Category: Security

Computer security

I lost Internet service for about 3 days this week. Bad timing! Once my Internet came back I  discovered that while offline, malware took over one of my web sites. It was sending spam messages to Twitter and Facebook, which I quickly blocked. Took me longer to identify the mechanism, clean it up, then remove the spam messages. The malware also prevented me from logging into the control panel for the web site, which I...

Websites Can Track You Online Across Multiple Web Browsers

Websites Can Track You Online Across Multiple Web Browsers

Researchers have determined a method of tracking individual users across web browsers. That means, changing to a different browser – or even using incognito or private browsing mode – to avoid tracking your online behavior, is no longer sufficient. The researched identified 36 different properties that can be identified across browsers – some of which, when combined, identify a unique computer user – with 99% accuracy. Source: Websites Can Now Track You Online Across Multiple...

Border searches of social media accounts will never work #privacy #social

US border officers are, at times, asking visitors for their social media account information, and there is discussion they may ask for account passwords to review private messages of individuals from designated countries. This will never work for obvious reasons – create two accounts, one that is sanitized and one that is for naughty activities. Beyond that simple work around, there are other methods of spoofing such requirements. Besides, what do you do about people...

UK to log all web site access from everyone

In a move taken by few other nations, it [new law] requires telecommunications companies to store for a year the web histories known as internet connection records — a list of websites each person has visited and the apps and messaging services they used, though not the individual pages they looked at or the messages they sent. Source: Sweeping UK spy bill dubbed ‘snoopers’ charter’ becomes law – SFGate No warrant is required to access...

Facebook, Google and Verizon want to track everything you do

Facebook, Google and now Verizon are instead accelerating their tracking efforts, despite privacy concerns appearing consistently in the top reasons for using an ad blocker. They are in fast pursuit of the holy grail for digital advertising — syncing up a consumers’ personally-identifiable information with all browsing history and app usage: Source: Facebook, Google and now Verizon are accelerating their tracking efforts despite consumers’ privacy concerns – Recode Related articles FCC passes sweeping new rules...

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