100 Open Source Replacements for Popular Security Tools
By Cynthia Harvey | Article Published March 17, 2014
Download open source anti-virus software, firewalls, email gateways, penetration testing tools, security-focused Linux distributions and more.
Tags: open source, Linux, Security Intelligence, privacy, NSA, Security Software
Why Not Record Everything, All the Time?
By Mike Elgan | Article Published August 28, 2013
New consumer gadgets let us record pictures, sounds and videos constantly. Is this good or bad?
Tags: privacy, Security Intelligence, records retention, Gadgets
Survey: More Execs Than IT Managers Are 'Cloud Believers'
By Cynthia Harvey | Article Published July 12, 2013
However, 87 percent of those surveyed believe cloud computing will be the IT model of the future.
Tags: cloud computing, privacy, cost, disaster recovery, survey
Privacy Breach: IRS Accidentally Posts Thousands of Social Security Numbers Online
By Cynthia Harvey | Article Published July 09, 2013
The information appeared on a database related to 527 groups.
Tags: data breach, database, IRS, privacy, online
Facebook Rolls Out Graph Search to U.S. Users
By Cynthia Harvey | Article Published July 08, 2013
The new feature makes it easier to find information, but also has some worrisome privacy implications.
Tags: Facebook, social network, privacy, Graph Search
EU Opinion Supports Google in Privacy Case
By Cynthia Harvey | Article Published June 25, 2013
A court advisor says Google should not be required to block links to legal information.
Tags: privacy, Web search, EU, Google
Lawmakers Question Google on Glass Privacy
By Cynthia Harvey | Article Published May 17, 2013
Google says it will be easy to tell if someone is using Glass to record you.
Tags: privacy, Google Glass, Larry Page, Congress
EFF Privacy Ratings: Twitter Ranks High, Verizon Low
By Cynthia Harvey | Article Published May 02, 2013
Apple, AT&T, MySpace and Yahoo also scored poorly.
Tags: EFF, Apple, Comcast, Verizon, Yahoo, privacy, Twitter, MySpace
Germany Fines Google Just $189,000 for Wi-Fi Snooping
By Cynthia Harvey | Article Published April 22, 2013
Regulator says the scandal was one of the biggest privacy violations ever.
Tags: Germany, Street View, privacy, WiFi, Google
Google Will Fight Against National Security Letters
By Cynthia Harvey | Article Published April 05, 2013
A judge who previously ruled the letters unconstitutional will oversee the case.
Tags: U.S., government, national security, FBI, privacy, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Google
Mozilla Firefox 20 Improves Browser Privacy
By Sean Michael Kerner | Article Published April 02, 2013
New open source browser release accelerates performance and delivers new download manager.
Tags: privacy, open source, browser, Mozilla Firefox
Europe Launches Formal Investigations into Google's Privacy Policies
By Cynthia Harvey | Article Published April 02, 2013
Tags: government, Google, privacy, Europe
Google to Pay U.S. States $7M in Street View Settlement
By Cynthia Harvey | Article Published March 13, 2013
Some say the payment is far too low.
Tags: Street View, settlement, Google, privacy
RSA: Google Lashes out at Microsoft Over Privacy
By Sean Michael Kerner | Article Published February 27, 2013
Facebook, Microsoft, Mozilla and Google debate privacy at security conference -- and it turns out they don't all agree.
Tags: Google, RSA, privacy, Microsoft, Facebook
EU Warns It May Take Action Against Google
By Cynthia Harvey | Article Published February 19, 2013
The search giant failed to meet Europe's deadline for changing its practices.
Tags: Google, privacy, Europe, regulators, EU
75 Top Open Source Tools for Protecting Your Privacy
By Cynthia Harvey | Article Published February 04, 2013
Prevent identity theft and avoid monitoring by industry or government agencies with these open source privacy protection tools.
Tags: open source, desktop security, privacy, Linux
Will Your Next Password Be a Ring?
By Cynthia Harvey | Article Published January 21, 2013
Google is a testing out hardware replacements for passwords.
Tags: authentication, Google, research, hardware, password, privacy
Facebook Unveils Graph Search
By Cynthia Harvey | Article Published January 16, 2013
The social network's new feature is a big concern for privacy advocates, as well as for competitors like Google.
Tags: Facebook, social network, Graph Search, privacy, Google
By Cynthia Harvey | Article Published December 18, 2012
Regulators want to examine whether changes to Microsoft's policies violate any laws.
Tags: Microsoft, privacy, policies, SkyDrive, Office, EU
Facebook Announces More Changes to Its Privacy Tools
By Cynthia Harvey | Article Published December 12, 2012
The site is adding "privacy shortcuts" and tools to review publicly viewable pictures of yourself.
