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More Security Opinion

  • Opinion: Mac Malware Outbreak Is Bigger than 'Conficker'

    An estimated 600,000 or more Macs are currently compromised and part of a massive botnet thanks to the Flashback Trojan. To put the size of the threat in some perspective, the Flashback Trojan botnet is even bigger than the massive Conficker botnet...relatively speaking.

  • Opinion: Minimize Your Exposure to Email Spoofing

    Your mother calls you to ask why you keep emailing her about "enhancements," and your coworkers complain that you won't stop sending them ads. Does this sound like you?

  • Opinion: Is Apple to Blame for Size of Mac Botnet?

    Mac OS X may be more secure than Microsoft Windows in some ways, and it certainly has fewer attacks aimed at it, but it's not invulnerable. Reports are emerging that as many as 600,000 Macs have been compromised by a Trojan horse.

  • Opinion: Facebook Security Hole Found on iPhone, Android Devices

    A security flaw in Facebook’s mobile apps can be easily tapped by thieves searching for personal information about you.

  • Opinion: For a Truly Private Social Network, Try RetroShare

    It's a rare week indeed that doesn't bring forth some fresh privacy scandal, and creepy apps like Girls Around Me are only one small part of the problem.

  • Opinion: RIM Opens the Gates for the Trojan Horse

    Someday we'll look back on BlackBerry maker RIM's announcement to handle mobile device management for its competitors and say, "It seemed like a good idea at the time."

  • Opinion: Feds Finalize Deal with College Saving Service Upromise Over Privacy Violations

    The U.S. Federal Trade Commission Tuesday finalized a deal with Upromise, a college savings service, to settle charges that it collected personal information from consumers without adequately disclosing the extent of the date that it was collecting.

  • Opinion: How to Tell if You're Caught in the Giant Global Payments Credit Card Fraud

    Fallout from the Global Payments fiasco that could affect potentially millions of credit cardholders continues. First, Visa over the weekend dropped the Atlanta-based credit card processor from its ranks as a partner "compliant" in accepted industry data security standards.

  • Opinion: Microsoft Probing Alleged Xbox Security Problem

    Microsoft is investigating findings by researchers that its Xbox 360 gaming console permanently stores credit card numbers on its hard drive creating a potential security vulnerability for card holders.

  • Opinion: Surprise! More Malware Appears On Android

    Another week, another announcement of new mobile malware found infecting Android phones. The new bug this week is DKFBootKit, a nasty bit of work that can come packaged inside seemingly legitimate applications--much like most of the other mobile malware we've seen thus far. What sets DKFBootKit apart from malware like DroidDream, is that DKFBootKit replaces certain boot processes and can begin running even before the system is completely booted up.

  • Opinion: Vault Brings eDiscovery Tools to Google Apps

    Businesses generate and consume massive amounts of email and instant messaging communications. For many businesses, all of that data has to be preserved, and produced on demand in the event of litigation. Google has introduced Google Apps Vault--a new service for Google Apps for Business customers that promises streamlined data retention and e-discovery.

  • Opinion: Facebook Password Amendment Rejected by Congress

    The House of Representatives has rejected an effort to give the Federal Communications Commission the power to stop employers from asking job applicants for their password to Facebook and other social networking sites.

  • Opinion: RockYou Settles Pending Charges for $250K Over Data Breach

    Social gaming website RockYou has agreed to settle pending charges against it by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) with a $250,000 civil penalty and other concessions. RockYou was the victim of a data breach in 2009 that exposed the personal information of 32 million users to hackers.

  • Opinion: New FTC 'Do-Not-Track' Recommendations: Clueless?

    The Federal Trade Commission Monday issued a report citing proposed best practices for protecting American consumers and giving them greater control over the collection and use of their personal data. In response, several security and privacy experts offered several variations of "huh?"

  • Opinion: Can I Safely Open Suspected Spam?

    C. Corder asked if it's safe to open an email that landed in the spam folder.

  • Opinion: Facebook Changes Privacy Policy Again

    Under the guise of creating greater clarity--sound familiar?--Facebook continues its data-grabbing ways under a revision of its rights and responsibilities policy set to take effect after close of business on Friday, according to one privacy advocate.

  • Opinion: How to Get Off Google for Good

    Now that Google has unified its search functions, Gmail, and its other offerings under a single Google Privacy Policy, it’s much easier for you to carry your preference settings and personal information from one Google service to another. It’s also much easier for Google to build a comprehensive profile of you based on your search history, your correspondence through Google services, and the media you upload. If you're not comfortable sharing private information with anyone who has access to the Google servers, the company makes it pretty easy to dial back the amount of personal data you’re sharing (or even go cold turkey) if you know where to look.

  • Opinion: National Security Agency Pressed to Reveal Details on Google Deal

    The Electronic Privacy Information Center is locking horns with the National Security Agency over a secret deal the agency cut with Google following an attack on Gmail by Chinese hackers in 2010.

  • Opinion: Google Explains Gmail's Spam Filtering Process

    For those who have always wondered why some e-mails arrive in Gmail’s spam folder, Google has updated the service to explain to what determines that spam is spam.

  • Opinion: International Travel and Your Laptop

    Shanta Hasan asked me for advice about traveling internationally with a laptop.



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