privacy

Fri
14
Mar
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The NSA's Big Brother Program

A startling report from The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) recently revealed details on what appears to be a domestic-spying program that was banned by Congress in 2003 known as the 'Total Information Awareness' (TIA) program. As noted by the American ... Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the Orwellian program was shut down by Congress because it represented a massive and unjustified governmental intrusion into the personal lives of citizens. Despite the fact that Congress shut down the program, security agencies under the Bush administration pushed ahead anyway. The National Security Agency (NSA) has ... (view more)

Thu
20
Dec
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What Privacy? Security Survey Pessimistic

Scary: A recent survey sponsored by Deloitte ... (view more)

Fri
27
Jul
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Search Security: Ask, and You Shall Receive

Google search rival Ask.com is providing its clients with a new tool called AskEraser, which prevents the company from storing a user's search results. AskEraser gives searchers the ability to control their search history and data retention at the ... same time. While the program is extremely user-friendly, it is surprisingly only the first of its kind amongst the world's top search engines. The sceptical may wonder how this concept can possibly be successful if leading search engines, such as Google, did not discover it first. In terms of mechanics, "with AskEraser, users can instantly request ... (view more)

Mon
23
Jul
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Google's Cookies Crumbling Sooner

In a move that will surely please many privacy campaigners, Google has changed its cookie policy dramatically. How so? Instead of having cookies expire in the year 2038, they will expire two years after the page has last been viewed. (Source: ... betanews.com ) The announcement comes shortly after the search engine giant revealed that it will erase search logs after 18 months, a reduction from the previously uncapped time limit. The cookie reduction announcement came via an official Google blog entitled "Cookies: Expiring Sooner to Improve Privacy." In the post, Global Privacy Counsel Peter ... (view more)

Mon
25
Jun
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Google Applauded for Privacy Policy?

The European Union's head justice official has applauded Google on its decision to reduce the amount of time it keeps the personal data of Internet users. "I think it is indeed a good step," said EU justice and home affairs commissioner Franco ... Frattini at a news conference in Luxembourg. His comment was in response to Google's decision to only keep the data for 18 months, a modest improvement from Google's original plan to keep the data for 18 to 24 months. (Source: mercurynews.com ) "I have appreciated the commitment of Google not only to meet our expectations in terms of protection of ... (view more)

Tue
30
Jan
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'Privacy Shield For Outlook', and 'Perma Tabs'

Privacy Shield For Outlook Privacy Shield is an add-on that password protects access to Outlook's main interface. It also stretches the Privacy Dialog, can be activated on startup, has a memo pad, and can hide Outlook. ... http://e-gadgets.freehostia.com/addins.htm#shield Perma Tabs Perma Tabs is a Firefox add-on that turns tabs of your choice into permanent tabs ("permaTabs"). PermaTabs can't be closed accidentally (even when closing multiple tabs at once), and will stick around between sessions. Useful for keeping URLs you use often, always one tab away. Also, useful for picking up articles ... (view more)

Thu
23
Nov
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Staying Safe While Shopping Online

Now that the holiday season is rapidly approaching, it's a good time for some quick reminders about safely purchasing items online. Armed with the proper knowledge and a little common sense, purchasing things online can be as safe as going to the ... store and purchasing it in person. It's getting easier to purchase items online from reputable companies. However, there are also several "companies" that want to steal your personal and financial information. Listed below are some suggestions for making your online shopping experience more enjoyable. Contact Information Is the sellers address and ... (view more)

Thu
10
Aug
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'Portable Virtual Privacy Machine', and 'Drive Gleam'

Portable Virtual Privacy Machine Carry your entire Internet communication system on a tiny USB drive. Contains a complete virtual Linux machine with privacy-enabled Open Source Internet applications. Carry your Internet applications, email, ... bookmarks, history, web cookies, download files in your pocket. Perfect for travelers -- nothing to be scanned, started, poked, or prodded at the airport. Get English keyboard support no matter what computer you use. No installation needed - just plug the drive into any Windows or Linux computer, and click on the Virtual Privacy Machine icon and you're ... (view more)

Fri
15
Jul
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Ghost Surf Platinum Review

Synopsis: Scared that your boss might see which web sites you've been visiting? Terrified that your Internet Service Provider (ISP) might profile you for downloading music or videos from illicit file-sharing services? Need a way to surf the web ... anonymously -- all the while protecting yourself against identify theft, hackers, and Spyware? Then stop worrying and download GhostSurf Platinum, today! GhostSurf Platinum ensures your safety online by providing an anonymous, encrypted Internet connection, while other bundled goodies (such as SpyCatcher and TracksCleaner) prevent Spyware from ... (view more)

Thu
14
Apr
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'Portable Virtual Privacy Machine', and 'Firefox Privacy Toolbar'

Portable Virtual Privacy Machine Carry your entire Internet communication system on a tiny USB drive. Contains a complete virtual Linux machine with privacy-enabled Open Source Internet applications. Carry your Internet applications, email, ... bookmarks, history, web cookies, download files in your pocket. Perfect for travellers - nothing to be scanned, started, poked, or prodded at the airport. Get English keyboard support no matter what computer you use. No installation needed - just plug the drive into any Windows or Linux computer, and click on the Virtual Privacy Machine icon and you're ... (view more)

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