Online privacy is a major concern, and the focus of considerable effort by security experts — including Ashkan Soltani. Today, I'm interviewing Ashkan as he'd like to share news about a new privacy platform.Before getting to his news, I wanted to ask Ashkan about his part in the Wall Street Journal's "What They Know" investigative series — several articles focused … [Read more...] about Ashkan Soltani introduces MobileScope, an innovative approach to online privacy
I use online-privacy tools. Or at least try to. Most of the time, I'm not sure what to block or what to allow. For example, I tweet so should I add a rule to my privacy app allowing: platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsI don't use Google Analytics; is it best to block this: google-analytics.com/ga.jsNow for the irony. If, like me, you're not sure what to do, the only way to find … [Read more...] about Do Not Track Plus: A tool to protect your online privacy
On Thursday, March 1, 2012, Google updated its privacy policies in a combined effort to allay criticism from several communities, and to consolidate its seventy-something policies into a single-source to better target their online advertising. The move was prompted by law suits from several consumer groups, and Google has also taken some heat from some thirty-six states' … [Read more...] about Online privacy policies: User privacy vs. tracking technologies
Major inflection points are sometimes hidden in the details. For instance, at first I thought it was coincidental, but there is an increase in unidentified caller IDs coming in on cell phones. This occurrence has finally escalated as one being worth talking about.So what's worth talking about? An emerging inflection point in big data, where consumers are becoming aware of what … [Read more...] about Big data wake-up call: Increased online privacy concerns require risk management
The issue of Internet privacy came to the forefront again recently when Google was ordered to remove certain private images of a well-known public figure. This case is yet another reminder to decision makers and stakeholders who influence organizations' websites to review their Internet and online privacy policies and procedures. It might even be wise to seek legal advice … [Read more...] about Google/Mosley case a reminder to review your online privacy policies
Surfing on public Wi-Fi is certainly convenient, but what most users aren't aware of is the risk they take when they log on to an unsecured network. These networks can be home to snoopers and hackers eager to take a look at your browsing movements and personal information. That's why it's important to protect your privacy with a VPN that keeps these malicious users in the … [Read more...] about Save Hundreds on a Lifetime of Online Privacy From Windscribe VPN ($49)
HMA Pro is a premium virtual private network (VPN) service operated by Privax Limited, an AVG subsidiary. Starting with version 3, HMA Pro (HMA is short for Hide My Ass) gained a much simplified user interface that makes it easy to get connected and online. This was a long overdue improvement that competing services such as ExpressVPN, SaferVPN, TunnelBear, and many others … [Read more...] about HMA Pro VPN review: An easy-to-use tool for securing 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 … [Read more...] about What’s with Generation Y and online privacy?
Tuesday’s congressional vote to repeal U.S. restrictions on broadband providers doesn’t mean that online privacy is dead. Consumers will just have to pay for it.The coming repeal, which President Trump is expected to sign into law, paves a clearer path for broadband providers to sell customers’ internet browsing history and other online data, without their … [Read more...] about Congress to US citizens: Want online privacy? Pay up!
Eileen W. wrote to me expressing concerns about online privacy, and though we’ve written about it previously I decided to add a few more tips and tricks for future readers. It is true you can never really be truly anonymous when browsing the web from any computer, but you can take several steps to make your browsing difficult to track and to make sure information you want … [Read more...] about 4 ways to bolster your online privacy