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Google-funded study finds Firefox least secure browser, Chrome the best

A new study has tossed the big browsers into the security mosh pit and decreed that Google’s Chrome comes in first, ahead of Internet Explorer and Firefox. But when it comes to the top three, is security more about your browser being up to date and properly configured than its brand? The full story is […]

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Condom ad poses as Facebook friend request from your fetus

A condom company is sending friend requests from unborn sons to male users on Facebook. Do you feel it’s harmless advertising or a step too far (and a breach of Facebook’s terms and conditions)? Read the story. 

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Android permissions glitch allows eavesdropping, data theft

Academic researchers have demonstrated flaws in the Android permissions system that could allow rogue applications to gain access to SMS messages, GPS or even record audio from affected devices. Read the story on NakedSecurity.

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Divorcing couple must swap Facebook and dating site passwords

The courts have no problem separating individuals from their supposed privacy and confidentiality, regardless of what Twitter, Facebook et al. might state in their terms of service. Here’s the story.

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Facebook nears settlement with FTC on privacy opt-in

The settlement addresses charges that the company misled users about how it would use their personal information. Facebook would be required to obtain user consent before making “material retroactive changes” but wouldn’t have to change current policies. I really hope I get feedback on this one, because honestly, I don’t know if I’m reading the […]

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Research finds that privacy tools don’t work

Users can neither understand nor configure tools which claim to improve their privacy, according to new research from Carnegie Mellon. Is there any way we can achieve online privacy? Click here for the full story.

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A *really* crazy way to stay private and baffle the FBI

Instead of fighting an FBI investigation based on an erroneous report, Hasan Elahi instead resorted to data bulimia, giving them, and anyone wishing to access his site, more data than they could ever wish for. Question is, does this approach give Mr Elahi better privacy? I vehemently agree with those who suggest that guarding one’s […]

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Is Klout stalking your kids?

One parent finds that, thanks to a lack of reliance on opt-in for Klout and Facebook’s Byzantine new platform rules, her son has been accorded a Klout profile without intent nor desire. It could easily happen to your kids, too. Read the story on NakedSecurity.

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How to find out everything that Facebook *really* knows about you

Max Schrems, a 24-year-old law student from Vienna, a meticulous document requester and researcher, is now sitting on a pile of 1,200 pages that comprise his personal-data Facebook dossier. Huge kudos to Mr. Schrems for filling 22 complaints against Facebook for repeated, pervasive privacy missteps. Read the story on Naked Security.    

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A Timeline of Facebook user privacy freak-out

Hey Zuckerberg! Maybe your personal Timeline right about now should show some rethinking on how much of your users’ personal information you choose to make public as standard. Read the post on #Naked Security.

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