Tags: Facebook, privacy, social network
European Student Group Plans to Challenge Facebook in Court
By Cynthia Harvey | Article Published December 04, 2012
Europe v Facebook is collecting donations to fund their privacy-related lawsuit.
Tags: Facebook, Europe, privacy, social network
Facebook in Trouble with Consumer Privacy Groups--Again
By Cynthia Harvey | Article Published November 27, 2012
The social network proposed changes to its policies last week.
Tags: social network, privacy, Facebook
Facebook to Use Secure Web Protocol by Default
By Cynthia Harvey | Article Published November 20, 2012
Users will now access the social networking site via HTTPS, unless they purposely opt for HTTP.
Tags: HTTPS, secure, encryption, Facebook, social network, protocol, privacy
BYOD Sparks Privacy Fears
By Pedro Hernandez | Article Published September 28, 2012
Employees are wary of their employer's ability to peer into their personal lives via their smartphones and tablets.
Tags: mobile, BYOD, privacy
Another Privacy Scandal Rocks Facebook
By Cynthia Harvey | Article Published September 25, 2012
French users say private messages are showing up in their timelines, but Facebook denies the charge.
Tags: privacy, Facebook
Google Pays $22.5 Million to Settle Apple Safari Privacy Charges
By Datamation.com Staff | Article Published August 10, 2012
This is the largest fine the FTC has ever imposed for violating one of its orders.
Tags: Google, privacy, Safari, Apple, settlement, fine, FTC
Google to Pay Largest FTC Penalty Ever for Privacy Violations
By Datamation.com Staff | Article Published July 10, 2012
Tags: cookies, Google, privacy, Safari, FTC, settlement, tracking
ICANN Glitch Reveals Personal Details of gTLD Applicants
By Datamation.com Staff | Article Published June 15, 2012
The process for applying for new top-level domain names has been plagued by software problems.
Tags: top level domain, ICANN, privacy, Internet
Consumer Reports Spotlights Facebook's Privacy Problems
By Datamation.com Staff | Article Published May 07, 2012
In a new survey, 11 percent of households report experiencing problems on Facebook.
Tags: Facebook, privacy, Consumer Reports
Editorial: Google's 'Rogue Engineer' Policy and Why It Isn't Enterprise Class
By Rob Enderle | Article Published May 02, 2012
News accounts of an alleged privacy breach by Google suggest that the company's governance structure is not well defined.
Tags: Wi-Fi, privacy, Google
CISPA Cyber-Threat Bill Passes House Despite Worries Over Privacy
By Datamation.com Staff | Article Published April 27, 2012
The bill now heads to the Senate, but President Obama has threatened to veto the bill if it passes Congress.
Tags: Congress, government, privacy, CISPA, security
Google Target of New Federal Privacy Probe
By Datamation.com Staff | Article Published April 17, 2012
The FTC is examining the company's bypass of default privacy settings in Apple's Safari browser.
Tags: Apple, investigation, privacy, FTC, Google, Safari
Medicaid Hack Update: 500,000 Records and 280,000 SSNs Stolen
By Datamation.com Staff | Article Published April 10, 2012
Utah officials say Eastern European hackers stole ten times as many social security numbers as previously thought.
Tags: privacy, hack attacks, data breach
Selling You on Facebook
By Datamation.com Staff | Article Published April 09, 2012
Companies you've never even heard of may know all about you if your Facebook friends use their apps.
Tags: Facebook, apps, privacy
How to Stop Cops from Abusing Technology
By Mike Elgan | Article Published April 04, 2012
Law enforcement officials use surveillance technologies that citizens are prohibited from using -- a situation that raises serious questions.
Tags: Surveillance, privacy, security
EU Demands Google Response to Privacy Worry
By Datamation.com Staff | Article Published March 20, 2012
France wants answers to 69 questions by April 5.
Tags: EU, privacy, Google
Senator Calls for FTC Probe Into iPhone, Android Data Privacy
By Datamation.com Staff | Article Published March 05, 2012
Sen. Charles Schumer is considered about the possibility of apps stealing people's photos off their phones.
Tags: FTC, privacy, iPhone, Android
Google Adds Do Not Track Button to Chrome
By Datamation.com Staff | Article Published February 24, 2012
The new "Keep My Opt Outs" extension for the browser installs after a warning that using it could put a small company out of business.
Tags: Google, privacy, Chrome
As Privacy Concerns Grow, More Social Media Users Are "Unfriending"
By Datamation.com Staff | Article Published February 24, 2012
A new survey finds that more women than men are keeping their social media profiles private and culling their contact lists.
