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Over 20,000,000 of Chrome Users are Victims of Fake Ad Blockers

According to the PageFair 2014 report, Google Chrome is a major driver of adblock growth. 20% of users discovered ad blocking by browsing “available browser extensions”. Given how popular ad blocking is, it is quite a lot. This also explains why "cloning" wide-spread ad blockers has become so popular among online crooks. Seven months ago big news broke: 37,000 users were tricked into installing a fake Adblock Plus extension.

What if I told you that thanks to poor Chrome's WebStore moderation the situation is much worse, and in reality over 20,000,000 users are affected and tricked into installing fake malicious ad blockers? »

AdGuard for Mac / AG Browser Extension double release

Today we want to try something different — combine two release announcements in one blog post. Main reason is, both new Mac and extension updates, while being important, are rather technical and do not provide a lot of topics to talk about without descending into using lots of developer lingo. Let's have a quick look at AdGuard for Mac v1.5.6 and AG Browser Extension v2.9.2. »

March digest: Facebook outrage, stolen passwords, and future cars

An important note. Our monthly digests don’t just observe posts from our blog. They also contain noteworthy industry highlights that have not been covered by the blog.

Facebook is generally one of the main stars of nowadays’ data drama. Its activities consistently raise questions about privacy, ad targeting, tracking, and blocking. But this March it has surpassed itself, losing billions of market value after the Cambridge Analytica scandal. »

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One does not simply delete Facebook

Calls to "delete Facebook" across different social media are growing in popularity. This is users’ reaction to recent publications in media about how a certain analytics company purchased personal data of 50 Million Facebook users from one of the app’s developer, and then proceeded to use this information to influence elections and political campaigns outcomes. »

Facebook promises to "dramatically reduce" developers' access to user data

Mark Zuckerberg spoke to New York Times about the latest scandal around Facebook.

Several years ago an analytic company bought the information about 50 million Facebook users from an app developer. The company claims to have used this data for influencing political campaigns and presidential elections. You'll find the full coverage of the events in the second part of this article. »

Trying hard not to steal your password, they still steal

The analytic software is a greedy monster that devours all the data it can get, no matter how sensitive and private. And no matter if the company owning the software even has a clear plan of making money out of these data. Sometimes they just get trouble instead of profits.

For example, this February, mobile web analytics provider Mixpanel caught itself (and it’s SDK users) collecting user passwords that people typed into forms on sites. Mixpanel soon announced the bug fixed. But, as researchers say, it keeps saving passwords from input fields on some sites even after the patch was released. »

Meet CAV, the car of the nearest future

Connected autonomous vehicles (CAV) are soon to replace motorcars and trucks on the roads. We’ll most likely not own them, but enjoy "mobility-as-a-service", renting cars, or sharing cars and expenses with other people that travel the same route, the recent research by Intel states.

It also states that "around 585,000 lives could be saved due to self-driving vehicles between 2035 to 2045". And that "pilotless vehicles will free more than 250 million hours of consumers’ commuting time per year in the most congested cities in the world". »