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Governments Among Top Internet Censors According to Google

Google has recently published its latest Transparency Report that discloses to the public information on “take down” operations that Google is demanded to do for reasons such as violations of copyright law, terms of service agreements, and government requests. Google … 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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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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