Secure Data Act would protect device manufacturers from having to create a back door

A new bill introduced in Congress, called the Secure Data Act, would prevent a government agency or a court order from forcing a manufacturer to add a backdoor to a device that offers encrypted communications. The bill has bipartisan support, and was introduced in the House by Representatives Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Thomas Massie (R-KY), Ted Poe (R-TX), Jerry Nadler (D-NY), Ted Lieu (D-CA), and Matt Gaetz (R-FL).

The bill would give manufacturers of encrypted phones, tablets, computers and software (including apps like WhatsApp) protection from being forced to weaken the encryption on their …


Apple receives patent to protect iPhone users' eyes from bright screens in dark rooms

Apple has received a patent that could help prevent iPhone users from suffering “luminescence shock.” This can happen when a handset is turned on in the dark and the display immediately is too bright for the surroundings. After a few seconds, the screen finds a more appropriate setting and tones down the brightness. But the user’s eyes have already been “shocked” by the bright display. Apple’s new patent, called “Luminescence Shock Avoidance in Display Devices,” would have an iPhone limit the brightness level of its screen when the device is activated in a dark environment.

How is this done? …

New study reveals that parental control apps don't protect children online

Parents, have you ever installed a parental control app on your teen’s phone in order to keep track of where he/she goes online? Preliminary results from new research conducted by the University of Central Florida reveals that these apps, which show which websites your kid visited, block certain websites, and limit screen time, may not be effective. In addition, the use of these apps tend to drive a wedge between parents and teenagers.

An online survey measured tracked 200 parents who had at least one child 13 to 17 years old. Half of these parents admitted to using a parental control app. …

Facebook makes changes to protect members; 87 million profiles used by Cambridge Analytica

One week before its co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Facebook revealed some more damaging information. It actually turns out that 50 million members did not have their profiles used by Cambridge Analytica without permission. Nope. A blog post written by Facebook chief technology officer Mike Schroepfer, mentions near the end of the post that the actual number is 87 million.

The 87 million profiles were supposed to be used for research only by Russian-American researcher Aleksandr Kogan. The data ended up in the hands of political …

In full-page ads, Zuckerberg apologizes for Facebook's failure to protect users' personal data

A letter from Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg appears in nine Sunday papers today in the form of a full-page advertisement. The letter, which includes the Facebook logo and Zuckerberg’s signature, contains an apology of sorts. Citing the data on 50 million Facebook users that researcher and former Cambridge University professor Aleksandr Kogan leaked to Cambridge Analytica without permission (some reports allege that Kogan sold the data to the consulting firm), Zuckerberg says that this represented a “breach of trust.” In addition, the executive said that he is sorry that Facebook didn’t …

Spigen's cases are here and ready to protect your brand-new Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+

As expected, Samsung’s new Galaxy S9 flagships are no less shiny than last year’s Galaxy S8. With curvy edges on the front and back, a soft-shaped frame, and glass all around — it’s as shiny and beautiful as it is slippery and brittle. It’s probably a good idea to have a case or two around for when you bring that pretty new Galaxy S9 or Galaxy S9+ home.

Well, you can always count on popular case maker Spigen to have the case for your needs — from slim but grippy to bulky and protective. The company has updated its line and is ready to take orders for its wide portfolio …

Save 20% on accessories that protect your Apple iPhone X from drops, falls and scratches

If you own an Apple iPhone X, you have made a pretty steep investment on one of the best smartphones available. So you might want to consider protecting your device with a case that can stand up to drops, bumps and other impacts that can damage the handset. Romoss’ Mr. Lei division is offering a protective hard case for the Apple iPhone X that passes U.S. military standards (MIL-STD-810G). This product offers protection from drops as high as 7.9 feet, and has been tested against impacts from 26 different angles.

Amazon is offering the case for $12.99, but if you use the coupon code IP10PHAR, …

January Android security patch will protect Android users from Spectre vulnerability

Google is getting ready to protect Android users from a new exploit dubbed Spectre. The latter can affect processors from Intel, AMD and ARM which means that mobile devices are vulnerable. An affected handset can leak sensitive information including passwords. The good news is that it is not as easy to exploit compared to other vulnerabilities. Since Spectre can infiltrate cloud servers, customer data belonging to corporations could be at risk.

Google has a posting online that explains how these vulnerabilities can affect its products. The company says that exploitation on Android is difficult …

Best rugged cases for the Google Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL: Protect what's dear

Building on last year’s legacy, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL were off to a rather rocky start due to a trove of unpleasant issues that plagued a large amount of devices. A few unlucky users have had various issues with their phones, but thankfully, those are not that widespread.
Check out our Pixel 2/Pixel 2 XL review
If you’re a lucky owner that hasn’t experienced a single issue on your Pixel 2/2 XL yet, lucky you, you should probably stick with that one and treasure it as good as you possibly can. One of the best ways to do that is none …

Protect your Apple iPhone X from drops, scratches and more with a clear bumper case priced at $1.33 each

Today’s Black Friday deals include one from Amazon that every Apple iPhone X owner should take advantage of. With a special coupon code at checkout, a package of three transparent iPhone X bumpers costs $1.33 each for a total of $3.99. Normally, the three cases would cost you $7.99. The coupon code is SP57EBN5, and is added when you are finalizing your purchase. The cases are lightweight and flexible. Not only do they show off your new pride and joy, they also come with precise cutouts and help leave your buttons responsive.

These bumpers protect your $1,000 handset from drops, scratches …