In this second sneak peek of the upcoming jv16 PowerTools 2016 we dive deeper into the new Privacy Tools.
jv16 PowerTools 2016 has been designed from the ground up to make Windows faster and work smoother but now also to provide a safer Windows user experience. In case you missed it, our first sneak peek can be found here. In the first part, Glenn Greenwald explains why privacy matters.
Your online life can be as permanent as a tattoo
Experts warned us for years about the permanent effects of digital sharing on privacy. In his 2013 TED Conferences Talk Juan Enriquez asks: “How many of you have tattoos?”
“What happens if Facebook, Google, Twitter, LinkedIn, cell phones, GPS, Foursquare, Yelp, Travel Advisor, all these things you deal with every day turn out to be electronic tattoos? And what if they provide as much information about who and what you are as any tattoo ever would? – Juan Enriquez (futurist)
Why privacy matters
A loss of privacy can impact your job and physical safety by revealing who and where you are. We believe that privacy should be nonnegotiable. It should be an integral part of all the systems we use.
“If you think that you have nothing to hide, please make sure that’s the first thing you tell me, because then I know that I should not trust you with any secrets, because you can’t keep a secret. – Mikko Hypponen (Cybersecurity expert)
Clean metadata from photos
If your camera equipped devices are made later than the year 2000, the pictures they take will contain metadata. This information leaks by default as part of common shared files such as JPEG.Information found in the Exif section of common picture formats includes, but is not limited to:
- Exact geographical location by GPS (longitude and latitude)
- Device manufacturer
- Device battery level
- Device version
- Date and time when you took the shot
- Software used to take the shot
- Software used to edit the shot (if any)
The metadata stored with the picture in an image file goes everywhere the file goes. New feature of jv16 PowerTools 2016 called the Pictures AntiSpy will be able to clean Exif metadata, eliminating the risks of private data leakage when sharing photos.
Fighting off wholesale blanket surveillance
Windows 10 AntiSpy blocks Windows 10 from sending out data such as operating system behaviour patterns and search trends.
Pictures AntiSpy scans and cleans unwanted metadata within your picture files. We recommend using Pictures AntiSpy before uploading photos online.
Exif metadata involved in privacy incidents
One consequence of the Snowden disclosures is the entry of the term ‘metadata’ into common usage. Metadata can be the information about the time and location of a phone call or email, as opposed to the contents of those conversations or messages.
Awareness is the first level of protection. By cleaning metadata the risks of falling victim to identity theft or targeted banking Trojans designed to exploit your running software are lower.
How much private information can metadata contain?
By testing randomly chosen pictures found online we have revealed unprotected metadata. With that data cyber criminals can steal your private data and can lead to identify theft.
To prove this, we have analysed a few different images from social media. Here are the results: Camera: Apple iPhone 4S
Location: 51° 30′ 40.2″ North, 3° 23′ 42″ West
Location guessed from coordinates: 7 Talygarn Ct, Talygarn, Pontyclun, Rhondda Cynon Taff CF72 9UH, UK
Original date/time: 2011:10:14 14:39:19
Camera: Nokia Lumia 900
Location: 47° 36′ 17.7″ North, 122° 20′ 29″ West
Location guessed from coordinates: 1201 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
Original date/time: April 22, 2012 1:50:24PM
Camera: Nokia Lumia 900
Location: 40° 53′ 7.2″ North, 81° 22′ 22.2″ West
Location guessed from coordinates: 1705 Markley St NW, North Canton, OH 44720, USA
Original date/time: April 11, 2012 2:53:00PM Camera: Samsung GT-N7100
Location: 10° 26′ 27″ North, 63° 47′ 50″ West
Location guessed from coordinates: 9, San Antonio del Golfo, Venezuela
Original date/time: January 21, 2013 2:35:42PM
Camera: Samsung SM-G920F
Location: 51° 31′ 12″ North, 0° 8′ 17″ West
Location guessed from coordinates: 34-42 Cleveland St, Fitzrovia, London W1T 4JY, UK
Original date/time: March 26, 2015 3:38:36PM
Revealing device manufacturer and model may lead to privacy loss and personal security concerns. If you care about privacy at all then sensitive information such as running software versions and GPS location should not be public.
What will a future without secrets look like?
Alessandro Acquisti is here to explain what this means and why it matters. In this thought-provoking, slightly chilling talk, he shares details of recent and ongoing research — including a project that shows how easy it is to match a photograph of a stranger with their sensitive personal information.
About jv16 PowerTools 2016
The jv16 PowerTools 2016 is an upcoming version of the jv16 PowerTools Windows utility suite. According to our current schedule, the first public beta version will be made available for testing the software in November of 2015 with the official, final version released later in December this year.
Am I eligible for a free update to jv16 PowerTools 2016?
If you are our Plainum VIP customer then you can update to PowerTools 2016 for free once released. Same rule applies if you have bought jv16 PowerTools X in the August of 2015 or later.
Why should I buy now instead of waiting?
If you Buy Now then you get jv16 PowerTools 2016 and all related updates for free, once available.
Take a third peek at jv16 PowerTools 2016 and see how its user interface has changed.