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Check your Facebook Account

Facebook is rolling out a new look for user profiles. Facebook started making its new profile optional last month, but is now forcing the new format on all users. At least one security expert I know indicated that his privacy settings were not maintained when his account was switched to the new format. On Facebook

Facebook Security Lockdown Guide

…”It” is a ZDNet article – well, more like a slide show – by Zack Whittaker, called January 2011: The Definitive Facebook Lockdown Guide…

Adobe Flash, The Spy in Your Computer – Part 4

This is the last segment in the series. To begin with, I have a question for you… What do you call a device that has a 1 gigahertz microprocessor, 512 megabytes of RAM, several gigabytes of solid state storage, runs programs, can be programmed, and can access the internet? Sound a bit like a Netbook,

Adobe Flash, The Spy in Your Computer – Part 1

Adobe Flash is, in my opinion, the most ubiquitous spyware in the world and no products detect it as such. The reason it goes undetected is that it also has numerous legitimate uses, however, there is growing evidence that indicates significant abuse. This will be the first in a series of blogs in which I

Tell Me Your Secrets

An Associated Press release http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100927/ap_on_hi_te/us_internet_wiretaps today indicates that the Obama administration is drafting legislation that would require companies to make it technically possible to intercept all electronic communications in the US. This would affect all of the US telephone companies, Skype, and also companies, such a RIM (Blackberry) that are based outside of the US.

Is Disney Flashing Minors?

Recently a lawsuit was filed against Walt Disney’s internet subsidiary and some of its partners as well. http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/08/17/flash_cookie_lawsuit/ At issue is the use of a special kind of cookie that is used in conjunction with Adobe Flash. These “supercookies” are called Local Shared Objects or LSOs for short. LSOs are not deleted when you use

Privacy? Who Cares?

In the security industry, we’re sometimes over-ready to be over-prescriptive, seeing security and privacy concerns as paramount where others see them as a distraction. And we’ve become used to the mindset that computer users will always prefer convenience to security.

Privacy is not in the Cards

I decided to download the card game Solitaire (by ZenTech Labs) on my Android based phone. Being a free app it is paid for by advertising. When you play the game there is always a banner ad at the bottom of the screen. One of the ads caught my eye. It said “Leslie2088 is .7

Who is Downloading the Facebook Data?

Gizmodo ran a story about who is downloading the files with the information about 100 million facebook users.   http://gizmodo.com/5599970/major-corporations-are-downloading-those-100-million-facebook-profiles-off-bittorrent It turns out that lots of people are. The story says companies, such as Motorola, IBM, Apple, and Disney, among others, are downloading the data. Organizations such as the United Nations made the list as well.

Spyware in your Underwear?

A recent article on TheStreet talk Wal-Mart putting RFID tags in its merchandise.  The article questions whether or not this is an invasion of privacy, and some privacy advocates are up in arms about this. According to Wal-Mart the RFID tags can be removed from purchased items. The RFID tags are not personalized to the

You’re So Vain…

You might recall back in November of 2009 ESET released the findings of a survey about cybercrime http://www.eset.com/threat-center/blog/2009/11/16/once-upon-a-cybercrime%E2%80%A6. We went back to Competitive Edge Research & Communication and commissioned them to conduct a new survey to determine prevalence of social networking as well as to identify online security and privacy concerns of Americans. In addition

New Facebook Privacy Controls Arrive on Wednesday

Mashable reports a halt to the insanity over privacy may be only a day away… On Sunday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg promised simplified privacy settings “in coming weeks.” It now looks like that timetable has been bumped up, with an executive at the social network revealing at an event in New York that new features

Facebook: almost as popular as the Labour Party

[Update: according to Neil Rubenking, FB chat is now working again and it's no longer possible to view friend requests or chat activity for other users.] I've just blogged yet again about Facebook and privacy: I don't usually publish the same content on different blog sites, but this is a recurrent hot topic in the ThreatBlog,

Facebook and privacy in the same sentence…

…but not in a good sense. Clearly there's a lot of confusion about the detail of Facebook's latest changes, as suggested by MSNBC at http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/36877160/ns/technology_and_science-tech_and_gadgets/, though it's clear enough that they don't amount to a victory for common sense and user privacy. But what do you do about it? Well, here's a good start. Social Media

Privacy: Lawsuit Alleges School Used Webcams to Lurk in Students’ Homes

Wow. File this under ‘how stupid thoughtless can any one person in a position of absolute power be…’ One school official abuses the built-in webcam access used with anti-theft software [legal malware] which they had packaged onto school laptops… to their own detriment. What sparked the discovery was Assistant Principal Lindy Matsko's assertion in early November that

Top Four Privacy Hacks/Tips/Trends Of The Week

Clearly, anything which is posted online should be assumed to be eternal, written in stone tablets, and admissible for all time. For the early adopter (Internet, blogger, Friendster, etc.) this also operates as a reminder of the ever-powerful TOS change: just because the terms of service (TOS) say that your content is private now never

A Cautionary Tale for Health Care Providers, the Clergy, and others

So how bad was the roll out of Google Buzz? Let’s start with a little bit of history first. Either before or after you read this blog, I would appreciate your impressions of how Google rolled out buzz. I have a survey up at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/JSS79XJ Several years ago, Microsoft initiated their SDL, Security Design Lifecycle

Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Google for Buzz

http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9158858/Google_slapped_with_class_action_lawsuit_over_Buzz?taxonomyId=84 This is not a surprise. Google made an egregious privacy error when they published people’s private contacts without consent.  In a recent blog entry at the official Gmail blog http://gmailblog.blogspot.com/, Google claims to have rolled out the improvements they had promised. The feedback is that the improvements are not working and Google continues to

Google the Buzz Bomber

Here’s an update on “Is Gmail Spyware” http://www.eset.com/threat-center/blog/2010/02/12/is-gmail-spyware First of all a link I gave to a blog no longer works. The Blogger has restricted access to her blog, understandably. You can read the original blog post at http://gizmodo.com/5470696/fck-you-google. Google is supposed to be the “Do no evil” company. Actually those aren’t Google’s words, you

Is Gmail Spyware?

Perhaps you have seen the recent buzz around Google Buzz. The fact is that Google has decided that anything it knows about you it is free to share with the world at its discretion and not only do you not need to be told, but if you say no they will say yes for you.

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