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Fri
22
May
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Facebook Slammed by Dual Phishing, Malware Scam

Facebook is exceptionally popular, and with all of that fame comes plenty of trouble. Scams are hardly new to the social networking site, and now it Facebook faces one of its most serious yet: a phishing routine that threatens to infect user ... computers with malware. The scam, which started nailing Facebook users yesterday, goes something like this: a member receives a message from a friend packing a link, usually with the subject line "Hello" or "areps.at" or other addresses ending with ".at". Those who click on that link will be sent to a website asking for their login information, which is ... (view more)

Fri
22
May
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Drive-by Download

The expression 'drive-by download' is used in four increasingly common meanings: 1. Downloads which the user indirectly authorized but without understanding the consequences. For example: by installing an unknown ActiveX component or Java applet. ... Note that Microsoft Internet Explorer uses the ActiveX scripting language, whereas Mozilla Firefox does not; thus, many argue that Firefox is considerably more secure than Internet Explorer because it is not susceptible to ActiveX-based attacks. (Source: cnet.com ) 2. Any download that happens without knowledge of the user. 3. A download of spyware, ... (view more)

Mon
04
May
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Malware

Malware (a portmanteau of "malicious software") is any software program developed for the purpose of causing harm to a computer system, similar to a virus or Trojan horse. Malware can be classified based on how it is executed, how it spreads, and/or ... what it does. The classification is not perfect, however, in the sense that the groups often overlap and the difference is not always obvious, giving rise to frequent flame wars. Overuse of the term 'Virus' Because viruses were historically the first to appear, the term "virus" is often applied, especially in the popular media, to all sorts of ... (view more)

Mon
27
Apr
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Facebook User Data to be 'Shared' with Developers

Facebook is about to make more user data available to outside websites. It's an attempt to promote third-party applications, but will inevitably bring attention back to the firm's privacy policies . The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) says speculates that ... the Facebook plans will be announced later today. The changes would mean companies could access and use data uploaded by users such as photographs, comments, blog-style note posts and videos. (Source: wsj.com ) Developers to Spawn External Sites from User Content Developers could then use the data to create an external website. For example, a ... (view more)

Fri
06
Mar
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Swap Health Records with Google, Family, Friends

Google has released a new feature for their Google Health service that allows users to share their online health records with specified friends, doctors and family members. Google Health is a service that allows users to input their medical data ... into an online system. The system merges all separate records into one centralized account for the user. Since it uses the Internet to collect data, Google Health also gathers information on medical conditions and interactions between drugs and allergies. (Source: twine.com ) Google Health for Friends and Family Before the feature was introduced, only ... (view more)

Thu
19
Feb
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Facebook Members Condemn Terms of Use

Privacy-minded Facebook members and consumer advocacy groups were victorious this week in forcing the colossal social networking site to reverse policy changes that threatened confidentiality and user control. Members once again blew the whistle on ... potential privacy violations resulting from adjustments to the license on user content. The problematic terms of service gave Facebook "irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive, transferable, fully paid, worldwide license" in relation to user content for "promotional efforts," and also stipulated that deletion of the member account would not ... (view more)

Fri
06
Feb
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Global Watchdogs Attack Google's Latitude

Google recently released a location-aware mobile application (Google Latitude) allowing the friends and family of a mobile phone user to track their location at all times. Not only is the location of the mobile user featured, but the application can ... also be used to contact them via SMS, Google Talk or Gmail. Now, Privacy International, a non-profit, British-based organization acting as a watchdog for surveillance invasions by governments and corporations has publicly blasted the application, calling it an "unnecessary danger to the security and privacy of a user". (Source: computerworld.com ... (view more)

Fri
06
Feb
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Windows 7 UAC A Security Risk, Microsoft Concedes

Microsoft has agreed to tweak the User Account Control (UAC) system in Windows 7 to avoid an inherent security risk . During the production of Windows 7 , Microsoft decided to change the default UAC so that it no longer asks for confirmation when a ... user adjusts his or her Windows settings. Security experts suggest that these settings include UAC itself, meaning rogue software could turn this protection off completely without the user knowing. Microsoft argued that this was not a true vulnerability because one can only take advantage by getting the victim to run the rogue software; for example ... (view more)

Tue
23
Dec
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'Power User Guide To Google Chrome', and 'Exploring Time'

Power User Guide To Google Chrome Become a keyboard shortcut master, take a peek under Chrome's hood, and customize its behavior and skin with some of the best shortcuts, themes, add-ons, and functionality available for this fun and fascinating new ... browser from search giant Google. http://lifehacker.com Exploring Time Exploring Time is a two-hour, prime-time television event that reveals the unseen world of natural change and probes the deep mysteries of time. Each and every day, whether we notice it or not, an endless current of change occurs without pause, flowing relentlessly on the river ... (view more)

Thu
23
Oct
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Complaints About New MacBooks Begin to Emerge

As we reported a couple weeks ago, Apple has released a new line of Macs with significant upgrades over the previous model. However, not all of the additions (or omissions) are popular with users. Cnet recently published a number of user gripes, and ... they collectively reveal a lot about Apple's direction in the notebook market. Given the fact that computers have taken on a "fanboy" quality in recent years (people tend to love everything by Microsoft and despise Apple, or vice versa), the expectation was that most user complaints -- and compliments -- would be fairly one-dimensional. Therefore ... (view more)

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