDNet
The company embroiled in a privacy row has "direct connections" to all major US wireless carriers, including AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint -- and Canadian cell networks, too.
ZDNet  Cell_Phone  Cell_Phones  Mobile_Phone 
may 2018 by GameGamer43
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Microsoft has been working on software for devices for more than a decade. The company has gone to market with everything from software for car entertainment systems, point-of-sale terminals, coffee makers and smart watches. via Pocket
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may 2018 by azurerich

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