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Private Communication? The iPhone, iPad Meet Skype Video

Available on both 3G and WiFi networks, new Skype 3.0 upgrades support making video calls on the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, and 4th-generation iPod touch. It also enables users to receive video calls on the iPad and the 3rd-generation iPod touch. But are you sure your privacy is protected on Skype?

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‘Online Impersonation’ Banned in California

A new California state law has gone into effect that makes online impersonation — when it seeks to harm someone — a misdemeanor punishable by up to a $1,000 fine and a year in jail. This Santa Cruz Sentinel article explains that Senate Bill 1411 allows district attorneys to prosecute if they think a crime has been committed.

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What Is a VPN?: Ask the Expert

This is the first “Ask the Expert” column in which Private WiFi CEO and computer security expert Kent Lawson responds to readers’ questions. This column will be an ongoing, monthly series, and this inaugural column discusses VPNs and their importance in staying protected online.

Data Leaks: Apple Sued Over App Privacy

Two class-action lawsuits have been filed against Apple, alleging that the company does not do enough to enforce its privacy policy or restrict use of unique IDs, which is how advertisers track and identify individuals. This BBC News story suggests that one of the law firms may also sue Google as it feels that the Android applications leak personal data.

Attorney Crusades Against Spam Emails

An attorney who is “not your average Internet consumer” and sues companies he accuses of violating California’s anti-spam law is working to eradicate all forms of spam. Though this Associated Press article says such lawsuits are “mere rain drops in the ocean” as there are approximately 200 billion spam messages each day, accounting for 90% of all email.

Google Search: ‘This Site May Be Compromised’

This MSNBC post reports that Google has changed how some search results will appear to users. When doing a Google search, a notification may appear directly under the link that warns, “This site may be compromised.” Google says it will use “a variety of automated tools to detect common signs of a hacked site as quickly as possible.”

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Mobile Anonymity: Get App-Smart

Do you like listening to Pandora and playing Angry Birds? Advertisers know it, too. Smartphone users are all but powerless to limit tracking among the apps they download, according to the findings of a new Wall Street Journal report that tested consumer privacy on 101 apps. Many companies allegedly sold consumer details gathered from these apps to various ad networks.

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How Far is Too Far? (Part 1 of 2)

In Part 1 of this two-part series, Private WiFi CEO Kent Lawson discusses the extent of personal tracking that is taking place online – and what amount, if any, goes too far.

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.