Ready for your close up: Profile Management

The profile editing section is the brains of the Google+’s privacy, providing a versatile interface that allows you to customize how you share each and every nugget of your information. Those who want to really be open can share personal details and their demographics with billions of Internet users. For the more reserved, there’s an option to share only certain information with certain groups of contacts. For the truly detached, there’s an option to make some information you share only visible to you.

Google’s new social network is growing fast. Before you plunge in, here are a few tips on protecting your privacy.

Google’s new social network is growing fast, with more than 10 million users in its first week of operation. That’s not too bad for an invite-only Closed Beta release! The new social network is also a hit with users, unlike previous efforts like Orkut and Buzz. As with any social network, however, over sharing is the default option, and a constant concern. To help protect you, Threatpost has put together the following tips on protecting your privacy.


Microsoft is now offering a $250,000 reward to help track down the people behind the notorious Rustock botnet. The company, which helped take down the botnet several months ago, said that it already has some good information on the crew behind the network and is now looking for information to bring the investigation to a close.

As state-level censorship continues to grow in various countries around the globe in response to political dissent and social change, researchers have begun looking for news ways to help Web users get around these restrictions. Now, a group of university researchers has developed an experimental system called Telex that replaces the typical proxy architecture with a scheme that hides the fact that the users is even trying to communicate at all.

Apple has pushed out iOS 4.3.4 to fix a vulnerability in the iPhone operating system that affects the way the device handles PDF files. That PDF bug is the same one that was used by the Jailbreakme.com site to enable users to jailbreak their iPhones.

Mozilla has released a new browser-based federated login mechanism called BrowserID that is designed to replace the login process on Web sites that requires users to supply an email and password. The experimental system relies on the Verified Email protocol and also works on other browsers, including Internet Explorer.

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