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  • What Facebook REALLY knows about you: Firm reveals the 98 pieces of data it uses to target ads...

    08/23/2016 7:40:27 AM PDT · by snarkpup · 47 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | Updated: 16:50 EST, 22 August 2016 | Stacy Liberatore
    Facebook users are constantly being bombarded with ads, but sometimes one shows up on the screen that is so well-suited, it's as if the site has tapped into your thoughts. ... 'The majority of promoted topics that I see in my Facebook feed are relevant to my interests, and they're worth clicking on more often.' However, others are not sold that Facebook's methods are completely innocent. Peter Eckersley, the chief computer scientist at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, calls them 'the most invasive in the world.' 'Facebook's business model is to amass as much first-party and third-party data on you as...
  • Don’t Keep Your Personal Or Financial Data On A Windows 10 Machine!

    02/15/2016 10:52:46 AM PST · by blam · 72 replies
    TMO ^ | 2-15-2016 | Paul_Behan
    Feburary 14, 2016 Paul_Behan Don’t Keep Your Personal Or Financial Data On A Windows 10 Machine! Well not if you want to keep it private. Like many people I was surprised at the Edward Snowden revelations a few years ago. Nothing has seemed to change and in many cases things have got worse. Some corporations are in partnership with government agencies in regard to collection of data.(snip) According to this an article, (1) even after turning off all the tracking options on a computer, the researcher left the computer on overnight and tracked the traffic. He was surprised to find...
  • Juniper warns about spy code in firewalls

    12/17/2015 7:43:06 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    .computerworld.com ^ | Jeremy Kirk
    Juniper, a major manufacturer of networking equipment, said on Thursday it found spying code planted in certain models of its firewalls, an alarming discovery that echoes of state-sponsored tampering.
  • Sneaky Microsoft renamed its data slurper before sticking it back in Windows 10

    11/26/2015 4:09:02 PM PST · by markomalley · 77 replies
    The Register ^ | 11/26/15 | Andrew Orlowski
    “Anonymity is like virginity. You don't get it back once you've lost it,” writes one Register reader on Microsoft’s latest raid on your privacy.Microsoft pulled a major update for Windows after it blew away the user's privacy settings, allowing app developers and advertisers to glean the user’s identity. But that’s only part of the story, which gets murkier by the day.We already knew Windows 10 Threshold deleted third-party data monitoring tools and cleanup tools, including stalwarts like Spybot and CCleaner. It even disabled Cisco’s VPN software. Just a bug, said Microsoft.Two bugs would be a puzzling coincidence – but something...
  • Microsoft finally responds to accusations that Windows 10 spies on users

    09/28/2015 1:58:49 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 71 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 09/28/2015 | Jacob Siegal
    Ever since Windows 10 launched back in July, one topic of conversation has overshadowed everything the new operating system does right: privacy concerns. Everyone with a Windows device is (rightfully) terrified that Microsoft is monitoring everything they do, so on Monday, Microsoft decided to finally issue an official response in order to clear the air. In a blog post on Windows.com, Microsoft executive VP Terry Myerson has taken the first step to earning back the trust of the individuals who are concerned about their privacy in regards to Windows 10. He noted that the data Microsoft collects is encrypted in...
  • Windows 10 : Microsoft's Waterloo?

    09/22/2015 3:13:30 PM PDT · by publius911 · 85 replies
    Microsoft has been pushing Windows 10 for over a year now, and it seems to be "successful."
  • Anyone familiar with SlimCleaner Plus

    09/21/2015 8:37:15 PM PDT · by Bill Russell · 28 replies
    9/21/2015 | William Russell
    I am having trouble finding a good internet source to give a fair review of SlimCleaner Plus. I was trying to defrag/ run checks on my computer the other day (Windows 7). Shortly afterwards, I noticed SlimCleaner Plus on bottom tool bar. It tries to run periodically (@ once a day). Before I run it, I want to make sure its not a spy or malware before I run it. -- I welcome all comments from the smartest folks on the internet --> that would be you FREEPERs.....
  • Microsoft backports data slurp to Windows 7 and 8 via patches (Win 10 spyware comes to 7, 8.1)

