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  • Opinion: Edward Snowden: Dropbox is 'hostile to privacy'

    Dropbox is a very popular cloud storage service, but NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden is no fan. In a recent interview with The Guardian, Snowden called Dropbox a "targeted, wannabe PRISM partner" that is "very hostile to privacy."

  • Opinion: The game isn't over yet for Gameover malware

    In early June the U.S. Department of Justice revealed that the Gameover Zeus (GOZ) botnet had been disabled thanks to the success of a joint effort dubbed "Operation Tovar." The celebration appears to have been premature, though, as security researchers have already discovered a resurgence of Gameover malware infections.

  • Opinion: ID cards and implants: convenient or a step too far?

    If you could have a chip implanted or carry around an ID card that meant you never again had to prove your ID, remember logins and passwords and so on, would you do it? That's the question we put to more than 4,000 visitors to PCAdvisor.co.uk, and the results might surprise you.

  • Opinion: Don't panic! Yes, Windows 7 is leaving mainstream support but it isn't being abandoned

    Earlier this week, Microsoft reminded the world that it will stop providing "mainstream support" for Windows 7 (and a slew of other products) in January of 2015. Immediately, the Web was flooded in a wave of confused or downright fearmongering headlines and articles implying that Windows 7 is following Windows XP into the graveyard.

  • Opinion: Some files need encryption and some files don't

    Andre De Beer asked if certain files on his hard drive need encryption. Some do and some don't.

  • Opinion: Blackshades: how Police cracked down on the hackers

    Blackshades is a nasty form of creepware that can take control of a computer remotely and give hackers a dangerous amount of access to your data. A worldwide law enforcement operation this month caught the creators of the software, and arrested many who were engaged in criminal use. We explore the story, and see what damage Blackshades wreaked.

  • Opinion: PopVote, CloudFlare trump DDoS attack

    Popular events on the Internet tend to jam channels solid. Rugby Sevens tickets, collectible dolls, what-have-you...when popularity spikes, cyberdemand overwhelms servers. Massive e-tailers like Amazon or Taobao, for example, use scalability at high levels when their traffic spikes during seasonal events.

  • Opinion: How to stop Facebook experimenting on you

    Facebook's in the firing line this week for running psychological experiments on 689,000 of its users back in 2012. Sounds scary, right? Well...

  • Opinion: How Google declared open war against passwords at I/O

    Google hasn't been shy in the past about its desire to kill the password, and at Google I/O, the company started throwing punches.

  • Opinion: Google's move into home automation means even less privacy

    Plans by smart thermostat maker Nest Labs to share some customer data with corporate parent Google means the search engine giant will be fending off privacy concerns as it expands into home automation.

  • Opinion: With Android L, Google makes pitch for enterprise users

    Google will provide enterprise-focused security and management features to its entire Android showcase of mobile devices, including features reserved only for Samsung devices running Samsung security software called Knox, a Google executive announced during the Google I/O keynote address Wednesday.

  • Opinion: Watch the web get hacked in real time on this mesmerizing map

    The constant barrage of headlines trumpeting high-profile security breaches makes it easy to understand at a high level that hack attacks are on the rise, but mere words alone don't truly convey the scope of the constant threats. A mesmerizing example of data visualization by computer security firm Norse lets you see penetration attempts in real time, via a DEFCON-esque map that feels like it was ripped right from the old WarGames movie.

  • Opinion: Study: 7 in 10 concerned about security of Internet-of-Things

    The Internet-of-Things is a thing. If you haven't heard about it yet, get ready because we're in the early stages of an explosion of technology that will connect, monitor, and in some cases share almost every aspect of our lives. Fortinet conducted a survey of consumers to find out what people think about the security and privacy concerns of the Internet-of-Things.

  • Opinion: Study: Concern over mobile device theft on the rise

    Have you ever had a smartphone or tablet stolen? The devices' size and portability makes them prime targets for criminals, and there is a rising trend of people being mugged for their mobile devices. A new study found that consumers are increasingly concerned with the risk of having a mobile device stolen.

  • Opinion: Defend yourself against World Cup scams

    The 2014 World Cup tournament kicks off today in Brazil. Soccer (or football anywhere outside of the United States) is the most popular sport in the world, and billions of people will be following the matches closely. While you're busy figuring out how to stream games to your work PC while appearing to be busy with an Excel spreadsheet, you should be aware that World Cup will also be a feeding frenzy of malware and phishing attacks.

  • Opinion: Vigilance is the only cure for comment spam

    One of the best ways to demonstrate expertise and establish a positive reputation for your business or your employer is by sharing information through posts on a website. And one of the best ways to engage customers is to allow comments on those posts and to respond to them. If you're not careful, though, spammers will derail your comments and possibly drive potential customers away.

  • Opinion: TweetDeck patches XSS vulnerability after rampant pop-up spam

    If you saw strange pop-up messages in TweetDeck this morning, you weren't alone. It wasn't the work of the Syrian Electronic Army, just some relatively harmless XSS exploitation.

  • Opinion: Can your ISP read what you send over Facebook?

    Maeve asked "Can your ISP read conversations that you have with people over Facebook?"

  • Opinion: Google's Chrome Gmail encryption extension hides NSA-jabbing Easter Egg

    Google is famous for its Easter Eggs, including web pages that do barrel rolls or blink or hide video games--but rarely do Google's bits of fun take a political tone. Showing just unhappy the company or at least its engineers are with the National Security Agency's surveillance activities Google included a jab at America's spooks in a new Chrome browser extension.

  • Opinion: Snowden versus James Bond

    The media spotlight hit Hong Kong last year when former government contractor Edward J Snowden spilled the beans on the NSA's extensive spying program. The youthful tech guru then hightailed it to Russia, where he remains. In April, the Washington Post and Guardian US won the Pulitzer Prize for public service, one of journalism's more prestigious awards, for their articles based on NSA documents leaked by Snowden.



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