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Alexa, Witness To A Murder? Yes. But No, Alexa’s STILL Not Spying On You.

The internet’s all aflutter with the news: Alexa, the digital assistant inside Amazon’s Echo, Dot and Tap, witness to a murder? Yes, it’s true. But pay no attention to those hysterical, pearl-clutching headlines and conspiracy theorist comment threads: if anything, the reports on this should only reassure you Alexa is not spying on you.   […]

Google’s My Activity Lets You Browse & Edit Your Google Activity History

Now that users of Google services like Chrome, Google News, Google Maps, Google Books, YouTube and so on know Google collects their online activity and browsing history for marketing purposes, those consumers have been clamoring for more and better controls over the data Google is gathering from them. This week Google has finally come through, […]

Turn Off This Invasive Facebook App Feature

If you use the Facebook mobile app you may have noticed something odd lately. The ‘Suggested Friends’ area may be showing you faces that look vaguely familiar, but they’re actually just strangers you’ve passed by out in public.     According to CNET: Facebook is using your phone’s location to match you with fellow Facebook […]

Site To Check If Your Account Was Exposed In A Data Breach

Seems hardly a day goes by without news of some horrifying new data breach, and consumers generally feel powerless to do anything but change their passwords. But now, thanks to Microsoft Regional Director Troy Hunt, there’s a free site you can use to search the giant collections of compromised accounts to see if yours is […]

OK Google Records Your Queries: How To Delete OK Google History

  Lots of people love, and have even come to depend on, the convenience of voice-activated OK Google searches on their tablets and smart phones. But most of them have no idea their voice searches are being recorded by Google and stored in the user’s Google history file. The good news is, the history is […]