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Fitness and health apps may be sharing the most private details about your life

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Flo Health Inc.’s Flo Period & Ovulation Tracker

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Period-tracking app Flo told Facebook when a user was having her period

So would all of her friends using that same app end up synchronizing their menses?

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While this is just one example it really highlights how most organizations, by default, cannot be trusted.

 

A good starting point is to use the FireFox browser with NoScript enabled.  If you prefer to use Chrome, good news!

 

https://www.zdnet.com/article/noscript-extension-officially-released-for-google-chrome/

 

An interesting tidbit from the article:

The original Firefox add-on was launched on May 13, 2005, to rave reviews. At the time, it was introducing a novel concept that a browser add-on could intercept and block the loading or execution of dangerous or unwanted JavaScript code.

 

Being able to block javascript from loading in the browser is a critical line of defense in protecting yourself.  Take advantage of it and use it.  As first time NoScript user, I promise that you that will absolutely be astounded at the amount of third party integration that takes place on sites that you visit.

 

It is also in your best interest, from a privacy point of view, to abandon social media.  I know that many espouse that I have nothing to hide but that is an uninformed opinion.

 

http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/surveillance-you-may-have-nothing-hide

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