    09/01/2015 9:49:09 PM PDT · by dayglored · 45 replies
    The Register ^ | Sep 1, 2015 | Andrew Orlowski
    We recently mused, half seriously, whether the entire point of the Windows 10 upgrade was to harvest your personal information. With Microsoft suffering from a serious case of Google envy, perhaps it felt it had some catching up to do. Now Microsoft is revamping the user-tracking tools in Windows 7 and 8 to harvest more data, via some new patches. All the updates can be removed post-installation but all ensure the OS reports data to Microsoft even when asked not to, bypassing the hosts file and (hence) third-party privacy tools. This data can include how long you use apps,...
  • Windows 10 Is Spyware

    08/13/2015 11:29:47 AM PDT · by george76 · 68 replies
    New American Magazine ^ | 13 August 2015 | C. Mitchell Shaw
    If you are currently a Microsoft user running either Windows 7 or 8, you are eligible for a free upgrade to the "new and improved" Windows 10. But before you upgrade, be aware that it's free as in price, not as in liberty. Many of the new features and settings of Windows 10 have been deemed spyware by computer security experts. It's one thing to have programs and applications spying on you. It's another thing altogether to have your operating system designed to do it. When Microsoft announced the "free" upgrade, many were left wondering why the Redmond giant would...
  • Windows 10 appears to be mainly spyware - I'm uninstalling Windows 10 and going back to Windows 7

    08/08/2015 8:29:27 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 92 replies
    August 8, 2015 | Vanity
    Last weekend I loaded Windows 10 on an old laptop I rarely use. I immediately noticed several privacy issues with new open windows (pun intended) for spying on what I do, where I go and what I say online. After reading some to the reviews and discussions I think it's time to revert back to Windows 7 ASAP. Thanks, but no thanks Microsoft! The police state is doing a fine job without any additional help from you and me. I haven't turned the laptop on since I loaded Windows 10, but the next time I do, it will be for...
  • The Surveillance State Goes Mainstream: Windows 10 Is Watching (& Logging) Everything

    08/02/2015 2:06:44 PM PDT · by 867V309 · 51 replies
    zerohedge ^ | 08/02/2015 | Tyler Durden!
    From the moment an account is created, Microsoft begins watching. The company saves customers' basic information - name, contact details, passwords, demographic data and credit card specifics - but it also digs a bit deeper... and finding answers is not easy, as one privacy expert exclaimed, "there is no world in which 45 pages of policy documents and opt-out settings split across 13 different Settings screens and an external website constitutes 'real transparency'."
  • Spyware, Key Logger: Exoprience, Expertise Requested

    07/31/2015 8:02:12 PM PDT · by Hostage · 32 replies
    Self ^ | July 31, 2015 | Histage
    A neighbor's estranged Ex has possibly installed spyware and a key logger onto a new notebook given as a 'gift' to both neighbor and teenage daughter. The neighbor is the custodial parent of the one teenage daughter who recently received the new 'spy loaded' notebook computer from her estranged parent. The notebook runs Win 8.1 and is to be eventually upgraded to Windows 10. The teenager was told directly by the estranged parent that everything the custodial parent does could be seen and recorded and then messaged out clandestinely. The neighbor would like to know the following: 1. How to...
  • Windows 10: Here are the privacy issues you should know about

    07/30/2015 1:48:23 PM PDT · by steve86 · 41 replies
    TNW News ^ | July 29, 2015 | Mic Wright
    ... Cortana is a sexy spy in the machine Turn on Cortana, the virtual assistant, and youre also turning on a whole host of data sharing: To enable Cortana to provide personalized experiences and relevant suggestions, Microsoft collects and uses various types of data, such as your device location, data from your calendar, the apps you use, data from your emails and text messages, who you call, your contacts and how often you interact with them on your device. Cortana also learns about you by collecting data about how you use your device and other Microsoft services, such as your...
  • Help With Virus/Malware (Vanity)

