New UK Coronavirus Test & Trace App in Trial

On the 13 August 2020 the UK government released a revised Contact Tracing app to be trailed on the Isle of White, the London Borough of Newham and NHS volunteer responders. In addition to the Contact Tracing function it also has other features including: An alert system that informs users of the coronavirus risk level... Continue Reading →

UK Coronavirus Contact Tracing Update

This is an update to my blog Location Tracking, Your Privacy & COVID 19 Contact Tracing to bring this up to date with the recent developments in the UK. The UK were going to develop a COVID 19 Contact Tracing App using a hybdrid technology that was centralised and in which they owned the data... Continue Reading →

Android 11 Preview Released

This week (WC 7 June 2020) the first preview of Android 11 (the latest iteration in the Android smartphone operating system) was released for specific test handsets. This brings a number of security and privacy updates as well as some functional updates that you may either love or hate. Privacy Updates A number of privacy... Continue Reading →

Twitter Posts are Indexed by Google

I was recently looking over the Twitter help pages for something and came across one relating to "Help with Google search visibility". Cutting a long story short, due to the high ranking of Twitter with Google, all public pages on Twitter are indexed on a regular basis by the Google search engine. This includes all... Continue Reading →

Privacy Changes in Google Chrome

I apologise for the rather technical nature of this post, but it is necessary to get across the point I am trying to make. Same-Site Cookies The HTTP protocol that our web browsers uses is stateless, which means that the browser and the resulting webpage don't natively know where you have come from, or what... Continue Reading →

Android 10 Security and Privacy Updates

Every year around May Google host their global developer conference. This is the venue where developers, and consumers alike, hear about new features provided by Google services and OS's. In the Keynote they normally make most of the main announcements for new features and products, and in this blog I want to focus in on... Continue Reading →

Link Tracking in Popular Browsers

Updated 20 April 2019 and 22 April 2019. Updates embedded in the original post and some areas reworded/trimmed to aid clarity. Several major web browsers (specifically Chrome, Safari and Edge) are all enabling a tracking feature by default and removing the means to disable it. This is the hyperlink auditing, or ping, feature in HTML5... Continue Reading →

Removing Malicious Apps from Android

Over the past few weeks cyber researchers have discovered a number of apps in the Android Play Store that were infected with a form of Adware that had the nasty capability of hiding itself from the app list. The AdWare, which security firm Check Point calls “SimBad,” creates a backdoor and allows its creator to... Continue Reading →

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