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Remote learning software can be prone to hacking. Pixabay

Cybersecurity researchers have found critical vulnerabilities in a popular student monitoring software being used in remote learning times, which could be used by hackers to gain full access to students’ computers, compromising their security and privacy. The McAfee Labs Advanced Threat Research team recently investigated a software called Netop Vision Pro produced by Netop and installed on computers used in several schools.

They discovered four previously unreported critical issues. “These findings allow for elevation of privileges and ultimately remote code execution, which could be used by a malicious attacker, within the same network, to gain full control over students’ computers,” McAfee researchers said in a statement on Sunday.

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Location tracking and sharing of personal information. Pixabay

Smartphone users are unaware of the privacy implications of some permissions they grant to apps and services and researchers have been able to identify which kind of personal information the apps extract with location tracking. This is the first extensive study shedding light on the range of personal information that can be inferred from location-tracking data.

Consequently, the study by two researchers from the University of Bologna, Italy, and Benjamin Baron from University College London, the UK also shows how collecting such information can represent a violation of the users’ privacy. To this end, the researchers developed a mobile application — TrackingAdvisor — that continuously collects user location.

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Data companies are going to find ever more creative, and sometimes more intrusive, sources of data to fuel their AI-driven behavioural analytics systems in 2021, according to a new report.

As users find themselves in a fix over how to safeguard their personal data from being mined by tech giants, a Kaspersky report said that finally, public awareness of the perils of unfettered data collection is growing, and the free market is taking notice.

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Indians are wary of online dating. Pixabay

Most Indians feel secure while ordering food online but close to half of those surveyed were afraid of their online activities when it comes to dating, a new report revealed on Wednesday.

Notably, three out of four people in India (74 percent) said they are concerned about today’s cyber risks, yet one in five (20 percent) respondents admf itted they are not confident in their ability to prevent a cyberattack,” according to ‘2021 Consumer Security Mindset Report by cybersecurity firm McAfee.

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