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Evolution of Online Privacy Too Hot for Government to Handle: Google

October 31, 2012 Leave a comment

Approximately 10 years ago, the discussion in the government meetings would have revolved around national security, people welfare, developmental programs, etc. Today, one of the biggest issues that the government has to deal with on a regular basis is online privacy.  Privacy is valued in our normal life, but internet has become such an integral part of our lives that online privacy is also important. This has necessitated the government to step up to the online privacy issue and make some policies that helps in protecting the citizens’ online privacy rights. Read more…

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How a Twitter Malware Scam Is Carried Out

October 30, 2012 Leave a comment

There were days when you could implant a malicious code in simple software. While the software was installed, the malicious code would also get installed. But today, anti-virus programs are more efficient and effective in detecting malicious code. So, miscreants are becoming more creative in devising ways to plant malicious software on the victim computers. Some use disguised links while others send emails which lure the victims to install the code on their computers, ignoring the warnings of their anti-virus programs. Then, there are the social networking sites. Read more…

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Online Privacy at Your Workplace Must Be Protected: Supreme Court of Canada

October 29, 2012 Leave a comment

Online privacy is something that we worry about almost every day. It has escalated to such a level that you have to worry about online privacy at your workplace also. While the people who exploit your privacy outside your workplace, and sometimes inside it too, are online miscreants such as hackers, the main culprits inside your workplace are your employers. Employers have time and again argued and maintained that you have no privacy while working on a computer that belongs to their organization. Read more…

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Android User Privacy Threatened By Virulent Adware

October 26, 2012 Leave a comment

There is no doubt that in the global mobile industry, Android commands more than 50% of the share. Although the exact figure keeps varying on a daily basis, competitors like Windows and Apple have not been able to completely overthrow Android. However, the downside to Android is that the security of the OS is not as good as it is expected to be. For all practical purposes, Android is an open source software and there is no governing body to impose security measures (like Apple for iOS and Microsoft for Windows). Time and again, we have seen that there have been reports of Android being targeted by a specific type of malicious software. This time, it is an adware that is increasingly becoming very virulent and attacking Android users. Read more…

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An Easier Approach to Online Privacy

October 25, 2012 Leave a comment

There is no denying the fact that online privacy is by far the most important issue that we are dealing with on a daily basis. In spite of the conveniences and technological advancements that the Internet Age has brought with it, online privacy is a bane that is haunting us and will continue to haunt us. As individuals, we have our own approaches to ensure our online privacy. Some use tools from other private companies; others use the privacy and security tools that the service provider makes available. Read more…

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Absence of a Strong Reaction to Change in Microsoft’s Privacy Rules

October 24, 2012 Leave a comment

When you sign in for a free email service, you might wonder how the company might meet the costs that are associated with providing such a service. The answer to this is the user data. The data that they gather when you are online and using their service is worth a lot of money and the companies will use this data to make profits. Microsoft recently announced that it will take more liberties with the data it will gather from some of the free services that include email, instant messaging, search engine, etc. This implies that they have made some major changes to the privacy policy that they were following. While the company has been publishing this change on all popular channels, the change is not getting the reaction that it warrants. Read more…

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E-Commerce Sites to Hurt From Online Privacy Measures

October 23, 2012 1 comment

It is now a well known fact that online tracking is a very important part of advertising and marketing strategies. But privacy concerns have made people very cautious about online tracking. They do not want to be subjected to any kind of tracking even if it is to save their own personal preferences. This has caused two types of problems to e-commerce sites. Firstly, cookies give them vital information about consumer behavior and help marketing and advertising professionals in devising their ad strategy. Another application of cookies is to save the personal preferences of online consumers when they log in to shop. Without cookies, these preferences cannot be saved, denying the experience for a personalized shopping experience, something that shoppers rate very highly. Read more…

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