    06/10/2015 5:10:39 PM PDT · by Portcall24 · 57 replies
    My wife got a new computer and somehow she has picked up 7769domain virus. I ran Malwarebytes to no avail. It's still there. Searching a couple of places like Spyhunter and others offer help but I'm not sure if they are legit. Sure could use some help.
  • Vanity - Concerning Security Warning at National Review Website

    03/23/2015 8:37:01 AM PDT · by Steve_Seattle · 29 replies
    Vanity
    For the second day in a row, I have gotten a strange security warning when trying to enter the National Review website. It warns me of spyware, gives me a phone number to call, and even has a voice message. I have not found a way to escape that message short of shutting down my computer. It seems to be a fake security warning. Has anyone else encountered this problem? If so, do you know what is going on and what to do about it? Thanks.
  • Russian researchers expose breakthrough U.S. spying program

    02/16/2015 11:44:44 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 23 replies
    reuters.com ^ | Feb 16, 2015 | reuters.com
    (Reuters) - The U.S. National Security Agency has figured out how to hide spying software deep within hard drives made by Western Digital, Seagate, Toshiba and other top manufacturers, giving the agency the means to eavesdrop on the majority of the world's computers, according to cyber researchers and former operatives.
  • Rights groups release software to detect government spyware

    11/21/2014 3:43:11 PM PST · by Brother Cracker · 15 replies
    america.aljazeera ^ | November 20, 2014 | Wilson Dizard
    Human rights group Amnesty International released free software on Thursday that allows users to determine if their computers are bugged by government intelligence agencies. The program, Detekt, was designed specifically for human rights activists and journalists, whose computers governments regularly target, Amnesty said. Governments are increasingly using dangerous and sophisticated technology that allows them to read activists and journalists private emails and remotely turn on their computers camera or microphone to secretly record their activities, said Marek Marczynski of Amnesty International. They use the technology in a cowardly attempt to prevent abuses from being exposed, he added. In many place,...
  • Human Rights Organizations Launch Free Tool To Detect Surveillance Software

    11/20/2014 5:54:48 PM PST · by lbryce · 17 replies
    Mashable.com ^ | November 20, 2014 | LORENZO FRANCESCHI-BICCHIERA
    More and more, governments are using powerful spying software to target human rights activists and journalists, often the forgotten victims of cyberwar. Now, these victims have a new tool to protect themselves. Called Detekt, it scans a person's computer for traces of surveillance software, or spyware. A coalition of human rights organizations, including Amnesty International and the Electronic Frontier Foundation launched Detekt on Wednesday, with the goal of equipping activists and journalists with a free tool to discover if they've been hacked. "Our ultimate aim is for human rights defenders, journalists and civil society groups to be able to carry...
  • New Chinese Intelligence Unit Linked to Massive Cyber Spying Program

    10/31/2014 7:43:50 AM PDT · by lbryce · 11 replies
    Washington Beacon ^ | October 31, 2014 | Bill Gertz
    A Chinese intelligence unit carried out a massive cyber espionage program that stole vast quantities of data from governments, businesses and other organizations, security analysts who uncovered the operation said Thursday. The activities of the Chinese unit called the Axiom group began at least six years ago and were uncovered by a coalition of security firms this month. Cyber sleuths traced Axiom attacks to the 2009 cyber operation against Google in China and other U.S. companies known as Operation Aurora. The group was also linked to a Chinese hacking program that targeted dissidents and opposition groups known as GhostNet. More...
  • Kim Komando: 3 surprising things that spy on you that you can't stop

    08/10/2014 12:22:33 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 69 replies
    Komando.com ^ | August 9, 2014 | Kim Komando
    Do you ever feel like you're being watched? In the past, you could chalk it up to paranoia, close the curtains and get on with your life. Thanks to technology, it's not just your imagination. You really are being watched in your home, at work and everywhere in between. From online advertisers and hackers to the NSA and other government agencies, everyone is trying to keep tabs on you. And things keep getting worse. If you think you know every gadget and organization that's a danger, think again. Here are three things spying on you that you probably didn't know...
  • Malware, please help!

