Security

France cracks down on GPS revealing police roadside locations

Getting pulled over by the police can ruin your day. Sometimes a friendly driver might flash their lights at you to warn you of an upcoming speed trap.

Popular navigation apps like Waze (iOS, Android) or Coyote (iOS, Android) let drivers warn each other about accidents, traffic, and the like. French motorists are using the apps to share police roadside check locations, according to Le Parisien.

French police said that exposing police locations undermines counter-terrorism operations,... Read More »

Topics: Travel , Security , Android Software , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software

'J-SOS' emergency app keeps Jewish and Israeli travelers safe

Traveling in a country where you're unfamiliar with the language can be stressful. If you're in that country during an emergency situation, the stress can quickly turn to panic.

J-SOS (iOS, Android) was developed for Jewish and Israeli people, at home or traveling, to access emergency services quickly during a dangerous situation like a terrorist attack or natural disaster.

When the user presses the app's SOS button, they can qualify what type of emergency is happening, whether... Read More »

Topics: Travel , Security , Android Software , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software

Missile alert app saves lives in Israel but keeps anxiety high

A bungled Israeli special forces raid in Gaza sparked a two-day bombing streak from Hamas and other Palestinian militant groups. An Egyptian-mediated agreement stopped the rain of 400 rockets and mortar on Tuesday.

The Red Alert app (iOS, Android) was developed in response to the 2014 Israel-Gaza conflict, also known as Operation Protective Edge. The app provides real-time notifications when missiles or rockets are fired into Israel.

The app is designed to give Israelis in the affected... Read More »

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Indian safety apps map harassment hotspots for women to avoid and authorities to counter

While sexual assault and harassment is a problem almost everywhere, women in developing countries can face more danger. In India, for example, a rape occurs every 20 minutes, and incidents have climbed more than 80 percent between 2007 and 2016.

In India, the Safecity app (iOS, Android) lets women crowdsource information about "harassment-prone" areas to avoid, such as poorly lit streets, certain bus routes, and street corners.

When women submit their abuse reports to Safecity, the data helps... Read More »

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SyncUp Drive app can track your car's location if it's stolen

Not being able to find your car in a parking lot is frustrating. Having your car towed is exasperating. But having your car stolen is terrifying.

Tiashona Sims' vehicle was stolen in Indiana while her two young cousins were still inside. Sims had left her car running while she went into the grocery store. When she came back out, the car was gone, according to News 8.

Sims called 911 and opened the SyncUp Drive app (iOS, Android)... Read More »

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Turn old smartphones and tablets into security cameras using the 'Manything' app

Monitoring your home is important, but not everyone can afford the high prices of security software. Between the physical devices you have to install to the monthly subscription to keep it running, it can make a dent in your budget.

The Manything app (iOS, Android) is a cheaper way to have home security at a lower price. To use Manything, all you need is an old smartphone or tablet.

Simply install Manything onto your current device and your old... Read More »

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Google Chrome 71 to block all ads on websites that serve up abusive ads

You click the close button for a popup ad on a website. Instead of disappearing, the popup triggers another page that doesn't quite look legitimate. We've all run into this and similar types of deceptive experiences on the Internet. Now, Google is trying to clamp down on the websites responsible for this behavior.

SEE: How to beef up your Chrome and Firefox security in 2018

Due to be released early December, Google Chrome version 71 will offer a setting... Read More »

Topics: Browsers , Security

Keep your kids safe this Halloween with these 3 must-have apps

For kids, Halloween is probably the best day of the year after Christmas and their birthday. Getting to dress up, fill up a sack of free candy, and watching scary movies is tops.

The spookiest day of the year can be a bit more stressful for parents. Getting costumes together, checking movie ratings, warning about the nightmares said movies will cause, and walking the neighborhoods as your child races from house to house can make any parent nervous.

Most kids that trick-or-treat... Read More »

Topics: GPS Software , Security , Android Software , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software

Almost 9 out of 10 free Android apps are sharing your data with Google

A new report from the Financial Times might make you second guess granting permissions to your Android apps. The report said that 88 percent of free apps on Google Play share the user's data with Google. The company can, of course, use the data for targeted online advertising and generating revenue from your data, as Gadgets 360 noted.

The Financial Times said that user data could potentially be shared without user knowledge, not only with Google but with other... Read More »

Topics: Android , Android Software , Apps And Software , Downloads , Security

The rise of school safety apps: How much responsibility should fall on students?

Instances of gun violence in and around schools date back to the 1800s. One of the most infamous school shootings was at Columbine High School in 1999.

And with the passage of time, gun violence in schools has only increased, with the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School spurring a nationwide "Never Again" movement for firearm reform led by students.

But the movement didn't stop more shootings at schools since Parkland. In May, CNN... Read More »

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