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More Security Opinion

  • Opinion: Facebook breach highlights data security's 'weakest link' syndrome

    Facebook recently disclosed that a system glitch resulted in the exposure of sensitive personal data from as many as six million users. The impact from this particular breach seems relatively inconsequential, but it's a sign of a larger problem when it comes to protecting personal data on the Web.

  • Opinion: The whistleblower rightly trusted Hong Kong

    When I first heard that Edward Snowden was in Hong Kong, I was skeptical. The young cybersecurity guru who uncovered the NSA's extensive surveillance surely would have headed for Iceland or some other haven (Sweden's off the map, as Julian Assange has learned).

  • Opinion: How does the government's data collecting program Prism work?

    On the 6th of June the Guardian and Washington Post newspapers broke a story which stated that the American government had been secretly collecting massive amounts of private data about its own citizens, as well as anyone who used services provided by certain US technology companies. These included well known brands as Google, Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, Yahoo, YouTube, AOL, and Skype.

  • Opinion: Manage passwords, and not just on the Web

    Mgentry2 asked the Windows forum to recommend password managers that can "keep track of both online passwords and desktop application passwords (Outlook, Quicken, etc.)."

  • Opinion: Remains of the Day: Charge!

    Your iPhone may be getting more than just power from that charger. Elsewhere, the patent lawsuit is coming from inside the law firm and the iHernia of Mac portable concepts. The remainders for Monday, June 3, 2013 are large and in charge.

  • Opinion: Remains of the Day: Reach out and touch someone

    The Journal reads the supply-chain tea leaves, iPod touch sales hit a new milestone, and iCloud is, well, pretty much exactly as secure as you think it is. The remainders for Thursday, May 30, 2013 are the one for you, New England.

  • Opinion: For security's sake, upgrade to a newer version of Office

    Russell Caplan still uses Office 2003, which Microsoft will stop supporting next year. He asked if he will need to upgrade to a more current version.

  • Opinion: How to avoid the best malware scams

    Malware can make life miserable by infecting your PC, laptop or smartphone and even stealing your money. Here are four of the top scams and how to avoid getting caught out.

  • Opinion: One antivirus program is better than two

    Arcticsid installed one antivirus program on a new PC that already had another. Then he asked the Antivirus & Security Software forum if that was a good idea.

  • Opinion: Remains of the Day: Back in a flash

    One analyst contends that Apple's real business model is storage, which at least explains why it's building such a huge new headquarters. Plus, your iMessages are really way more secure than they probably need to be. The remainders for Thursday, April 4, 2013 will be right back.

  • Opinion: Making security simple

    Conventional wisdom says that simple security is an oxymoron. Good security is complex, while uncomplicated security is weak.

  • Opinion: New York surveillance drones are inbound (and other stuff you missed)

    Bioshock Infinite is finally here! If you're waiting in a real-life line for your copy or for it to download to your computer, GeekBytes is the source of news stories that you might have missed while you wait for game releases--or at least it's mine, anyway.

  • Opinion: When you encrypt a file or a hard drive, is it really secure?

    Porcupins asked the Antivirus & Security Software forum if encryption standards like AES really make your data secure.

  • Opinion: Remains of the Day: Jailhouse rock

    Apple gives credit where credit is due, one app developer illustrates the difficulty of creating software, and police take down an Apple-related theft ring--with a twist. The remainders for Tuesday, March 19, 2013 are breakin' out of this joint.

  • Opinion: Remains of the Day: Chips and dip

    A new species of malware wants you to “like” it, the earliest iPhone is positively prehistoric, and the latest Apple TV packs a tiny surprise. The remainders for Monday, March 11, 2013 are served.

  • Opinion: Pausing the Parental Controls timer

    Macworld forum visitor lobsta43 has a question that follows up on my recent Mac 101 column regarding Parental Controls. The crustacean writes:

  • Opinion: How I ditched the security risks and lived without Java, Reader, and Flash

    Adobe Flash, Adobe Reader, and Oracle's Java. All three are virtually ubiquitous on modern-day PCs, and all three provide handy-dandy functionality--functionality that, in the case of Flash and Java, can't be directly reproduced by a third-party solution. If we lived in a vacuum, it would be hard to argue that the trio doesn't deserve its spot on computers around the globe.

  • Opinion: Remains of the Day: The letter two

    Apple and Sony are going head-to-head--or ear-to-ear?--over music licensing, Phil Schiller posts a tweet and the Internet goes wild, and a former Apple rival joins Cupertino in taking on a new threat. The remainders for Thursday, March 7, 2013 can't read or write.

  • Opinion: Use a Google Voice phone number to keep your personal number private

    Last year I shared three things you should know about Google Voice--basically a rundown of three cool ways to use the service.

  • Opinion: Why IT security pros can be scarier than the 'bad guys'

    I thought I harbored a healthy amount of paranoia before I went to this week's RSA Conference for IT security professionals in San Francisco. But now I'm just plain scared--and not about hackers and phishers, the perennial bogeymen of the Internet underground.



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