Here comes new ideas for internet privacy

People are now really serious about their internet privacy and safety of their data.

After Serious Facebook Issue, Mark Zuckerberg attended testimony congress and answered what’s really happening behind the data.

Not only cambridge analytica, lots of other Tech giant companies including data brokers were part of this internet privacy as Mark Zuckerberg Stated

The actual problem starts with us!

How?

We aggregated all the information, and they sold it.

It is not our fault though, because everyone does it.

But according to 2015 market survey, your rate(Information about your activities and thinking) is Rs.768 of Indian amount and 10 US $

Now it may have been increased or decreased.

When we used to see ads in online, back 10 years ago, those ads were not relative to us.

Then comes the time, after few years we started to see ads which are too relative and those ads were helpful, which also saved our time.

That’s where the problem actually started.

Now we are in the stage of how to escape from this things as they have already collected our data.

This article explains how to safe yourself from online or internet privacy with each of the big social media giants.

Internet Privacy:

1) Facebook:

We were happy with facebook but they sold our data without our permission.

I think its a good time to get started for deleting your facebook account, because deactivating is for you, not for them.

So if you wish to delete account click facebook delete account to get started.

If you not wish to delete your facebook account due to some reason here are some hacks that will actually help you out.

a) Remove Profile Information:

Login Facebook and remove all of the profile information one by one.

They have your data already but here after they cant.

If you remove your profile information there will be no data.

In future, you don’t have to update information with your posts, check-in, review and whatever type of posts which gets your information including especially Image posts.

Facebook machine algorithm are made clever which means it reads our information from image too.

For example, if you post an image with your friends on party,

Artificial Intelligence or Machine learning will read it as

party, group of friends, night mode and so on.

Even facebook nowadays came with face recognition settings.

Make sure you turned that off, its off by default though.

Checking once again will save your face identity too.

b) Uninstall Facebook app:

Uninstall your facebook iOS/Android app from your smartphone.

Keeping facebook apps on the smartphone is like , you kept your home door open and outsiders are allowed to see what’s happening inside your home.

Don’t get it funny or wrong!

Facebook gets all of your data through their mobile apps only
including your phone calls, text-messages, government text-messages, OTP pin number.

Even they had your bank transaction OTP with each transaction you made.

Not only transaction OTP’s,all of your mobile texts were.

If you want to see the above details from your profile, start archiving your data by visiting settings -> General section main page, you will see download a copy of your data in small letters in middle of the page or at bottom of the content settings.

once it is ready to download, extract it after the download completes and open the index.html in extracted folder.

It will immediately open your browser and allow you to see facebook lookalike web page where you can actually explore each section of your data.

Be patient and explore each section, so you can know how much of information is transferred without your acknowledgement.

C) CREATE A PAGE FOR YOURSELF:

Creating a page for yourself with your information unlike profile.

It will give you to access Facebook without much thinking about your personal data steal.

It’s end for facebook game to stealing your data.

But how about google, twitter, and linkedin!!!.

Well, they changed their game with GDPR(General Data Protection Regulation) regulations.

Let’s talk about how they are evolving

2) Google:

Alphabet’s Google, a tech conglomerate own google + social community also has the user data.

With that data, google advertisement services are running with helpful and rightful information to target the users.

But after the GDPR, Google enabled options to opt out from the ads.

The options are available at this link
https://myaccount.google.com/intro/privacy#ads

Make sure you are signed in to do the changes.

Once you visit the page, you can see what are the topics you most searched and google saved about category of it.

To also ensure about your search data and other google related activities across all the products, it also offers to turn off the activity control.

To turn off the activity control follow this link https://myactivity.google.com/myactivity to get started.

you can see activity controls in the left side of page.

Once you visit the page, you will toggle buttons for

  1. web search,
  2. Youtube search,
  3. Location search,
  4. Device information,
  5. Voice & activity search,
  6. Youtube search history,
  7. Youtube watch history

Turning those things off will also impact on your android device.

you will see minor changes in your android phone related to google services.

So why to turn those things off?

This is how google collects your data and help advertisers to target you.

And now finally you can opt out of it.

To make it more specific to your android smartphone

visit settings -> google -> ads (Under services label) reset Advertising ID, so google can’t use your data and your will ads totally unrelated and not based on your previous and current search.

So what will happen after turning those settings off,

Imagine you are searching for a leather jacket in google and you saw some pretty good results for after buy.

Later when you browse the internet for other stuffs you don’t see the ad with leather jacket, instead you will see it with some other kind of woollen jackets.

Note: Actual results may differ, but you will see the difference with ad showing.

