WhatsApp is one of the world's largest private messengers, with over two billion users. It differs from other messenger applications; users can share media, facetime, voice message, call, or text each other; most other messenger options are only helpful for texting.
It's nearly impossible to avoid social media networks. If you refuse to sign up, you may miss out on events with friends, news, and the latest meme jokes that everyone talks about.
Is it paranoia or entirely possible? Finding out how to know if your phone is tapped can help you discern fact from fiction and decide whether someone is really listening in to your conversations.
Have you heard the term web sleuth? Many people have become interested in true crime, and it's not enough to watch documentaries or listen to podcasts online.
It's crazy to think that there's a way to find out public information about family, friends, locations. and more. I never thought of a thing until I find out you actually can.
Every house has a history, regardless of its age. When visiting homes, some people get a gut feeling, or intuition, about the people who lived and visited there before, which may color their impressions of the building.
Privacy is a big deal these days with talk on the news of threats coming from hackers, big-name corporations, marketing agencies, and even the government.
You have probably seen people on TV and in movies tracing a specific IP address to find someone's location. Even though it looks easy, you might be thinking that IP tracking takes special skills, or you have to be a blacklist hacker to do it.
Our modern world revolves around digital communications that span chat apps, email, and social media. It's critical to know that all your communications are private and secure when you are texting a colleague, chatting with a friend, or collaborating with a team.
This week Engadget reported a story about how Google is embroiled in a lawsuit because the company failed to adequately inform users about how their "Incognito" mode worked with the Google Chrome browser.
The computer term "cookie" has been around for many years, and most of us don't even question its origins or what it really means.
Whether you are looking into a court case for school research or curiosity, you can find thousands of case files online. It's incredible the amount of court-related information available to the general public.
Most individuals and businesses are now using cloud services for at least some of their digital operations. Cloud storage provides so many benefits but only if it protects your privacy and security.
Have you ever wondered if you were related to someone famous? Many people have. You might be surprised to find that it's not that difficult to find out the truth.
People move all the time, but not everyone remembers to contact everyone and let them know their new change of address. If you have someone you need to get in touch with via mail, there are ways you can find their forwarding address and get in touch with them.
Technical terms like cloud computing are tossed around quite a bit, but if you are considering cloud computing for your home or business, you must know about the benefits and the risks.
The technological advances that make our lives easier, more efficient and fun also open us to the extreme risk of identity theft and fraud.
The world is full of broken families these days, and many kids grow up in a single-parent household. If you have never met your mother or father or lost touch with one of your parents and would like to reconnect, there are ways you can try to find them, reach out, and start a new relationship.
With the dozens of data breaches that have occurred over the past few years, there is barely a single American who wasn't affected.
You see people using location tracking in movies often, but did you know you can actually track someone too? With so much crime and unrest in the world today, it is more important than ever to know where your loved ones are to keep them safe.
If you watch the news, you are aware of the daily attacks on businesses, government agencies, and individuals waged by cybercriminals.
First discovered by IBM Security Trusteer's mobile security research team, a gang of hackers were found emulating more than 16,000 bank customers' phones and using them to steal millions.
We've all heard the stories about consumers who were having a conversation in the privacy of their own homes near an Alexa device, and then later, when browsing online, they saw pop-up ads of the very thing they were talking about.
By now, most of us do at least some of our banking online. We have become accustomed to pulling out a smartphone to transfer funds, make deposits, or check on transactions.
Whenever a software company releases a new version, there are some fun new features, enhancements to the way we work and play, and other changes.
By now, we've heard of so many data breaches we don't even listen to the details. However, any data breach you are involved in could potentially mean devastation for your life if you become the victim of identity theft or fraud.
Our modern digital world offers many advantages, adds efficiency to our lives, and even fun. However, sometimes people abuse digital resources for the purpose of cyberstalking, and it can escalate into a dangerous situation.
Identity theft has become a significant problem in this county. Due to various data breaches, hacking incidents, and now the threat of constant malware/ransomware, you cannot be too careful.
You may have heard the term "dark web," and you might be wondering about this mysterious place. Read on to take the mystery out of it and find out what it is, why it exists, how it is used, and how you can take a trip there if you dare.
Nowadays, you can't turn on the news without seeing a report of another big company caught by ransomware or becoming a victim of a data breach.
There have been dozens of data breaches over the past few years, and believe it or not, some of your passwords are out there.
You may not pay that much attention to your email account. You set it up, use it, and basically forget about it until it's too late, and one day yours is hacked, wreaking havoc on your account and your life.
