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"When you update your software you're no longer a 'target of opportunity' for cheap attacks that try to catch people running out-of-date software."

So... update your software! It's a simple step that helps protect you from phishing & malware attacks.

Use WhatsApp? There's a new vulnerability that lets remote hackers take over your phone by just placing a call:

Please update your WhatsApp app now. Also, consider switching to Signal, which is more private & not owned by

As part of @PrivacyProject, @stuartathompson bought hyper-targeted ads to show how users are targeted.

“This was an experiment in how far digital advertisers go to collect and use information about every part of our lives for profit.”

Here's a comprehensive list from @Brendan_LH of the best competitors to every Google app & service, including Chrome, Search, Gmail, & more:

Check out these three short films from @PrivacyPrivee, "intended as public education tools to spark discussion & extend understandings of surveillance, trust, & privacy in the digital age..."

Join us in setting a new standard of trust online by sharing @DuckDuckGo with your friends and family: 

If they haven't heard of us, here are some talking points to convince them to :

A recent study found 80% of mental health apps share data for ads or analytics to Facebook or Google, some w/out disclosing that to users, reports @jonfingas.

Seems like a good time to review apps you have installed, keeping only those you fully trust.

Our CEO & Founder @yegg joined @ashkhen on @techfreedom's @techpolicypdcst to discuss @DuckDuckGo's private, yet profitable business model, DuckDuckGo's proposed Do-Not-Track Act of 2019, & other upcoming legislation working to fight online tracking.

Many companies are not straightforward about their privacy practices, including data collection & sharing policies.

Simple Opt Out is a useful resource that links directly to the opt-out instructions and details of 50+ companies. 

Firefox users: The latest browser update fixes extensions but may change your default search engine to Google. If that happens to you, you can re-install the DuckDuckGo Privacy Essentials add-on from here: /en-US/firefox/addon/duckduckgo-for-firefox/

The "Advertisers" section of @katienotopoulos's Facebook Settings revealed targeting by a confusing list of advertisers, like distant car dealerships, that likely paid for her info.

If you still use Facebook, check yours here:

Dear @Firefox users: Unfortunately there's been an issue with extensions suddenly being disabled, including the DuckDuckGo privacy add-on. @Mozilla are aware of the problem & working to resolve it.

More info here:

Where do you draw the line when it comes to sharing your data? Try this interactive poll by @PrivacyProject and see how you compare with others.

It's clear most people are not comfortable with most privacy invasions, even given the so-called tradeoffs.

RT @yegg
IAPP conference goers: hope to see you at the panel today with CEOs of @brave (@BrendanEich), @ProtonMail (Andy Yen), & @DuckDuckGo (myself) at 4:15.

It’s entitled “Successful Pro-Privacy Competitors to Collect-It-All Behemoths,” moderated by @khart.

"Incognito modes are primarily built to block traces of your online activity being left on your computer – not the web," and so provide a false sense of privacy.

@michaelgrothaus suggests another approach of using multiple browsers with tracker blocking.

RT @russellbrandom
As the more ambitious privacy bills stall, an old idea is getting new attention. Do Not Track is back!

Our previous research has found about a quarter of people have the Do Not Track setting on: 

With so many people actively requesting not to be tracked, it's high time websites respected that. This proposed law would make it

While DuckDuckGo actively supports the passing of strong, comprehensive privacy laws, we also recognize that it will take time for them to take effect worldwide. In the meantime, governments can provide immediate relief by enacting separate, simpler Do Not Track legislation.

It is extremely rare to have such an exciting legislative opportunity like this, where the hardest work — coordinated mainstream technical implementation and widespread consumer adoption — is already done.

In a nutshell, we're proposing — when you turn Do Not Track on — that sites that receive the DNT signal respect it in this manner:

* No third-party tracking by default.
* No first-party tracking outside what the user expects.