    07/03/2014 12:40:22 PM PDT · by Libertynotfree · 46 replies
    July03,2014 | Libertynotfree
    FireFox 3.0 action: reset to default. Window X3 I copied their URL to post on this thread, if you know any malware protection program which can take care of this kind of malware, please post. First 3 URL come up every time I click. I have CClean. http://cr.gogorithm.com/WLBidRequestHandler?oid=2&width=1200&height=900&pubid=58488&noaop=1&tagid=300157822500000000&revmod=2&born=1401903982&Prof=&BTF=&cb=1404413752629&encoded=1&cirf=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.freerepublic.com%2Ftag%2F*%2Findex http://static.icmwebserv.com/blank4.html#%7B%22ad_type%22%3A%22siteunder%22%2C%22percent%22%3A100%2C%22size%22%3A%5B%7B%22percent%22%3A100%2C%22width%22%3A1200%2C%22height%22%3A900%7D%5D%2C%22max_impressions%22%3A2% http://cdncache1-a.akamaihd.net/pwn.html?u=http%3A%2F%2Fp.txtsrving.info%2Fclick%3Fc%3Dda480a77af4541ad8537a425d5da1aec%26subid%3Dg-605317-b757b08c6b66452f9abd524ffc443982-%26t%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.freerepublic.com%252Ffocus%252Ff-chat%252F3175370%252Fposts%26rt%3D1717%26data_tag%3DA%26mk%3DbGF0ZXN0K2FydGljbGVz&n=ld893__da480a77af4541ad8537a425d5da1aec__1404358630&r= http://www.onefloorserve.com/lps/player_lp7.aspx?appId=339032&source=saymedia_1fa&cid=275759&clickid=07_25004824_02eac240-cf93-44d0-ab7b-09bdb01b60d6 http://lp.empire.goodgamestudios.com/?country=us&pid=516&camp=1&gid=12&cid=15489&tid=US
  • Report: Chinese phone comes preloaded with spyware

    06/18/2014 7:11:36 AM PDT · by Innovative · 20 replies
    AP/Yahoo Finance ^ | June 17, 2014 | RAPHAEL SATTER and FRANK JORDANS
    A cheap brand of Chinese-made smartphones carried by major online retailers comes preinstalled with espionage software, a German security firm said Tuesday. G Data Software said it found malicious code hidden deep in the propriety software of the Star N9500 when it ordered the handset from a website late last month. The find is the latest in a series of incidents where smartphones have appeared preloaded with malicious software.
  • Healthcare.gov Contractor (and Close Russian Ally) Belarus Built Malware RIGHT INTO Obamacare Code

    02/04/2014 3:28:29 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 26 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 04 February 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    Remember when John McAfee warned us in November that anybody who signed up to the Obamacare site might have their bank account cleaned-out by hackers? The eccentric genius and former fugitive called the government website 'a hacker's wet dream', adding that there were 'NO safeguards' that would stop someone from starting a fake Obamacare website 'for a couple hundred dollars' that could 'empty your bank account' in hours. McAfee added unambiguously that 'It's going to happen, and it's going to happen soon... nothing in the Obamacare system safeguards against this.' And I thought he was just trying to sell...
  • Fed Up with Aggressive Pop-Ups at Townhall, CanadaFreePress, etc.

    02/24/2013 10:30:20 AM PST · by Arthur McGowan · 49 replies
    130224 | Arthur McGowan
    I am fed up with, and don't even go to, a number of websites that make it impossible to close their pop-ups--I mean there isn't even a button to do so--or else, when you close the pop-up, an entirely new, screen-filling WINDOW opens. Townhall, CanadaFreePress, NRO, NewsMax, and many others are guilty of this kind of aggression. I'm sick of it. I never even look at what they are hawking, and now, I won't click any links on FR to these sites until I hear that they've cleaned up their act.
  • When did we get advertising?

