Category Archives: Privacy

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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Tumblr is back on my good side

In a piece I wrote a couple of weeks ago I’d brought up the problem of Tumblr hosting phishing/malicious web sites.  Well after a few days of my feeding examples to Tumblr’s support team, and they taking down the sites, I haven’t … Continue reading

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Deepsec 2011: Are Companies “Evil” When it Comes to Privacy?

Last month I attended the In-Depth Security Conference (better known as Deepsec) 2011.  This was my first security conference (outside of Microsoft’s Bluehat) so I’m not sure exactly how to characterize it compared to the better known and larger Black … Continue reading

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