Monthly Archive: January 2013

California’s Mobile App Guidelines Highlight Consumer Privacy Protection

There are more than one million apps available on primary mobile platforms; and more than 1,600 apps released every day.

Yet the vast majority don’t include the most basic privacy protection. That’s why California recently became the first state to issue privacy protection recommendations for mobile app developers. Find out what they can and cannot do to protect your online privacy.

The FDIC Reviews Mobile Payment Systems

In 2011, the technology world was all abuzz with news of a new payment system which could turn your smartphone into a virtual wallet. Google was the first to come forward with their Google Wallet and they partnered with Visa and MasterCard to produce Near Field Communication systems in a limited number of smartphones.

Find out what the FDIC and other experts have to say about this service.

Data Privacy Day 2013: How Safe is Your Data?

How are you celebrating Data Privacy Day today?

Data Privacy Day is a global effort to help educate people about the privacy risks they face and empower them to protect their privacy and control their digital footprint. Another aim of Data Privacy Day is to remind everyone that the protection of privacy and data is everyone’s priority.

But are you making it *your* priority? Click to read the entire article and learn ways to keep your data protected!


Why ‘Six Strikes’ Could Be a Nightmare for Your Internet Privacy

In the next few weeks, the Center for Copyright Information will launch the “six strikes” anti-piracy system designed to curb illegal downloads and peer-to-peer file-sharing. The joint effort by the MPAA, the RIAA, and five major Internet providers will effectively make ISPs the copyright cops for the motion picture and recording industries.

Six strikes could be a game changer when it comes to your Internet privacy. Find out why and what you can do to protect yourself.

Netflix and Facebook: A Privacy Issue?

Last month we published a blog post that detailed how that the U.S. government is currently capturing and storing all your emails in huge data warehouses and can use it against you whenever they feel like it.

Just a few weeks ago, lawmakers removed an important provision to the Video Privacy Protection Act that would have required the government to seek a warrant before accessing these emails.

Click to read more.

PRIVATE WiFi Announces New VPN App for Smartphones and Tablets to Protect Against the Threats of Public Wi-Fi

Private Communications Corporation, makers of PRIVATE WiFi, a new and innovative product in the security software market, today announced its new personal VPN application for smartphones and tablets. The company will introduce the new VPN app for Android and Apple® iOS devices, including the new iPad® mini and iPhone® 5. A personal VPN app for Windows 8 phones and tablets will soon follow.

Is Ransomware Holding Your PC Hostage?

Remember malware and scareware?

Malware, short for malicious software, is software designed to secretly access your computer system without your informed consent. Malware includes computer viruses, worms, Trojan horses, spyware, crimeware, most rootkits, and other malicious and unwanted software.

Scareware is scam software of limited or no benefit, such as a message that convinces you that a virus has infected your computer and suggesting that you download (and pay for) fake antivirus software to remove it.

Well, just when you thought it was safe, now there’s something called ransomware, which PC security experts say just might be a much bigger problem that both malware and scareware combined.


Connecting to WiFi with a Little Help from Your Facebook Friends and a Lot of Access for Your Enemies

If you’re one of the millions of Wifi users constantly looking for new ways to connect, a new free app called Instabridge might sound like just the ticket. The company promises to build the world’s largest Wifi network by letting users connect to their friends’ Wifi via Facebook.

But what would that mean for your wireless security and your privacy? We don’t think you’ll like the answer.