MORE than one in five apps purporting to be Fortnite on Android are fakes that could be spying on users, research has revealed. Weeks ahead of the full release on Android there are already a host of apps promising early access, many of which demand "invasive" permissions, according to Top10VPN's findings. The problem is exacerbated by Epic's public decision to not distribute Fortnite on Android via Google's Play Store, which has its own security systems to protect users against malevolent software. "Epic is exposing users to fraudsters and off-brand markets which have created rogue versions of Fortnite," Top10 VPN explained. Epic Games' Tim Sweeney said at the time that his firm was going to distribute the app directly to users to avoid what he called Google's "store tax". Simon Migliano, head of research at Top10VPN.com, said: "This discount for the publisher could well come at a cost for gamers who might think they are accessing a bona fide version of the game, but instead be … [Read more...] about Rogue Fortnite Android apps ‘spying’ on gamers
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Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Subscribe Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader The Switch Perspective Perspective Interpretation of the news based on evidence, including data, as well as anticipating how events might unfold based on past events by Geoffrey A. Fowler by Geoffrey A. Fowler Email the author April 5 at 12:32 PM Email the author Allie Ghaman for The Washington Post Let’s play the Price is Right. What’s a Facebook membership worth? $7 per month? $5? $1? It’s a trick question, because Facebook has always been free. But what if there was a way you could pay to remove the eerie targeted ads, stop it from tracking every little thing you do and make your data … [Read more...] about What if we paid for Facebook — instead of letting it spy on us for free?
Media reports on Friday said that an employee of Germany's foreign intelligence service is suspected of spying for Washington on a parliamentary panel probing US surveillance. The federal prosecutor general confirmed that a 31-year-old German was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of acting for a foreign intelligence service, without specifying which one. "At the present time we are issuing no further information on the proceedings," a spokeswoman for the federal prosecutor's office told AFP. But several German media outlets said the suspect was working for a US intelligence agency. The news came as fresh outrage spread over reports the US intelligence agency had been targeting Germans who try to remain unknown online. Broadcaster ARD revealed the NSA had been targeting German hacker group Chaos Computer Club, along with a student helping to run a supposedly anonymous global internet network. Sebastian Hahn, a student from Erlangen, Bavaria, helped run a server for Tor - … [Read more...] about German agent ‘spying for US’
As the saying goes, the best things in life are free: love, friends and great software that works almost as well as a paid product. If you’re like me, you have probably shopped around for certain apps or programs, and then you balked at the price tag. “Is this really worth $200?” you ask yourself.Sometimes you have to bite the bullet. But other times there’s a free option that will get the same results. Most people know that there are very capable free alternatives to Microsoft Office. If not, you definitely need to tap into these free alternatives to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and other programs everyone seems to use.Free software isn’t advertised as widely as paid software, so you may never have heard of the brand that could radically improve your digital life. Still, they’re out there, waiting to be discovered. From cybersecurity to photography to screen-sharing, the perks of these programs can’t be overstated.Here are five helpful programs, … [Read more...] about Kim Komando: 5 free programs you may not have heard of until now
First we invented a world where everyone could be free. Then we helped build feudal castles on it, where everyone now lives. Now it's time to blow up those castles by giving everybody much better ways to use their freedom than they ever would enjoy in a castle. I'm going to mix movie metaphors here. You'll see why. In April 1999, a few weeks after The Matrix came out, the entire Linux Journal staff watched it in a theater not far from our headquarters at the time, in Seattle's Ballard neighborhood. While it was instantly clear to us that the movie was geek classic (hell, its hero was an ace programmer), it also was clear that the title subject—a fully convincing fake world occupied by nearly the whole human species—was an allegory (which Wikipedia calls "a metaphor whose vehicle may be a character, place or event, representing real-world issues and occurrences"). One obvious interpretation was religious. Neo was a Christ-like savior, resurrected by a character named … [Read more...] about How Wizards and Muggles Break Free from the Matrix