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Deleting Your Way to Online Privacy?

A few days ago, a columnist contacted us for an article about privacy. The question was pretty basic: how can people delete private stuff from the Internet? While the intention is good, we think the question is misdirected. One of the big problems with privacy online is that people think they are being anonymous while […]

Jackass Presents: Goofy Heartbleed Guy

We know better than to underestimate the stupidity of our fellow man, but we think the guy who made fun of the Heartbleed Bug in the comments section of a recent The Switch blog (Washington Post) was either pulling our leg or trying to get new followers on social media. Let’s check out what happened, […]

Holding His Breath Until He Turns Blue

At first glance, this story seems kind of funny, but it reveals a bigger problem. Mark Aronsen of New Zealand is refusing to change the password for his online account at the local power company. He says that he’s happy with his current password, and that the company is being ‘mischievous’ in their efforts to […]

World Backup Day

Today’s the day! We know that you’ve been telling yourself that you were going to backup your documents and all those memories: important files, and photos of the kids and the cute pet pictures, not to mention your awesome music and video archives – everything on your computer. (You might not have thought that Monday […]

Turnabout is Fair Play

In what is being billed as a free speech case, a girl from Minnesota wins a $70,000 settlement over her treatment at the hands of school administrators who made her tell them her Facebook password. Let’s take a look at what happened: A 6th grader writes on her facebook page that she ‘hates’ a school […]

So It’s Okay Then?

We pounced on the link as soon as we saw the headline: Admit it, You Don’t Care About Digital Privacy. By now, it’s almost intuitive that most people really don’t care that much about their privacy online. It’s not that they want someone snooping on them or knowing everything about them, but privacy is hard […]

Australian Govt Saying No To Privacy

The Australian Attorney-General’s office is pushing forward a new bill that would force individuals and service providers to decode any data intercepted them. In effect, suspects would be legally forced to incriminate themselves. Internet and other providers would be legally forced to reveal encrypted data their clients had thought was secure. And just as important, […]

The Cognitive Dissonance of Online Security

Ever wonder about cognitive dissonance? You know, that confused moment as a child when you came across mommy kissing Santa Claus. (You had about a split second to decide whether to cry, or to tell on mom, or see if you could use the info to your advantage to wangle more loot from old St. […]

Facebook Isn’t Vegas

Bosses and government types who demand passwords to see what employees are saying about them just don’t understand Facebook. Here’s a great example of how it really works. Gulliver Preparatory School in Florida didn’t need passwords to find out what a former employee’s daughter (and former student Dana Snay) said about them in a FB […]

Crime and Punishment

Have you ever ‘bleached’ a desk to get rid of DNA evidence? At work? Or, maybe it was to cover up a failed home project from your spouse? Nope, neither have we. An article in the Mail Online quotes a former broker as saying that he was ordered by a former boss to do just […]