Hong Kong protesters should be smarter about their messaging apps

Hong Kong protesters have been seeking out new ways of communicating without government intervention. Here’s a potentially much better option compared to the messaging apps that they’ve been using.

Apparently, I have to install spyware on my phone in order to attend a Weird Al concert

If you enjoy supporting your favorite artists by attending their shows, watch out for the AXS ticketing app. It could be a nightmare!

Everything that’s WRONG with Facebook | PNWeekly 367

Facebook is finally paying for its issues to the tune of $5B – but Joshua Vergara and Jaime Rivera discuss why this might not be enough.

Pocketnow Daily: FaceApp could be STEALING your PHOTOS… (video)

On today’s Pocketnow Daily, we talk about how FaceApp could be stealing your photos, the new ASUS ROG Phone 2, Samsung’s new 12GB RAM chip and more

Apple, Google, and Microsoft allow anyone to violate your privacy with an email

Almost all email programs would notify you of potential privacy issues before loading certain emails. That’s no longer the case, so you’re probably being tracked now.
Brave Rewards

How Brave Browser lets you support your favorite sites with Brave Rewards

What we like about Brave is that is serves up ads with privacy in mind. What’s really cool about the Brave Browser is their new Brave Rewards system.
WhatsApp

WhatsApp vulnerability allowed installation of spyware on phones

A WhatsApp vulnerability was discovered that allowed attackers to install government-grade spyware on phones running affected versions.

Google introduces auto-delete Location History information

The topic of Google recording your Location History is an old one. Luckily, the Android-maker is now introducing new ways to limit its intrusion.

Librem One is a new privacy & freedom focused software suite for your smartphone

Sick of Facebook spying on your conversations, Apple pretending to care about security, Alexa employees laughing at the things you say, and Google collecting data from your email? The Librem One suite may be a good security defense for your smartphone.
Brave

Ads with privacy as top priority? Meet Brave Ads!

The privacy-oriented browser that we’ve been recommending here at Pocketnow, Brave, is introducing Brave Ads. Yes, they care about your privacy!
screen time

Apple issues official statement on removed screen time apps

Apple issues an official statement after reports that it anticompetitively removed screen time apps from the Store. The company cites privacy reasons.

Facebook can’t seem to keep their users’ information private, once again

Facebook has once again leaked an important amount of their users’ data through some public servers in Amazon that includes photos, passwords and more
WhatsApp Group

WhatsApp Group privacy settings updated. Only join groups you want

Today WhatsApp announced changes to the WhatsApp Group privacy settings. You can now choose who can add you to a group chat.
Brave

Why Pocketnow recommends Brave, a private browser that rewards users

As a publisher, we loathe ads. It’s just that they keep the lights on. But we do recommend Brave, a browser that is blocking ads, among other things.

Think your Facebook password is safe? Think again!

A recent Facebook password issue has surfaced, and, according to reports, between 200 million and 600 million users were and their passwords were affected.

Apple patents encryption to protect iPhone users’ locations and other data

The iPhone maker is working on a new way to prevent governments and spy actors from knowing who sent what messages with encryption.

Google Assistant Voice Match won’t unlock Android phones anymore

Google Assistant won’t use a matching sample of your voice to authenticate and unlock your phone or tablet anymore. What’s more, there are new privacy measures.

German watchdog to Facebook: stop combining data without consent

Germany’s competition watchdog, the Bundeskartellamt, has ordered Facebook to stop combining data without users’ consent.

iOS apps can record what you do in them and then unsafely send that data

Businesses secretly record what you do in their apps to improve them. More worryingly, that software isn’t perfect at hiding sensitive data.

WhatsApp update brings Face ID or Touch ID locking functionality

The new WhatsApp update for iPhone brings the ability to lock down your application and require Face ID or Touch ID to unlock it.

Facebook circumvented Apple to continue Onavo data collection project

“Project Atlas” has been caught out and Facebook is being punished by Apple for violation of its app distribution rules — not seemingly a privacy battle.
5G

Huawei 5G client base slowly increases with new customers being added

The Huawei 5G customer base has recorded a slight increase according to the company’s chairman, to reach 25 commercial contracts to date.
Trojan Horse

Do you use PayPal? Beware of this Android Trojan

A new Android Trojan has been detected and it’s the kind that will literally cost you money, as it will transfer funds from your PayPal.
5G

The EU should be worried about Huawei, says commissioner

The European Commissioner for Digital Single Market said that the European Union should be worried about Huawei and other Chinese companies.

Huawei does damage control in Europe

It denies the notion that it is a security threat to European Union member governments and is working on fixing its labs in the United Kingdom.