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More Security Opinion

  • Opinion: Gmail Without Web Access, Too Much Security

    It's that time again--reader Q&A time, that is. This week I answer questions on getting to Gmail messages when you don't have Internet access and how much security software is too much.

  • Opinion: Don't Overload Your PC with Security Software

    Reader Steve uses a program called Vipre Premium to keep his PC secure. The suite offers anti-virus, anti-malware, anti-spyware, a firewall, e-mail protection--basically, the works.

  • Opinion: Comodo CEO Says DigiNotar Hack Was State-Sponsored

    An attack on a Dutch company that issues certificates used to authenticate websites was state-sponsored, according to the chief executive of Comodo, a company that also issues digital certificates and suffered a similar setback in March.

  • Opinion: Security Threat: Beware the Office Multifunction Printer

    Cybercriminals are always looking for easy ways to break into your network, whether at work or at home. In a talk at this summer's DefCon 19 conference, security researcher Deral Heiland demonstrated various ways to compromise Internet-ready consumer-grade multifunction printers. These include printers that can scan to a file, scan to email, and fax documents, and the vulnerabilities he found are similar across all vendors.

  • Opinion: WikiLeaks Leak of Its Leaks Puts Sources at Risk

    It is hard not to be the center of controversy when you're a site like WikiLeaks that specializes in exposing information that was never intended for the general public. The whistleblowing, freedom of the press advocate is in hot water again as it is the victim itself of a breach that exposed US State Department communications that had been leaked to it.

  • Opinion: Is It Really Necessary To Logout of Web Sites?

    Keith Stanley wants to know if he should really logout of Web sites that require a login when he's done with them.

  • Opinion: How to Make Your Google Accounts More Secure

    About a month ago I received an email from Blizzard Entertainment stating that a new World of Warcraft account had been started using my personal Gmail address. Someone with the user name of "Zhang" was hoping to do a little night elf adventuring using my data. I got on the phone with Blizzard right away, and they canceled the account faster than you can say Ogrimmar.

  • Opinion: NSA, AT&T Warrantless Wiretapping Case Set for Court

    Two cases involving widespread warrantless wiretapping of U.S. citizens by the National Security Agency will face a major hurdle Wednesday in a federal appeals court in Seattle. A procedural hearing will be held to determine whether actions by the NSA and AT&T, which cooperated with the agency, can be challenged in court.

  • Opinion: Performance art

    Performance is a rather intangible concept. When we look at computing technology, it’s seen as a worthy goal – but how do you quantify it?

  • Opinion: Safeguarding what's yours

    Just as tech companies have a vested interest in controlling their information and intellectual property, we need to start using tools to control valuable, saleable information about ourselves.

  • Opinion: One password for multiple accounts: don't do it!

    When you leave your flat, do you leave the door wide open with your jewelry and valuables on the coffee table? When you visit a popular coffee shop, do you leave your iPad and smartphone on the table and go off shopping for an hour or two?

  • Opinion: Caution: Should You Share Your Location on Facebook?

    Facebook recently rolled out a number of changes to the social networking site. One of the changes eliminates the concept of Facebook Places, but instead incorporates location-aware updates at virtually every level of Facebook. You might want to think twice, though, before broadcasting your location to the anonymous masses online.

  • Opinion: Google's War Against Scraper Sites Continues

    Google appears to be getting ready to launch another offensive against website scrapers.

  • Opinion: How To Protect Yourself From Supercookies

    Everybody loves cookies, those little packets of code that websites leave in your browser. We love them because they make Web browsing more convenient by saving our usernames, passwords and other unique data from one session to the next. Marketing companies love them because they uniquely identify visitors and can be combined with traffic logs to compile a profile of your interests and browsing habits.

  • Opinion: Facebook's New Privacy Settings And Your Business

    Facebook announced Tuesday that it will be introducing a handful of privacy changes to their 750 million users. AllthingsD reports that the new privacy features will go into effect on August 25, initially to only one percent of all Facebook users.

  • Opinion: Facebook Changes Aimed at Improved Privacy

    Facebook Tuesday announced changes to its user interface that are designed to improve user privacy and make the social network's privacy options easier to find.

  • Opinion: Android Becoming Prime Target for Malware Makers

    Attacks on Android by malware writers have jumped 76 percent over the last three months, making it the most assaulted mobile operating system on earth during the period, according to a report by cybersecurity solutions maker McAfee.

  • Opinion: Is Cloud-Based Backup Safe?

    Melissa has her doubts about backing up online. "With hackers now able to hack into government and large holding companies' computers, wouldn't I also be at risk?"

  • Opinion: Cleaning Malware: Slave Drive or Bootable CD?

    Kent knows that you can better scan and clean an infected PC's hard drive by not booting from it. He asked the Antivirus & Security Software forum if it's better to boot from a Linux CD and run security software from that, or to remove the hard drive, and attach it as a secondary drive to another computer.

  • Opinion: The web ties that bind

    We’re moving inexorably towards an ever-more web-centric way of working and accessing entertainment, but in return we’re giving up more and more of ourselves. It’s free to join, but you may never fully escape Google’s web.



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