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Privacy is Dead

Privacy is Dead

Mysterious Website Shows Your Facebook Privacy Settings Aren’t So Airtight After All

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My Facebook has been semi-private for quite a while, but just last week, I locked it up as tightly as possible. I figured I had made all my personal information totally inaccessible to outsiders — but a scary new website proved I was completely wrong.

With my new privacy settings, people who aren’t my friends see a nearly empty profile, consisting of only a profile picture, a cover photo, where I work and my friends list (only because I couldn’t figure out how to hide it). No one — as far as I knew — was able to see any photos, check-ins or any of those embarrassing “likes” from years ago. Nothing. Read More

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Uncover LinkedIn Users’ Contact Info With This Free Plugin

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In case you needed a reason to delete your LinkedIn account, there’s now a browser plugin that will allow anyone with an Internet connection to find your email address through the corporate social network.

Called Sell Hack, it “allows you to ‘hack into’ LinkedIn’s system and reveal the contact info of any person you like,” Yahoo reports. It’s compatible with Chrome, Firefox and Safari. Read More

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I Spy: iPhones With Pre‐Loaded Surveillance Software Now Available in U.S.

Good luck lying to your parents now. (Photo: mspy.com)

If you’re scared your partner is cheating on you, you love snooping through their phone, and you are completely shameless, have we got news for you.

A surveillance company that recently set up shop in New York City is now offering phones with their spying software pre‐loaded. And they’re cool phones, too. The company is offering an iPhone 5s, HTC One, Nexus 5 or Samsung Galaxy S4 fully equipped with mSpy for about $200 more than the device’s regular cost.

Just buy one online, present it to your trusting lover for their next birthday, and go crazy. Or rather, remain crazy, because to do this you’d have to be nuts. Read More

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Celeb Spotter App Lets Users Tip Off the Paparazzi

Just your everyday run-of-the-mill celeb. (Photo: Celeb Spotter)

The relationship between celebrities and the papparazzi is murky. Stars love to complain about the marauding photogs, but we have a sneaking suspicion that, as the great Jay-Z once said, half the time they’re calling the paparazzi on themselves.

Well, there’s a new app in town (isn’t there always?) that’s making it even easier for celebrities and the paparazzi to find each other. Called Celeb Spotter, it’s being launched in mid-March for photographers and celeb journalists. Later, it’ll also be open to the general public and celebrities’ PR teams to tip off the paps to their clients’ whereabouts. Read More

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NSA Developing Code-Breaking Computer that Can See All Your Private Facebook Messages Anyway

These German protesters probably wouldn't be crazy about an NSA quantum computer. (Getty)

Don’t waste your energy fretting over the Snapchat leak, because the National Security Agency is trying to develop a groundbreaking new computer that probably already knows you’re making sparrow face in the mirror right now.

A January 2 Washington Post report announced the NSA is working to build a never-before-seen “cryptologically useful quantum computer” Read More

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Schools Are Now Paying Corporations to Spy on Teens’ Social Media Activity

Baby-sitters' club. (Photo: Getty)

Teens can be major dickheads, and we don’t envy the parents and teachers who are expected to wrangle them into becoming normal human beings.

But judging by a new trend chronicled in the New York Times, some school administrators are taking their responsibilities a little too far. Some school districts are now paying private contractors to monitor students’ activity on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the like.  Read More

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Facebook Will Now Allow All Users to Find Your Profile Because You Are the Product

Happy Holiday$! (Photo: ITechBook.net)

Once upon a time, Facebook was a roped-off safe space for moronic 18-year-old college students. The idea of someone’s mom, employer or professor having an account was laughable.

Then, high-schoolers could join. Then, early users started graduating from college, meaning potential employers could very well stumble upon that photo of you clutching a red Solo cup, bleary-eyed, in your “slutty leprechaun” Halloween costume. Read More

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Surprisingly Few NSA Workers Have Been Caught Spying on Their Exes Using Government Technology

Holla. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Everyone’s endured the internal struggle that occurs when your significant other goes to the bathroom and their unlocked phone is just sitting there, ripe for the picking, almost begging you to go through it.

Now imagine you’re an NSA worker with all of the U.S. Government’s spying capabilities at your fingertips–you don’t even need to stealthily memorize your boyfriend’s iPhone passcode to access his emails, Facebook messages, Twitter DMs and texts. Could you withstand the temptation? Read More

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Fitness Apps Might Be Selling Info About How it Takes You 20 Minutes to Run That One, Sad Mile

Fact: the full benefits of this workout will not kick in until it is tweeted. (Photo: Getty)

Unless you’re one of those annoying people who loves working out and tweeting about it, chances are you find fitness apps to be annoying at best and shame-inducing at worst. And now, it’s been revealed that some fitness and health apps could be selling your bodily deets to insurance companies and advertisers, making them even more nefarious.

And here we thought companies produced free apps because they just love shaming us for our dietary choices. Nope, it turns out they’re out to make money, too. Read More