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  • What the Gawker hack should teach us about passwords

    Unless you've been leading a Luddite existence -- off camping in the Rockies or something -- you are probably aware that Gawker was the victim of an attack which exposed passwords and led to a deluge of Twitter spam. The silver lining of this incident is that it gives us yet another opportunity to examine real-world passwords and hopefully learn a lesson or two...but don't hold your breath.

    Written by Tony Bradley16 Dec. 10 05:23
  • IE9 'Do Not Track' feature prone to user error

    Microsoft today revealed a new security control in Internet Explorer 9 which will enable users to restrict sites from tracking them. The ability to control access to tracking data from within the browser is a welcome addition, but the feature is not exactly fool-proof.

    Written by Tony Bradley08 Dec. 10 09:50
  • 5 lessons to learn from Facebook's privacy blunders

    Thousands of Facebook applications have been reportedly transmitting data on users and their friends to third parties, including advertising and Internet tracking companies -- breaking Facebook's privacy rules.

    Written by Barbara E. Hernandez19 Oct. 10 11:59
  • Facebook privacy failure: Latest in long line of blunders

    Facebook's latest privacy blunder is just the latest in a long line of SNAFUs for the world's largest social network. Here are some of the social network's greatest privacy faux pas.

    Written by John P. Mello Jr.19 Oct. 10 05:44
  • How to keep your kids safe on Facebook

    Boasting 500 million users worldwide and still growing, Facebook is now ubiquitous. Because of its popularity, minors have jumped onto the social media bandwagon, too, and they use networking the same way adults do -- to share pictures, connect with friends, organize events, and play social games. And that can be a problem.

    Written by Leah Yamshon01 Oct. 10 23:36
  • Is Google killing the economy?

    Google is virtually synonymous with the Web, and many have come to embrace virtually every product and service -- from Gmail to Android -- that Google rolls out. A new study, however, asserts that Google's apparent monopoly stifles competition in many industries, and has an adverse impact on the economy and the job market.

    Written by Tony Bradley14 Sept. 10 02:16