    10/25/2012 10:05:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    October 26, 2012 | Me
    I was gone most of the day running errands, then tonight when I post threads and comments, there are certain words highlighted which, when you rollover the cursor contain an advertisement. Has anyone else noticed this? When did this happen? Just curious...
  • COMPUTER QUESTION: Why Can't COMODO Internet Security Detect "trojan-downloader.banload" ?

    06/02/2012 12:27:01 AM PDT · by Yosemitest · 35 replies
    My Computer | June 2, 2012
    I trust TopTenREVIEWS. So when my security softeware expired, I took their recommendation and bought COMODO Internet Security Complete 2012. A little later I decided to get a utilities tool for Windows XP SP3, and again, I went to TopTenReviews. I purchased Advanced System Optimizer 3.1, Advanced System Optimizer 3.1, now 3.2, has a tool called "System Protector", and it finds many viruses and malware that COMODO doesn't. My find was "trojan-downloader.banload". It attacked the registry the following areas: hkey-users\.default\software\microsoft\windows\currentversion\internet settings\zonemap\ranges\ range10\* range10\:range range6 range6\* range6\:range range2 range2\* range2\:range range15 range15\* range16\:range range7 range7\* range7\:range range5 range5\* range5\:range This...
  • BUSTED! Secret app on millions of phones logs key taps

    11/30/2011 2:14:08 AM PST · by Mount Athos · 27 replies
    The Register (UK) ^ | 30th November 2011 | Dan Goodin
    An Android app developer has published what he says is conclusive proof that millions of smartphones are secretly monitoring the key presses, geographic locations, and received messages of its users. In a YouTube video posted on Monday, Trevor Eckhart showed how software from a Silicon Valley company known as Carrier IQ recorded in real time the keys he pressed into a stock EVO handset, which he had reset to factory settings just prior to the demonstration. Using a packet sniffer while his device was in airplane mode, he demonstrated how each numeric tap and every received text message is logged...
  • BUSTED! Secret app on millions of phones logs key taps

    11/30/2011 10:51:57 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 40 replies
    The Register ^ | 30 November 2011 | Dan Goodin
    An Android app developer has published what he says is conclusive proof that millions of smartphones are secretly monitoring the key presses, geographic locations, and received messages of its users. In a YouTube video posted on Monday, Trevor Eckhart showed how software from a Silicon Valley company known as Carrier IQ recorded in real time the keys he pressed into a stock EVO handset, which he had reset to factory settings just prior to the demonstration. Using a packet sniffer while his device was in airplane mode, he demonstrated how each numeric tap and every received text message is logged...
  • EA Games Germany: "Origin Is Not Spyware"

    11/04/2011 11:19:04 AM PDT · by MeganC · 18 replies
    The Escapist ^ | 1 Nov 2011 3:10 pm | Heather McLellan
    EA Germany has denied claims made by German gamers and journalists that its Origin service is invading their privacy. Germany's privacy laws are amongst the toughest in the Western world. It should come as no surprise that EA's Origin service - which is mandatory for gamers wishing to play Battlefield 3 on PC, and has been criticized for invasion of privacy before - has come under fire in the country known for challenging Google streetview and banning the Facebook "Like" button. German gamers are taking the situation pretty seriously. The furore began a few days ago, when pictures that appeared...
  • Small-business nightmare: 8 million sites hacked to harm customers' computers

    08/12/2011 10:04:03 PM PDT · by Libloather · 7 replies
    8/12/11
    Link only - Small-business nightmare: 8 million sites hacked to harm customers' computers
  • Open letter to Herman Cain on the right to keep and bear arms

    06/13/2011 8:44:36 AM PDT · by Jack Black · 52 replies
    Examiner ^ | June 10, 2011 | David Codrea
    Dear Mr. Cain, Many conservatives have been touting your candidacy for president as cause for great hope that they will be able to support someone who understands limited government and freedom. Thats why your answers to Wolf Blitzers questions on gun control (see sidebar video player at 3:04 mark) have raised concerns among right to keep and bear arms advocates. Specifically, you affirmed your belief that states or local government [should] be allowed to control guns. That's the same "home rule" position advocated by the Brady Campaign. Some in the conservative camp are trying to find excuses for you, telling...
  • Computer Tech Accused Of Peeping On Women Through Their Webcams

