Being computer savvy is both a blessing and a curse. While you're always on top of the latest tech trends and the center of attention at parties (so they say), you're also the first person that everyone bothers with their computer problems. Everybody has at least one friend or family member that is the go-to IT person you always call on whenever you have a problem with your laptop, day or night, 365 days a year. If you don't know of one, you're it, and we feel for you. Jumpshot hopes to make the lives of … Read more
Google has never offered Gmail for free just out of the goodness of its heart. There are strings attached. One of those strings is that your e-mail can be scanned and used for activities like serving up advertising.
Google's terms of service haven't changed overnight, but awareness of them has, thanks to a Google filing that says e-mail users should really have no expectation of privacy.
This can be found within a motion to dismiss a class action data-mining lawsuit that objects to Google's e-mail scanning practices. Specifically, the motion quotes the 1979 Supreme Court case Smith … Read more
Parents with baby monitors might want to listen up.
A Houston couple on Tuesday revealed to ABC News that earlier this month, the baby monitor they use for their daughter was hacked. Upon taking control over the monitor, the hacker reportedly shouted obscenities at their sleeping 2-year-old daughter. Before the parents could unplug the monitor, the hacker also shouted at them.… Read more
There is no shortage of Web services to help you verify that a shortened link is legit and not something that's going to load you up with malware or steal personal information. But when it comes to online privacy, it's always good to have options. Instead of adding a "+" to the end of a bit.ly link, or using Unshorten.it, give URL Uncover a look the next time you get suspicious.
On Tuesday, Kaspersky launched the 2014 release of their Internet Security and Antivirus updates. In addition to a much more polished user interface, Kaspersky brings a slew of under the hood improvements and performance gains across the board. New in 2014 is the Application Control center, a hybrid between a system monitor and task manager that also gives you a trust rating of each running application. For full review or to download a trial, click on the Download button below.
If you would like to encrypt a file or two on your Mac to keep it secure, there are several options available to you. There are a number of third-party tools, such as GPGTools' GPG Suite, which offer encryption options for files (more details here), but Apple also offers built-in encryption support with disk images.
While securely wrapping files in disk images generally requires using Disk Utility, you can do so through the command line as well, which may be useful if you are accessing a system remotely through SSH, or scripting a routine where you would like to encrypt … Read more
"Smart bins" are bin and gone. The City of London Corporation has called for Wi-Fi-enabled, data-sniffing bins to stop recording your movements as you wander the streets.
Twelve recycling "pods" with LCD screens showing adverts have been sniffing out details of your phone as you pass and tracking your subsequent movements. But with the local authority flagging the bins to the Information Commissioner's Office, trials of the technology have been suspended.
If you regularly send confidential information via e-mail and wish to make it as secure as possible, one option for OS X users is GPGTools, which provides encryption and decryption services for any of your e-mail accounts.
GPGTools is a free and open-source encryption project for OS X, based on OpenPGP, which gives OS X users quick access to options for signing and encrypting e-mail messages, as well as offering file-level services for encrypting documents and folders. The project has been around since 2011, but was recently updated to version 2, and supports a number of new features. The suite … Read more
Download.com takes a glimpse at what goes on inside one of the world's oldest and largest annual hacking conferences known to man.
Artist Ai Weiwei is a social activist who has championed human rights issues in China. He understands a thing or two about dealing with unwanted surveillance. Weiwei turned his artistry and knowledge into a set of instructions for making a spray-paint lifter to reach cameras in high places.
The instructions appear in Hans Ulrich Obrist's book, "Do It: The Compendium," a volume of instructionals from artists on how to make art. The CCTV spray project involves a stick, nylon rope, a screw, a brake bar, a bottle cage, a wine bottle opener, and a can of spray paint.… Read more