Tags: social media, survey, privacy
It's Microsoft vs. Google in a Web-Tracking Battle
By Datamation.com Staff | Article Published February 21, 2012
Microsoft says Google's tracking cookies circumvent privacy measures in Internet Explorer.
Tags: Microsoft, privacy, Google
Google Sneaked Tracking Files onto iPhones, Privacy Researcher Says
By Datamation.com Staff | Article Published February 20, 2012
Some lawmakers want the FTC to investigate.
Tags: privacy, Google, Safari, iPhone
Facebook Agrees to Make Privacy Improvements
By Datamation.com Staff | Article Published December 22, 2011
Following an Irish audit, the social networking giant will make 45 changes to the way it does business.
Tags: Facebook, privacy
7 Hot Mobile Trends for 2012
By Jeff Vance | Article Published December 14, 2011
Privacy concerns and location-based services will lead the way, yet a host of other mobile trends will shape this booming market.
Tags: sms, mobile, privacy, location services
Why the Information Age Is the Age of Ignorance
By Mike Elgan | Article Published November 30, 2011
You've agreed to share your personal information with virtually everyone -- you just don't know it.
Tags: Apple, security, Internet, Google, privacy
Zuckerberg Defends Facebook Against Privacy Complaints
By Datamation.com Staff | Article Published November 08, 2011
Facebook's CEO says his company isn't as bad as other tech giants.
Tags: Facebook, privacy
Facebook Could Face Fine for Holding Data That Users Have Deleted
By Datamation.com Staff | Article Published October 21, 2011
The Irish data protection commission is investigating the social networking company to see if it is violating the law.
Tags: Facebook, privacy
Facebook Faces Scrutiny over Privacy
By Datamation.com Staff | Article Published September 30, 2011
The Irish data protection commissioner will conduct an audit, and several groups have asked the FTC to investigate.
Tags: Facebook, privacy
Facebook Vows Privacy Fix 'in 24 Hours'
By Datamation.com Staff | Article Published September 27, 2011
An Australian blogger discovered that the social network was tracking user activities even after they logged out of the service.
Tags: privacy, Facebook
Facebook Tweaks Privacy Settings, Allows More Control
By Datamation.com Staff | Article Published August 24, 2011
The social network will make it easier for users to manage the privacy settings for the items they post.
Tags: Facebook, privacy
60 Open Source Tools for Protecting Your Privacy
By Cynthia Harvey | Article Published August 22, 2011
Open source software for anonymous browsing and email, anti-spyware, data destruction, password management and more.
Tags: security, open source apps, Linux downloads, privacy
Security and Privacy Challenges to Boom in 2012
By Stuart J. Johnston | Article Published August 08, 2011
As more and more information is collected in the cloud and by location-based services, privacy challenges become increasingly demanding.
Tags: location based, privacy, security
Your Face -- and the Web -- Can Tell Everything About You
By Datamation.com Staff | Article Published August 05, 2011
A Carnegie Mellon University says he can take a picture of you and then find your name, friends and your social security number.
Sharing Files in Public Places? Please Don't.
By David Strom | Article Published August 02, 2011
Sharing your computer files in public places like airports and coffee shops invites cyber thieves to peruse your sensitive data.
Tags: privacy, security, file sharing
In Defense of Internet Anonymity -- Again
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published August 02, 2011
In contrast with the Linux community's emphasis on user's rights, Facebook, Google+ and many companies work to limit the protection of user anonymity. Who’s right?
Tags: google+, privacy, Facebook, security
Researchers Expose Cunning Online Tracking Service That Can't Be Dodged
By Datamation.com Staff | Article Published August 01, 2011
KISSmetrics tracks Web users even if they have cookies blocked and are using the privacy settings on browsers.
How Facebook Secretly Ends Your Relationships
By Mike Elgan | Article Published February 16, 2011
Facebook assumes we want their software to terminate some of our online connections with friends -- without bothering to tell us.
Tags: Social Networking Tools, social network, Facebook, privacy, security
Hackers Use Facebook Access as Bait
By Larry Barrett | Article Published February 04, 2011
With more than a half billion users, Facebook is a tempting target for Web miscreants.
Tags: Social Networking Tools, privacy, Facebook, security, hacker attacks
Survey Finds Legacy Tech Hinders Cloud Adoption
By Stuart J. Johnston | Article Published January 25, 2011
A leading governance organization releases the results of its latest survey of top execs, and some of the information is surprising.
Tags: security, IT infrastructure, privacy, cloud computing, IT management
Blackburn: FCC Headed for 'Congressional Hurricane'
By Kenneth Corbin | Article Published January 18, 2011
Incensed at the Federal Communications Commission's move to enact net neutrality rules, GOP lawmaker vows to lead a campaign of curbing agency's regulatory overreach.
