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More Security Opinion

  • Opinion: Predictive Analytics Might Not have Predicted the Aurora Shooter

    The story, "Predictive Analytics Might Not have Predicted the Aurora Shooter," which posted Monday, has been removed from the wire. The story, which was incorrectly attributed to PC World, originated as a Computerworld blog and should have been sent to the News Service in the automatic feed

  • Opinion: DEFCON 20 Roundup: Lessons in Security

    Your humble blogwatcher curated these bloggy bits for your entertainment. Not to mention: The hills are alive...

  • Opinion: Facebook's Recommendations Bar: A Privacy Concern?

    Facebook has rolled out a new feature called the Recommendations Bar for website owners. The Recommendations Bar allows website owners to tap into the social network's database of what you and your friends read, share, and like.

  • Opinion: Faced with Forcebook

    The security continuum dictates that we trade convenience for security. Leaving your front door unlocked means you never need to worry about forgetting your keys, but do you want to abandon that level of security? Of course you don't.

  • Opinion: It's a Huge Mistake to Remove Password Prompt for Free Apps in iOS 6

    According to sources with access to the developer beta of iOS 6, the next version of Apple’s mobile operating system will allow users to download and install free apps without requiring a password. If Apple doesn’t fix that before iOS 6 is officially launched, it will significantly impair the security of iOS devices.

  • Opinion: Verizon, AT&T, Others Make Big Bucks Sharing Customer Data

    A creepy issue is bubbling up in Congress involving the dramatic uptick in the number of requests to cellular carriers from law enforcement for people’s cell phone records.

  • Opinion: Your Brain Can Remember Passwords Without You Even Realizing It

    No matter how advanced our technology gets, passwords remain a weak link when serious security is required. As reported by New Scientist, a group at Stanford University has come up with a possible way around this problem, by developing a way to store complex passwords in the human brain without said human actually remembering the password.

  • Opinion: What You Should Know About Grum and the Botnet Takedown

    Grum--the third largest botnet in existence, and the source of nearly twenty percent of all spam traffic online--has been taken offline by authorities. In some ways the takedown is significant, but it may not change much in the grand scheme of things. Let's take a closer look at the botnet, and what the takedown means for all of us.

  • Opinion: Five Cyber Risks to Avoid to Enjoy London Olympics Safely

    A week from today all eyes will be on London and the opening ceremonies of the 2012 Summer Olympics. More than any prior Olympic games, the 2012 London Olympics will be watched and followed over the Internet and on mobile devices from around the world.

  • Opinion: Privacy Monitoring App Clueful Booted from iOS App Store

    Apple has given the boot to BitDefender's Clueful, a privacy monitoring app for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

  • Opinion: Massive Botnet is Brought Down, Curtailing Flow of Pharmaceutical Spam

    Security researchers have brought down one of the world's largest botnets, ensuring a massive drop in pharmaceutical spam for inboxes everywhere.

  • Opinion: Free TrashMail Browser Add-On Protects Your Email and Information

    Quite often, you will come across freebies on the Internet such as free music or free eBooks, but as the saying goes, "you don't get something for nothing." In return for that free MP3 or eBook, the site owner will want your email address, which they will then use to flood your email inbox with never-ending spam about Viagra . TrashMail is a Firefox add-on and Chrome extension which aims to instantly stop all this nonsense with a simple right-click of the mouse.

  • Opinion: Three Steps to Avoid Getting Hacked Like Yahoo

    By now you've probably heard that hackers were able to breach a Yahoo server and expose more than 450,000 account passwords. No server or network is impervious, but Yahoo's negligence or incompetence made this attack possible.

  • Opinion: Help Jumpstart Jumpshot's Vision for Malware-Free PCs Everywhere

    Most of us have that "one person" in our lives, that individual who seems pathologically incapable of keeping their hardware free of electronic miscreants for more than a week. No matter how many times you remind them not to click on those "You have just won the Brooklyn Bridge" ads, they just keep going back like bloatware-loving lemmings. It's infuriating and it's the reason why you should fund Jumpshot on Kickstarter.

  • Opinion: Forget Dropbox Pro--Businesses Should Use Dropbox for Teams

    Dropbox announced that it is doubling the storage allocation for its paid Dropbox Pro accounts, and expanding the Dropbox Pro options to include up to 500GB of storage. That’s great news for families or individuals looking to sync and share data in the cloud, but businesses should be using Dropbox for Teams.

  • Opinion: Microsoft Patches XML Flaw Under Attack and 15 More Vulnerabilities

    It's the second Tuesday in July, and you know what that means: it's Microsoft Patch Tuesday. Today, Microsoft released nine new security bulletins as predicted in the advance notice last week. Some updates are more urgent than others, though, so we turn to security experts for insight and analysis to help guide your patching efforts.

  • Opinion: DNSChanger Doomsday Threat Fizzled--Just as It Should Have

    Now that the feds have cut the lifeline for Internet users infected by the DNSChanger malware, we find that the result of that action wasn't quite the "Internet doomsday" that some had predicted.

  • Opinion: DNSChanger Malware: What's Next?

    The Federal Bureau of Investigation estimates around 64,000 computers in the U.S. infected with the DNSChanger Trojan may have Internet connectivity problems Monday. This particularly nasty piece of malware first surfaced in 2007 and is able to reroute a PC's Web traffic without knowledge of the user. DNSChanger achieved this by manipulating the Domain Name System (DNS) routing service for infected computers.

  • Opinion: British Airways Faces Privacy Backlash for Googling Passengers

    We've all Googled ourselves from time to time, but British Airways has crossed the creepy line for looking up its own passengers on Google Image Search.

  • Opinion: Patch Tuesday Includes Shocking Update for IE9

    Time flies. More than half of 2012 has already passed, and now--with the Independence Day festivities behind us--we turn our attention to the seventh Patch Tuesday of the year. There are nine new security bulletins expected from Microsoft next week, including a critical update for Internet Explorer 9.



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