November 2015

  1. Did You Do Facebook's Wordcloud Quiz Recently? Here's How Your Privacy May Have Been Breached

    Did You Do Facebook's Wordcloud Quiz Recently? Here's How Your Privacy May Have Been Breached
    If someone asked you if they could listen in on conversations between you and friends, you’d say no. If they asked if they could also aggregate the things you said to generate a list of your most used words, and then store that list in a database, you’d think they were mad. But 16 million people (at the last count...
  2. How Much Would It Cost For A Private Investigator To Track A Car?

    How Much Would It Cost For A Private Investigator To Track A Car?
    Why track a car? Vehicle tracking can solve a number of problems and prevent a wide range of undesirable behaviours. Employers often fit vehicle tracking devices to cars in order to monitor the location and performance of their employees. Parents will do the same to ensure their children drive fully in the knowledge that their performance will be scrutinised. This...
  3. How To Know If Your Car Is Being Tracked

    How To Know If Your Car Is Being Tracked
    If you suspect your vehicle is being tracked, this is a genuine cause for concern. Especially if you never consented to having your movements tracked. Vehicle tracking is a means by which third parties can monitor your movements, the speeds at which you drive and even the intensity with which you apply the brakes. If you believe you’re being tracked...
  4. How To Identify A Hidden Camera

    How To Identify A Hidden Camera
    Hidden cameras, by their very nature, are hard to spot. If they weren’t, they wouldn’t be particularly useful. The trick with a successful monitoring campaign is to not raise the suspicions of the subject so they don’t go looking. Once a subject suspects their privacy has been breached, the next step is obviously going to be countersurveillance. So let’s imagine...
  5. 5 Essential Gadgets For Living A Truly Private Life

    5 Essential Gadgets For Living A Truly Private Life
    Some people pretend to care about their privacy. These are the people who will post on Facebook about copyrighting their images without detecting the irony of using an open social platform to do so. Other people genuinely care about their privacy to the point that they’re prepared to invest in protecting it. There’s nothing sinister or suspicious about wishing to...
  6. What Is The Investigatory Powers Bill And Why Does MI5 Want To Hack My Phone?

    What Is The Investigatory Powers Bill And Why Does MI5 Want To Hack My Phone?
    British intelligence services, including MI5, MI6 and GCHQ, will be giving broad new powers to allow them to legally hack your smartphone and computer, according to a report in The Times. This comes as part of the government’s introduction of a new Investigatory Powers bill which grants to the intelligence community the legal right to hack into the phones and...
  7. How To Use Social Media Without Compromising Your Privacy

    How To Use Social Media Without Compromising Your Privacy
    Your privacy is - or should - be very important to you. The more levels of intrusion and surveillance we allow from our governments, the more appetite we develop for protecting our personal privacy. Using social media and maintaining your required levels of privacy often seem like conflicting goals, but it is possible to maintain a social presence without having...
  8. How To Restore Deleted Text Messages

    How To Restore Deleted Text Messages
    Whether you’ve accidentally deleted your messages, your handset has been damaged and you’ve lost them as a result or you’ve retrieved a company phone and wish to view messages that have been deleted, it’s important to know how to get messages back. If you’re in a hurry or need those messages in an emergency, for example for legal reasons or...
  9. What Is A Motion Activated Camera?

    What Is A Motion Activated Camera?
    As the name suggests, motion activated cameras are designed to record only when there is something to record. Some situations call for manual recording, or ‘point-and-shoot’ and others call for always-on recording. For example, a police officer recording a crowd of people would be best suited to a manually operated camera that she can move around depending on what she...
  10. 5 Key Things You Need To Know About The Investigatory Powers Bill

    5 Key Things You Need To Know About The Investigatory Powers Bill
    "For too long, we have been a passively tolerant society, saying to our citizens: as long as you obey the law, we will leave you alone. It's often meant we have stood neutral between different values. And that's helped foster a narrative of extremism and grievance. This Government will conclusively turn the page on this failed approach."  Judge Dredd David...

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