It's all about the timing.
On the one hand, you offer a loud piece of news that oh, no, people can't keep themselves private from Facebook's Graph Search anymore.
On the other, there emerges a whisper that you've bought four houses around your own in order to secure a little more, well, you know, seclusion.
Yes, Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg has reportedly dug deep into his jeans, found $30 million, and exchanged them for four houses adjacent to his own in Palo Alto, Calif.As the San Jose Mercury News tells it, this isn't really … Read more
A federal judge has dismissed a class-action lawsuit against Google, finding that the Web giant's browser cookie-tracking practices had not caused them any harm.
The lawsuit, which was filed in February 2012 by users of Web browsers from Apple and Microsoft, accused Google and three other online advertising companies of having "tricked" the Web browsers into accepting cookies that enabled Google to serve the plaintiffs targeted advertising. The lawsuit was filed soon after it was revealed that Google used special code to get around users' privacy controls in Safari and Internet Explorer in order to track users … Read more
It may have been a long time coming, but those hidden in plain sight on Facebook are in for a rude awakening in the weeks ahead.
The social network said Thursday that it is, as promised 10 months ago, killing off a privacy setting that allowed members to prevent themselves from appearing in search results. Facebook first put the setting, called "Who can look up your Timeline by name?," on life support in December of last year, removing it for people who weren't using it. Now, it's ready to finish off the job.
Simply put, the … Read more
When I go to the local sandwich shop, I don't care whether the person taking my order knows my birthday or my mother's maiden name.
So why does Google or some other Web site I register with need to know so much about me? Especially considering the company is likely to barter and sell the information to third parties, who aggregate, analyze, repackage, and resell it.
There's nothing new about purposely providing false information when registering for a Web service -- from a simple throwaway e-mail address all the way to a phony name. Totally false identities … Read more
F-Secure Internet Security 2014 has a very corporate, systematic feel: the utility's overall design isn't decorated with bright, attention-grabbing colors. Its layout, user flow, and functionality are organized to stay out of your daily PC routine so you can go about your session with one less thing to worry about.
Installation was light and quick; F-Secure took just a few minutes and it doesn't ask about any toolbar offers or extension add-ons (though SafeSearch is an extension you can choose to add later). When you're finished, you'll be introduced to Launchpad, a central dock that … Read more
To hide from the all-seeing eye of Sauron the NSA, you've got your anti-drone wardrobe: a metalized hoodie, a burqa, and a scarf.
But what about social media? How are you going to avoid the relentless gaze of Facebook and auto-tagging? Well, here's one idea: T-shirts designed to throw off face algorithms.
"Excuse me. I just wanted to ask: did you know I was taking a picture of you with my watch?"
This is what I asked a barista at a coffee shop near work, because, moments before, that's exactly what I did. Wearing a black-and-steel Samsung Galaxy Gear on my wrist, I made a few swipes and taps on the screen that captured my subject as he was making me coffee.
"No, but I heard the sound of a camera phone snapping."
He was referring to the beep-and-snap sound effect that comes through quite loudly on … Read more
The US government has no plans to provide more information on the requests it sends to tech companies for user data, Reuters reported Wednesday.
The US Justice Department told a secret surveillance court that it opposes a request from tech companies asking the court for the right to publish more detailed data on government spying demands, including statistics on the extent of the demands, according to initially sealed court documents. The request was filed with the US Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which has not publicly ruled on the request.
The companies that made the request includes Microsoft, Yahoo, LinkedIn and … Read more
Cybertron's Privacy Eraser shareware reinforces your online privacy by cleaning private data from your PC. With the click of a button, it removes browsing tracks and personal data, cleans Windows caches, and deletes temporary files. It offers several security methods for overwriting files, including a user-defined Custom Method. Privacy Eraser 8.86 is free to try for 15 days and costs $29.95. While it seems to offer a lot, we just weren't sold on this product, which seems a bit dated. We've found freeware that does nearly as much.
Privacy Eraser's compact dialog-style interface is … Read more