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Dark Patterns are designed to trick you (and they're all over the Web ...

Dark Patterns are designed to trick you (and they'r...

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Not All Swastika Tattoos Are The Same

Algorithmic tattoo identification for law enforcement could have all sorts of scary consequences.

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The impossible task of creating a “Best VPNs” list today | Ars Technica

Our writer set out to make a list of reliable VPNs; turns out the task is complicated.

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Meet the Plaid Parliament of Pwning

One of the world's elite hacking teams.

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Apple Bug Exposed Chat History With a Single Click | The Intercept

A security vulnerability in the Mac version of Apple’s Messages app allowed users to be compromised by malicious links.

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A Peek Inside Mr. Robot's Toolbox | WIRED

A round up of the mostly free and open source hacking tools used on the show.

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Migrants Gone Missing: Healing and Closure for Families

The Colibri Center works with forensic scientists to help Central American families identify loved ones who died crossing the border.

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Report: Government surveillance planes spotted over Baltimore ...

Report: Government surveillance planes spotted over...

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Peerio Co-Founder On Why He Left The Company

(Hint: It Had To Do With Admin Backdoors)

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Whisper Says It Doesn't Track Your Exact Location—But It Still Could ...

The app collects enough info to pinpoint user locations, though it says it doesn't use it.

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2015's Worst Passwords Are Still Really Bad (So Please Tell Me Yours Is Not On The List)

The list of worst passwords used in 2015 includes longer passwords, but they're not exactly stronger.

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Awkward! How One Woman's Tinder Dates Popped Up As ...

If you're using LinkedIn for work, and dating apps for play, and never the twain shall meet... you may need to take these precautions to keep it that way.

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Mr. Robot Uses ProtonMail, But It Still Isn't Fully Secure | WIRED

Email applications that say they’re strong enough to foil government snoops and advertisers too often have chinks in their armor