Archive | March, 2012

Facebook teaches users how to kill adware

Posted March 28, 2012 Put that  click-happy finger away. Nobody’s giving you the ability to see who viewed you on timeline or looked at your profile. All they want is to give you venereal Facebook adware disease. Go take out an ad on OKCupid if you want to oogle yr ooglers. Oooooooog! Here’s the hunk […]

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New US counter-terrorism guidelines can hold data on citizens for years

Posted March 26, 2012 Last week, US counter-terrorism officials were granted permission to increase the period of time they can retain information about citizens, even if those citizens aren’t tied to terrorism. Here’s my writeup. I can only repeat the headline for Wired’s cover story: Watch what you say. BTW, do read the Wired piece […]

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Detecting phone scammers automatically through keyword and voice tone analysis

Posted March 22, 2012 Fujitsu says it has created a system that can recognise when somebody is being victimized by a phone scammer, by combining voice intonation analysis with keyword recognition. Read the full story on Naked Security. 

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Want to use your gadgets at takeoff and landing? US FAA to review policy

Posted March 20, 2012 It doesn’t quite stretch to smartphones yet, but the US Federal Aviation Administration has announced they’re going to take a “fresh look” at using personal devices such as e-readers and tablets during takeoff on planes. Here’s the article.

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Google: 130 million scam ads axed in 2011

Posted March 16, 2012 You think malvertising’s bad on Google now? It used to be a whole lot worse. It’s all good, but it’s also happy smiley PR, given how much shenanigans Google itself gets into over ads. Here’s the story. 

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Multi-word passphrases not all that secure, says Cambridge University

Posted March 19, 2012 Think a passphrase of multiple, random dictionary words is as unguessable as long strings of gibberish, but easier to remember? Not necessarily, according to a recent study. Read the story on Naked Security.

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US health insurer fined $1.5m over 2009 data breach

Posted  March 15, 2012 I know doctors who roll their eyes at the idea of HIPAA. They resent the way the legislation slows down the delivery of care to their patients. I can sympathize, but this $1.5m fine, the first ever to be carried out under HIPAA/HITECH, should make it clear: The onus is on […]

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How to Answer the ‘Tell Me About Yourself’ Question

Yeah, we know you’d rather just talk about your skills, and yes, we know, you don’t like to actually, like, talk to people, but, well, do you want the job? Yes? Then get over that introverted, antisocial techie thing. Here’s the article on HP Input/Output. Read it! Love it! Roll around in it!

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US Army warns about the risks of geotagging

Posted  March 14, 2012 The security risk of geotagging is obvious for soldiers: Every time your smartphone uploads a photo to Facebook, it includes exact latitude and longitude. The same goes for anybody: Geotagging on Timeline, Foursquare et al. presents a Dummies Guide to Stalking. Here’s the story on Naked Security.   

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