And your personalisation data cuts off here.

3) Twitter:

Welcome to twitter! with the same background but with different methods.

Here they gather your android apps you have installed and some more data of yours.

Visit https://twitter.com/settings/personalization to see which profile data of yours being collected.

Turning that off will be effective for your personal data save.

4) LinkedIn:

And welcome to the professional party! The data also being collected here too.

Visit https://www.linkedin.com/psettings/advertising to see and take care of your data setting and how linkedin use your data.

Because your professional data also matters and they know your about professional interaction with business and job data,

There are other related settings to turn it off if you like to.

If I come to aware of any other website which steals user data, I will keep you posted.

Tell us what you think about internet privacy and share your knowledge.

4 Browser Security Tools Will Make You Question Everything?

Browser security tools plays a major role nowadays.

Can you promise that you are using a safer internet?

Debatable! isn’t it.

This is why tech savvy people always use some browser security tools to stay safe from internet.

These tools doesn’t mean to be your personal internet army but it will give you access to what is happening behind the internet.

And you will come to know how to get protected yourself from malicious internet use.

Let’s get started.

Browser security tools:

1) HTTP everything:

What is HTTP everything?

When you visit a website, how sure you know that website is so secure to use.

Some may say Website has Http(s) version that makes the site secure.

And what if it isn’t having one?

This is where HTTPS everything comes into play.

It secures your website communications from your browser to the site you visit.

Whenever you visit a website, your browser gets an acknowledgement that the website is a secured one or non secured one.

Then you will see a green https symbol text in the URL address bar.

And these things happens in seconds when you type the website URL.

If the URL doesn’t have any green Https symbol, HTTPS everywhere will start to work before full loading of website.

If you are wondering how can you get to start with this to install in my browser.

Below are the various links for Chrome, Firefox, and Opera browser users.

For Chrome users: HTTPS Everywhere

For Mozilla users: HTTPS Everywhere

For Opera users: HTTPS Everywhere

2) Privacy Badger:

HTTPS everywhere protects your from non secured websites to safe your online journey.

Unlike HTTPS everywhere, Privacy badger protects you and your identity from spying ads.

Yes! You are tracked by the ads you see. it is happening and some aware of it and some isn’t.

To stop Ad piracy lots of online agencies are fighting for this.

You can make a protection yourself from these ads when you using internet.

Privacy badger allows you to do this and it also guides you to setup and configure, once you install it in your browser.

It also asks for your permissions to teach that addon whether the website is considered to be spying website or non spying website with RED, YELLOW, and GREEN symbol.

Below are the add on links for Chrome, Firefox, and Opera users.

For Chrome users: Privacy Badger

For Mozilla users: Privacy Badger

For Opera users: Privacy Badger

3) NoScript:

As it name suggests, Noscript allows you to stop scripts that you feel not needed for this website or to stop some unresponsive scripts.

What is the use of it?

When you visit a website, some Java scripts will run that will give you a good interaction with the website.

But when you dig in detail, you will see some lot of unwanted scripts.

This No script add on will allow you to stop those script.

Everything is okay. But what a script does?

It is one of the key ingredient for stealing your computer information or your information from your end without your acknowledgement, if the website has some unwanted scripts.

Note: When you install this NoScript addons, some website may not work fully as nowadays website fully relies on the java scripts.

Install if and only know what you are doing with this addons.

Note: Noscript is officially available for mozilla firefox users only

For Mozilla Users: NoScript

Also Saikat Basu Suggests some browser security tests to prevent exploit attacks

4) Google Protection:

When everyone provides security addons, so also google.

But it doesn’t provide security in tools.

Instead it is securing your account from unauthorised usages.

Google generally provides a security checkup to your account which can be checked in my account privacy checkup section.

Unlike privacy checks, it suggests a physical attachment to secure your account from unauthorised usages.

Sounds Interesting right!

Get started:Google advanced account protection link

So did I miss anything to mention your favourite browser security tools.

Comment below and share how you can secure your browser communications.

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Top 5 Digital Trends in 2018

In the last few years, we have seen lot of Digital trends & transformations.

All the digital trends helped us to improve our digital life with data driven results.

In 2018, the digital transformations are taking upto entirely new thing which we are about to explore in upcoming years.

I have prepared a list of trends that are making impact in digital world.

Digital Trends
Woman exploring top digital trends

Digital Trends 2018:

1) IoT/IoE:

Internet of Everything is connected in all the way now.

Here is the official description of IoT in wikipedia,

The Internet of things (IoT) is the network of physical devices, vehicles, home appliances and other items embedded with electronics, software, sensors, actuators, and network connectivity which enables these objects to connect and exchange data.

