Browsing Category: Privacy

Categories: Mobile Security, Privacy

Cellphone owners now account for 88 percent of the U.S. population, of which some 43 percent say they download applications on their phones. Among these ‘app users,’ 57 percent told the Pew Internet and American Life Project that they have either uninstalled existing applications or made the decision to not install an application altogether after determining the amount of personal information required as a permission to install.

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Categories: Privacy, Web Security

Several weeks after announcing that some of its users’ log-ins and passwords had been stolen, file storage company Dropbox announced it has added a two-step authentication process over the weekend to help reinforce the security of its users’ accounts.The added layer of security is currently optional but can be selected after users opt in, then check the ‘Security’ section of their “Settings.’

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Categories: Podcasts, Privacy

Dennis Fisher talks with Cesar Cerrudo of IOActive Labs about his research project that used Fortune 500 executives’ corporate email addresses as the starting point to gather data about their online activities. Cerrudo found that he was able to map executives’ activities across a wide range of e-commerce, social networking and other sites with just an email address.

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Categories: Privacy

Google, which has come under fire for years for its privacy practices and recently settled a privacy related case with the Federal Trade Commission that resulted in a $22.5 million fine, is building out a privacy “red team”, a group of people charged with finding and resolving privacy risks in the company’s products.

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Categories: Privacy

For attackers looking to take control of a victim’s online presence, there is no better place to start than the target’s email account. If you own the email, you own the person. That’s never been more true than today, with so many social networks, services and shopping sites attached to users’ email addresses. New research done by Lucas Lundgren of IOActive shows just how simple it can be to get control of a target’s email account, and from there, everything else.

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Categories: Privacy

Google has agreed to pay a $22.5 million fine to the Federal Trade Commission to settle charges that the company set tracking cookies on the machines of Safari users, after saying that it would not use such tracking measures or serve targeted ads to the users. The FTC investigation began after a researcher at Stanford University found that Google was bypassing the do-not-track option in Safari. 

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