    06/08/2011 6:47:49 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies · 1+ views
    CBS) ^ | June 8, 2011 5:56 PM | Mike Landon
    Police say theyve arrested a 20-year-old computer technician on suspicion of planting spyware on dozens of computers to secretly watch the owners via their webcams. Trevor Timothy Harwell was arrested Wednesday after being charged with a dozen counts of illegal computer access and fraud, Fullerton police Sgt. Andrew Goodrich said. While working for Rezitech Inc., Harwell visited the homes of customers to service their Macintosh computers, Goodrich said. While he had physical access to the computers, he would install a spyware-type application that allowed him remote access to the users computer and webcam, Goodrich said, adding Harwell also worked on...
  • Pa. lawsuit: Rental firm spies on users (Aaron's Rentals)

    05/03/2011 10:44:02 AM PDT · by rawhide · 12 replies · 1+ views
    ajc.com ^ | 5-3-11 | JOE MANDAK
    A major furniture rental chain has software on its computers that lets it track the keystrokes,screenshots and even webcam images of customers while they use the devices at home, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of a Wyoming couple who said they learned about the PC Rental Agent "device and/or software" inside the computer they rented last year when an Aaron's Inc. store manager in Casper came to their home on Dec. 22. The manager tried to repossess the computer because he mistakenly believed the couple hadn't finished paying for it, the couple said....
  • FACEBOOK ATTACK?

    03/13/2011 8:20:17 AM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 28 replies
    SELF | March 13, 2011 | swampsniper
    I restarted the computer a while ago and when it booted up about 2/3 of my desktop icons have a blue Facebook symbol on them. Spybot didn't find anything at all, Avast says all is fine.What is going on here? I allowed a flash player update early this morning, could the Facebook icons come in with that?
  • Google Hijack Malware - Windows 7

    01/15/2011 7:52:33 AM PST · by Lando Lincoln · 41 replies
    15January2011
    My computer is infected with malware that hijacks Google. I have swept with Webroot and Avast! No luck. Help? I prefer not to get into the registry - I lack the skills. I will be out for awhile, so thanks to all in advance.
  • Tech help needed: Best system virus protection for Windows

    12/08/2010 9:31:13 AM PST · by Maceman · 112 replies · 3+ views
    I had a fatal crash a couple of daya ago -- seems a virus corrupted my Windows XP, do had to do a reinstall. I lost a lot of data, but fortunately not everything. In any event, I have reinstalled XP, and want the absolute best virus/spam/spyware, etc. protection I can get. I think I have heard of free software that's available for this purpose as well. I'll appreciate your recommendations, as long as they don't include buying a Mac, which is just not an option for me. Thanks, as always. So is it Norton, McAfee, something else? I
  • Web bug reveals browsing history

    12/02/2010 5:57:10 AM PST · by decimon · 12 replies · 1+ views
    BBC ^ | December 2, 2010 | Unknown
    Porn sites are among the top users of a browser bug that reveals all the places people go online, finds research. Carried out by computer science researchers at UC San Diego the study found 485 sites exploiting the bug. The flaw gives sites access to all the other sites that user has visited. Many use it to target ads or see if users are patronising rivals. The researchers said their work showed a need for better defences against history tracking. The bug exploits the way that many browsers handle links people have visited. Many change the colour of the text...
  • Android Also Gives Google Remote App Installation Power

