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For Cybersecurity and Domestic Violence Awareness months, we pledge to fight stalkerware

Starting today, two hallmark holidays are upon us. No, it’s not Halloween and Thanksgiving. It’s both Cybersecurity Awareness Month and Domestic Violence Awareness Month. It’s no coincidence these two awareness campaigns overlap. What were once seen as separate realities—the physical and the digital—are increasingly blurred as our offices, schools, and hospitals move from paper to screen. Our … [Read more...]

Insurance data security laws skirt political turmoil

Across the United States, a unique approach to lawmaking has proved radically successful in making data security stronger for one industry—insurance providers. The singular approach has entirely sidestepped the prolonged, political arguments that have become commonplace when trying to pass federal and state data privacy laws today. In California, for example, Big Tech lobbying groups have … [Read more...]

Browser Guard combats privacy abuse, tracking, clickbait, and scammers

In July 2018, we introduced the Malwarebytes Browser Extension, a beta plugin for Firefox and Chrome aimed at delivering a safer, faster, and more private browsing experience. Our extension blocked tech support scams, hijackers, pop-up ads, trackers, and more to keep users secure and free from online harassment. And thanks to our loyal Malwarebytes community, we’ve been able to test and … [Read more...]

CEOs offer their own view of a US data privacy law

Last week, the chief executives of more than 50 mid- and large-sized companies urged Congress to pass a national data privacy law to regulate how companies collect, use, and share Americans’ data. Buried deep within the chief executives’ recommendations for such a law, presented as a policy framework for guidance, was a convenient proposal: Private individuals should not be allowed to sue … [Read more...]

YouTube ordered to cough up $170M settlement over COPPA infraction

Last week, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it has required Google and YouTube to pay a settlement fee totaling $170 million after its video-sharing platform was found violating the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). The complaint was filed by the FTC and the New York Attorney General, with the former set to receive the penalty amounting to $136 million and the … [Read more...]

300 shades of gray: a look into free mobile VPN apps

The times, they are a changin’. When users once felt free to browse the Internet anonymously, post about their innermost lives on social media, and download apps with frivolity, folks are playing things a little closer to the vest these days. Nowadays, users are paying more attention to privacy and how their personal information is transmitted, processed, stored, and shared. Nearly every … [Read more...]

Nextdoor neighborhood app sends letters on its users’ behalf

Dutch police departments and consumer organizations issued warnings about the use of the Nextdoor neighborhood app because people received letters (yes, as in snail-mail) pretending to come from someone in their neighborhood, which the alleged senders did not send or deliver. So, everyone figured there must be some kind of scam going on and decided to warn the public. Nextdoor is an app that … [Read more...]

How much personalization is too much?

In 2012, when Target used data analytics to identify customers who were expecting a baby, then mailed them coupons for maternity clothing and nursery furniture, it inadvertently revealed a teenage girl’s pregnancy to her parents. Back then, the revelation caused an uproar. Today, that kind of artificial intelligence-assisted profiling is rapidly becoming routine. Personalization is the new … [Read more...]

Global Data Privacy Laws: US, EU, China and More

In the 2018-2020 timeframe, the rollout of GDPR in the EU is having an impact on companies worldwide, thanks to its legislative reach beyond the EU’s borders. But companies also have to content with a wave of new data privacy legislation in the US, UK, China, and many other countries. Some laws are inspired by GDPR, while others take a unique approach that serves their country’s needs. … [Read more...]

Data and device security for domestic abuse survivors

For more than a month, Malwarebytes has worked with advocacy groups, law enforcement, and cybersecurity researchers to deliver helpful information in fighting stalkerware—the disturbing cyber threat that enables domestic abusers to spy on their partners’ digital and physical lives. While we’ve ramped up our detections, written a safety guide for those who might have stalkerware on their … [Read more...]