If you unwittingly download malicious software, your computer and even your smartphone could be locked, unable to do anything. It’s called ransomware, a type of malicious code that leaves its victims feeling personally violated. Some versions destroy your data if you don’t pay, while others merely threaten. Some will encrypt your device, scrambling everything it contains until you pay a ransom. Some versions of ransomware display a fake FBI alert […]
Online Privacy & Security
If you are using one of the popular online chat programs, your texts can be monitored by most any snoops. BlackBerry Messenger, Facebook Chat, Skype, Snapchat, Viber and WhatsApp are all insecure and iMessage is only partially secure. However, five other chat products are very secure, according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). You can learn about each product in an article by Harry Guinness at http://goo.gl/a9sWvT.
Your Computer Knows You Better than Your Family, Friends or Spouse Will Ever Know You. It Has All Your Secrets
By studying just 10 “likes” on someone’s Facebook page, a computer can build a more accurate picture of a personality than a work colleague, Cambridge University researchers say. Examining 150 “likes”, it can be a better judge than a parent. At 300, they have more knowledge than a spouse. Lead author Wu Youyou said: “In future, computers could infer our psychological traits and react accordingly, leading to socially skilled machines.” […]
Software developed by corporations is usually the property of the company that produces it. Those companies usually keep the source code secret, considering it to be trade secrets. However, this proprietary software also means the producing company can easily insert malicious code or secretly collect information about the user and, even worse, allow others to see that information. One example is Skype, a company acquired by Microsoft. Recent documents released […]
Firefox version 33.1 adds a new button called “Forget,” which lets users wipe only their most recent browsing history and cookies. Users can choose to forget the last 5 minutes, 2 hours or 24 hours of activity, while preserving all history and cookies prior to that timeframe. Of course, Firefox has had a Private Browsing feature for some time that wipes all history and cookies once users close the private […]
Prime Minister David Cameron, who said he would pursue banning encrypted messaging services if Britain’s intelligence services were not given access to the communications. Apparently, these services provide too much privacy protection, in the PM’s opinion. You can read more in the New York Times’ Bits Blog at http://goo.gl/d3vR86.
A new network has quietly been built in recent months that adds better security than even Tor. It gained some publicity this weekend when a replacement for the infamous Silk Road web site was announced. “Silk Road Reloaded” launched on Sunday, and is only accessible by downloading the special I2P software, or by configuring your computer in a certain way to connect to I2P web pages, called ‘eepsites’, and which […]