If the public wants online privacy it had better fight now for laws to protect it because businesses won't and individuals don't have the clout, security expert Bruce Schneier told RSA Conference. Facebook's New Privacy Settings: 5 Things You Should KnowThe longer information-privacy policies go unset, the more likely it is that they never will be set, says Schneier, an author of books about security and CTO of security consultant BT Counterpane. As young people grow up with broad swaths of information about them in the public domain, they will lose any sense of privacy that older generations have. [ InfoWorld's Roger Grimes explains how to stop data leaks in an enlightening 30-minute Webcast, Data Loss Prevention, which covers the tools and techniques used by experienced security pros. ]And they will have no appreciation that lack of privacy shifts power over their lives from themselves to businesses or governments that do control their information. Laws protecting digital data that … [Read more...] about Schneier: Fight for online privacy or kiss it good-bye
Everybody wants a measure of privacy. As some experts on the topic have pointed out, even those who declare they have "nothing to hide" generally have curtains on the windows of their homes and don't invite everybody over to have a look at their credit card statements. [ 9 iPhone-iPad Apps That Invade Your Privacy, and 1 That Doesn't ] [ 4 Google Social Search Tips for Control and Privacy ] [ Top 12 Retailers for Security and Privacy Practices ]But in light of recent revelations from Edward Snowden, the former Booz Allen Hamilton employee who leaked top-secret documents about the extent of National Security Agency (NSA) data collection, and more recent news about government monitoring even snail mail, there are serious questions about whether privacy -- particularly online and telephone -- is possible at any level any more.[20 security and privacy apps for Androids and iPhones]The answer from a number of experts is a qualified yes -- as in possible, but not likely. As Kevin … [Read more...] about 8 Tips to Enhance Your Online Privacy
We write a lot about security at TechRepublic, and with good reason: Hacks, leaks, and breaches are a constant threat. As security firms patch holes new ones emerge, meaning it's only a matter of time before your information is leaked on the web through no fault of your own.When we wrote about privacy protection software in 2015 the internet was a vastly different place. Less than two years later we've seen a massive rise in cybercrime that is unlikely to slow down, making protecting yourself more important than ever.Staying safe on the internet means defending yourself against any and all scripts, plugins, applets, and pop ups that may appear. Here are five apps that can do just that.Everything you do online is tracked—that's just the way of the modern web. Sites use tracking to target ads, generate analytics, and track users in the name of a better UX, but they also result in a long, detailed paper trail of all your online activity. SEE: Why EU watchdogs say Windows 10 is … [Read more...] about 5 easily installed utilities for improving your online privacy
As a parent of a son who belongs to Generation Y, I wanted to understand the vast disconnect between Millennials (members of Generation Y born between 1982 and 2000) and their parents when it comes to online privacy habits. My interest deepened this past November when Facebook proposed major changes to their governing documents:[W]e found that the voting mechanism, which is triggered by a specific number of comments, actually resulted in a system that incentivized the quantity of comments over their quality. Therefore, we're proposing to end the voting component of the process in favor of a system that leads to more meaningful feedback and engagement.The decision was entirely up to Facebook members. According to CNET, the voter turnout was sparse — 700,000 out of one billion members, so Facebook rescinded the ability to vote. CNET also mentioned, of the 700,000 who did vote, 88 percent cast their vote against the new changes.Since November, I have been taking an informal poll of … [Read more...] about What’s with Generation Y and online privacy?
As many of you already know, I'm a big fan of Ubuntu Unity. Although, admittedly, I was very much opposed to the new desktop — it very quickly grew on me. And even as much ire was raised against the change, Canonical forged ahead with it. New features began to appear, some of which were immediately embraced and some were shunned. But none of those features have brought about as much polarization as the search feature in the Dash.If you aren't up to speed, let me explain. If I open the Dash and type something (say "jack wallen" — Figure A), the search results that appear come from not only your desktop, but various locations from the internet (primarily Amazon.com). The goal was to give users instant access to content from many sources.Figure AClick on thumbnails to expand.For someone like me, it's a boon; and I use it quite a lot. For others, it's a break in privacy. Though the network traffic generated by the Dash search is encrypted, there are still those that feel what … [Read more...] about How to change your privacy settings in Ubuntu’s Unity Dash
You are likely being tracked online by a sneaky, new technology that works without your consent, and can track you even if you use anti-tracking toolbars or strict privacy settings. Get the Free Tracker App to find a Nintendo Switch in Stock How is this possible?Historically, to track you, a website sent cookies or files to your computer. Anti-tracking systems, therefore, block these types of activities. The new tracking system, however, does not transmit cookies or files; to web browsers – and to anti-tracking tools – its mechanism appears to operate like that of a normal webpage. So how does it work?When you visit a website that employs Canvas Fingerprinting, as the new sneaky system is known, the site sends your web browser a request to generate a hidden image consisting of some text. Because individual computers have operating system versions, browsers, fonts, graphics adapters, etc. that vary from one to another, there are slight variations between the way … [Read more...] about You Are Being Tracked Online By A Sneaky New Technology: Canvas Fingerprinting
Google AdSense, targeted Facebook advertising and promoted Tweets allow business owners to create customized and narrowly targeted digital advertising that appeals directly to their choice demographic. However, it soon may be time to pay the piper, an Oregon State University professor warns.The recent data breach of marketing firm Epsilon, which resulted in the theft of millions of names and email addresses, is calling into serious question how far online marketers have gone in collecting customer data and profiling customers for targeted advertising.“Online behavioral advertising offers the highest return on investment for dollars spent on e-advertising – a value that is only diminished by the controversial nature of the tracking technology that is used to produce the high returns,” said Nancy King, a professor at the College of Business at Oregon State University.King points out that marketers have long created market segments in an effort to create more relevant … [Read more...] about Has Online Targeted Advertising Gone Too Far?