>Users will be able to lock an app when they hand over their phone to do things like show someone a picture or let them play a game. When an app is locked, if someone tries to tap the phone, they will be required to authenticate using Face ID, Touch ID or a passcode. > >While the app lock feature is enabled, information from inside the app won’t appear in other places, like search and notifications. Users can also hide an app that they don’t want others to know is installed. The hidden apps appear in a hidden, locked folder.

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Is there a good way to prevent apps/programs from accessing the internet, or restrict it to VPNs only?
I'm asking for Android specifically, but I'm curious what else is out there. For example, some apps work without internet but may use it if it's available. I might want to block that without having to turn off wifi, force stopping it, and wiping the cache/data. Similarly, maybe I only want to use the app over a VPN and want to prevent accidentally opening it without first turning the VPN on.

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Any way to join Zoom with any privacy at all
Hello let's say you are absolutely forced to join zoom in the future, is there any way at all to have any security, such as an alternate client that can connect? I expect the answer is no besides only connecting in a browser with add ons or in a sandbox etc etc and nothing truly groundbreaking.

How do people plan for their deaths in terms of account & device secrets (passwords, 2fa etc.)?
I have thought about this on and off for quite a few years now, and I was just wondering what people here have done while maintaining account / device security. I hope people don't mind this rather morbid conversation, but how have people here planned for what will happen with their accounts, computers, self hosted things etc. in the event of their deaths? I am particularly interested in what people have planned for if they are the person in their household who is self hosting things for the household. I'm not in a living situation that allows me to self host much but it is one of the questions I've had for myself when I decide to move in with my significant other and self host more things. I don't think they could manage much of the self hosted stuff and I also don't think they can remember all of the credentials for accounts etc., is the best way of going about it sharing a keepass database or bitwarden account with them? In regards to my accounts, I am not expecting most of my accounts to transfer, if anything I'd much rather them be deleted (and I have enabled this feature where possible). There are a few however, that I wouldn't mind leaving to someone after my passing. Is there a privacy and security preserving way of setting this up? I guess I have just been struggling with how to do this, ideally I would want a way for accounts to transfer to someone listed in my will, but I don't think it's a good idea to give ~2-3 people a copy of my keepass databse while I am still living. I am looking forward to hearing what people's thoughts are on this matter, and I apologize again for such a morbid topic.

Might be helpful for those that - don't have access to hardware that can run things locally - understand the benefits and limitations of generative AI Link: As a nice coincidence, one of the first results when I searched for a news update was this discussion:

Opinions on the TP-LINK Archer AX23
cross-posted from: > I'm looking to buy a router for home use, on which I plan to install OpenWRT. After some research, I have come across the [TP-LINK Archer AX23](, which checks all of the boxes I have: > > > > - [x] Comparatively low price > > - [x] Supports WPA3 > > - [x] Supported by OpenWRT > > - [x] Has at least three LAN ports > > > > However, before I and my dad go and buy one, it has to pass the final test: the forums. > > > > Has anyone used this router before? What was your experience? Can I do better, or have I found the best router ever made? Please share your thoughts.

cross-posted from: > It looks like the internet archive is needed assistance, I just heard about this today and figured lemmy could help spread this message around

Hey [@privacyguides]( I can't post a picture from my account on your lemmy instance. Please help.

I just share it cause I like how cryptee becomes better and better with each update :) Document templates, massive performance improvements and more.

Private way to use Google Maps on iOS
Hello everyone! Long story short, I switched from CalyxOS to iOS because the Pixel 5 was too big for me. Now that I'm on iOS, I'd like to know if there was a way to use google maps anonymously/privately. I used to use the GMapsViewer application on Fdroid. Today the solution I've found is to use Firefox focus and go to the Google Maps site, but it's a bit of a mess to find a simple address. Do you have another idea for me? Thanks in advance!

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Is CalyxVPN reputable?
I came across [CalyxVPN]( while browsing through [F-droid](, it seems to be offered by the same people who make CalyxOS. I couldn't find much discourse about it online, is it reputable enough to use? My use case would be to hide whatever I do online from my ISP (I'm not torrenting, just browsing). And yes, I know free VPNs are untrustworthy in most cases but this seems to come from a somewhat privacy respecting background so I was curious.

>“If you’re someone who’s buying products on the web, we know who is buying the products where, and we can leverage the data,” Grether said in a statement to the WSJ. He also said that PayPal will receive shopping data from customers using its credit card in stores. >A PayPal spokesperson tells the WSJ that the company will collect data from customers by default while also offering the ability to opt out. >PayPal is far from the only company to sell ads based on transaction information. In January, a study from Consumer Reports revealed that Facebook gets information about users from thousands of different companies, including retailers like Walmart and Amazon. JPMorgan Chase also announced that it’s creating an ad network based on customer spending data, while Visa is making similar moves. Of course, this doesn’t include the tracking shopping apps do to log your offline purchases, too.

Newb question: what does it really mean when I click "Reject Nonessential Cookies"? Am I really being any more private by rejecting these? Just feels greasy like it's a workaround for websites to get my information anyway? Should I navigate away from any sites that suggest this cookie configuration?

Best bitcoin wallet when samourai is gone?
And when to buy xbt or xmr without kyc in EU when both localmonero and localbitcoin are closed?

Phone number services
I am searching for a job and require my phone number to be included on my resume. Is there a service available in the EU (excluding the UK) that can provide this.

