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10.20.2014

* Fed up with Java ramming the Ask Toolbar down your throat? Try this.

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  Have you seen the above screen, or something like it, when you accepted an update to Java on your computer? Java updates are fairly frequent due to the regular need for security fixes. Maybe, like many, you didn’t pay much attention to this screen and clicked Next without unchecking the little box on the left […]


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10.16.2014

* The big password mistake that hackers are hoping you’ll make

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  You’re smart. You don’t use passwords like the perennial 123456 and qwerty. Or even slightly better ones, like Cassie86 or Cubs1908. Because you put some thought into them, your passwords are better than those, right? Maybe. But unless you avoid a little-known mistake recently uncovered by password researchers, there’s a good chance your passwords will […]


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10.07.2014

* Consumers to tech giants: All we’re asking for is R-E-S-P-E-C-T

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Heard about the latest big tech company pledging to finally end some infuriating mistreatment of consumers and make amends to them–without admitting any guilt and only after the Federal Trade Commission or a consumer group has put a gun to its head? This pattern has become all too familiar. Here are a few examples from […]


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09.28.2014

* How one simple mistake turned me into a spam magnet

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I’ve got nothing against spam…so long as it’s clogging up someone else’s inbox. But when you waste my time trying to sell me all kinds of crap or, worse, sucker me into wrecking the security of my computer or bank account, I’m going to do everything in my power to avoid you. And I have. Since […]


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09.11.2014

* Waiting for data breaches like Home Depot & Target to stop? Don’t hold your breath.

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“When is this going to end?” you’ve probably asked yourself, after hearing about the Home Depot data breach of up to 60 million consumer credit cards. The breach is the latest–and possibly largest–of a series of massive exposures of sensitive consumer information over the past few months. The simple answer to your question: Not anytime […]


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08.10.2014

* How to keep your car from becoming a high-tech death trap

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What if driving your car exposed you to the tender mercies of online criminals the way using a credit card at Target did last fall or trusting your personal information to a website compromised by the Heartbleed software bug did? The risk is real Last year, security researchers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek showed, using some […]


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08.08.2014

* DEFCON 22: A first look inside the biggest hackers conference

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What, exactly, goes on at the world’s largest hackers conference, where some 15,000 geeks, nerds, and spooks gather for four days at the Hotel Rio in Vegas for the 22nd time? A lot more occurs than I can possibly describe. But I’ll try to give you a taste. This is my third ‘Con and, even […]


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07.19.2014

* NSA Whistleblower Thomas Drake: U.S. Gov’t Prosecuted me as a Spy [video]

Interview of NSA Whistleblower Thomas Drake at #HOPEX conference (part 1 of 2)

Edward Snowden isn’t the first NSA whistleblower to be vilified as a criminal for revealing important information to the public. Thomas Drake, an NSA official, was indicted in 2010 as a spy under the Espionage Act by the Obama Administration for leaking to the Baltimore Sun information about what Jane Mayer of the New Yorker […]


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07.17.2014

* There’s lots more to the HOPE X hacker fest than just Ellsberg & Snowden

Daniel Ellsberg & Edward Snowden are the headliners for HOPE X.

I’m a great admirer of Daniel Ellsberg and the Freedom of the Press Foundation, which he co-founded in 2012. And I have enormous respect for Edward Snowden and the personal sacrifices he has made to bring the truth to the public. Like everyone, I’m also anxious to hear from them both this Saturday, July 19, […]


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07.16.2014

* Why I’m Going to the HOPE X Hackers Conference

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What could be more fun than spending a summer weekend in the city with a group of smart, unruly geeks who have little respect for authority but a high regard for brains? The Cape? The Hamptons? You can keep ’em! Ever since I went to my first HOPE conference in 2012, I’ve been hooked. And […]