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More Security Opinion

  • 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.

  • Opinion: How Do I See Who's Been Using My PC?

    AzharIqbal asked the Other Hardware forum how to see who else is using his computer.

  • Opinion: Google Wallet Suspends Prepaid Credit Card Functions

    The fourth paragraph of the PC World blog, "Google Wallet Suspends Prepaid Credit Card Functions," which posted to the newswire Sunday, was missing some words. The story has been corrected on the wire and that paragraph now reads:

  • Opinion: Google Wallet Suspends Prepaid Credit Card Functions

    Google has suspended prepaid capabilities on credit cards linked to its mobile wallet after a security flaw was exposed.

  • Opinion: Hack Attacks Proliferate with CIA, State of Alabama Latest Victims

    Hackers are on a spree again with the latest infiltration of websites run by the CIA and the state of Alabama, an alarming trend that lays bare the ease and frequency with which they seem to be able to cause mischief.

  • Opinion: Protect Our Data! A Digital Consumer Bill of Rights

    You've been uploading pictures, sharing stories, and entering personal data into your favorite social network for years. Now the network says that all of your data is public and that it's going to share the information with an advertiser.

  • Opinion: Hackers Ask 'Will You Be My Valentine?'

    There are only five days to Valentine's Day. Those of you who are shocked by that revelation are prime targets for Valentine's Day related spam and phishing attacks as hackers hope to catch you with your guard down for this day of romance.

  • Opinion: Can I Safely Open a File That Contains "Macros?"

    Ronald Albaitis tried opening a file and got a warning that it contained "macros." He asked me what they are and whether he should be concerned.



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