    06/29/2010 12:52:55 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 17 replies · 1+ views
    ThreatPost ^ | June 25, 2010, 1:08PM | by Dennis Fisher
    The remote-wipe capability that Google recently invoked to remove a harmless application from some Android phones isn't the only remote control feature that the company built into its mobile OS. It turns out that Android also includes a feature that enables Google to remotely install apps on users' phones as well. Jon Oberheide, the security researcher who developed the application that Google remotely removed from Android phones, noticed during his research that the Android OS includes a feature called INSTALL_ASSET that allows Google to remotely install applications on users' phones. "I don't know what design decision they based that on....
  • Drive By Computer Infections From Facebook and Torrent Websites

    05/10/2010 4:04:47 PM PDT · by Wooly · 11 replies · 891+ views
    Me | 05/10/2010 | Vanity
    In case you have not heard or have not had this happen to you, a company named LoudMo is promoting a $2.00 pay per install program for its affiliates. This has led to an increase in stealth placement of an advertisment program that give you pop-ups that offer free downloads of FLV Player, Chameleon Tom,BabelFish, or Gateway Content Protection. The adware program is a drive by install that has largly been seen on Facebook and Bit Torrent, but will probably become more widespread. This program can infect all platforms and your anti-virus will not find or get rid of it...
  • How Dirty MP3 Files Are A Back Door Into Cloud DRM

    04/07/2010 11:09:27 AM PDT · by Coleus · 11 replies · 600+ views
    tech cruncy ^ | 04.06.10 | Michael Arrington
    All the big music sellers may have moved to non-DRM MP3 files long ago, but the watermarking of files with your personal information continues. Most users who buy music dont know about the marking of files, or dont care. Unless those files are uploaded to BitTorrent or other P2P networks, there isnt much to worry about.A list of which music services are selling clean MP3 files without embedded personal information, and which arent, is here. Apple, LaLa (owned by Apple) and Walmart embed personal information. Amazon, Napster and the rest have resisted label pressure to do so.A music industry...
  • 90% of Windows 7 vulnerabilities eliminated by removing admin users

    04/04/2010 8:19:10 PM PDT · by george76 · 88 replies · 2,487+ views
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | 04/04/2010 | Don Judd
    The IT world has been saying it for years, and now Microsoft itself is chiming in on the topic. Removing admin rights from users will eliminate 90% of the critical and remote execution flaws found in Windows 7, including most spyware threats. most Windows 7 flaws are found when normal users are operating as an admin or privileged user. By removing those extra permissions, and leaving just the administration account active, Windows 7 becomes an operating system nearly on par, security wise, with Mac OS X and Linux. It means that users in the work place will have to accept...
  • HELP! kb971033 has disappeared from updates...

    03/14/2010 3:54:16 PM PDT · by papasmurf · 28 replies · 1,522+ views
    Self ^ | 3/14/2010 | papasmurf
    I received the kb971033 update last Month. I made sure it was unchecked, and did not allow it to install. Yesterday I received more updates, so this AM I looked at them. They were OK, but, I noticed that kb971033 had disappeared from the list of updates waiting to be installed. I did not "hide" kb971033, but, just to be sure, I "unhid" updates, and it was not there either. Then, paranoid that it self installed (as MS has been known to do), I checked Programs in the Control Panel, and it wasn't there either. I did a search...
  • The Spy at Harriton High

    02/24/2010 7:32:11 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 61 replies · 1,246+ views
    StrydeHax Blog ^ | 21 February 2010 | Stryde
    This investigation into the remote spying allegedly being conducted against students at Lower Merion represents an attempt to find proof of spying and a look into the toolchain used to accomplish spying. Taking a look at the LMSD Staff List, Mike Perbix is listed as a Network Tech at LMSD. Mr. Perbix has a large online web forum footprint as well as a personal blog, and a lot of his posts, attributed to his role at Lower Merion, provide insight into the tools, methods, and capabilities deployed against students at LMSD. Of the three network techs employed at LMSD, Mr....
  • Suit: Pa. school spied on students via laptops

