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  • Opinion: Why Facebook Facial Recognition is Creepy: Redux

    Several months ago I wrote an article called "Why Facebook Facial Recognition is Creepy." It was sparked by a feature Facebook had just rolled out to people--facial recognition, or the ability to identify people in photos.

  • Opinion: Experts Disagree on Android Call Recording 'Trojan'

    According to some headlines, the sky is falling on Android. No, I am not referring to the headlines predicting that the iPhone 5 will double Apple's smartphone market share and leave Android in its dust. I am referring to reports that a new Trojan has infiltrated the Android ecosystem. Some experts, however, suggest this may not be malware, but simply an app working as intended.

  • Opinion: ISP Data-Retention Bill Rankles Privacy Advocates

    A proposed law designed to fight child pornography has rankled privacy advocates because it would require Internet service providers to keep 12-month logs of customers' names, credit card information and other identifying information that are tied to temporarily assigned network addresses.

  • Opinion: Nine Creepy Apps

    There was an old Andy Griffith episode involving a stranger who arrived in Mayberry and knew so much about the townspeople and the goings-on of the town that it was as if he’d lived there for years. Everyone was mystified, but it turned out that the stranger was getting his information from the local paper, which he’d been receiving in the mail.

  • Opinion: Apple iPad, Day 24: Securing and Protecting the iPad

    30 Days With the iPad: Day 24

  • Opinion: How Dangerous is Web Surfing?

    Samantha asked the Antivirus & Security Software forum about the likelihood of a web site infecting her PC, and whether certain types of web sites are more dangerous than others.

  • Opinion: Anonymous Hackers Meet the Long Arm of the Law

    Civil disobedience isn't always glamorous--especially when it comes time to pay the piper.

  • Opinion: News Corp. Hit By Multiple Hack Attacks: LulzSec Returns

    They're back! The notorious hacking group LulzSec resurfaced Monday and claimed responsibility for hacking the U.K.'s The Sun website owned by News Corp. Starting at approximately 6:30 ET Monday the visitors to The Sun's website were redirected to Lulzsec's Twitter account page where it posted a tweet erroneously announced the death of Rupert Murdoch, CEO of News Corp., due to the ingestion of "a large quantity of palladium."

  • Opinion: Wipe an Old PC Before Saying Goodbye

    SistemError asked the Desktops forum how best to prepare two aging PCs for their new owners.

  • Opinion: Proceed With Caution: Google+ Is Forever

    The world is still gaga for Google+. If you are just getting started, or still waiting anxiously for an invitation, though, take a step back and cool your jets. Think carefully before you get too deep into Google+ because you won't be able to change the email address associated with your Google social network...ever.

  • Opinion: 24,000 Pentagon Files Stolen in Major Cyberattack

    The Department of Defense says it was hit by a cyberattack by a "foreign intelligence service" that managed to pilfer 24,000 sensitive files.The attack, which occurred in March, was perpetrated by an unnamed "nation state," according to Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III. Lynn who disclosed the breach during a speech Thursday outlining the Pentagon's new cyber strategy for dealing with cyber-breaches.

  • Opinion: Sony Executive: PSN Hack Was a Great Learning Experience

    Sony's president of network entertainment must look at the world through rose-colored glasses because he describes the hacking that took down the PlayStation Network as "a great learning experience."

  • Opinion: How to Protect Your Privacy on Google+

    The founder of the social network decided to get a little antisocial on another service. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Google's Larry Page and Sergey Brin all elected to up their privacy settings on Google+.

  • Opinion: Spy Cam Artist Gets Secret Service Visit

    If you recently visited a New York City Apple Store, you may have unwittingly participated in an art project that earned its creator a visit from the U.S. Secret Service.

  • Opinion: G Data gets upwardly mobile

    It’s a competitive market in the world of Windows security software. But that hasn’t deterred virus specialist G Data from making a new push beyond its home German market to these shores.

  • Opinion: Tor Network Cloaks Your Browsing From Prying Eyes

    You are not anonymous on the Internet. Even if you practice safe surfing by keeping your name, credit card number, and other private data off the Web, your Internet service provider may not be so scrupulous. Many telecom companies and search engines log user activities, and smart snoopers can mine these logs for your IP address and browsing history to figure out where you live, what you like and who you've been talking to.

  • Opinion: WinPatrol Keeps Watch Over Your PC--And It's Still Free

    WinPatrol, the handy security utility that serves as a virtual guard dog is back in its 2011 version. The update adds little in the way of new marquee features, but WinPatrol (free) remains an incredibly useful way to monitor the programs running on your PC--especially those that attempt to make any changes to it.

  • Opinion: Hackers Gone Mild: 6 Rebels Turned Insiders

    Sony hacker George Hotz a.k.a Geohot is reportedly working at Facebook after spending several years agitating technology giants. The news follows Hotz's antics this year when Sony sued him for distributing digital keys and a set of tools that would let you run illegally copied games on the PlayStation 3. Before his Sony showdown, Hotz was also one of the first people to jailbreak Apple's iPhone with a hardware unlock, although software tools that could do the same job soon replaced this method.

  • Opinion: How to Stop Hack Attacks In One Easy Step: Whitelisting

    Anonymous, LulzSec, and others have demonstrated time and time again over the past few months that hacking networks and compromising data is mere child's play. Does that mean there is nothing we can do, and that organizations should just accept inadequate security? No. At least one security expert believes that the answer to defending networks and data against the rise in attacks is simple--whitelisting.

  • Opinion: Report: 1 in 4 US Hackers are FBI Informants

    Twenty-five percent of US hackers are FBI informants, according to an investigative report by The Guardian.



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