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More Security Opinion

  • 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.

  • 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."



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