REDMOND, Wash.–If one were to draw up a list of the most challenging jobs in the technology industry, chief privacy officer at Microsoft likely would be pretty near the top of it. For a company with the size and scope of Microsoft, the volume of potential privacy issues is nearly endless, and if someone is calling you for help, something has probably gone wrong.
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Mozilla CTO Brendan Eich said the organization has not pushed a patch that blocks third-party cookies by default to the Beta version of Firefox 22. Further testing, he said, is needed to address false positives and negatives.
Password strength meters are effective in nudging users to come up with strong passwords for important accounts, but for new account registrations, or for unimportant accounts, users rely on old and often weak passwords.
Google has a long-term plan for strong authentication that ties log-ins to the operating system and hardware, and puts up barriers against man in the middle attacks and weak passwords.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation’s annual “Who’s Got Your Back?” report evaluates the privacy, advocacy and transparency positions of leading Internet companies. While most fared well, ISPs such as Verizon and AT&T, as well as Apple, Amazon and Yahoo, did not.