What IoE does here?

Nowadays we are living in data driven world, where the massive amount of data is getting ready to propogate the next digital era.

Its purely based on IoE i.e. internet of everything.

When it goes live, everything will be happening with in fraction of seconds like what we see in advacned Sci-Fi movies.

How it will be? Be patient, I am going to tell you now.

Its 5th Gen Communication thing.

2) 5G:

Yes, when we live in data based digital era, communication will be in top notch.

Communications will be happening like never before at the speed of 1GB per second as AT&T i.e. verizon communication research report says.

When 5G comes into market for people use, communications will be happening in a rapid speed that lead us to

  1. Time saving
  2. High Productivity
  3. Reduce of money

A lot more thing can happen when 5G communication and IoE merges.

 3) Augmented Reality:

When the communication and IoT takes over the world,

Engineers and scientists are researching to make the AR very naturual.

Even nowadays Augmented reality based websites are launched to excite the customers.

AR is already in marketing automation.

Soon we can expect , AR in all the field where it required to be.

 4) Virtual Reality:

Virtual reality is the next world , where youngsters about to live.

I don’t know when NASA going to make us to live in MARS.

But I am sure that we are about to live in Virtual world.

Even some companies started to create virtual reality world to live there with their own set of tools & technologies.

Virtual reality really gives you an idea of what the product is going to be without physically accessing it like online shopping malls, live conferences and much more we are yet to imagine.

 5) Artificial Intelligence:

How can I miss this topic,

Artificial intelligence is really spreading into lot of branches.

When it first exploded into market, Machine learning and Natural Language processing were the main thing to everyone.

But now the limit has expanded into Deep learning where the machines are getting ready to learn more about us with the data.

Daniel Newman contributor & CEO of Broadsuite Media Group explains in his article about digital trends for 2018

 Conclusion:

I see the near future that robots will make us to live in the corner of the world

eventually The world is sphere 😉

How to remove android malware

Are you tired of getting unwanted full screen ads in your android smart phone?

That will be purely disturbing you to the core and the work you do.

And you may have tried many solutions and you will be succeeded only for few minutes and it again continues.

let me tell you today the five proven steps to solve and remove android malware (Virus) completely.

Remove android malware:

Before going into the steps of killing those malware , let me share the details of how it is entering in your smartphone so you will come to know what you are doing with smartphone.

1) Check the installation source:

when is the last time you checked your app installation source.

You may getting the apps (.APK) file from your friends or other apps provider like 9Apps.

As an android user, install the apps from Google playstore and not from other unsecured sources.

Even if you try to install it from other apps providers, you android smartphone will suggest you that

Don’t install it from unknown sources

If you haven’t seen that suggestion, you can turn that off by visiting settings -> security -> turn off unknown sources.

Note: Turning that settings on my cause you to install an app along with malware from other sources easily.

You are secured by your smartphone with protection.

2) Think when the problem started:

When unwanted ad pop ups started showing on your mobile , you will start to think only on how to remove it.

But if you narrow down your thinking to when the problem started , it will lead you to the file downloaded from website, because that could be your favourite or essential app for you.

Try to get the conflict app or file which made the problem started and kill it.

You problem will be solved almost and you will be free from further ad pop ups.

3) I have security tool and cleaners:

Yes, every smartphone comes with security tool and cleaners that clean your junks timely.

Also you may be wondering why the virus encountered in your smartphone and thinking what these inbuilt tools are doing in my mobile.

Let me tell you the secret behind this,

those virus apps made by hackers are very stronger than what you are inbuilt smartphone tool has

Shocking isn’t it.

So keenly watch whenever you install an app or download a file from website that is not familiar to download with.

4) I will install an antivirus:

Yes, that’s a good idea to do.

But you remember the point which I said earlier in this article

those virus apps made by hackers are very stronger than what you are inbuilt smartphone tool has

Yes, that’s true for antivirus tools too.

Anti virus are programmed by security experts with list of their known malware, Trojans and spywares.

What it actually does is, it tries to matches the virus with their database and if it matches you are lucky else it says

Aha! Your phone is virus free

But it silently resides in your smartphone and if its there for long time , think all of your locally stored data are with them.

So are you tired of what I am going to say next, don’t panic I am going to provide the solution

Solution:

Try installing the Anti Malware bytes android app in your smartphone.

I hear you, you are asking me is the above app better than all anti virus apps.

Yes it is! How ? The above app is developed by security experts and hackers too.

So they will constantly gives security updates to that app to secure your smartphone.

