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Facebook’s new “Protect” feature is actually a type of spyware

There’s a new button on your iOS Facebook app called “Protect.” If you click it, under the “Explore” section, you’ll be taken to the app store and told to download Facebook’s own VPN service, called Onavo. If you’re concerned about protecting your online privacy—and you should be—this may seem like a great idea. But beware, […]

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Feeling watched? How hackers can use your webcam to spy on you

Do you often feel like somebody’s watching? You might want to trust that instinct, especially if you have a computer at home or work. Malware and virus technology allows a hacker to view you right through the camera on your computer. This is called a RAT, standing for “Remote Access Trojans.” Malware on infected devices […]

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How Can I Ensure My Social Network Interactions are Secure on WiFi?

Privacy on social networks seems a little oxymoronic to me. We tell the world about our lives, but we don’t want everyone to know everything. I know many people who only want some people to share in their experiences, but those same people often friend people they don’t know. See what I mean? Anyway, it […]

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Confessions of a broadband borrower: Misusing an unsecured WiFi network has its risks

Yes, I confess, I’ve been a broadband “borrower” for much of my life, jumping on open, unsecured WiFi networks while waiting in airports or hotels or sometimes even outside a stranger’s apartment building. And, I never thought about the security risks from this activity. I’ve called it borrowing because of the connection to “The Borrowers”, […]

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What Kind of Wireless is Secure…and What Isn’t?

WiFi was born to be convenient—but not secure. More than anything, though, it depends more on what kind of wireless we’re talking about. Public. Free, unsecured WiFi is the least secure. Shared WiFi in public, at home or in the office lacks encryption of the data packets streaming from the connected devices. In other words, your […]

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Federal Trade Commission: Identity theft complaints up by over 33%

Identity theft complaints grew by one-third during 2012 and again it was the number one issue in the United States. This rate of increase is almost three times the growth rate from 2010-2011 (12%). Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) Top 10 Consumer Complaints Report for 2012, released today. The FTC Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book – an […]

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