Category Archives: Privacy

1984 wasn’t 1984, but 2024 might be

A number of organizations are uniting to sponsor a day of Internet protests on February 11 against mass surveillance by the NSA.  You can find out more here. With apologies to all my non-American readers, I have no problem with … Continue reading

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More on Credit Card data breaches

This is an unfortunate follow-up to my posting a few days ago.  This morning one of my credit card providers called because there had been a compromise of my credit card information by a third-party.  This can’t be Target, because … Continue reading

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Data Breaches ARE a big deal

I didn’t catch his name, but a little while ago I heard the “co-founder” of Square say on Bloomberg TV that the Target data breach was no big deal.  He said that people didn’t lose any money as a result, … Continue reading

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Microsoft needs to be more aggressive on encryption

I was horrified when I woke up this morning and discovered Microsoft’s positioning in this Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) article (republished by Gizmodo) on encryption.  Of course, that’s because it was EFF’s intent to shock vendors into action.  Or rather, … Continue reading

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Kill your Windows XP systems, before they kill you!

Paul Thurrott just published The Coming Windows XP Apocalypse reminding us that support, including security patches, for Windows XP is coming to an end.  For a more in-depth examination on why you need to run from Windows XP as fast as … Continue reading

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The NSA and Six Degrees of Separation

Recent revelations of how extensive the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) data collection efforts are concern me in many ways, but for this posting I just want to address one.  The Six Degrees of Separation  Terrorism Problem.  What the Six Degrees … Continue reading

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Blacked Out due to CISPA

Honoring the CISPA Blackout today.  Check http://www.zdnet.com/how-to-join-todays-april-22-cispa-protest-7000014320/ for more information.

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Why users hate tracking

Last week I was helping my mother move into a new apartment and needed a wireless phone jack to hook up her fax machine.  Of course I used my Acer Iconia Tab W500 to research the available options and find … Continue reading

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Beware Cloud Services bearing gifts

Last week I tried to access the web site of a company that a few of my former Microsoft colleagues work for and was shocked when Norton DNS blocked my access.  Upon further investigation I realized the company’s site was … Continue reading

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You can’t defeat SPAM when legitimate mail looks like SPAM!

One of the subtle changes in Microsoft’s new outlook.com replacement for Hotmail is that the messages about suspicious mail have changed.  In Hotmail messages are simply described as suspicious, in outlook.com it is now clearly stated that the “sender failed our … Continue reading

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