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More Security Opinion

  • Opinion: FireAMP Fights Malware with Big Data Analytics

    SourceFire is a trusted name in information security. It has been around for over 10 years, and it is the steward of popular open source tools like Snort intrusion detection. Now, SourceFire is using big data analytics to give organizations better tools to fight malware with FireAMP.

  • Opinion: Has Anonymous Crossed the Line with MegaUpload.com Retaliation?

    The hacker collective known as “Anonymous” has always been controversial. With the massive effort to retaliate for the takedown of file-sharing site MegaUpload.com, though, it may have cross the line from “hacktivist” to common cyber criminal.

  • Opinion: Anonymous Retaliates Against MegaUpload Takedown, Knocks MPAA, RIAA Sites Offline

    In a hastily assembled retaliation against the federal shutdown of MegaUpload.com, hacktivist group Anonymous has allegedly taken down a number of websites--including those of the U.S. Department of Justice, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

  • Opinion: Google's 'Good to Know' Is a Great Online Privacy Resource for Business

    Good to Know is a Google site that provides an overview on how to keep your personal information safe while online. While Good to Know is was designed with personal Web browsing in mind, you can use the tools Google offers on to help your employees better understand online privacy to protect both themselves and your clients.

  • Opinion: Log into Gmail on a PC via Your Smartphone

    Google recently introduced a fun (and more secure) way to log into your Google account from a public terminal without entering your password into the PC, and instead using your smartphone and a QR code.

  • Opinion: Malware Destroyed My Data

    Malware infected Jazzy007's PC, and his data disappeared--even after he removed the culprit. He asked the Answer Line forum for help.

  • Opinion: Microsoft Slays the BEAST, and Six Other Patch Tuesday Updates

    Happy New Year! We are already at the second Tuesday of 2012, and that means it's time for the first Patch Tuesday of the year. Microsoft has released a total of seven security bulletins -- one ranked as "critical", with the remaining 6 designated merely as "important".

  • Opinion: Web Developer Add-On Helps You Debug Web Pages in Firefox

    Modern Web browsers are designed to provide the fastest browsing experience possible for users. They use technologies such as caching (saving parts of the page locally for future visits) that are great for end users, but can be major annoyances when developing websites. To switch these features off selectively, I use Web Developer for Firefox.

  • Opinion: Debug Web Pages in Firefox With Firebug

    For Web developers like me, one of the most burning questions is "why does the page look like this?" Firebug is a free add-on for Firefox that can answer that question very quickly and in great detail. With over 1.6 million users and a five-star review average from 1,144 user reviews, Firebug 1.8.4 is a must-have Web development utility, especially when you consider the price tag (free).

  • Opinion: The Cloud, Day 21: My Data Might Be Safer in the Cloud

    Yesterday I talked about my concerns about the security of my data if I store it in the cloud. It seems like an awful lot of faith to put in a third-party to expect it to protect my data. However, there is a flip side to that coin that suggests that maybe my data is better off in their hands than mine.

  • Opinion: The Cloud, Day 20: What About Security?

    30 Days With the Cloud: Day 20

  • Opinion: Stratfor Offers ID Protection for Victims of Anonymous Hack

    Stratfor, the global security intelligence firm that was hacked over the holiday weekend by Anonymous, is offering victims of the breach a year's worth of identity and fraud protection services for free.

  • Opinion: Hide and Secure Data With Folder Lock

    Folder Lock 7 is a jack-of-all-trades for file encryption and data security. Not only does it encrypt and hide volumes and folders with an on-the-fly 256-bit algorithm, it also protects USB drives and creates wallets to list and store important information such as bank accounts, online passwords, and such. The program goes even further with a secure erase (shred) function, data lockers (think Windows Briefcase), and the ability to run stealthily--that is, without any sign that it's operating.

  • Opinion: Dazzlepod Offers Stratfor Customers a Way to Check on Anonymous Hack

    Dazzlepod, a Web development company, has launched a website that allows customers of the global intelligence firm Stratfor to determine whether their e-mail addresses have been compromised in a data breach by the hacker collective Anonymous.

  • Opinion: FTC Fishes for Info on Facial Recognition

    A federal agency charged with protecting consumer rights is gathering information on the new uses of facial recognition in contexts such as social networks, digital signs and mobile apps, and it's asking the public for help.

  • Opinion: Vitamin D Turns Your Webcam Into a Security Camera

    Recently, I decided I wanted to use a webcam connected to my desktop computer as a security camera, to see what's happening around the apartment when I'm away. I then started looking for programs that would let me do that, and stumbled upon Vitamin D, which can turn one or more webcams into a full-fledged video surveillance system. It's available in a free Starter edition, a $49 Basic edition (reviewed here), and a $199 Pro edition.

  • Opinion: Three Important Ways Windows 8 Provides Password Protection

    More than ever, passwords are a part of our lives, the key to our digital identity. On average, each of us has 25 online accounts, and that is beyond the internal systems you also need to authenticate to in your business. You should have unique, complex passwords for each system, but who can remember all of that? Windows 8 will include features that make it easier to manage your digital identity so your business's data stays safe.

  • 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.



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