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Can You Control Specific Permissions on Android?

As a basic privacy concern, what permissions your phone’s apps have is a pretty important one. More recent versions of Android (6.x and up) let you control what your apps can access. Here’s how it works. Back in the old days—we’re talking Android Lollipop (5.x) and below here—you basically had …

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Spanish Soccer App Was Spying on Fans To Narc on Bars

La Liga, an app for Spanish soccer fans, was spying on fans using otherwise unnecessary GPS and microphone permissions to identify bars showing the game without a license. Here’s Natasha Lomas, writing for Tech Crunch: In a statement on its website responding to the snitch scandal, the league defends its actions …

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Can Alexa Hear You Through Windows?

Amazon recently added the ability for users to unlock their smart lock-equipped doors using Alexa. This is a welcome feature, but it does raise some concerns about intruders yelling through windows to tell Alexa to unlock your door. Is this a concern you should worry about, though? RELATED: How to …

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Nest Hello Installation: 3 Things You Should Know

If you’re thinking about getting the Nest Hello to replace your existing doorbell, it’s a great option. However, there are some things to keep in mind about the installation that makes the Hello a bit different than other video doorbells. Your Existing Doorbell Must Be Hardwired The most important you …

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How Secure Are Wi-Fi Security Cameras?

Everyone’s seen the horror stories. Someone placed an Internet connected camera in their home and left it open to attack, allowing strangers to eavesdrop on their most private moments. Here’s how to pick a camera that guarantees your privacy. Watch Out for IP Cameras There are two main types of …

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What is Google Smart Lock, Exactly?

Google does this thing where it uses bad names for products. Then it re-uses those names for other products, confusing everyone. Such is the case for Smart Lock, which is technically three different things, depending on whether you’re talking about Android, Chromebooks, or passwords. Here’s are the three different things that …

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How To Sign Out Of Gmail

Your Gmail account is home to more than just emails. When you log into Google, you’re opening access to Google Calendar, the Play Store, and Drive, to name just a few. To help keep that information safe, you should sign out of Gmail when you’re done—especially if you’re using a …

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