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Archive for April, 2011

The privacy spiral: Will we get over it?

The famous quote by Scott McNealy "you have zero privacy, get over it" is frequently circulated these days. After the recent security breaches at organizations such as Sony, RSA and Oak Ridge National Laboratory Computerworld blogger Jaikumar Vijayan turned this into "you will get breached. Get over it". He argued that the number of security [...]

Lying software and data -hide and -seek

Web applications have become very efficient in sharing the personal information of users. Interestingly enough, this information, for instance attained in generous amount by Facebook third-party application developers and producers of smartphone apps, tend to be very trustworthy. Our computers, our servants, do not lie as much as we humans. The [...]

50 ways to steal your password, part 5

Malware is the most effective means of long-distance password theft. The concept is an umbrella term for all kinds of malicious code. In the old days, computer virus were created as pranks and you knew that you had one, since it in one way or another harmed the computer. Today, computer virus is big business, or rather, big cyber crime business. [...]

Color.com may be LimeWire in five years

The new social network application color.com has been called Facebook for those with no privacy concerns at all. With color.com you have no privacy settings at all, perhaps doing overtly what Facebook is doing covertly. Color.com manages not only to violate privacy conventions/regulations, but also tears a fresh wound into the old and flawed [...]

50 ways to steal your password, part 4

What joy it is to find an open wireless Internet connection when you really need one! However, surfing on an open network can be very costly. Today, unfortunately, the standard recommendation is to avoid them altogether. Basic advice is to either connect with encryption (HTTPS) or VPN -tunnel or both. 16. The point was brought home by freelance [...]