London Underground passengers told to turn off their Wi-Fi if they don’t want to be tracked

From 8 July 2019, travellers on London’s underground tube network may wish to turn off their Wi-Fi first… if they don’t like the idea of being tracked.

Fingerprinting iPhones with the built-in gyroscope

Some rather ingenious researchers have found a way to unique identify iPhones and iPads by examining data gathered from a device’s accelerometer, gyroscope and magnetometer sensors.

Reality Winner pleads guilty after being unmasked by microdots

Reality Winner, the US government contractor who leaked top secret documents about Russian hacking, has pleaded guilty.

MoviePass removes ‘unused’ location feature that tracked cinema-goers’ movements

MoviePass updates its app after taking some well-deserved heat after the company’s CEO revealed that it was tracking users’ movements a little too closely.

Automatic autofill of your username and password? Not a good idea

Is your browser’s built-in login manager leaking your username (and possibly your password too)?

Smashing Security podcast #053: Game of Thrones, a major Amazon cloud leak, and web tracking gone crazy

The FBI think they’ve identified the HBO hacker, the US military have been caught with a leaky bucket, and web tracking has just got scarier than ever.

All this and much much more is discussed in the latest edition of the “Smashing Security” podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, who are joined this week by special guest Iain Thomson from The Register.

Tracking pixels can conduct surveillance for targeted attacks

Malicious hackers can use tracking pixels to help them gather intelligence for attack campaigns, both mass and targeted in scope say researchers.

David Bisson reports.

Advertisers could be tracking you via your battery status

Aside from tracking, there are other ways that battery information could be exploited.

Facebook’s Like button is tracking all of us, to target us with ads

Facebook is now using its omnipresent Like button to track everyone on the internet, including those who don’t use Facebook.

David Bisson reports.

Electronic tracking a partner without consent is acceptable, say 46% of young people

A new survey claims that almost half of all young people believe that electronically tracking partners through their computers and smartphones, or by installing spyware, is acceptable.

Technology has moved at a fast pace, but it seems the teaching of ethics has failed to keep up.

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.

How to block ads and prevent tracking in iOS 9 Safari

iOS 9, the latest version of Apple’s operating system for iPhones and iPads is out – and includes a new feature which could help you block adverts as you browse the web.

That’s good for privacy and security, as you can find out in my latest video.

The difference between newspaper and online ads

Have you installed an ad blocker on your laptop or desktop computer?

Chances are it’s because online ads are a wholly different beast than newspaper adverts.

Suspicious partners rejoice! Apple iOS 7 creepily records users’ favourite places

The latest beta version of the upcoming new iOS operating system for the iPhone and iPad has a rather creepy feature hidden away in its settings.

But for whose benefit?

Police mobile phone sting fails when.. err.. no handsets stolen

When British police left secretly tracked phones as “bait” hoping that they would be stolen by thieves from bars and pubs, they probably thought they had come up with an ingenious plan.