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  • Opinion: Facebook Timeline: The 7-Day Countdown Must-Do Checklist

    Get ready for your Facebook past to come back with a vengeance; the social network is now rolling out its new profile layout, Timeline, to all users worldwide. Timeline is basically an online scrapbook that displays your Facebook activity in reverse chronological order going back to when you first joined the social network.

  • Opinion: Carrier IQ Poses a Threat Despite Good Intentions

    Carrier IQ isn't the bad guy. The mobile device and network diagnostic firm issued a detailed report earlier this week explaining what its software does and how the data is used. However, benign intent doesn't change the fact that the Carrier IQ software infringes on privacy and exposes personal data to unnecessary risk.

  • Opinion: Better Protection Needed for Those Who Shop by Phone?

    Shoppers who use their mobile phones to pay for products need more protection than they're currently getting from wireless carriers, according to a leading consumer protection group.

  • Opinion: SMS Fraud Is Not Unique to Android

    Google is yanking a number of apps from the Android Market after discovering that they are fraudulent. Although such apps are more likely to be found with Android than on rival platforms, the concept of fraud is an equal opportunity threat that extends far beyond Android mobile devices.

  • Opinion: Microsoft Uses Android Malware Hysteria to Offer Free Windows Phones

    Microsoft is capitalizing on a recent Android malware scam by giving away free Windows Phones to five Android users with the worst malware horror stories. Ben Rudolph, Microsoft's Windows Phone evangelist, announced the contest on Twitter using the hashtag #droidrage. Microsoft followed Rudolph's lead and publicized the contest on its official Twitter feed.

  • Opinion: Carrier IQ Explains Itself: 5 Highlights

    Mobile device and network diagnostic firm Carrier IQ early Tuesday issued a detailed report about what it is up to with your smartphone data. The company has been under fire ever since Trevor Eckhart discovered CIQ software working behind the scenes on a variety of smartphones. Eckhart originally accused CIQ of installing malware on people's phones and monitoring users' key presses, SMS messages, location data and web browsing history.

  • Opinion: Windows Phone 7.5 SMS Vulnerability Can Disable Messaging

    Windows Phone 7 devices are susceptible to an SMS vulnerability that could lock users out of their messaging functions. The discovery comes from a tipster at the WinRumors blog, who demonstrated that a malicious SMS sent to Windows Phone 7.5 phones would force it to reboot and lock down the messaging hub.

  • Opinion: Android Market Apps Pulled Due to SMS Fraud

    Google has pulled another batch of malicious apps from the Android Market, this time for secretly sending out text messages that result in hidden charges for users.

  • Opinion: Google+ Facial Recognition Uses Magic Words--'Opt-In'

    Google introduced a facial recognition feature for its Google+ social network. So far, it has been fairly well received--in stark contrast to a similar feature Facebook launched a few months ago. The main difference between the two? Google asked permission.

  • Opinion: Free Downloads That Are Worth a Donation, Part 2

    People often think of software as either commercial (including shareware), or free (including open-source offerings). But somewhere in between lies another large category of software: donationware. The creators of such programs give the software away for free, in the hope that appreciative users will donate to support the application or a cause the developer wishes to promote. In this article I cover lesser-known gems. For more-renowned donationware, read "Free Downloads That Are Worth a Donation, Part 1."

  • Opinion: Google's Schmidt Slams Carrier IQ

    Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt has criticized Carrier IQ, the maker of a controversial app that secretly collects personal info from smartphones, but also says that Google can't do anything to prevent the software from being installed on Android devices by handset makers and wireless carriers.

  • Opinion: Merry Christmas! Microsoft Plans Massive Patch Tuesday to Close 2011

    Microsoft is playing Scrooge this year for any IT admins who were hoping to relax and ride out the rest of the year. There are 14 security bulletins planned for next week's Patch Tuesday--one that happens to fall unusually late in the month thanks to December starting on a Thursday, and leaves IT admins with little time to patch before the holidays.

  • Opinion: Channel your negative thoughts

    Being connected allows us to take advantage of all sorts of things: above all else, the web is an exceptional source of information. But it also lets us channel our negative thoughts.

  • Opinion: Adobe Reader Zero Day Under Attack on Windows

    Adobe Reader is under attack again. Adobe has issued a security advisory with details of the latest critical flaw in the popular PDF-viewing utility.

  • Opinion: Facebook Scrambles to Fix Security Hole Exposing Private Pictures

    A flaw in Facebook's system for reporting objectionable photos on the website was exploited to view confidential images from its members' accounts. The exploit has already been used to snatch photos from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg's private photo collection which has been posted to Web.

  • Opinion: RIM's Mobile Fusion Solution - Will Government Bite?

    There's both good news and bad news for Research in Motion (RIM), the Canadian company that builds the long-popular BlackBerry smart phone devices.

  • Opinion: iOS Safer from Malware than Android, Security Firm Says

    A new report from security firm McAfee finds mobile threats are on the rise, and iOS users seem to be much safer than Android fans.

  • Opinion: Carrier IQ: It's Time for Straight Answers

    In a perfect world, wireless carriers would respond to the discovery of Carrier IQ with straight answers. They'd list the devices that run the software, which can record users' every move for the purposes of troubleshooting and performance improvements. They'd explain what data is being stored, and for how long. And they'd give users a way to opt out of data collection.

  • Opinion: Critical Systems at Risk Despite Water Utility False Alarm

    A couple weeks ago there were reports that a water utility in Illinois had been hacked--and a water pump subsequently damaged--by attackers based in Russia. A DHS investigation determined that no such hack ever occurred, but security experts warn that more still needs to be done to protect the critical infrastructure.

  • Opinion: Congressman Still Has Privacy Concerns About Kindle Fire's Browser

    Silk, the Web browser Amazon bundles with its Kindle Fire tablet, has been a burr in the side of US Representative Ed Markey since the world's largest retailer announced it in October. And a letter from Amazon to the Massachusetts Democrat hasn't salved his privacy concerns about the browser.



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