Revolut vs vs google wallet
Has anyone here used Revolut? How does it compare to for EU users?. Can you use the tap to pay on your phone without using Google Wallet?

Google Photos/Gmail AI data removal
Hello, with the new AI features being added into Googles services I was thinking of maybe starting a thread about how to remove data from the affected services. I feel like simply deleting my photos from Google Photos most likely wouldn't be enough of a measure to ensure my images does not get affected or used in these AI features. Is there any way to ensure that Google properly removes your data after deleting it? Sources:

>Google’s AI model will potentially listen in on all your phone calls — or at least ones it suspects are coming from a fraudster. > >To protect the user’s privacy, the company says Gemini Nano operates locally, without connecting to the internet. “This protection all happens on-device, so your conversation stays private to you. We’ll share more about this opt-in feature later this year,” the company says. >“This is incredibly dangerous,” says Meredith Whittaker, the president of a foundation for the end-to-end encrypted messaging app Signal. > >Whittaker —a former Google employee— argues that the entire premise of the anti-scam call feature poses a potential threat. That’s because Google could potentially program the same technology to scan for other keywords, like asking for access to abortion services. > >“It lays the path for centralized, device-level client-side scanning,” she said in a post on Twitter/X. “From detecting 'scams' it's a short step to ‘detecting patterns commonly associated w/ seeking reproductive care’ or ‘commonly associated w/ providing LGBTQ resources' or ‘commonly associated with tech worker whistleblowing.’”

Privacy services and non privacy payments options
Why most services that want to protect user privacy. Also those on privacyguides, don't have anonymous payment methods like cryptocurrencies? I pay for a few such services like email or cloud etc. but I don't know if it makes sense if my bank knows I'm using it anyway so they can sell that info to advertisers, gov, etc. In EU services like mysudo or are unavailabe so I can't use masked cards. What is then the profit of using such services if I don't pay for them with cryptocurrencies and they can be easily linked to me?

>With the latest version of Firefox for U.S. desktop users, we’re introducing a new way to measure search activity broken down into high level categories. This measure is not linked with specific individuals and is further anonymized using a technology called OHTTP to ensure it can’t be connected with user IP addresses. > >Let’s say you’re using Firefox to plan a trip to Spain and search for “Barcelona hotels.” Firefox infers that the search results fall under the category of “travel,” and it increments a counter to calculate the total number of searches happening at the country level. > >Here’s the current list of categories we’re using: animals, arts, autos, business, career, education, fashion, finance, food, government, health, hobbies, home, inconclusive, news, real estate, society, sports, tech and travel. > >Having an understanding of what types of searches happen most frequently will give us a better understanding of what’s important to our users, without giving us additional insight into individual browsing preferences. This helps us take a step forward in providing a browsing experience that is more tailored to your needs, without us stepping away from the principles that make us who we are. > >We understand that any new data collection might spark some questions. Simply put, this new method only categorizes the websites that show up in your searches — not the specifics of what you’re personally looking up. > >Sensitive topics, like searching for particular health care services, are categorized only under broad terms like health or society. Your search activities are handled with the same level of confidentiality as all other data regardless of any local laws surrounding certain health services. > >Remember, you can always opt out of sending any technical or usage data to Firefox. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to adjust your settings. We also don’t collect category data when you use Private Browsing mode on Firefox. >The Copy Without Site Tracking option can now remove parameters from nested URLs. It also includes expanded support for blocking over 300 tracking parameters from copied links, including those from major shopping websites. Keep those trackers away when sharing links!

Anyone familiar with the “No Trace Project”?
I've just been clued into this and I'd like to know if anyone can give me an idea of the quality of the information contained therein. Thanks in advance--I hope you're well today!

- Mullvad VPN's blog [post]( DNS traffic can leak outside the VPN tunnel on Android >Identified scenarios where the Android OS can leak DNS traffic: >- If a VPN is active without any DNS server configured. >- For a short period of time while a VPN app is re-configuring the tunnel or is being force stopped/crashes. > >The leaks seem to be limited to direct calls to the C function getaddrinfo. > >The above applies regardless of whether Always-on VPN and Block connections without VPN is enabled or not, which is not expected OS behavior and should therefore be fixed upstream in the OS. > >We’ve been able to confirm that these leaks occur in multiple versions of Android, including the latest version (Android 14). > >We have reported [the issues and suggested improvements]( to Google and hope that they will address this quickly. - GrapheneOS 2024050900 release changelog [announcement]( >prevent app-based VPN implementations from leaking DNS requests when the VPN is down/connecting (this is a preliminary defense against this issue and more research is required, along with apps preventing the leaks on their end or they'll still have leaks outside of GrapheneOS)

The tool relies on Telegram's opt-in "Find People Nearby" feature, but allows searches for Telegram users globally.

cross-posted from: >App can now be used to create and sign in with passkeys. Some further context: Right now the mobile apps are using a Framework called Xamarin which enables crossplatform mobile releases. Since it has become a roadblock for them (e.g. needed to wait for Microsoft to support passkeys in Xamarin) they are planning to switch to native apps (Swift for ios and Kotlin for android). [Source](

>Bitwarden Authenticator is a standalone app that is available for everyone, even non-Bitwarden customers. >In its current release, Bitwarden Authenticator generates time-based one-time passwords (TOTP) for users who want to add an extra layer of 2FA security to their logins. >There is a comprehensive roadmap planned with additional functionality. >Available for [iOS and Android](

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