Privacy

September 23, 2013: HIPAA health data security compliance deadline looms

Is your company ready for September 23, 2013, the deadline for compliance with HIPAA 2.0? The revised omnibus privacy and security regulations incorporating HITECH expose a lot more companies to possible fines.

Xbox One Kinect microphone “always on” security fears

The Xbox One Kinect microphone – one of the hi-tech new features of Microsoft’s new Xbox One console – has raised security concerns since it “listens” to users even when the console is turned off.

British cyber intelligence agency admits to basic password security errors

Britain’s hi-tech government intelligence agency GCHQ should know better than to send passwords in plain text via email – but has been doing so due to “legacy systems”, it admitted in a statement this week.

Multi-cursor password system unveiled by Japanese researchers

A prototype multi-cursor system designed to improve the security of on screen password entry has been posted onto DigInfo, the Tokyo based news site that promotes cutting edge technology from Japan.

Survey: US doctors say patients can update electronic records but not get full access

Results from an eight country Accenture survey shows that US doctors surveyed have mixed feelings about electronic patient records (EPR). While some 82 percent want patients to update their own records, only a third (31 percent) believe they should have full access.

Report: Growing use of BYOD in American healthcare a consumer worry

According to the PwC Top Health industry issues of 2013 report, healthcare managers and consumers are increasingly concerned about the rise of healthcare workers using their own devices within hospitals and other healthcare centers.

IT worker jailed for stealing online betting details in Ireland

A French-Moroccan national was jailed by a Dublin court after being found guilty of hacking into the business accounts of an online betting company, according to the Irish Independent.

Think before you take that old computer to the city dump

We tend to replace our computers more often these days but how do you ensure that you don’t give away your data when you pass on that old desktop or laptop? Here are our top tips for safer computer disposal.  Back up your data Before you do anything with your existing PC or laptop, ensure

Younger people less secure online than their elders new study suggests

Are younger people less aware of online security risks, or do they simply prefer to take more risks with their personal information? That’s one of the questions raised by the findings of our recent poll of 2,129 U.S. adults (aged 18 and over) by Harris Interactive.

Facebook timeline privacy/security: protect your account and identity (2/2)

In our last post (part 1 of 2), we dove into Facebook timeline privacy and security, prompted by the universal imposition of the timeline view that is currently under way on the world’s largest social network. In this second part, we continue reviewing our Facebook timeline from other people’s perspective, using a tool called View

Guarding against password reset attacks with pen and paper

With the recent announcements of password breaches at LinkedIn, and warnings from Google about state-sponsored attacks on Gmail accounts, it seems like a good idea now to review some password security basics.  In this blog post, we’re going to take a look at a rather low-tech solution to a decidedly high-tech problem:  How to guard

How to stop Twitter tracking you and keep private the websites you visit

Like Facebook, Twitter wants to know which websites you visit and so it has a system for tracking you as you click from site to site, a fact that leads to a pair of interesting questions: “Did you know that?” and “Are you okay with that?” As we will see in a moment, this system

Millions have not reviewed Facebook privacy settings: Here’s how

Here are two staggering Facebook privacy statistics: Nearly 13 million US Facebook users have never set, or don’t know about, Facebook’s privacy tools, and only 37 percent have used Facebook’s privacy tools to customize how much information is shared with third parties. That’s according to a Consumer Reports survey released earlier this month. Given that

Privacy and Security in the Consumer Cloud: The not so fine print

The consumer cloud expanded again this week with the addition of Google Drive to more familiar brands like Dropbox, Microsoft SkyDrive, Apple iCloud, and Amazon Cloud Drive. Unfortunately, most of these cloud-based file storage services come with privacy and security caveats, often involving language such as "You give us the right to access, retain, use

Facebook logins toxic for employers, violate security and privacy principles

Attention CEOs and HR Managers: Facebook login credentials belonging to current or prospective employees are not something that any employer should request, use, or posses. Why? Apart from the violation of security and privacy principles? The risks far outweigh any benefit you imagine you could gain by logging into a social media account that does

Google's data mining bonanza and your privacy: an infographic

Do you use Google? These days the question sounds almost absurd. If you use the Internet, or an iPhone, or an Android phone, or a Kindle or an iPad, then of course you use Google in some shape or form. And if you take a keen interest in how your personal information is used, you

SKYPE: (S)ecurely (K)eep (Y)our (P)ersonal (E)-communications

SKYPE: Securely Keep Your Personal E-communications From time to time people get new computer equipment and need to (re-)install all their favorite programs. Often a painful and time-consuming job, but afterwards it should ease the way of working with the new equipment. Even security gurus have to undergo this procedure at regular intervals. In November

Windows Phone 8: Security Heaven or Hell?

Introduction Mobile World Congress 2012 is almost upon us, and one of the most hotly-anticipated topics is the next generation of Microsoft’s smartphone operating system Windows Phone 8, which has been kept under wraps far more tightly than its PC counterpart, Windows 8. While Microsoft was an early adopter in the creation of smartphones with

Passwords, passphrases, and big numbers: first the good news…

Static passwords: if we can’t kill them off, can we at least improve them? Yes, but here’s a not of caution.

Social media: information wants to be free…

…but it doesn't necessarily want you to be free. Since Cameron Camp and I have written here and here about the implications of the UK government's meditations on curbing civil unrest by curbing social media services, it's interesting to see that the estimable Kim Davis, who previously categorized UK Prime Minister David Cameron's pronouncements as bluster, has also

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