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Google tracks everywhere you go: learn how to turn it off

PostAuthor: Anthea » Sun Apr 21, 2019 3:45 am

Millions using 123456 as password

Millions of people are using easy-to-guess passwords on sensitive accounts, suggests a study

The analysis by the UK's National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) found 123456 was the most widely-used password on breached accounts. :-ss =))

The study helped to uncover the gaps in cyber-knowledge that could leave people in danger of being exploited.

The NCSC said people should string three random but memorable words together to use as a strong password.

Sensitive data

For its first cyber-survey, the NCSC analysed public databases of breached accounts to see which words, phrases and strings people used.

Top of the list was 123456, appearing in more than 23 million passwords. The second-most popular string, 123456789, was not much harder to crack, while others in the top five included "qwerty", "password" and 1111111. 8-}

The most common name to be used in passwords was Ashley, followed by Michael, Daniel, Jessica and Charlie.

When it comes to Premier League football teams in guessable passwords, Liverpool are champions and Chelsea are second. Blink-182 topped the charts of music acts.

People who use well-known words or names for a password put themselves people at risk of being hacked, said Dr Ian Levy, technical director of the NCSC.

"Nobody should protect sensitive data with something that can be guessed, like their first name, local football team or favourite band," he said.

Hard to guess

The NCSC study also quizzed people about their security habits and fears.

It found that 42% expected to lose money to online fraud and only 15% said they felt confident that they knew enough to protect themselves online.

It found that fewer than half of those questioned used a separate, hard-to-guess password for their main email account.

Security expert Troy Hunt, who maintains a database of hacked account data, said picking a good password was the "single biggest control" people had over their online security.

"We typically haven't done a very good job of that either as individuals or as the organisations asking us to register with them," he said.

Letting people know which passwords were widely used should drive users to make better choices, he said.

The survey was published ahead of the NCSC's Cyber UK conference that will be held in Glasgow from 24-25 April.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-47974583
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Re: Millions using 123456 as password, security study finds

PostAuthor: Anthea » Fri Apr 26, 2019 11:48 pm

Google Maps WARNING

Google tracks everywhere you go but there is a simple way to stop it

Google Maps is one of the most popular apps in the world.

This clever service helps users get from A to B and also includes the ability to show live traffic data, the fastest route to your destination and even the best options for using public transport.

With so many useful features it’s hardly surprising why so many of us use this mapping tool on our phones every day.

However, you may not realise it but your smartphone is tracking your every move, monitoring and recording each part of your journey.

With our phones now constantly hooked up to the internet, via a mobile signal, smartphone owners can be tracked to within inches of their actual location.

For owners of an Android or Apple devices, this detailed data is instantly beamed to their Google account, where it can be stored for months.

But the most frightening part is that these movements can even be viewed on a fully interactive location history map.

Clearly, for some people, this tracking technology can be extremely useful and once you're logged in, Google allows easy access to edit and delete your history.

The US firm also says that the service they provide isn’t compulsory and the internet giant provides clear instructions on how to switch the mobile tracking off.

So, if you don’t like the thought of Google knowing where you’ve been, follow these steps to turn location services off.

HOW TO SWITCH OFF LOCATION SERVICES

You can turn off Location History for your account at any time.

On your Android phone or tablet, open your device's Settings app and then Google and then Google Account.

At the top, tap Data & personalisation.

Under "Activity controls," tap Location History and then Manage setting.

Change whether your account or your devices can report Location History to Google:

Your account & all your devices: At the top, turn Use Location History on or off.

If you use an iPhone simply go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services and switch off Google Maps.
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HOW TO DELETE LOCATION HISTORY

Google Maps Timeline provides you with an interface to manage and delete your Location History information.

You can choose to delete all your history, or only parts of it.

When you delete Location History information from Timeline, you won't be able to see it again.

On your Android phone or tablet, open your device's Settings app Settings app and then Google and then Google Account.

At the top, tap Data & personalization.

Under "Activity controls," tap Location History.

At the bottom, tap Manage Timeline. Your device will open Google Maps Google Maps.

Tap More More and then Settings.

At the bottom, choose Delete all Location History or Delete Location History range.

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