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More Security Opinion

  • 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.

  • Opinion: Create a Different, Secure, Easy-to-Remember Password for Every Site

    Is there a bigger hassle than password management?

  • Opinion: Pinterest Is Fertile Ground for Online Scams

    Pinterest has exploded onto the social networking scene as the new hot thing to do. Beware what you click on or pin, though. The skyrocketing popularity of the site isn't lost on cyber criminals, and the very nature of the site makes it ripe for exploitation by online scammers.

  • Opinion: Anonymous Desktop OS Released, Hacking Tools Included

    The hacking group Anonymous now has its own desktop operating system, pre-loaded with tools for finding Website vulnerabilities and simulating denial-of-service attacks. However, some members of the group are already distancing themselves from the software.

  • Opinion: Secure Your Home or Office Wi-Fi

    By default, wireless routers and access points have security turned off. Without Wi-Fi security enabled, anyone nearby can leech off your wireless Internet, see where you're browsing, capture your passwords to some websites, and possibly access your PCs and files. Some models help you turn security on via a wizard during initial setup or recommend using buttons or PINs; others require you to enable it manually via the router's Web interface.

  • Opinion: Tweaking Lion's firewall

    Reader Jake Tesler is ready to set Lion's firewall on fire. He writes:

  • Opinion: We Saw Where You Went: App Traces Workers' Steps Abroad

    Apparently the news that people don't like having their whereabouts known, tracked, and compiled hasn't reached all corners. Over the past year, Google and Apple have come under governmental scrutiny for collecting users' location information, and the topic was hot last weekend at the South By Southwest confab in Austin, Texas.

  • Opinion: Microsoft Issues Urgent Patch for 'Wormable' RDP Vulnerability

    Microsoft released six new security bulletins today for the March 2012 Patch Tuesday. Six is a very reasonable number--far short of some of the overwhelming barrages typical of many 2011 Patch Tuesdays. But, one of the six is a dangerous flaw in RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol) that evokes post-traumatic stress flashbacks to the CodeRed, Nimda, and SQL Slammer days.

  • Opinion: SXSW: Is Browser Tracking and Data Harvesting Good or Bad?

    I spent almost all of my first full day here at SXSW attending sessions and talking to smart people about data privacy. After talking to both hardcore privacy advocates on one side and Internet companies and advertisers on the other, I’m starting to see the real outlines of the issue.



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