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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

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

Tricare Injects B for Billions Into Privacy Breach Costs

There I was last Friday morning, attending a cybersecurity conference hosted by the very venerable but also very high tech law firm of Foley and Lardner, awaiting my turn to speak, and the presenter said something about the cost of privacy breaches. At that moment, a news alert popped up on my iPhone: TRICARE Hit

Facebook’s Expanded Sharing Makes Security Even More Critical

If you're a dedicated follower of Facebook, last week was a bit of a roller coaster. On Monday, Emil Protalinski at ZDNet reminded you that the stories appearing on Facebook about Lady Gaga being found dead in a hotel room are a “likejacking” scam. Then on Tuesday it was reported that Facebook has "introduced a

Is Google Plus the Rumble in the Jungle?

If you don’t remember the Rumble in the Jungle, it was a boxing match between George Foreman and Muhammed Ali. Back in 1974 names like Foreman and Ali were as famous as companies like Google and Facebook are now. Google, like the older Ali, has been taking punches in the early rounds of the social

Google+Facebook Equals Time Bomb

An application written to allow integration between Facebook and Google Plus may be all you need to compromise your computer. According to a PCWorld report an application called Google+Facebook used a well known programming worst practice of downloading a JavaScript file upon launch. If you aren’t real technical and don’t know what this means, I

Facebook Video Calls powered by Skype

With Facebook’s launch of video chat powered by Skype underway and enabling a new level of communication on its platform, we take a look at permission settings and privacy options.

LinkedIn Privacy: An Easy How-to Guide to Protecting Yourself

Introduction LinkedIn is a social network platform whose specialty is connecting professionals together to build relationships and create business opportunity. Recently the company became publicly traded and grabbed the attention of the world as its initial public stock offering more than doubled on the first day. Here we focus tools and options for user privacy

Like FireSheep? You Will Love FireTweet!

OK, if some unimaginative journalist and/or editor can call a pair of bulging briefs “Weinergate” I can call this Twitter App “FireTweet”. Like Firesheep, Royal Test (FireTweet) is an attempt to demonstrate a privacy problem. Techcrunch reported this story and I have verified the privacy issue. Despite allegedly being unable to read private messages, applications

Facebook and Microsoft De-cloak Chrome – MS Neuters Their Privacy Advocate

What’s wrong with this picture? Yes, that’s right, I am using Google’s incognito mode and Clicker knows exactly who I am! I have previously blogged here and here about Facebook’s instant personalization, but let me spell it out for you. Facebook “Instant Personalization” destroys Google Chrome’s “Incognito mode”. There is nothing incognito about opening a

Facebook Invites Stalkers to Your Profile

A couple of days ago I blogged about a disturbing new way that Facebook was sharing information without notification or authorization. A friend of mine pointed me to an article on ZDNET that described the issue and what was happening. The “feature” is called “Instant Personalization” and the concept is simple. The concept is not

Facebook Strikes Down Privacy Again

Despite your privacy settings, Camping will accurately predict the exact time and date of the Rapture before Facebook will respect your explicit privacy choices. I recently went to read a review on Yelp and was surprised to my name and Facebook picture as well as a message that Yelp can personalize the page for me.

Facebook Privacy: An Easy How-to Guide to Protecting Yourself

Introduction As the sun is setting and I breathe some of the night time air I am inspired to write about Facebook.  Yes, *the* Facebook, the third largest country if it were a physical place with boundaries under a common rule of law and government.  When many people use a service such as this, it

Facebook gets something right

It seems a little strange to have the words "Facebook" and "privacy" in the same sentence in one of my blogs, yet it seems that Facebook CTO Bret Taylor testified at a Senate Commerce Committee hearing on mobile phone and internet privacy. But it turns out the story is about rather more than privacy: it's

Android’s Anomaly?

There are reports coming out today about Google Android and how approximately 99.7% of its users are potentially open to compromise.  This news cycle started by the Ulm University publishing some information on the 13th of May showing some results.  I'm sure this story will develop and CTAC may follow-up to my blog with more details;

Facebook’s Search and Destroy

An article came out yesterday from Clement Genzmer who is a security engineer at Facebook.  His tagline is "searching and destroying malicious links".  Those of us in the business of digital security and safety can certainly identify with that, especially the part where we aim to identify the criminals and work with law enforcement to

Facebook Parenting Skills

Many parents are rightfully concerned about their kid’s participation in social networks. There are a number of areas to be concerned with. Who are the kids talking to? Is there a pedophile stalking them? Parents might worry about the friends their kids are making online and what kind of people, even their kid's own age,

Facebook Retains Right to Exploit Minors

Facebook is really, really good at coming up with new ideas, but reasonably well thought out ideas from Facebook seem a bit harder to come by. This is an issue that recently came up when Facebook decided that they would start allowing third party developers to gather address and phone number information and share it

Facebook Ads: the Likes of You

Many Facebook users are annoyed to discover that their names and faces can be used in sponsored FB ads. Indeed, according to Dan Tynan in IT World, the next phase will to allow 3rd-party advertisers to do the same thing inside Facebook apps. I'm not a great fan of the FB principle of all your

Facebook Privacy – Not Even an Electron Microscope Can Find it

Facebook wants you to believe that you gave them your mobile phone number for security reasons and important notifications. The truth is that they wanted your phone number and your address to be able to share it more. The Huffington Post reports that Facebook is going to make your address and phone number available to

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