Snapchat appears to be stuck in a sea of rough waters. The photo messaging app was the target of a massive hack that resulted in the exposure of more than 4.5 million usernames and phone numbers. The company later updated the app to allow users to opt out of its "Find Friends" feature, which was previously used to allow others to locate friends using only their phone number.
With the myriad of online services that require password protection, password management in your Web browser has become a practically essential service. Most browsers, including Apple's Safari browser for OS X, have some form of password management built-in, and when you visit a site that requests authentication, the browser should prompt you to save the entered credentials. However, some Web sites may be specifically built so browsers will not store passwords.
This feature is great for some sites, such as banking and medical sites which contain private and sensitive information; however, there may be others that you use for … Read more
The monetary cost to law enforcement to track people has taken a nosedive following the broad adoption of cell phones, putting a dollar figure to the practice. Or to be more precise, a cents figure.
Tracking a suspect using their cell phone's Global Positioning System (GPS) costs around 1/1000th of what it costs to track them using the visual surveillance method, according to a new study published in the Yale Law Journal on Thursday by privacy researchers Kevin Bankston and Ashkan Soltani.
The cost of nonstop surveillance has been reduced from an average of $275 an hour for … Read more
Thursday saw the latest salvo in the "Edward Snowden: Hero or Traitor?" debate, as the top two members of the House Intelligence Committee said a classified Pentagon report found that Snowden's leaking of NSA documents had endangered US troops and helped terrorists -- though they declined to provide specifics.
"This report confirms my greatest fears -- Snowden's real acts of betrayal place America's military men and women at greater risk," committee Chairman Mike Rogers said in a statement cited by Foreign Policy. "Snowden's actions are likely to have lethal consequences for … Read more
You may be sharing more information than you may know when sharing an interesting or adorable photo on your preferred social network. If you have location services enabled for the camera app on your iPhone, then each photo you snap contains geotag data that shows where it was taken. With 99 cent deGeo, you can easily remove this location information before sharing photos online.
When you launch deGeo for the first time, it will ask for permission to access your photos before providing a quick tutorial about what it does and which gestures it supports. Briefly, you can swipe up … Read more
Maybe the fourth time will be the charm for Sen. Patrick Leahy's data privacy protections standards.
Leahy (D-Vt.) reintroduced his data privacy protection bill to Congress on Wednesday, for the fourth time since 2005. The Personal Data Privacy and Security Act would create a national standard for how businesses would have to notify customers of data breaches, and mandate customer data protection standards for businesses that collect sensitive personal information.
It would also update the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act so that attempted computer hacking and conspiracy to commit computer hacking would be punishable by the same criminal penalties … Read more
France's privacy regulatory organization served up a fine and a dose of embarrassment to Google on Wednesday.
As expected, the national committee on information and liberty (CNIL) served up a 150,000 euros fine (approximately $200,000). The amount won't mean much to Google financially. But in addition to the fine, the group demanded that Google post a warning on its French home page, Google.fr.
CNIL justified its demand that Google post the warning because of &… Read more
Actions have consequences, goes the old saying, and actions taken by the security firm RSA in December have come back to haunt it this week.
Last month, it was revealed that RSA had accepted $10 million from the National Security Agency to implement an intentional cryptographic flaw, commonly called a backdoor, in one of its encryption tools. Days later, Mikko Hypponen, chief technology officer of F-Secure with decades under his belt as a security researcher, canceled his annual presentation at the American-hosted RSA Conference, to be held in San Francisco in February.
"I don't really expect your multibillion-dollar … Read more
New Year predictions are always risky, but when it comes to the NSA and its controversial surveillance programs, you don't have to be privy to secret intelligence to know that reform will arrive.
The tricky part is: How real will it be?
"I think everybody in Congress and the executive branch understands that's it gotten to the point where they have to do something," said Kurt Opsahl, senior staff attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, one of the main nonprofits that's been taking on the spy agency. "You know, they can't just say, '… Read more
The Obama administration has filed papers to prevent a federal judge from issuing a ruling on whether the government's warrantless surveillance programs are constitutional.
In a pair of filings late Friday with court for the Northern District of California, the White House acknowledged for the first time that NSA's bulk data collection on American's Internet and phone activity was authorized by President Bush in the weeks after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.