A prototype for Google's censored search engine in China would reportedly connect users' queries to their phone numbers, making it easier for the government to track their searches.The engine, reportedly code-named Dragonfly and designed for Android devices, would exclude content that isn't approved by the Chinese government, such as information on democracy, free speech and protests, according to The Intercept. Sources told the publication that prototypes for Dragonfly link the search app to users' phone numbers, meaning those who search for banned information could be interrogated or detained if security agencies got a hold of Google's search records. "This is very problematic from a privacy point of view, because it would allow far more detailed tracking and profiling of people's behavior," Cynthia Wong, senior internet researcher with Human Rights Watch, told The Intercept. "Linking searches to a phone number would make it much harder for people to avoid the kind of … [Read more...] about Google’s Dragonfly would reportedly collect Chinese citizens’ phone numbers
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Paramedics using stethoscope on patient in ambulance Zero Creatives/Cultura/Getty Images The number "911" is the universal emergency number for everyone in the United States. In 2000, approximately 150 million calls were made to 911, according to the National Emergency Number Association (NENA). If you were born in the 1960s or later, 911 was ingrained in you during childhood, and those born prior to 1968 have been exposed enough to 911 that it has become second nature. Prior to 1968, there was no standard emergency number. So how did 911 become one of the most recognizable numbers in the United States? Choosing 911 as the universal emergency number was not an arbitrary selection, but it wasn't a difficult one either. In 1967, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) met with AT&T to establish such an emergency number. They wanted a number that was short and easy to remember. More importantly, they needed a unique number, and since 911 had never been designated for an office … [Read more...] about Why was 911 chosen as the emergency phone number?
Facebook users who want extra account security but don’t want to share their phone number with the company can now lock down their accounts with alternative two-factor authentication methods like code-generating apps, Facebook announced today. Two-factor authentication helps protect users’ accounts from unauthorized access by requiring a code in addition to a password in order to log in. This helps a user prove their identity, even in circumstances where their password may be stolen by a hacker. Facebook—and many other platforms—have traditionally relied on text messaging to send authentication codes to their users. But these codes can be intercepted if an attacker manages to take control of the user’s SIM and transfer it to a new phone. More secure two-factor authentication methods, like code-generator apps and hardware tokens, have become popular ways to address this problem. In February, Facebook faced backlash from users who discovered that the phone … [Read more...] about Facebook Won’t Force You to Use a Phone Number for Two-Factor Authentication Anymore
2008 HowStuffWorks Do you know what your phone number represents? The same standard has been in place since 1947. See more cell phone pictures. The telephone number that you dial to call somebody is basically an address, similar to the IP address of a computer or the street address of your home. The length of the telephone number varies depending on the country you are calling. In many European countries, phone numbers are variable in length, ranging from just five or six digits in small towns to ten or more in large cities. In the United States, phone numbers are fixed-length, with a total of 10 digits. The 3-3-4 scheme, developed by AT&T in 1947, uses three blocks of numbers arranged in two blocks of three and a single block of four digits. Look at the main phone number for HowStuffWorks as we go through the meaning of the different blocks. Area code - Regulated by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), area codes are used to designate a specific geographic region, … [Read more...] about What do digits in phone numbers mean?
You'd protect your computer from hackers and other online predators, and it may be time to consider the security of your smart phone. Yagi Studio/Getty Images Unfortunately, consumers aren't the only ones making the shift to mobile devices. Malicious hackers and identity thieves are following close behind. As more and more people use their smartphones and other mobile devices to do online banking, pay bills, and store critical personal and business information, more and more bad guys are trying to crack into this mobile gold mine. Mobile security will be the key to winning the war against this new generation of cyber thieves. Mobile security can come in many shapes and forms. Some protections are built directly into the device you're using. For example, the iPhone ships with a default Autolock feature that requires the user to enter a password after a few minutes of inactivity [source: Sacco]. Other mobile security protections are built into the network, such as strong … [Read more...] about How Mobile Security Works