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7 security tips to keep people and apps from stealing your data

by Silas Grubb (2019-09-14)


Angela Lang/CNET Can you really trust the apps on your phone? Researchers discovered that over 1,000 apps that "bent the rules" have horned in on your privacy, even when you told them not to. These apps that gathered precise geolocation data and phone identifiers without the owners' knowledge. Pretty creepy stuff, especially considering all the private and personal stuff you have on your phone -- names, dates, password and credit card information, the location of everywhere you go. Photos of the people in your life.

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If you're going to get on a public Wi-Fi network while on your phone instead of using your mobile data, experts suggest using a virtual private network (VPN). A VPN can keep your data from being snooped on by other people lurking on the same public network. They can also mask your data transmissions, avoid filtering and censorship on the internet and allow you to access a wider variety of content around the world.

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Facebook last month unveiled the global digital coin, which will be managed by a governing body called the Libra Association and through a wallet named Calibra. Facebook is working alongside 27 launch partners for Libra, including PayPal, Visa, Uber, Coinbase, Lyft, Mastercard, Vodafone, eBay and Spotify, but aims to have 100 members in the Libra Association by 2020.

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The Libra blockchain will be global, but it'll be up to the Calibra providers to determine where they'll operate the wallet service. It also won't be available in any US-sanctioned countries, or countries that ban cryptocurrencies.

How do Libra and other cryptocurrencies compare to the US dollar?
The US dollar is tried and true, and pretty much accepted anywhere in the world. Some countries like the greenback so much that they use it instead of their own money. And dollars earn interest, although at current rates that won't add up to very much.