A very common scam that has become very popular in recent years is fake tech support phone calls. These scams often target older individuals who do not understand how these things work.
Every day our inboxes are filled with emails, much of it spam. The amount of junk email each person gets every day is astounding.
With everyone working remotely these days and families celebrating the holidays "virtually," it's more important than ever to know how to protect yourself on video calls.
Public records laws are in place to ensure that the public has access to all forms of government and how they operate. However, these laws vary quite a bit and can be confusing, especially if you are trying to locate public records.
Many states allow your criminal record to show up in public records. Total strangers, family, and friends could have immediate access to it at any time.
Many law-abiding citizens have FBI background checks done all the time for various reasons. But have you ever wondered what is included in an FBI background check?
We all live by our electronic devices these days, and with a lot of heavy use, your cell phone could be dying when you need it the most.
There are quite a few times in your life when you might be asked if you will submit to a background check. Some of the reasons for a background check are when you apply for a job, a special license, or decide to join the military or other government agencies.
The world is a dangerous place these days, especially when it comes to your online life. You have probably heard about phishing emails, scam calls, ransomware, and malware, spoofing attacks, but have you heard about sniffing attacks?
With the advent of mobile cell phones, it seems you cannot escape unwanted phone calls and texts these days. Many are merely annoying, but others may actually be designed to scam you out of your hard-earned money or your identity.
In this digital age, we all have dozens of online accounts. With so many to keep track of, it becomes difficult to manage all our passwords to access the resources and websites we need.
The question of how well you really know another person is something many people in relationships often wonder. If your beloved is acting suspicious and you think that he or she may have an account on Tinder or is thinking about cheating, here is what you can do about it.
Hackers and thieves are working overtime to steal information from innocent victims for identity theft. Millions of Americans suffer from identity theft each year.
Malware, ransomware, and viruses are at an all-time high right now with COVID and the presidential election. Not only can a virus or malware disrupt the use of your mobile phone, but it can also lead to fraud, identity theft, or worse.
We have become a video-happy country with just about every event being videotaped and posted online for the world to see. The question is, in this video-centric world, is it even legal to video or audiotape someone without their consent?
Most people have heard of a man in the middle (MITM) attack, but not everyone knows what it means. MITM attacks are some of the oldest forms of cybercrime and the most damaging for the victim and could leave them financially devastated.
Social media has become a staple in most people's lives. It's a way to connect, share your life and experiences, and find out more about someone.
Whether you need to find a missing person or find out if your spouse is cheating, you may, at some point, need to hire a private investigator (PI).
There are times when you want to surprise someone on their birthday but realize that you forgot the exact date. It's natural to want to wish someone a happy birthday, but first, you need their exact date of birth.
Social media platforms are great for finding long lost friends or family in far-flung places, but how they work remains a mystery for many people.
Online dating has become the new normal for people who want to be in a relationship.
While the old school way of meeting someone in public and courtship is alive and well, the online version is a lot faster.
That question seems to pop up anytime you spend some time on the road or are looking to buy a used vehicle. With the power of the internet, this query seems like a piece of cake.
Have you ever been called for jury duty and missed it? Juries are selected from registered voter lists in your local district, and anyone who's selected is notified via mail or when they are expected to show for final selection.
You may have heard in the news lately how at least a few serial killer and cold cases have been solved using familial DNA recovered from testing services across the country.
Are you trying to find more information about a person in your life and haven't found the results you want through a background research?
To choose a good, safe password, it's essential to know why password strength is necessary: it's not likely that an individual will take time to try cracking your password and gaining access to your accounts and files.
Photos of your young children in the tub, photos of your latest big game hunt, images of wild parties, your airline boarding pass, and embarrassing images of friends are just a few of the things that shouldn't be posted to Facebook.
Online banking has revolutionized the personal finance industry making it quick and easy for you to access your accounts and perform routine transactions.
Many people don't even realize that their cell phones and apps are constantly collecting data about their whereabouts and their online activities.
The Internet has become a vast landscape, and in our modern society, you cannot hide from it. Whether or not you realize it, your name and information are out there and searchable from many different sources.
Your personal life is nobody's business, right? Well, because of the Internet and rampant collection of public information by every website and social portal on the planet, privacy sometimes feels like a thing of the past.
After Mark Zuckerberg got his hand slapped hard by the FCC for allowing a research company access to private Facebook member data, the platform sutured things up and made it more secure.