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I Ramped Up My Internet Security, and You Should Too

By Julia Angwin ProPublica January 25, 2016   I Ramped Up My Internet Security, and You Should Too Here’s how ProPublica reporter Julia Angwin upped her defenses against hackers and spies.   Some people make dieting resolutions in the New Year. I make security and privacy resolutions, because those are the things that keep me […]

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Target

15 Things We Learned About The Downfall Of Target Canada

By Laura Northrup Consumerist January 25, 2016   15 Things We Learned About The Downfall Of Target Canada   (Great Beyond) Why did Target’s expansion into Canada fail so quickly? The company is based in Minnesota, which is dangerously close to being Canada. Yet Target Canada failed spectacularly. Why? Sure, they expanded too quickly, and […]


Regulators Accuse Oracle Of Deceiving Customers About Security Of Java Updates

By Ashlee Kieler Consumerist December 21, 2015   Regulators Accuse Oracle Of Deceiving Customers About Security Of Java Updates     The owners of more than 850 million personal computers using Oracle’s Java Platform Standard Edition were misled about the security of their devices after software updates left the PCs susceptible to hack attacks according to […]

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Adobe Joins Its Critics, Tells People Not To Use Flash

By Mary Beth Quirk Consumerist December 1, 2015   Adobe Joins Its Critics, Tells People Not To Use Flash     After years of critics piling on top of Adobe Flash for its track record as one of the buggiest, crashiest (now a word), least secure, most vulnerable pieces of software ever to hit the […]


A laptop computer featuring Windows 10 is seen on display at Microsoft Build in San Francisco in April. Even people who haven't indicated they want Windows 10 may be getting it downloaded to their computer, Microsoft confirmed. (Robert Galbraith/Reuters)

Windows 10 downloaded to computers automatically

By CBC News CBC News September 15, 2015   Windows 10 downloaded to computers automatically How to prevent the download: find the installation file and remove it     Microsoft is downloading large Windows 10 installation files to Windows 7 and 8.1 computers even if users didn’t indicate they’re interested in upgrade, gobbling up internet […]


Google

Report: Google Error Leaks Hidden Data For 280,000 Domains

By Mary Beth Quirk Consumerist March 13, 2015   Report: Google Error Leaks Hidden Data For 280,000 Domains     Usually when we hear that a company has had a bunch of data leaked to the world, hackers are responsible. But in the case of a Google leak involving hidden data for 280,000 domain names, […]


Changes To TurboTax Lead To Consumer Revolt, Opportunity For Competitors

By Laura Northrup Consumerist January 24, 2015   Changes To TurboTax Lead To Consumer Revolt, Opportunity For Competitors     It’s the opening weekend of tax season! If you work an hourly or salaried job, the W-2 form summarizing how much you earned and how much tax you’ve paid is already in your mailbox or […]

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Christopher Soghoian: Government surveillance — this is just the beginning

  Christopher Soghoian: Government surveillance — this is just the beginning     Published by TED About: Privacy researcher Christopher Soghoian sees the landscape of government surveillance shifting beneath our feet, as an industry grows to support monitoring programs. Through private companies, he says, governments are buying technology with the capacity to break into computers, […]


A Chinese Rebellion – How Activists are Stamping QR Codes on Currency to Fight Censorship

  Source: http://libertyblitzkrieg.com By Michael Krieger A Chinese Rebellion – How Activists are Stamping QR Codes on Currency to Fight Censorship   One of the most productive trends I have witnessed in 2014 to-date, consists of the increasingly creative ways that activists around the world are fighting back against the status quo (Bitcoin stole the […]

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When Refrigerators Attack

  When Refrigerators Attack   Published by NextNewsNetwork About: In the first proven attack of its kind in history, a refrigerator has been used to hack into computers. The home appliance was used to send spam emails in a cyber-attack in December. From December 23rd through January 6th, smart home electronics were infected with botnet […]


Tech Corps Form Alliance to Push the Internet of Everything

  Source: http://www.occupycorporatism.com By Susanne Posel Occupy Corporatism   Tech Corps Form Alliance to Push the Internet of Everything   If the AllSeen Alliance (ASA) has it their way, all of our home appliances, cars and computers will be speaking to each other because of open source frame working that has become the cornerstone of […]

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FBI pressures Internet providers to install surveillance software

Source: http://www.againstcronycapitalism.org FBI pressures Internet providers to install surveillance software   At least one service provider is fighting this, which is good. Whether this company will prevail is another thing. Indeed many within government probably wonder if a “private” communications company should even exist in this country. How is the government supposed to keep us […]


Teenage Prodigy Spurns MIT, Chooses Entrepreneurship

Source: http://nextnewsnetwork.com Teenage Prodigy Spurns MIT, Chooses Entrepreneurship   SALT LAKE CITY – Delian Asparouhov, a teenage prodigy from Utah, won honors in math, science, and robotics, and at 14 wrote a revolutionary software program for his father’s company. The Bulgarian immigrant comes from an exceptionally well-educated family in which he was expected to get […]

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