Despite threats, people crave digital connection
Despite threats, people crave digital connection

Despite threats, people crave digital connection. At least that’s the clear suggestion emerging from a recent survey conducted by the Pew Research Center. As the Internet of Things (IoT) continues to expand, connecting more and more devices to the interconnected digital world, the threat of hacks and potential for real damage also expands but those […]

Time to rethink passwords
Time to rethink passwords

It’s time to rethink passwords – past time, really. The way we’ve been thinking about internet passwords is all wrong and it’s time to seriously evolve the way we keep our online data world secure. At least that’s what a U.S. government committee of nerds suggested March 31 when it issued a draft of new […]

You belong now to Comcast & Verizon & AT&T
You belong now to Comcast & Verizon & AT&T

You belong now to Comcast & Verizon & AT&T and all the other big corporations from whom you receive the internet in America. And by, “you,” what we mean is all the data you generate when you go online with your home computers and mobile devices: all your browsing history, your record of purchases, your […]

Facebook promises no more third-party surveillance
Facebook promises no more third-party surveillance

Facebook promises no more third-party surveillance – that means companies who sell to police agencies information on Facebook users, typically civil protesters. “Today we are adding language to our Facebook and Instagram platform policies to more clearly explain that developers cannot ‘use data obtained from us to provide tools that are used for surveillance’,” posted […]

Internet privacy is dead in America
Internet privacy is dead in America

Internet privacy is dead in America. Not that it was ever really alive in the first place. If you use the internet your digital life is an open book, there for anyone to see, corporations to use and governments to peruse. That is a fact of life in the digital age. But even the faintest […]

Rule 41: the FBI in your computers
Rule 41: the FBI in your computers

Rule 41: the FBI in your computers and mobile devices with a single warrant from a single federal judge anywhere in the nation. Yes, you read that right: as of December 1, the FBI can now get a single warrant to search anyone’s computer or mobile device anywhere in the nation in pursuit of whatever […]

FCC bolstered consumer data privacy
FCC bolstered consumer data privacy

When the FCC bolstered consumer data privacy rules Oct. 27 it told the major telcom companies they need your permission before selling your private data. But don’t look for simple permission slips any time soon and don’t expect the process of restricting your private online data to be simple. The primary communications regulators for the […]

Police spy on U.S. protesters’ social media
Police spy on U.S. protesters’ social media

The fact that police spy on U.S. protesters’ social media accounts is probably not news and, yet, it’s still shocking in its Orwellian revelations. The news once again comes up as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram all moved Oct. 11 to cut off access to a particular private company, Geofeedia, which, it was alleged, selling to […]

Safety online – #LockDownURLogin
Safety online – #LockDownURLogin

It can’t be stressed enough: safety online – #LockDownURLogin – is the new campaign launched by The White House and an array of tech and financial companies. The National Cyber Safety Alliance (NCSA) is the overarching coalition of government and business which has launched the campaign to help Americans improve our own individual online safety […]

Parents: do you know your online teens?
Parents: do you know your online teens?

Parents: do you know your online teens? Yea, we know. The question is a kind of 21st Century rehash of the famous late 20th Century public service campaign: “It’s 11 o’clock, do you know where your children are?” ¬†And, well, it serves much the same purpose; that is, parents trying to keep teens safe online […]