Category Archives: Internet Security

Exercising Your Free Speech Rights Despite Government Harassment

The Internet may finally provide citizens a way to fight the abuse of power, corruption, and criminal activities of the American judiciary. Yet to do this effectively, citizens must be aware that the courts are powerful and will exert influence to crush their political opponents if they can discover who they are. Tools exist to help citizens report the facts without being easily targeted for political retribution. This article discusses why this is important as well as a few basic but powerful tools to enable anonymous free speech. Continue reading

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Is Your Facebook Account for Sale to Criminals?

VeriSign, an Internet security services vendor, has revealed that criminals are offering for sale 1.5 million compromised Facebook accounts to buyers for pries ranging from $15 to $45 per 1000 accounts, The higher prices are for accounts with more contacts. As Facebook has about 300 million to 400 million users, 1.5 million accounts represents about 0.375% to 0.5% of their user base. But the true impact may be far larger, possibly affecting tens of millions of Facebook users. Continue reading

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Google Says 15% of Malware is Fake Antivirus Ads

The next time you are browsing away on the web and see a pop-up offering you antivirus software or alerting you that your computer is infected and you need to repair it, be very cautious. It is quite likely the pop-up display is an advertisement intended to spread malware to infect your computer. Don’t doubt this because you’re looking at a web page from a major media company like the New York Times or an ad served by Google or Yahoo, either. All of these and more are having problems with their advertising services being subverted into malware distribution systems. Continue reading

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Government Use of Social Networks for Investigations

If you’re wondering how law enforcement agencies may use social networks and the Internet to track down people and information on them, the Electronic Frontier Foundation has obtained information from the US Internal Revenue Service and US Department of Justice that may help you understand their policies and methods. Continue reading

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Facebook Doesn’t Remove Deleted Pictures and Videos

ZDNet is reporting that even a year after Cambridge University security researchers reported on how many social networks were not erasing the pictures and videos uploaded by users after the users deleted them, Facebook and a few other social networks and blogging services still have the same problem.

In Facebook does not eraser user-deleted content, writer Zack Whittaker describes an experiment he ran showing exactly what happens. Deleted pictures and video files continue to remain available via hyperlinks that pointed to them prior to deletion.
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Reducing Search Engine Privacy Risks

Nearly anybody using the Internet in recent years is using search engines on a frequent basis. Even though many of us may believe it’s relatively private given that we don’t log in to the search engines or enter user names or passwords, the truth is that the search engine vendors are saving the search data, records of pages accessed, and even our typing mistakes. If they or somebody interested wants to do so, they can often get access to that data and use it to identify the people and build a profile that they may then use as “evidence” to paint a picture of a person’s behavior to be used against them in court, employment reviews, blackmail, extortion, or other means. In this article, I’ll describe some of the risks and steps you can take to reduce the threat to your privacy and personal freedom of speech. Continue reading

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Virus and Malware Protection On The Cheap Via Microsoft Security Essentials

Recently, I’ve started using Microsoft Security Essentials after running into trouble with my computer in a rather odd manner. The program resolved the problems I was having, was easy to install, is light on computer resource usage, and best of all is free. Although I am generally not a fan of Microsoft anything, I’d like to give them a thumbs up on Microsoft Security Essentials. I strongly recommend you give it a try before you shell out for another annual upgrade to whatever internet security software you may be using today. It’s solved a lot of problems I was having with Norton Internet Security 2010 blocking opening a PDF file, making my mouse pointer jerky and slow, and causing failures to suspend, resume, and reboot my computer.
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FBI Child Pornographers Persecute Innocent Citizens?

Writer Brian Rothery of website Inquisition21 claims that the American FBI is one of the world’s foremost publishers of illegal child pornography in his article America devours its young. That might sound like a shocking claim, but to those who have seen American “law enforcement” operate, it is totally plausible.

American law enforcement makes a regular practice of violating the Constitution and civil rights by running persecution campaigns to frame, denigrate, and ruin people accused of crimes which they probably never committed. They do this to people who have never even been charged or given a trial, fair or not. Many of these people are in fact victims of crimes such as computer hacking, credit card theft, and false accusations made by people who have something to gain by hurting them. Yet too many cops think that their jobs are attacking and throwing people in jail and that somehow this means that complying with the laws themselves is optional. Continue reading

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