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More Security Opinion

  • 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.

  • 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.



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