You may be wondering , don’t the antivirus company does the same.

But can any one prove why antivirus fails to secure your smartphone sometimes.

That’s where to Anti Malware bytes comes to help you.

Try installing the app and once you see the result you will be happy with your smartphone.

Security experts Nick Lewis suggest some advises on removing the android malware.

Do you know any other security measures that helped you to stop the malware problems in your android smartphone?

or if you have any doubts regarding to your smartphone security, or any other viruses

do comment and let everyone know.

If you like this article, share it with your friends, colleagues and let them know and save their android smartphone too.

Datally: A new mobile app from Google

When you try to control your smartphone data you stop unnecessary apps background process.

And then what happens, your smartphone gives you new trouble with apps network performing.

So you will see some weird problems in your apps that don’t give you a proper access or show errors for better network accessibility.

Even with lots of data saver apps in play store even though which saves data partially but one still feels missing of some feature to save their data perfectly.

Google always launches a mobile app that attracts user and gets more download just within a week of launch.

Now Google has come up with a solution for saving your mobile data and wifi data connected to your device.

Yes the app is called

Datally

What this Datally app can do for a smartphone. They are

DATA SAVER

DATA SAVER BUBBLE

DATA USAGE METRICS

PERSONALIZED RECOMMENDATIONS

WIFI FINDER 🙂

But before seeing the features of Datally let me tell you some things

What makes the Datally so special to use.

Understand your data:

It understands your data when you use the app and how you use the app.

Control your data:

It controls your data on the background in real time.

Save your data:

It saves your data by connecting with near by WiFi’s.

Let’s explore the features of Datally app one by one:

DATA SAVER:

Google tells that with Datally app you can save 30% of your data with apps you use in real time.

That’s you really needed a feature of all the time.

DATA SAVER BUBBLE:

And you started thinking the difference between data saver and data saver bubble.

Yes data saver bubble is going to help you with when you are out of control data usage in any particular app.

DATA USAGE METRICS:

Have you ever analysed your data and determined how much of data you saved instead of wondering what it could be.

This Datally app give you a data usage by history for days, weeks, months.

PERSONALIZED RECOMMENDATIONS:

Even Datally asks you for personalized recommendations.

You can see your usage highlights, rate other wifi networks with help of wifi finders.

WIFI FINDER:

I know you are expecting this title.

Yes Datally gives you access to find nearby by WiFi’s with help of GPS.

The fun part is you can see whether its protected or open to public.

If it is public you can use and rate that WiFi network to know the quality of it to other users.

Even it also allows you to setup a VPN locally on your device to block unwanted data usage.

So if you are planned to download the Datally app and use it click here to get started.

 

image source: Datally

WhatsApp add new feature for group admin

As this is a regular one we always receive an unique feature from whatsapp a platform owned by facebook.

So what feature we are going to receive by this time, its more control to group administrators.

Yes, now WhatsApp group administrators can control what user posts in group.

This feature is especially to prevent users to stop spam the group. this feature is called as

Restricted group

Once group admin turned it on users will not be able to send any form of messages including

Texts

Images

Videos

Audios

Documents

GIFs

including their location.

All you can do is only read admin messages, its moreover become like telegram channel.

So how to text in the group especially then ?

All you have to do is send the message by using message admin button, once they approved the message it will get published in group.

This version is now available only in Beta whatsApp testers.

soon we see this to all android and iOS users.

WhatsApp color status available now

Finally, WhatsApp color status released for iPhone and Android variants this week.

As Hike messenger and Facebook already have this feature, Whatsapp comes with a multi color option where Hike messenger doesn’t have.

As usual Windows phone doesn’t get this feature now as of now. May be it will be introduced later.

Steps to setup a WhatsApp color status:

A pen icon on the status tab will let you update your text status on a single touch.

A color palette like button will offer you to change the background colors.

It also has various emoji to show your emotions better.

And in the very next press of that usual green paper jet button will publish this status to all your WhatsApp contacts just like your video or photo status updates.

As of now, not all users have got this update, but some noticed this in Android version 2.17.296 without updating the app that is a remotely activated.

But it disappeared in the very next day as they said.

So, we can expect this update officially for all the users very soon.

So, Whats up?
It’s Whatsapp.

Judy malware infects 36.5 million android devices

This is not the next ransomware for mobile.

But Judy malware has been developed by some Korean company to generate ads click to make a gain of revenue.

How it spread into the Android devices.

Yes via the Google play store.

It is widely spread into 41 apps which are developed by the korean company.

The worst part is the virus has been in google play store for a long time.

