Think your private browsing session is really private? A new paper shows how your smartphone or laptop’s battery can be used to compromise your privacy
A HTML5 feature called the Battery Status API lets websites check the status of your device’s battery with such precision that it could be used to track you in short time intervals, researchers claim. And that’s even if you’re using identity-concealing software such as Tor
This happens because the Battery Status API can pull several pieces of information about your device’s battery — level, charging time and discharging time. Combined, this data is nearly unique for each device, meaning it allows potential attackers to create a digital fingerprint of your device and track your activities on the web Read more…
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