Tags: security, privacy, FCC, IP, Net Neutrality
NY Rep. Asks Treasury to Blacklist Wikileaks' Assange
By Kenneth Corbin | Article Published January 13, 2011
New York Republican Pete King asks Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner to add Wikileaks founder to list of individuals barred from doing business with U.S. firms.
Tags: DOJ, Wikileaks, privacy, Julian Assange, security
50 iPad Security Apps
By Troy Dreier | Article Published December 30, 2010
iPad security apps for handling passwords, setting alarms, monitoring cameras, theft prevention and more. Many free iPad security apps.
Tags: iPad apps, iphone apps, privacy, security, camera
Why Privacy Lawsuits against Apple Matter to Google
By Mike Elgan | Article Published December 29, 2010
The difference in the two companies' business models will determine to what extent they will be affected by looming court decisions.
Tags: Google, lawsuits, iphone apps, privacy, Apple
IBM Forecasts: 3D User Interfaces, Longer Lasting Batteries
By Stuart J. Johnston | Article Published December 29, 2010
Changes that will impact lives over the next five years include better batteries, 3D user interfaces, and the collection of tons more data about users' habits.
Tags: 3D, IBM, Microsoft, battery life, privacy
Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus: Google!
By Mike Elgan | Article Published December 22, 2010
Google sees you when you're sleeping. They know when you're awake. They know when you've been bad or good (so be good for Google's sake!)
Tags: Webmaster Tools, security, Google, cookies, privacy
'Do Not Track' Rules Favored by U.S. Consumers: Gallup
By David Needle | Article Published December 22, 2010
But poll shows many are willing to let certain advertisers of their choosing track them on the Web.
Tags: online advertising, Internet, security, Web, privacy
House Panel to Weigh Spy Act Update Amid Wikileaks Scandal
By Kenneth Corbin | Article Published December 13, 2010
Members of the House Judiciary Committee to consider an update of the 1917 Espionage Act to position U.S. authorities to bring Julian Assange to justice.
Tags: Congress, privacy, spyware, security, Wikileaks
Internet Explorer 9 to Offer Greater Privacy
By Stuart J. Johnston | Article Published December 09, 2010
The forthcoming browser will allow surfers to prevent advertisers from collecting their profile information.
Tags: security, privacy, Internet Explorer, advertising, IE9
Facebook Revamps Profile Pages
By Kenneth Corbin | Article Published December 06, 2010
Social networking behemoth undertakes a major redesign in a bid to enable users to shape their first-blush presentation.
Tags: Facebook, social networking, privacy, security, Mark Zuckerberg
Senate Panel Passes Controversial Online Piracy Bill
By Kenneth Corbin | Article Published November 18, 2010
Legislation that would crack down on websites engaging in trafficking of counterfeit goods and pirated content heads to the Senate floor amid heated opposition from digital-rights groups.
Tags: privacy, Copyright, downloads, IP, intellectual property
Is Facebook Security an Oxymoron?
By Mike Elgan | Article Published October 19, 2010
It's time for Facebook and Facebook users to finally get serious about security - or risk the consequences.
Tags: Facebook, Facebook marketing, security, privacy, Security practices
Facebook Retools With Focus on User Control
By Kenneth Corbin | Article Published October 07, 2010
Leading social networking site unveils sweeping set of changes aimed at forging closer group connections, expanding users' control over their information.
Tags: Facebook marketing, social networking, Facebook, social media, privacy
Microsoft Rewrites Software Licenses for NGOs, Advocacy Groups
By Stuart J. Johnston | Article Published September 14, 2010
Following reports that Russian authorities have been using piracy charges to go after charities and outspoken advocacy groups, the software giant says it will rewrite the rules to stop government abuse.
Tags: piracy, Microsoft, free software, software licenses, privacy
EPIC Slams Google's Privacy Moves
By David Needle | Article Published September 06, 2010
Google says the more streamlined set of privacy policies will be easier for consumers to grasp, but the head of the Electronic Privacy Information Center wants an FTC investigation.
Tags: EPIC, FTC, Internet, Google, privacy
Why Facebook Should Be Fired
By Mike Elgan | Article Published August 26, 2010
Facebook blurs the line between work and personal beyond all recognition.
Tags: privacy, IT career, IT salary, Facebook, Facebook marketing
Google Gives Ground in Standoff With China
By Kenneth Corbin | Article Published June 29, 2010
Search giant announces new approach to China censorship standoff after negotiations with the government as it hopes to retain its commercial operating license.
Tags: censorship, China, privacy, Google, search