After Checkpoint reported to Google about this issue, those apps are removed from play store.

So let’s look at how this app works and how to secure your android phone in future.

Judy Malware:

How does Judy Malware work:

Judy malware is an adware that generates clicks to gain revenue.

Once you download any of the apps from this app providing company,

They will silently take control of your smartphone.

This app act as a bridge to their server.

Once you downloaded and activated this app i.e. this app makes the connection to the server

And in return, it will send a malicious code that will make the false ad clicks.

Once the code entered into your phone it will silently open a hidden web page on your smartphone.

Then it will enter the target website to generate illegitimate clicks.

How to secure your smartphone from malware and viruses:

Even you may have a reliable antivirus in your smartphone.

Or even some of you may be thinking that how does the Linux-based Android os get infects.

Well, the reason could be installing apps from untrustable sources and things may lead you to corrupt your smartphone.

I will suggest a malware remover app which is personally I have tried to remove malware.

This app, unlike other apps which not only make a partial scan of your files or virus files and show off.

it will scan all of the installed apps and apps that you haven’t installed in your smartphone i.e. you may keeping the app as a .apk file in your file manager.

The scan may take a long process though, but its worth of time.

Well, am not promoting or affiliated with this app.

My mobile got infected once with some viruses that control my smartphone to randomly show full page ads.

Then this app malware bytes anti malware which helped me to remove the virus which was with .apk file

If you feel this article prevented you from getting infected, share this article with your friends and let them know about this too.

Feel free to comment if you have any doubts or suggestions.

 

Google changes its search engine algorithm

From the beginning, google consistently improving its search engine algorithm for better and accurate search results.

Now google recently announced that there will be changes in search results to reduce offensive and inaccurate results.

Whenever a user searches google, the algorithm provides maximum accurate results depend upon the query.

But according to google engineering team, there are 0.25% offensive and inaccurate search results are shown.

To reduce it, google changing its algorithm instead of simply demoting individual websites.

Along with that, google also introduces some features which are for better search.

Let’s see them in detail.

Search engine algorithm:

There will be 3 major improvements with the impact of its change.

  1. Search ranking
  2. Autocomplete feedback
  3. Featured snippets feedback

1.Search ranking:

In march 2017, Google updated its search quality guidelines to improve the search quality results.

With a team of people for feedback, google evaluated its inaccurate search results.

That also leads to

lower quality web pages,

misleading information and

unexpected offensive results.

With the effect of these changes, google will improve search results on auto complete and featured snippets too.

2. Autocomplete feedback:

when you search on google, Google autocomplete shows you the instant answers for your queries.

with the advent of auto complete feedback, now you can report the inappropriate content which is the unwanted appearance to your query.

Need a clear picture, here it is

google algorithm change
Enlarge image to see results

This new feedback is categorized with the label and you can report the inappropriate predictions.

so you can easily report.

3.Featured snippets feedback:

This one could be more useful for students and women who are in rush to search for answers.

Featured snippets provide an accurate answer by precisely choosing a source from a website for your query.

It also has a suggestion and comments box to get your report on the query.

Here is the image of featured snippets feature

google change algorithm
Enlarge image to see the results

 

Image source: Google

Open your favorite websites while opening your browser

In today’s article am explaining about opening your favorite websites when you start your browser. Yes! You don’t have to type the websites name each time you are willing to visit. It’s not a bookmark thing, it’s not a saved one. This idea came from when I experimenting with my old website “Infophobia” to launch the website without typing. Later I forgot that thing and yesterday when I was experimenting with Chrome browser to launch A bloggersite without typing, I got another method for opening the website.In this article, I will explain these two methods to open your favorite websites. Let me start with methods I experimented.

 

Method 1:

Right,click in empty space on your computer.
Where, you can see the list of options with an option called “new”.
Place your pointer on new and you will get another set of options.
In that options click on shortcut which is the top second one in the list.
Click on it and you will be asked to type the location name you are willing to go.
Type a website name and then click next.
And in the next step give a name for your icon.
You have done it.
There will be a new icon on your desktop with the name you have given.
Click on it and you will directly visit the website you typed.

Method 2:

Right click on your browser and then click properties on it.
There will be three tabs saying “general”, “shortcut” and “compatibility”.
Click shortcut on it and you will see a label called target with a text box
And text box content ending with words like chrome.exe ”.
After to the double quotation mark type the websites name you are willing to visit.
Note: Don’t type more websites name as it will slow down your computer.
Maximum of three or four is allowed to type in that box.
Refer the above image for experimenting method 2.
If you have any doubts about doing this thing, feel free to comment below.