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The 2 Big Reasons Why Google and Facebook Will Never Protect Your Data

You’ve just downloaded Google Voice, and you love its price tag: Free. But there’s a tradeoff. You are voluntarily exposing your every word and the words of the people with whom you speak to Google’s voice recognition algorithms.
On the plus side, this means you can read your voicemail just like your emails. On the minus […]

By |July 29th, 2015|

Data Transparency Stops Bullies

Data was once hard to get and hard to take action on. Now, it is easy to get but many users still assume that action won’t be taken. However, it’s also far easier to take action on information than ever before.
For instance, Getty Images had a long-standing practice of scooping up business owners who had […]

By |July 22nd, 2015|

Download our New SpyAware Android App to Spy on Apps That Spy On You

Today we announced a new upgrade to the SpyAware app and now it’s easier to know which apps are transmitting your data, how much data is taken, and where data is being sent without your knowledge. Download the app in the Google Play Store.

We’re excited to report that the new version is now free, includes […]

By |July 10th, 2015|

The Mobile Data Free-For-All Continues

After many, many warnings and hacks, some app authors are still not taking adequate precautions with their users’ data. When mobile app authors send and store unencrypted usernames and passwords, they fail to keep their promise to protect user data.

When a company rushes to ship an application by cutting security corners, it can give pirates […]

By |June 23rd, 2015|

ITWorld.com: Which Android apps are spying on you?

SpyAware watches your apps while they work, and catalogs all of the data they send and receive in real time. This is a big difference between SpyAware and other security apps out there.

By |June 17th, 2015|

Could You Go To Jail for Clearing Your Cache?

The recent publicity around use of the Sarbanes-Oxley act to prosecute people who, literally, have cleared their browser cache, is another sign that federal authorities believe that laws entitle them to private data, no matter how it has been generated.
However, the world is now awash in data that is easily created and even more easily […]

By |June 17th, 2015|

Facebook: Take My Money

Our data is worth a lot of money to giant companies like Facebook. What is it worth to us? As awareness of the value of our data grows, will the public pay to keep it safe and private?
This article at NYTimes.com asks whether paid social media could replace the ‘free’ model, much as Netflix and […]

By |June 9th, 2015|

Facebook encryption partially protects your data

Facebook has just announced that it would allow users to encrypt emails sent to them from Facebook using the strongest known encryption, OpenPGP. It seems like a good first step to us, but it is complicated to use and leaves Facebook some large loopholes that means it still does not protect your data well.

By |June 2nd, 2015|

A New Era of Mobile Data Colonialism

Do you know where your mobile data is going and why companies want to be able to collect it at will?
This article asks what a future of unfettered data mining might look like.

“Big data is no different from gold; it is firstly, and ultimately, a commodity”

Companies across the world are investing in innovative new ways […]

By |May 23rd, 2015|

The SpyAware Manifesto

Your smartphone monitors you – even when it’s idle.
Your apps have blanket permissions to take your data – access to your contacts, emails, record your conversations, text messages etc. They even know where you are, at all times.

And they are collecting your data and continuously uploading it to cloud servers controlled by their makers. Data […]

By |April 9th, 2015|