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Buffer Security Breach Shows the Importance of Two-Factor Authentication

Buffer, the social media and scheduling service, became a victim of a major data breach last month. People registered with Buffer started seeing unauthorized posts on their behalf on Twitter and Facebook- a major loss of trust, and something that would outrage anyone.  I wouldn’t want my name being used to hock snakeoil. The company […]

How Targeted Advertisements on Facebook Work

Recently, I was browsing through Crate and Barrel’s website to order a rug online. I looked at different kinds of rugs, and spent some time doing more research on the ones I liked the most. Then I closed Crate and Barrel’s website and opened up my Facebook page. To my surprise, I saw an ad […]

Healthcare.gov Website Vulnerable to Cyber Attacks

In a previous blog, I had outlined the technical glitches and security flaws with the Healthcare.gov website. As we know, people have experienced various technical difficulties while accessing the Healthcare.gov website – slow and sluggish operation of the website, receiving error messages and getting their data compromised. To top it all, now security experts have […]

Recent Security Breaches Highlight the Importance of Strong Passwords

We have been advised about the importance of strong passwords many times. Sadly, very few of us implement those advises in real life. Often, it is seen that weak passwords are one of the biggest reasons behind major security breaches. Not only do we use simple and easy to guess passwords, but we also tend […]

Yahoo to Implement Encryption Between Data Centers

NSA’s privacy intrusive “MUSCULAR” program revealed how the spy agency and its British counterpart tap into the data center links of major Internet companies like Yahoo and Google. This program seemed to be more intrusive in comparison to the PRISM program because the spy agencies performed their operation of mass data collection without the knowledge […]

How To Maintain Your Privacy In the Age of Tracking?

The recent PRISM revelations have shown how top Internet companies like Google, Apple, Facebook, and Yahoo collects user data and share it with the National Security Agency (NSA) upon receiving a court order. Before the revelations, as users, we completely trusted these companies for the protection of our private data, and shared almost everything on […]

Is Your Smart TV Spying On You?

Many households these days own “Smart TVs”. Sometimes we forget that these TVs are also connected to the Internet, and they are capable of collecting and transmitting our data. We seem to be a lot more concerned about surveillance programs that spy on our web browsing activities, email conversations, or our interactions on social media. […]

SpiderOak Tops EFF’s Crypto Survey Report

Revelations about the National Security Agency’s (NSA) surveillance programs are posing a serious threat to the reputation of technology companies. The documents revealed by Edward Snowden indicate that leading tech companies like Apple, Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft cooperated with the NSA in their mass data collection program, PRISM, by providing information about their customer data. […]

Snaphack App Lets You Save Snapchats Without Notifying the Sender

Many of us use Snapchat for sharing photos and videos with our friends. People consider this as a secure medium to share their photos with others because once the receiver opens the photos or videos; they will automatically disappear within 10 seconds or less. The photos will also be deleted from Snapchat’s server after the user […]

Google to Implement Encryption for Secure Searches

Google has made a change, aimed at providing “extra protection” for Google searchers. The company has announced it will  encrypt all search activity, except the click-on ads, to maintain the privacy and security of Internet users. Back in October 2011, Google had made the announcement that it will encrypt the searches of anyone who was […]