Internet Privacy - Infoworld en Lavaboom builds encrypted webmail service to combat snooping <p>A new webmail service called <a href="" target="_blank">Lavaboom</a> promises to provide easy-to-use email encryption without ever learning its users' private encryption keys or message contents.</p> Security Data Loss Prevention Email Software Encryption Internet Privacy Web Applications Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:46:33 +0000 admin 240636 at Google updates terms of service to reflect its scanning of users' emails <p>Google has updated its terms of service to reflect that it analyzes user content including emails to provide users tailored advertising, customized search results and other features.</p> <p>The Internet giant's scanning of users' email has been controversial with privacy groups describing it as an intrusion into user privacy.</p> Security Google Internet Privacy Web Services Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:08:41 +0000 admin 240496 at Too big to trust? Google's growing credibility gap <div id="blog-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 182px;"><img src="" alt="Too big to trust? Google's growing credibility gap" width="243" height="182" align="right" /></div><p>Remember when we all loved Google? Its search engine was both simple to use and an unbiased portal to anything you wanted to know.</p> Consumerization of IT The Industry Standard Google Mobile Apps Internet Privacy Search Engines Technology Business Tue, 15 Apr 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Galen Gruman 239815 at 'Drop Dropbox' protests flare as wiretap proponent Condoleezza Rice joins board <p>With the unveiling of new <a href="" target="_blank">Carousel</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Mailbox</a> apps and the rolling out of Dropbox for Business, CEO Drew Houston <a href="" target="_blank">made it clear on Wednesday</a> that Dropbox wants to be <a h</p> Cloud Computing Security Storage Cloud Storage Internet Privacy Fri, 11 Apr 2014 11:59:11 +0000 admin 240281 at 5 no-bull facts you need to know about Heartbleed right now <div id="blog-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 192px;"><img src="" alt="5 no-bull facts you need to know about Heartbleed right now" width="243" height="182" align="right" /><br /><em><p align="right">Credit: iStockphoto</p></em></div> Open Source Software Security Encryption Hacking Internet Privacy Open Source Software Web Security Security Thu, 10 Apr 2014 18:20:10 +0000 InfoWorld Tech Watch 240269 at Low adoption rate of HSTS website security mechanism is worrying, EFF says <p>Almost a year and a half after the HTTP Strict Transport Security (HSTS) mechanism was established as a standard, its adoption rate by websites remains low because developers are not aware of its benefits and Internet Explorer still doesn't support it, according to advocacy group the Electronic Frontier Foundation.</p> Security Internet Encryption Internet Privacy Security Tools Tue, 08 Apr 2014 11:30:56 +0000 admin 240021 at Google amends terms to clarify that data is analyzed for ads <p>In an attempt at clarity, Google has amended its terms of service to say that it analyzes private data, including emails, for purposes including the delivery of ads and customized search results.</p><p>The changes to its terms of service, announced this week, come as Internet users continue to grapple with how and why companies handle their data.</p> Applications Security Google Internet Privacy Search Engines Fri, 04 Apr 2014 11:27:28 +0000 ccraig 239879 at Yahoo turns on encryption between data centers <p>Yahoo said Wednesday it was encrypting traffic flowing between its data centers, several months after leaked documents revealed the government had been sniffing those links.</p> Networking Security Yahoo Internet Data Loss Prevention Data Security Encryption Internet Privacy Web Services Search Engines Social Networking Video Conferencing Thu, 03 Apr 2014 12:19:19 +0000 admin 239756 at Ad tracking: Is anything being done? <p>How do you feel about your Web-browsing activity being tracked?</p> <p>During a visit to any given website -- including this one -- the average user's browser may execute a dozen or more tracking scripts, each with its own associated tracking cookie, stored on the user's computer. This enables website publishers and ad distribution networks to record a visitor's online activity and then serve up "interest-based" or "behaviorally targeted" ads -- customized messaging based on that activity.</p> Security Internet Privacy Web Browsers Wed, 02 Apr 2014 14:00:09 +0000 admin 239629 at Google asks US Supreme Court to review ruling on Wi-Fi packet sniffing <p>Google has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review a decision by an appeals court that its collection of data from unencrypted Wi-Fi networks is not exempt under federal wiretap laws.</p> <p>The company argues that its data collection does not violate the Wiretap Act as it fell under an exemption that makes it lawful to intercept electronic communications that are readily accessible to the general public.