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More Security Opinion

  • 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.

  • Opinion: 7 Ways to Protect Your Business Printers

    Can a hacker burn down your business by remotely setting one of your printers on fire? Researchers at Columbia University have recently proposed such a scenario, although HP quickly denied that it's possible. However, even if your printers can't be used as remote firestarters, there are many risks involved in networking a printer.

  • Opinion: Carrier IQ Rootkit Logs Everything On Millions Of Phones

    If you use an Android, BlackBerry, or Nokia smartphone then you may be at risk of being illegally wire tapped by Carrier IQ--a provider of performance monitoring software for Smart Phones.

  • Opinion: Lucky Supermarkets Of California Finds Tampered Card Readers

    If you shop at any of the Lucky Supermarkets in California, you may want to check your bank card accounts. On November 23, 2011, Lucky notified customers that the company had found compromised credit/debit card readers in twenty of their stores.

  • Opinion: Researchers Crack Blu-Ray Encryption With Cheap Hardware

    How much does it cost to crack Blu-ray encryption? Not much, apparently: Researchers at the Secure Hardware Group of Germany's Ruhr University of Bochum (RUB) have cracked Intel's encryption protocol protecting Blu-ray discs and other HD media using a $267 custom board.

  • Opinion: Finally, Some Privacy! Cool LCD Monitor Hack Helps Keep Your Secrets

    Prying eyes at work? Want some privacy at home? If you have had enough of others peering over your shoulder, looking at your computer screen and judging you for looking at Facebook, LOLcats, or an um, "inappropriate" website, hack yourself a privacy monitor. For little up-front cost, you can have a computer monitor that, along with special glasses, allows only you to see what's on the screen. Everyone else will just see a white blank screen.

  • Opinion: 5 Tips To Shop Safe On Cyber Monday

    Cyber Monday holiday shoppers beware -- scammers can be lurking with bogus websites and fake emails to separate you from your money or even your identity.

  • Opinion: Some Malls Tracking Shoppers Through Their Cell Phones This Holiday Season

    For some mall shoppers, Black Friday has become Track Friday.

  • Opinion: Black Friday: Update Your Parents' Browser Day?

    Here's a family-friendly holiday idea from The Atlantic: Rather than shop on Black Friday, upgrade your technophobic parents' ancient Web browser.

  • Opinion: 'Web cookies are good!' says Google and the Citizens Advice Bureau

    Google wants everyone to feel good about sharing web cookies and IP addresses. And the Citizens Advice Bureau is happy to sing along.

  • Opinion: The Cloud, Day 10: Storing Data in the Cloud

    Aside from email, one of the most known and widely used “cloud” services is data storage. As I continue my 30 Days With the Cloud journey, I have a wide choice of online storage options to choose from. Today I will take a look at some of them, and some of the pros and cons of using cloud storage at all.

  • Opinion: Mobile Malware Crisis? Not So Fast

    There's been a flurry of coverage of mobile malware over the past few days, including two separate reports declaring both 2011 and 2012 "the year of mobile malware."



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