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Help keep coronavirus off your phone: How to effectively clean and disinfect your device

by Katie Conner, c|net

Disinfectant wipes are now declared safe to use on phone screens, but there are still hazardous chemicals you need to avoid when cleaning your phone.

The novel coronavirus that causes the respiratory disease known as COVID-19 may be able to survive on some surfaces for up to nine days, studies have found, and that may include your beloved phone. This is the device you handle constantly and often press to the side of your face, which means that any bacteria, virus or other germ that makes its way onto your phone or case could easily transfer to your skin.

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Your phone talks about you behind your back. These researchers are listening in

by Alfred Ng, c|net

They’re keeping track by tracking the trackers that track you.

When you download an app, the permissions requests and privacy policy are usually the only warnings you’ll get about the data it’s taking. Usually, you just have to take the app’s word that it’s grabbing only the data you’ve agreed to give it.

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You’re not paranoid: Your phone really is listening in

by Kim Komando, USA Today

The scene plays out like a thriller: You pull out your phone, and you see an ad for AirPods.

Wait a minute, you think. Didn’t I just have a conversation about AirPods with my friend? Like, a real conversation, spoken aloud? Is my phone … listening to me?

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These Fake Fingerprint Stickers Let You Access a Protected Phone While Wearing Gloves

by Andrew Liszewski, GIZMODO

Gloves that work on touchscreen devices are nothing new—they’ve existed almost as long as smartphones have. But gloves that can unlock a mobile device that’s protected with a fingerprint reader? It might be a solution to a first world problem, but it’s a problem we’re happy is solved. Continue reading These Fake Fingerprint Stickers Let You Access a Protected Phone While Wearing Gloves