</p> Networking Security Google Wi-Fi Federal Regulations Internet Privacy Wed, 02 Apr 2014 11:38:21 +0000 admin 239622 at Sauron's all-seeing Internet eye moves two steps closer to reality <div id="blog-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 192px;"><img src="" alt="Sauron's all-seeing Internet eye moves two steps closer to reality" width="243" height="182" align="right" /><br /><em><p align="right">Credit: DeviantArt/Selrond</p> </em></div><p>The universe hates me -- that's what it is. Last week my editor called.</p> Security Cringely Internet Privacy Government Fri, 28 Mar 2014 21:00:56 +0000 Robert X. Cringely 239426 at After outcry, Microsoft changes course and won't access user data in theft probes <p>Microsoft will no longer go through email messages and other personal data that users of its online services have stored on its servers, a decision taken after being sharply criticized for accessing a person's inbox as part of an internal investigation.</p> Security Microsoft Internet Privacy Fri, 28 Mar 2014 20:39:57 +0000 admin 239424 at Report: Obama to unveil legislation to end NSA bulk phone data collection <p>The administration of U.S. President Barack Obama is set to propose legislation that will end the bulk collection of phone data by the U.S. National Security Agency, according to a newspaper report.</p> <p>Under the proposed legislation, the NSA will stop collecting telephone metadata in bulk from telecommunications carriers, and the records will stay in the hands of the phone companies, the New York Times <a href="" target="_blank">reported</a>.</p> Security Federal Regulations Internet Privacy Government Tue, 25 Mar 2014 10:54:12 +0000 admin 239027 at Worried about the government? Internet giants also snoop through your email <p>Security protections have been tightened at many of the major online services, as firms like Google and Microsoft pledge to protect their users against unwanted prying eyes. But while many people fret about unwarranted government access to their data, the Internet firms themselves play by their own set of rules.</p> Security Google Microsoft Yahoo Internet Data Security Internet Privacy Mon, 24 Mar 2014 11:42:43 +0000 admin 238911 at Microsoft reviews policies after admitting search of customer email <p>Microsoft promised to subject itself to a more rigorous process before searching through its customers' email accounts in the future after a recent legal case revealed that the company searched for evidence of theft of its trade secrets in a Hotmail account.</p> Security Microsoft Data Loss Prevention Internet Privacy Fri, 21 Mar 2014 16:48:35 +0000 admin 238876 at Internet of things presents both technical and ethical questions <p>Chamberlain Group CIO Bill Radon met with a team of engineers and IT managers in 2012, asking what was next for the company, a leading maker of residential and commercial garage door openers.</p> <p>Earlier, the team had delivered an Internet of Things device called MyQ Gateway to connect customers' smartphones to a narrow set of garage door products. Now Chamberlain wanted to build a device to connect with most garage door openers, even those from competitors. The result: MyQ Garage, which lets users monitor and control their garage doors with an Android or iOS smartphone.</p> Business Intelligence Mobile Technology Security Internet of things Data Mining Mobile Apps Internet Privacy IDG Insider Tue, 18 Mar 2014 14:33:28 +0000 admin 238587 at IBM latest tech company to deny links with NSA spy program <p>IBM said it has not provided client data to the U.S. National Security Agency or any other government agency under surveillance programs involving the bulk collection of content or metadata.</p> <p>The enterprise-focused company is the latest among U.S. tech companies to distance itself from NSA surveillance, which has raised concerns among customers worldwide about the safety of their data from U.S. government spying.</p> Cloud Computing Security IBM Internet IaaS Internet Privacy Mon, 17 Mar 2014 12:19:00 +0000 admin 238475 at Sad, sexy, or self-sufficient, your robot overlords await <div id="blog-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 395px;"><img src="" alt="Sad, sexy, or self-sufficient, your robot overlords await" width="243" height="385" align="right" /><br /><em><p align="right">Credit: iStockphoto</p></em></div> Big Data Computer Hardware Security Internet of things Big Data Cringely Consumer Electronics Internet Privacy Fri, 14 Mar 2014 19:48:26 +0000 Robert X. Cringely 238438 at Tech CEOs warn of threats to cloud, big data economy <p>CEOs at some of the nation's leading tech companies see boundless potential for big data and smarter, integrated systems to address major social challenges in areas ranging from medicine to education to transportation -- but at the same time, they worry that policymakers at home and abroad could stand in the way of that vision.</p> Business Intelligence Cloud Computing The Industry Standard Big Data Federal Regulations Internet Privacy Cloud Computing Government Fri, 14 Mar 2014 15:06:19 +0000 admin 238417 at NSA denies Facebook snooping as Zuckerberg lays into Obama <p>An article that accused the National Security Agency of impersonating Facebook to spy on U.S. citizens has triggered a denial from the NSA and a reprimand for the U.S. president from CEO Mark Zuckerberg.</p> Security Facebook Internet Privacy Malware Social Networking Government Fri, 14 Mar 2014 12:10:32 +0000 admin 238382 at