Lawsuit Claims Google Private Browsing Isn’t Really Private

Google is in hot water with a complaint filed to the District Court of Northern California.

The complaint alleges that the tech giant tracks users' browsing data and a variety of other identifying information via Google Ad Manager, Google Analytics, and a variety of other applications. It tracks data even when users are accessing the web via Private Mode (Incognito).

According to the complaint filed, when an internet user visits a page or opens an app that makes use of Google's services (which covers some 70 percent of all online publishers), that data is tracked. In addition, it is collected and sent to the company's servers in California. In almost all cases, it is done without the user's knowledge or consent.

 

Full article: https://www.aimcybersecurity.com/2020/06/09/lawsuit-claims-google-private-browsing-isnt-really-private/

 

 

Arizona AG sued Google

Arizona AG sued Google alleging the tech giant violated its users’ privacy by collecting info on their whereabouts even if users had turned off digital tracking.  The lawsuit alleges Google, the maker of the Android smartphone set up its mobile software in a way that enriched its advertising empire and deceived owners about their personal privacy. Arizona consumer-protection laws prohibit companies from misrepresenting their business practices. When users try to opt out, Google’s is continuing to find misleading ways to obtain information and use it for profit.

Full Article:   https://www.tucsonsentinel.com/local/report/060120_google_tracking_suit/arizona-ag-sues-google-consumer-fraud-over-cell-phone-tracking/

Anti Virus Scams

Antivirus Software scams claim that the recipient's antivirus software is out of date, and provides convenient links allowing them to renew. The problem is, their software isn't out of date at all.

It's easy to understand why the scam works, but that makes it no less despicable.

If you know anyone who isn't especially computer savvy and you feel they might fall victim to a scam like this, here is what to do. Gently remind them that whatever antivirus software they're using, the software itself will remind them when it's about to expire. There is no email needed, and before they spend any money, it's better to do some checking to verify that their expiration date is approaching. Call us here at AIM Services 800.275.1353 and let us help.

We may not be able to keep these scammers from ripping people off, but we can certainly put a dent in their profits, and that's a very good thing.

NordVPN Confirms Hacking

NordVPN a virtual private network provider was hacked. VPN providers are increasingly popular as they ostensibly provide privacy from your internet provider and visiting sites about your internet browsing traffic. That’s why journalists and activists often use these services, particularly when they’re working in hostile states. These providers channel all of your internet traffic through one encrypted pipe, making it more difficult for anyone on the internet to see which sites you are visiting or which apps you are using.
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