Did you know that Facebook claims legal ownership of whatever we upload to them? Turns out you have no right to retrieve your information or any ability to permanently delete it. As CEO Kent Lawson reports in this article, that is just one example of a “downside” to sharing data, photos, or other sensitive personal information via “the cloud,” which is simply a metaphor for the Internet. Not ready to lose control of your personal information? Then keep reading to learn more about “the cloud” — where it’s been and, more importantly, where it’s going.
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CEO Kent Lawson discusses the recent political unrest in Egypt, the role of social networking in the digital revolution, and how, in this day and age, a country simply cannot function without the Internet.
Don’t be a cybercrime victim while taking your next vacation. Check out several strategies for staying safer while traveling and using unsecured wireless networks.
If you’ve ever shared your Google calendar or created a Google document, for example, you have been “on the cloud,” an effort to create shared documents from any location. But there are major security risks to sharing documents over a public cloud network, and that’s why a government agency has issued its own set of security warnings.
CEO Kent Lawson tackles the controversy surrounding the proposed “Do Not Track” legislation and how it may limit advertisers from knowing about your Web-browsing habits. What worries you most about your online privacy? Where do you stand on the proposed new rules?
In CEO Kent Lawson’s latest post, he explores the “controversy” over government regulations and the Open Internet, as well as why our society is better off by setting some rules for how Internet companies operate.
Be careful what you text in California. A new law says police officers do not need a search warrant to search your phone, potentially stripping privacy rights to your text messages, phone records, emails, photos, videos, and anything else you keep on your smartphone. But what about the Fourth Amendment, you ask? Exactly. If you haven’t password-protected your smartphone, now may be the time to take the extra step.
The FCC has announced a challenge for researchers, inventors, and software developers to create apps that allow users to monitor and protect Internet openness. Some call this contest a mere side-note to the brouhaha over how net neutrality rules will either destroy capitalism as we know it or cement the power of the wireless oligarchs.
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.
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.
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.