I’ll admit I’m pretty good about protecting my privacy as well as I’m a large fan of Google. This one however slipped under my radar and I was rather alarmed by the amount of data my smartphone had given Google on my Travels. No the Map above is NOT my travels, however it just may as well have been.
Management of one’s personal devices, applications and security settings for everyone in a large organization can become an overwhelming task and time consuming. Google has released something that can make IT manager’s breath a bit easier. Their announcement today of a new set of security tools to help Google Apps users take back control of their security online.
Frank Swain can hear Wi-Fi, and he’s been tuning in to London’s networks for the past week.
Started as a side project by then-Googler Brian Kennish back in 2010 to cut out ad tracking during a person’s Facebook browsing session, Disconnect has gone on to raise funding (twice), expand to work on multiple browsers and sites, and create apps for specific users (eg, kids), and take on more engineers, including two more from Google and one from the NSA. With its apps now used by 1 million people every week, Disconnect is now tackling the most popular way that people discover content online today: search engines. Today, the company is launching Disconnect Search, an extension for Chrome and Firefox browsers that lets users searching on Google, Bing and Yahoo, as well as Blekko and DuckDuckGo, to remain private while doing so. (more…)
Security researchers tonight are poring over a piece of malicious software that takes advantage of a Firefox security vulnerability to identify some users of the privacy-protecting Tor anonymity network. (more…)
The Postal Service takes pictures of every piece of mail processed in the United States _ 160 billion last year _ and keeps them on hand for up to a month.
If you don’t like to broadcast your whereabouts, you’ve likely got it under control: No Foursquare for you, no “adding to your Photo Map” on Instagram. You’re good, right? Maybe. Or you could be inadvertently telling the world your location every time you send out a photo. What do Facebook snaps, tweeted candids, MMS messages to your plumber, and almost every other photo-based form of digital communication have in common? The metadata embedded in your smartphone’s photos. (more…)