    02/18/2010 1:41:55 PM PST · by AtlasStalled · 43 replies · 1,887+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 02/18/10 | MARYCLAIRE DALE
    A suburban Philadelphia school district used school-issued laptop webcams to spy on students at home, potentially catching them and their families in compromising situations, a family claims in a federal lawsuit. Lower Merion School District officials can activate the webcams without students' knowledge or permission, the suit said. Plaintiffs Michael and Holly Robbins suspect the cameras captured students and family members as they undressed and in other embarrassing situations, according to the suit. * * * The Robbinses said they learned of the alleged webcam images when Lindy Matsko, an assistant principal at Harriton High School, told their son that...
  • Who Owns Your PC? New Anti-Piracy Windows 7 Update "Phones Home" to Microsoft Every 90 Days

    02/12/2010 12:33:08 PM PST · by ShadowAce · 44 replies · 1,497+ views
    Laren's Blag ^ | 11 February 2010 | Lauren Weinstein
    Greetings. Sometimes a seemingly small software update can usher in a whole new world. When Microsoft shortly pushes out a Windows 7 update with the reportedly innocuous title "Update for Microsoft Windows (KB971033)" -- it will be taking your Windows 7 system where it has never been before. And it may not be a place where you want to go. Imagine that you're sitting quietly in your living-room at your PC, perhaps watching YouTube. Suddenly, a pair of big, burly guys barge into your house and demand that you let them check your computer to make sure that it's "genuine"...
  • Safety First for IT executives in China (Govt Warns Symantec CTO of 'Evil Maid' Virus)

    01/09/2010 10:59:17 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 4 replies · 640+ views
    CRN ^ | Sep 16, 2009 | Sholto Macpherson
    US Government recommends weighing laptop before and after each visit. Senior executives in US IT companies have been advised by the US Government to follow extremely strict policies for visits to China which extend far beyond standard software protection. The policies encourage them to leave their standard IT equipment at home and to buy separate gear only for use in China. Mark Bregman, chief technology officer at security firm Symantec said he left his MacBook Pro behind in the US and took his MacBook Air whenever he flew to China. Bregman said he only ever used the Air in China...
  • Spyware cleared from ABQjournal after reports from readers

    12/17/2009 2:01:22 PM PST · by CedarDave · 7 replies · 456+ views
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | December 17, 2009 | Donn Friedman
    Users wrote to us this morning that anti-virus, anti-spyware and anti-malware programs were reporting to them that our site contained malicious code. These security programs protected many of our readers' computers after our advertising server was hacked early this morning. Thanks to your help, we were able to detect and clear the problems from our servers shortly after 10 a.m. This incident reinforces the value of keeping your anti-virus programs and security patches up-to-date. Please e-mail us at journal@abqjournal.com. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call our customer support at...
  • Nasty "Security Tool" malware removal instructions.

    This appears to be something brand new, and it gets past AVG antivirus. I have antivirus and am pretty careful, and can't remember the last time I picked up anything that messed up my computer like this nasty thing. It takes over when you boot up, and won't let you go into task manager or anything. I got rid of it by going into safe mode (press f8 during boot) and looking at the properties of the shortcut on the desktop. It pointed to the executable file C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\24180116\24180116.exe. I deleted this executable file and removed the...
  • Deactivate Location-Aware Browsing in Firefox 3.5

    07/06/2009 1:16:37 PM PDT · by Gomez · 34 replies · 1,447+ views
    If the new Location-Aware Browsing (a.k.a. Geolocation) feature in Firefox 3.5 makes you worried about your privacy, you can turn the feature off with a simple about:config tweak. A Quick Look at Location-Aware BrowsingFor those who are curious about this new feature, here is a quick look at what happens when you encounter a website that triggers the function in Firefox. You can also visit a website that has been set up as a Geolocation demo (link at the bottom of the article). Note: The Location-Aware Browsing feature uses Google Location Services to determine your location with the following: your...
  • Real Networks launches RealPlayer SP

    06/26/2009 5:08:23 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 10 replies · 521+ views
    PC advisor UK ^ | 06.25.09
    Real Networks, makers of the RealPlayer music and media management application, have launched a new version of their software. RealPlayer SP for Windows is available immediately as a beta download, with a Mac version expected by the year end.