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Vizio Internet TVs Tracking Owner Habits

Last week many consumers learned for the first time that their internet-enabled Vizio TVs from model year 2014 going forward have been spying on their viewing and web surfing habits.     From Time Magazine: TV maker Vizio is paying $2.2 million to settle charges that it tracked owners’ viewing habits, then turned around and […]

Ransomware Disguised As An Android Battery Monitor App

I’ve been warning my readers away from Google Play for years, and at the end of January ZDNet reported on yet another reason to follow that advice: ransomware disguised as an Android battery monitor app was recently found on (and removed from) the Google Play app store.     From ZDNet: Dubbed ‘Charger’ by cybersecurity […]

Sophisticated Gmail Phishing Scam: Don’t Get Caught In The Net

A sophisticated Gmail phishing scam that first popped up last year seems to gaining steam, even among tech-savvy consumers, because it’s unusually well-designed.     This new scheme employs the usual trick of getting the email recipient to click on a bogus link, but the email appears to be from a known contact and the […]

How To Get Rid of iCloud Calendar Spam

I don’t use any Apple stuff but I know lots of my readers do, so here’s something for them.     Beginning around last November, many iCloud users started getting fake Calendar invites to “events” that are really just ads with embedded links, like an invite to “Versace Bags Sale – 50% Off!”. Unfortunately, turning […]

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.   […]