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More Security Opinion

  • Opinion: Highlight Is Like the 'ChatRoulette' of iOS Apps

    One of the apps that is getting a lot of attention in Austin at this year's South By Southwest (SXSW) Interactive conference is Highlight. The social app automatically notifies you when other Highlight users you may have something in common with are nearby. The concept is either sort of cool, or a bit creepy and stalkerish.

  • Opinion: Lost Smartphone? Don't Plan On Seeing It Again

    You know that sinking feeling in your stomach when you realize you don't know where your smartphone is? Thankfully, every time I have experienced that I have been able to resolve it by simply calling it and following the rings to find out what couch cushion it fell behind. But, what happens when you really lose your smartphone--like leaving it in a taxi, or at a restaurant?

  • Opinion: 48 NASA Laptops Stolen in Two Years: A Case for Better Encryption Practices

    It's not only businesses that need to worry about laptop security.

  • Opinion: Mobile Phone Jamming Getting Attention

    Mobile phone conversations on buses, at train stations and in restaurants can be distracting to other people and they can even create public safety concerns for law enforcement, but is it ever OK for a third-party to block those calls?

  • Opinion: 6 Security Trends to Watch For

    For security researchers, there's never a dull moment; online criminals constantly find new security holes to exploit, and new ways to get at your personal data. At this year's RSA security conference in San Francisco, I got to speak with representatives from several companies about what to expect in the coming months. Here are some of the dangerous new malware trends to watch for in 2012.

  • Opinion: Hackers Elect Futurama's Bender to the Washington DC School Board

    Electronic voting has earned a pretty bad reputation for being insecure and completely unreliable. Well, get ready to add another entry to e-voting's list of woes.

  • Opinion: Multinational Consumer Group Asks Google to Delay Privacy Changes

    A coalition of North American and European consumer advocacy groups has called on Google to suspend its plans to change its privacy policies on March 1. The Trans Atlantic Consumer Dialogue (TACD) claims the move to change policies is "unfair and unwise."

  • Opinion: HTTPS Everywhere Update: Now Reports Website Weaknesses

    HTTPS Everywhere, a collaborative security project produced by The Tor Project and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), has been updated to identify security weaknesses in websites visited with Mozilla Firefox.

  • Opinion: "Do Not Track" Has It Backwards

    Google is doing its part for Internet privacy by adding a Do Not Track feature to its Chrome Web browser. The move is admirable, and Do Not Track may be better than nothing, but why should users have to opt out of having their online actions monitored?

  • Opinion: Giving the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights Some Teeth

    President Obama unveiled a blueprint for a Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights. The initiative is long overdue, and has been received favorably, but protecting consumer privacy may take more than a framework of principles for companies to voluntarily follow.

  • Opinion: Obama's Internet Bill Of Rights Will Be Hard to Enforce: Here's Why

    The real question about the new Internet "Bill of Rights" from the White House is how exactly will these rights be enforced and interpreted?

  • Opinion: Universal 'Do Not Track' Button: A Recipe for Disappointment

    A series of escalating privacy complaints, and President Obama's Bill of Rights for consumer privacy on the Internet, has pushed the Digital Advertising Alliance (DAA), a coalition of Internet giants, to support a universal "do not track" feature to be built into future Web browsers.

  • Opinion: Regulators Take Action Against Apps That Abuse Your Privacy

    If you've been waiting for government regulators to step in and do something about apps that collect and transmit your data without telling you, I have some good news for you: The State of California, along with a number of major tech companies, teamed up Wednesday to have come together to strengthen privacy protections in smartphone and tablet apps.

  • Opinion: Google Privacy Fiasco Lesson: There Is No Privacy

    Google is in some hot water for bypassing privacy controls on the Safari Web browser in iOS devices--and allegedly on Internet Explorer as well--to surreptitiously track users' online activities. While Google deals with the backlash and regulatory scrutiny from the FTC, there is an important lesson to be learned: privacy is dead.

  • Opinion: When Is a Cybercrime an Act of Cyberwar?

    There is growing talk of cyberwar, as opposed to run-of-the-mill cybercrime. There are also terms that lies somewhere in the middle called cyber espionage, and cyber hacktivism--which is sort of like cyber terrorism for good guys. At the heart of the debate is an attempt to define the scope of an appropriate response to each type of threat.

  • Opinion: Should The FTC Investigate Google's Safari Gaffe?

    Privacy advocates and now some members of Congress say Google should answer for its practice of bypassing the default privacy settings of potentially millions of users of Apple's Safari browser.

  • Opinion: The Cloud, Day 24: Backing Up Your Cloud

    There always seems to be a lot of backlash and fuss going around the Internet about how much personal information is shared between my social networks and other sites or services. It occurred to me, though: what if the opposite happened, and rather than too much data being shared you went to visit Facebook or Twitter and all of your data was gone?

  • Opinion: How Secure is My Facebook Information?

    Spiderowych found some private Facebook information online, and asked the Web Browsing and Email forum if the social network is safe.

  • Opinion: Apple: Apps That Take Your Contact Info Are in Violation, Fix Coming Soon

    Apple has finally issued a response to the week-long uproar around the web about iPhone apps that upload users' contact data without their explicit permission. According to AllThingsD, an Apple spokesperson said that an iOS update will require all apps gain "explicit user approval" before accessing the Address Book.

  • Opinion: Microsoft Says 'Happy Valentine's Day' with Nine Security Bulletins

    While you struggle to figure out whether your significant other would rather have jewelry, chocolate, flowers, or all of the above, Microsoft has an entirely different view on what to give for Valentine's Day. Although we're nearly half way through the month, it just so happens that today is the second Tuesday of February--and that means it's Patch Tuesday.



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