Posts in category "Online Security and Privacy"

Privacy tips from Jenny Lawson, the Bloggess

Jenny Lawson, a.k.a. the Bloggess, spoke about privacy at the BlogHer ’14 conference. Her keynote was not billed as a speech about privacy. In fact, I’m not sure she ever even used the word “privacy.” Still, in describing her own writing process she listed a series of privacy tips that are good practice for anyone writing... Read more »

The Internet's Own Boy: A movie everyone online should see

The Internet’s Own Boy is a documentary about computer prodigy, Internet pioneer, and activist hacker Aaron Swartz, but even if you’ve never heard of Aaron Swartz you should see this movie. The story has implications beyond the short life of one man. Through the passion, drama, and tragedy of Aaron Swartz’s life The Internet’s Own... Read more »

Do you post pictures of your children online?

Some parents actively post pictures of their children online on blogs, social media, and other websites. Other parents limit online sharing of their children’s photos to limited groups and only post pictures publicly if you can’t see the child’s face. There are even some parents who never post their children’s pictures online even to share them... Read more »
Advertisement:

Reset the Net: How you can fight NSA mass surveillance

Reset the Net: How you can fight NSA mass surveillance
On June 5, you may see splash screens on web sites and posts on social media about telling you to “Reset the Net.” Those Reset the Net messages are to encourage website administrators, app developers, and all Internet users to take steps to prevent NSA mass surveillance. The date June 5, 2014 was selected because... Read more »

"The Smart Girl's Guide to Privacy" is a must read for women online

The Smart Girl’s Guide to Privacy by Violet Blue is an important book for all women to read, especially those who are active online using social media and other websites. The book explains the risks associated with sharing personal information and describes how you can protect your data and yourself. The book also gives advice on what... Read more »

City of Big Data promotes data benefits, ignores privacy concerns

City of Big Data promotes data benefits, ignores privacy concerns
Chicago: City of Big Data is an exhibition being presented by the Chicago Architecture Foundation from now until the end of the year. The title City of Big Data is a play on the moniker bestowed on Chicago by Carl Sandburg, “City of Big Shoulders.” The exhibition focuses on how the City of Chicago uses... Read more »
Advertisement:

What would the Internet be like without net neutrality?

What would the Internet be like without net neutrality?
They used to burn books. Now they throttle bandwidth. I remember when the entire Internet used to be slow. Not just parts. Or at least it felt slow as its bits and bytes and packets tried to squeeze through a loudly beeping 2400 baud modem. When I got my first 56K modem it seemed lightning fast. I was... Read more »

What is the Heartbleed bug, and what should you do about it?

Do you use the Internet? Congratulations, your data has been vulnerable for about 2 years and is even more vulnerable now that the Heartbleed bug has been revealled publicly. Until web sites patch this OpenSSL vulnerability that little lock and https that you’ve been taught will keep your data safe as it travels across the... Read more »

Even on the Internet some people prefer privacy

Despite being a blogger and being active on social media I still consider myself to be a private person. A common definition of privacy is “the right to be left alone” as written in an article by Samuel Warren and Louis Brandeis in the Harvard Law Review. That’s still a pretty vague definition, which is... Read more »
Advertisement:

25 most used passwords of 2013: Have people lost faith in Jesus?

SplashData has released their annual list of the “worst passwords” based on which passwords appeared most frequently in password files obtained by hackers. As an information security specialists these lists always make me feel happy about my job security but also despondent about how security awareness efforts still aren’t changing the behaviors of many computer... Read more »