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More Security Opinion

  • Opinion: "My name's Matt. And I don't back up"

    It's a shocking admission for the editor of a technology magazine to make, but one that's true for all too many of us. But how, and why, should you safeguard your data?

  • Opinion: Want Privacy on Twitter? Use Firefox

    True privacy can be hard to come by in the socially enabled online world, but Twitter on Thursday announced that it has joined Firefox maker Mozilla in taking a big step forward for users.

  • Opinion: Facebook Users Don't Trust Site on Privacy Issues

    Facebook lays claim to more than 900 million members across the globe and may have a massive initial public offering in the coming days, but a new poll says users have trust issues with the social networking site. More than half of those surveyed, 59 percent, said they had little to no trust that Facebook would keep their information private, according to an AP-CNBC poll. The study also found that 54 percent of the survey's 1,004 respondents would not "feel safe at all" purchasing goods and services through the world's largest social network.

  • Opinion: Apple is Asking Kaspersky for Security Advice

    Apple, whose Mac OS was once known for its rock-solid security, is seeking outside help to root out vulnerabilities

  • Opinion: Verizon Defends Customer Privacy in Publisher's Suit

    Verizon is fighting a move by a book publisher to obtain personal information on ten of its customers accused of illegally sharing electronic copies of books in the popular "Dummy" self-help series.

  • Opinion: Phony Flash Player Plants Malware on Android Phones

    Adobe Flash Player users beware: A website that promises visitors a free copy of the download for all versions of Android is reportedly planting malware on smartphones running Google's mobile operating system.

  • Opinion: Facebook's Potential For Putting User Data to Work Off Network Stirs Debate

    Facebook's desire to further put its user data to work for the social network makes sense because advertising is a major profit driver, and the company is looking to impress investors ahead of its IPO.

  • Opinion: Wi-Fi-Blocking Wallpaper Keeps Your Signal In, Intruders Out

    French scientists have created a they of wallpaper that can block Wi-Fi signal, meaning you can boost your network security and redecorate all in one go.

  • Opinion: Microsoft Fixes Critical Flaws with Patch Tuesday Updates

    Microsoft released a total of seven new security bulletins for May's Patch Tuesday. Four are rated as Important, and the other three are Critical, but two in particular are getting the most attention: MS12-034 and MS12-029.

  • Opinion: Recover Encrypted Files From An Old Hard Drive

    Jeff Hudgins removed the hard drive from a dying computer, and via USB plugged it into a new PC. But he can't access his files. They're encrypted.

  • Opinion: 'Smishing' Attacks Are on the Rise

    Text messaging is the most common non-voice use of a mobile phone. There are trillions of text messages received around the world each day, and an increasing number of them are spam, or phishing attacks of some sort.

  • Opinion: Google Street View's Wi-Fi Snooping Engineer is Outed

    The engineer who wrote the code causing Google's Street View cars to capture unencrypted Wi-Fi traffic in several countries has been identified, according to an online report. Marius Milner, currently a software engineer for Google's YouTube, was the person responsible for creating Street View's Wi-Fi traffic recording software, The New York Times is reporting. UPDATED: 2nd May 2012

  • Opinion: The Cloud, Day 26: Too Much Cloud Can Be a Bad Thing

    On Day 25 of the 30 Days with the Cloud series, I spelled out why I believe that cloud-based data storage and syncing is becoming mandatory thanks to mobile devices and SSD drives. Today I’m going to put a caveat on there, though.

  • Opinion: AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition

    AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition was PCWorld's top pick in April 2012's Free Antivirus You Can Trust. It performed well in virtually all of the tests we ran.

  • Opinion: Avast Offers Free Security for Mac OS X

    Mac users have been forced to face a cold reality lately--the days of security through obscurity are over. Macs have traditionally been off the radar, and relatively safe just by virtue of being Macs. Now that malicious attacks are targeting Macs, users need to defend themselves. Avast is stepping up to offer its popular free antimalware software for Mac OS X.

  • Opinion: Should You Worry About Google Drive Privacy?

    The wording of the Google Drive terms of service has ruffled some feathers. However, the short answer to the question posed in the title of this article is "no". Allow me to explain.

  • Opinion: CISPA Passes The House: What You Need to Know

    The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Cyber Information and Security Protection Act late Thursday despite concerns over user privacy, the specter of SOPA/PIPA, and a veto threat from the Obama administration. The idea behind CISPA is to empower the government and corporations to work together to better protect American infrastructure from foreign attacks. But many civil liberties groups say the bill is too broad and threatens user privacy.

  • Opinion: Automatically encrypt files for your Google Drive

    Today Google launched Google Drive, a free-if-you-just-need-5GB-of-storage Dropbox-like service that lets you easily store and share files in the cloud.

  • Opinion: New and Improved SkyDrive Is a Threat to Dropbox

    Microsoft is shaking things up with SkyDrive. The new features and capabilities move it out of the Microsoft-centric shadows and pit it more directly against Dropbox, and possibly the imminently rumored Google Drive. However, Microsoft also announced a change to SkyDrive that many won't appreciate.

  • Opinion: Google Android: freephone toll

    Google is a benevolent provider of free goodies, but it pays to keep up your defences when using its products - particularly Android.



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