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Data Privacy Day Was A Big Mess For Apple!

The Apple FaceTime bug lets you eavesdrop on the person you’re calling before they even pick up the phone. It was also discovered that dismissing an incoming FaceTime call by pushing the power or volume button on your iPhone lets the caller see live video from the recipient’s front-facing camera.

As of Monday night, Apple disabled Group FaceTime and said the issue will be fixed with a software update that we can expect later this week. Until that time, we recommend that you disable FaceTime in your phone’s settings.

Obviously, this bug is a rather big issue for any Apple phone user and it’s happening at a bad time for Apple. Apple has been touting its pro-privacy stance a whole lot lately — especially when it comes to its rivals (like Facebook) that suffered from data breaches.

Apple is expected to report its first-quarter earnings today after cutting its revenue forecast for the first time in 16 years earlier this month.

Here are some apps that came on the seen in 2018 that make privacy a priority:

DuckDuckGo has a mobile app and browser extension that gives you encrypted private browsing that blocks trackers and allows you to privately surf the web

Simple Analytics is a great way to get the analytics you need without invading your user’s personal privacy – we will be implementing this on our own WordPress website

Mozilla Facebook Container is a Firefox extension that prevents your Facebook data from leaving FaceBook

ShareUrl lets you share accounts (like Netflix, Hulu, etc.) without giving out your password

Cryptee is an encrypted spot for all of your private photos, files, docs, and more

Outline lets you build your own VPN (Virtual Private Network)

Burner Emails provides you with a fake email address to avoid spammers

YubiKey is a 2FA (Two Factor Authentication) device that protects you against hackers

Gmelius* prevents tracking the emails that you open along with a host of other helpful business features

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