Anyone Shocked that Snapchat's Privacy Claims Turned Out to be False?

Uh... Snapchat users... those images you thought disappeared forever... uh... not so much. Snapchat has finally admitted -- because they were forced to admit by the Federal Trade Commission -- that a lot of their privacy claims were false.  Images could be saved by users to be looked at a later date (or shared with the whole Internet), and the images themselves didn't magically disappear from servers.  So teens, that crotch shot you took at graduation because you thought it would be hysterical to share it with your friends on Snapchat... well, congratulations, your crotch shot can now live on forever. ...more
I'm more shocked that anyone ever believed that anything just "disappeared" in the first place.more

15 tips to Spring Clean Your Digital Security

As a security analyst for both off-line and online activity, which is personal protection and information security, I’m constantly analyzing my own security situation. This means paying attention to my surroundings, systems in place, the security of my hardware, software and data. One way to get a closer look at all of this and to get refocused, is to remove the clutter, upgrade technologies, and do a Spring Clean. I heavily recommend that you perform the following 15 tasks for tightening up your digital security affecting your overall security position....more

Privacy is more than locking your Doors

There are 10 distinct meanings of privacy.Protecting ReputationYou’ve heard of money management, right? Well, there’s also reputation management. There’s a difference between having facts about a person and then making judgments based on those facts. Often, judgments are skewered, and the result is a soured reputation.Showing Respect...more

Businesses fail in Customer Privacy

The U.S. Consumer Confidence Index, released by TRUSTe®, shows an alarming trend: A high percentage of U.S. people over age 18 are unnerved about their online privacy, and this trend is worsening....more

Privacy issues - offline and online

As my son grows older, we have lots of reasons to celebrate: His growing sense of responsibility, the way he is able to write and almost read, and the way he is gaining control over his emotional and physical being....more

Why Should You Care About a Site’s Privacy Policy

Most websites should have a privacy policy (although I don’t think it’s always the easiest thing to find). And then once you do find it, you’ll see a huge amount of what I consider to be legal mumbo jumbo. And because you really should care about this stuff, the question becomes how do you sort through all this stuff?...more

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Google+ Now Lets Anyone Send You Email Through Gmail: Here's How to Opt Out

Starting yesterday, and continuing over the next couple of days, Google is rolling out an improvement to its Gmail and Google+ platforms; allowing anyone who on Google+ to email you -- no matter whether or not you have a relationship. Wait. That's an improvement?...more
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Me and my (online) shadow

Once, when I was in tenth grade, my mother walked into the bathroom while I was showering to tell me that I had a phone call. She handed me the cordless phone through the shower curtain and laughed her way out of the bathroom. I told the caller (my friend Monica) that my mother was crazy and I would have to call her back....more

7 Scary Privacy Issues to Be Aware Of

We are all too aware of the National Security Agency breaking encryption and implanting back doors on various servers, networks and within numerous social sites, email providers, mobile networks, mobile phones and other platforms to gather intelligence in the name of safety and security for the American people and other friendly nations across the globe....more