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The Celebrity Photo Hack: Were Phones Hacked Over Public WiFi?

Were the phones of celebrities hacked via WiFi, perhaps at a celebrity event? Although this is not known or confirmed, it's one possibility among many being floated around the Internet in the wake of the naked photo scandal rocking Hollywood. Read More

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#cyberSAFE Leaders Series: Julie Anne Culp, Educator and Internet Safety Champion

Julie Anne Culp isn’t an Internet safety expert. She’s a guidance counselor in Hendersonville, Tennessee who wanted to teach her  fifth grade students to think carefully about what they post online. So she created an ingenious social experiment to drive home her message about Internet safety. Read More

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Cloud Storage: A Goldmine for Hackers?

Although some people may believe “cloud storage” has something to do with weather fronts, it’s simply an easy way for anyone to save data with a remote, third-party database. And it’s becoming more and more mainstream. Any time you use Gmail to send an email, or upload photos to Shutterfly, as just two examples, you’re entrusting your personal and sensitive information to cloud storage. Read More

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Generational Views On Privacy, Facebook, and Geo-Tagging: Who Owns Our Personal Information?

An article from Private WiFi's CEO, Kent Lawson, raised interesting points about online privacy attitudes among younger people.

The article presented some interesting thoughts from Ella Hickson, a young playwright.

Ella notes she is more aware of the value of privacy and puts forth the idea that most of the younger generation thinks in terms of an “inner circle of friends” and “our public self.” Read More

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Professor Uses Online, Offline Data to Connect the Dots Of Your Digital Life

Even before its $1 billion acquisition of Instagram, Facebook was home to more than 60 billion photos and was adding about 250 million more each day.

But what if those photos -- even your photos -- could lead people to identity you offline?

Last year, a Carnegie Mellon University researcher conducted an experiment by "connecting the dots" in people's digital lives via off-the-shelf facial-recognition software. The researcher, Alessandro Acquisiti, was able to match subjects whose photos were posted on a dating site to their profile photos on Facebook. Read More

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Is the Webcam Hacker Watching?

The more ubiquitous cameras become, the less we're aware they're even there, according to a new article from GQ.

The web cameras "stare out at us blankly from our phones and laptops, our Xboxes and iPads, a billion eyes and ears just waiting to be turned on. But what if they were switched on--by someone else--when you least expected it? How would you feel, how would you behave, if the devices that surround your life were suddenly turned against you?" Read More

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2012 Trends: Big Data, Privacy Concerns, Identity Authentication At the Forefront

The Nieman Foundation at Harvard University has published an article written by Amy Webb, the head of the digital ideas and strategy agency Webbmedia Group, weighing in with predictions for the big tech trends of 2012.

Webb offers an entire sub-section to privacy concerns, noting that Americans are uploading millions of photos every day to social networks. Read More

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Online Recognition: When Even Your Face Is a Privacy Risk

Imagine living in a world where you could instantly find out the average age of people at a bar, or view an ad specifically tailored for you when you walk by a billboard, or use a website that knows the name of every person in your uploaded pictures.

This may sound like science fiction, but these things actually exist right now. This is the brave, new world of facial recognition software, and it is evolving at an ominously fast rate.

While this technology has many benefits and some mind boggling applications, questions about security and privacy have not yet been adequately addressed. We may be entering an era when even your face is a privacy risk. Read More

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Zuckerberg’s Facebook Photos Hacked

Not a good week for Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg. His very own Facebook account has been hacked and his photos have been shared online.

Due to a faulty security setting, some hackers allegedly used the opportunity to highlight the bug in the social networking site, posting 14 photos with the message, "It's time to fix those security flaws Facebook." Read More

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Austrian Man Asks for His Personal Data From Facebook, Gets 1,222 Pages of It

An Austrian law student concerned about his social media privacy contacted Facebook and asked for the information it had on him. He received a CD with 1,222 pages of data, including old chats that were long deleted, old "pokes," and invitations he hadn't replied to. This article says he is "now organizing an online campaign that will try and force Facebook to conform to European privacy laws – more stringent than U.S. laws – on behalf of its 800 million users." Read More

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