Tech solutions are increasingly a part of a privacy pros' purview. Here's a look at a crop of new privacy- and security-based tools that should be on your radar.
Syncthing is an open-sourced tool allowing users to sync files but giving them control over where it is sent. The free tool does not connect to a central server but rather directly between two devices through an encrypted path. Users can dictate not only where the data is stored, but also whether it is shared with third parties and the ways it is transmitted over the internet. The tool does not require an IP address to work, as each machine is given an ID that users can share with other individuals to transmit information.
Taylor Wessing has released a data breach mobile app called TW:Cyber Response. The app has been designed to help organizations prepare for and manage breaches in order to minimize litigation risk, exposure to regulatory action and reputational damage. Taylor Wessing launched the app to help organizations as they prepare for the impending General Data Protection Regulation coming in May 2018 and is the latest addition to the firm's Global Data Hub, a resource for companies to get in-depth analysis on the GDPR.
Threema is giving users the opportunity to add a profile picture but with full consideration to user privacy. Threema users can control who sees their profile picture, and the company ensures the images are not stored on any servers. The images are transferred through messages protected with end-to-end encryption.
Opera has released a new update for its Android privacy software suite, the Opera Max 3. The new update allows users to monitor the apps consuming the most data, giving them the option to cut off the apps from the internet. The update includes Savings for Facebook, allowing users to upload the social media app through a VPN network. Opera claims this feature reduces the amount of data used by Facebook by 50 percent.
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