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More Security Opinion

  • Opinion: Internet Domain Seizure Program Rankles Speech Advocates

    A controversial Internet domain seizure program has notched another victory for the federal government even as free speech advocates continue to raise concerns.

  • Opinion: eBay, PayPal and the DKNY jeans

    Being a fickle follower of fashion, online auction site eBay has been a god-send for me.

  • Opinion: CIA's Next Mission to Keep Prying Eyes Off Your Screen

    The CIA takes such a dim view of someone peeking at your computer display while you're working that the agency is investing in Oculis Labs, a company that makes software to prevent prying eyes from gleaning any information from computer screens.

  • Opinion: Microsoft, Adobe Unleash Flood of Security Updates

    Today is Patch Tuesday again. The ninth of the year already. Microsoft has released five new security bulletins, and Adobe has joined the party with some security patching of its own today. With all of the vulnerabilities and updates, though, you need to take a step back to prioritize and figure out which patches are most urgent.

  • Opinion: Watch Out for Rogues

    MikeWik's PC got infected with rogue malware. He asked the Antivirus & Security Software forum for help.

  • Opinion: How to Protect Yourself From Certificate Bandits

    There have been two major Certificate Authority (CA) attacks this year. In March, a hacker successfully penetrated one of the largest CA's on the Web--Comodo--and managed to issue bogus certificates to himself (including one for Yahoo). The second incident took place this week when a Dutch CA, Diginotar, was compromised and a number of fake certificates were issued.

  • Opinion: Why GlobalSign Was Right to Suspend New Certificates

    When you work in computer security, reputation is everything. Certificate authentication authority (CA) GlobalSign on Monday suspended issuance of any new certificates pending the result of an investigation into a claim by a hacker that its security had been compromised. Their swift response maintains their reputation as a leading CA and positions them as an optimal choice for anyone looking for a CA for their business.

  • Opinion: New Point-of-Sale Strategy Boosts Service and Security

    The tools used to ring up sales have come a long way since the cash register. The first point-of-sale (POS) software for Microsoft Windows emerged in the early 1990s. POS systems have since evolved from souped-up cash registers that did nothing more than record sales into hubs for business management, operations, and analysis. The past decade has seen the rise of touchscreen interfaces, customer self-checkout stations, and payment kiosks.

  • 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.



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