Category: News & Features

Fortifying Phones From Attackers

The Wall Street Journal reports on the evolving role of privacy and information security as more and more consumers and companies start doing business on their mobile devices. Case in point: AT&T has hired 13 PhDs in the last six months to focus on mobile security technology that detects and blocks malicious software from reaching mobile devices.

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Internet Security In a WikiLeaks Age

In this interview on The Huffington Post, a security adviser warns that “large-scale attacks on individual citizens, exploiting their online lives through bank accounts, social networking, and professional networks” could aim to “disrupt our connected lives.”

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Is the Web Becoming Less Secure?

Check out this video and related article from PBS NewsHour, which reflects on the vulnerability of online information and the danger of further cyberattacks, especially in light of the recent hacking on Gawker.

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Public Wifi Tempts by Land and Rail

In attempts to stay competitive with the airline industry, train service and bus companies are going high-tech, installing more electrical plugs to allow riders to charge devices and unveiling free WiFi from coast to coast. But are you being careful about protecting yourself on the road?

In Plain English: A Review of Google’s Privacy Policy

What does Google know? If you say everything under the sun, well, you are absolutely correct. Far scarier is the fact that Google also knows all about YOU! But have you ever read its privacy policy? Read on to learn, in plain English, just what the Google privacy policy means for you.

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Wifi Hacking: Downloads to Defend Against Firesheep

Thanks to Firesheep, even novice hackers without any special skills –- you, your grandmother, your 10-year-old nephew — can spy on anyone’s Internet activity in a WiFi hotspot. That means your activities on sites lacking proper encryption — including Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, and FourSquare — are at risk.