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Microsoft Adds Small Privacy Improvement to Windows 10

Microsoft may be improving privacy in Windows 10, but only very slightly. The company has added a feature that prompts users for permission before collecting certain information about them. A few days ago, a Twitter user reported that build 10568 of Windows 10, which has leaked for download on the Internet, gave him the option […]

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Disable Autocomplete in Firefox to Protect Privacy in Searches

Here’s an online privacy vulnerability you may face every day but have probably never thought about much: the autocomplete feature in your Web browser. Keep reading to learn why autocomplete is a privacy risk and how to disable it. Autocomplete is the feature that makes suggestions about search terms as soon as you begin typing

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ConfigFox Helps You Configure Firefox for Security and Privacy

There are a lot of privacy and security settings in Mozilla Firefox that you can tweak to maximize your privacy. But configuring Firefox through the built-in “about:config” interface is tricky. ConfigFox offers a user-friendly alternative. The idea behind ConfigFox is to provide a way to change Firefox settings that is less complicated than the about:config

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Report: Lenovo Computers Secretly Monitor User Behavior in Windows

Lenovo computers are a bad choice if you’re worried about protecting your privacy, especially as the Windows 10 era dawns. That’s according to a report that Lenovo computers come preinstalled with software that uploads data about user behavior to the company. The discovery was reported by Michael Horowitz, who noted that his Lenovo machine runs

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Microsoft Report Says China Tops List of Censorship Requests

China tops the list of governments that requested censorship of content from the Bing search engine and other Microsoft online platforms in 2015. That’s according to Microsoft’s latest Content Removal Requests Report. The report, published last Wednesday, lists requests that Microsoft received during the first half of 2015 for removing content or disabling accounts in

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Purify Provides Ad Blocking for Mobile Devices

We constantly update our list of general-purpose ad blockers. What if you’re in need of an ad blocker designed specifically for Apple iOS devices like iPhones and iPads? In that case, Purify Blocker is a good solution. Most all-purpose ad blockers work as browser extensions for Firefox and Chrome, the most popular cross-platform browsers. Few

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Anoncoin Promises Privacy-Friendly, Anti-Censorship Online Currency

Browsing privately is one thing. Paying privately online is another. Anoncoin, a Tor- and I2P-compatible Internet currency with an anti-censorship focus, offers a solution to the latter challenge. Anoncoin bills itself as “a privacy-centric currency fully compatible with the I2P and TOR darknets. Anoncoin will be available no matter what the authorities do.” Anoncoin works

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