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Woman Wins $10K From Microsoft For Automatic Windows 10 Upgrade

By Mary Beth Quirk Consumerist June 28, 2016     The chorus of complaints from PC users over how pushy Microsoft has been with its Windows 10 upgrades reached a new level recently, after a woman won a $10,000 judgment against the company for an automatic installation gone wrong that she said seriously mucked up […]

Woman Wins $10K From Microsoft For Automatic Windows 10 Upgrade

VW Exec Created A Power Point Presentation On How To Cheat Emissions Tests In 2006

VW Exec Created A Power Point Presentation On How To Cheat Emissions Tests In 2006

By Ashlee Kieler Consumerist April 27, 2016   VW Exec Created A Power Point Presentation On How To Cheat Emissions Tests In 2006     Back in September, shortly after Volkswagen admitted it had equipped 11 million vehicles worldwide with “defeat devices” in order to evade emissions tests, an internal investigation found that some employees […]


"It goes without saying that hackers, other governments, and those wishing to exploit this security flaw to do harm to the public are already hard at work trying to figure it out," warn digital rights group the Electronic Frontier Foundation. "Worse, the FBI has a terrible track record of protecting it’s own data." (Photo: Pablo Romeo/cc/flickr)

How the FBI’s Shadowy iPhone Hack is Putting Privacy (and Lives) at Risk

By Lauren McCauley Common Dreams March 30, 2016   How the FBI’s Shadowy iPhone Hack is Putting Privacy (and Lives) at Risk ‘We have a new danger,’ warn digital rights experts, ‘a classified bomb held by the FBI and unknown third-party hackers—but not by Apple, the one party capable of defusing it.’     Privacy advocates […]


Apple Accuses DOJ Of “Smear” Campaign In Fight Over Unlocking Shooter’s iPhone

By Chris Morran Consumerist March 11, 2016   Apple Accuses DOJ Of “Smear” Campaign In Fight Over Unlocking Shooter’s iPhone   (Adam Fagen)   The legal tug-of-war over whether or not Apple can be forced to unlock a secure iPhone continued last night, with the U.S. Justice Department filing a sharp rebuke to Apple’s claims […]

Apple Accuses DOJ Of “Smear” Campaign In Fight Over Unlocking Shooter’s iPhone

Apple Working On iPhone That Even It Wouldn’t Be Able To Hack

Apple Working On iPhone That Even It Wouldn’t Be Able To Hack

By Chris Morran Consumerist February 25, 2016   Apple Working On iPhone That Even It Wouldn’t Be Able To Hack   (Prime Number)   While Apple and federal law enforcement officials argue over whether or not the company should aid in the hacking of a terrorist’s locked iPhone, the company has reportedly begun work on […]


Widespread Flaw Could Allow Hackers To Hijack Your Wireless Mouse Or Keyboard

By Mary Beth Quirk Consumerist February 23, 2016   Widespread Flaw Could Allow Hackers To Hijack Your Wireless Mouse Or Keyboard     It can surely be convenient to plug a dongle into your computer’s USB port and use a mouse or keyboard without the hassle of wires everywhere, but according to a new report […]

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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 […]


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 […]

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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 […]


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 […]

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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 […]

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)

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, […]

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