Vysk QS1 encrypts phone data and blacks out cameras

A smartphone case that protects your phone and your Privacy.

While you can always download as much software security apps as you can to protect your personal data, the QS1 smartphone case goes one further to keep your information safe. Manufactured by Vysk, a security startup based in Texas, the case bolsters user privacy with a hardware solution built directly into its design.
Read more: http://www.cnet.com/products/vysk-qs1/

When ‘Liking’ a Brand Online Voids the Right to Sue

Be careful what you “Like”!
You may be giving up your legal right to sue.

Might downloading a 50-cent coupon for Cheerios cost you legal rights?
General Mills, the maker of cereals like Cheerios and Chex as well as brands like Bisquick and Betty Crocker, has quietly added language to its website to alert consumers that they give up their right to sue the company if they download coupons, “join” it in online communities like Facebook, enter a company-sponsored sweepstakes or contest or interact with it in a variety of other ways.
Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/17/business/when-liking-a-brand-online-voids-the-right-to-sue.html?emc=edit_th_20140417&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=57909228&_r=0
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Longaccess is your Swiss bank for personal data – And once you upload it, you can’t delete it

Is this the “digital shoebox” you can leave for your grandchildren?
Once you upload it’s there forever!

Ever wondered if your children will inherit your digital data?
Longaccess promises to be a cold storage of sorts for your digital life. It’s a cloud-based service that operates off Amazon’s S3 data centers, but unlike other file lockers, such as Dropbox or Google Drive, Longaccess aims to be less accessible, but more dependable.
Once you sign up, it is simply a matter of choosing what files you want to keep and hitting upload. Once the process is complete, instead of storing the files in an account on a website or emailing you a link, Longaccess then provides you a code string that can be printed out as a certificate—or tattooed onto your arm.
Read more: http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2014/04/longaccess-is-your-swiss-bank-for-personal-data/
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Big Brother really is watching you (It’s your IT manager)

You know you’re being watched, don’t you?
Do your personal business on your personal device, not your office computer!

In a fascinating survey, IT managers reveal some of the dubious activities they view being perpetrated by employees on work computers. These cause the IT managers extra stress and work (as well as, no doubt, the occasional fascination).
You know you’re being followed, don’t you?
You know that governments, phone companies, and all those sneaker-wearing pups at Google are interested in your every move.
Admit it, there’s a part of you that quite likes it. It’s better to have the impersonal and the inanimate care about you than no one at all.
However, there’s another occasional snoop from whom your eye shouldn’t often stray. It’s the friendly, occasionally disheveled IT manager at your place of work.
Read more: http://www.cnet.com/news/big-brother-really-is-watching-you-its-your-it-manager/
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Leave no trace: Tips to cover your digital footprint and reclaim your privacy

Some great tips to protect yourself and your computer from prying eyes!

Privacy is at a premium. Whether it’s the NSA, a hacker cabal, or corporate marketers, someone is looking over your shoulder every time you use your PC.
You can minimize your exposure, though. Whether you’d just like to keep your Web browsing under wraps or you want to obliterate all evidence of digital activities, follow these tips to stay on guard and off the grid.
Read more: http://www.pcworld.com/article/2143846/leave-no-trace-tips-to-cover-your-digital-footprint-and-reclaim-your-privacy.html
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Personal data theft jumps from 11% to 18% in six months

More people are reporting their online personal information stolen?
How safe are you online?

Social Security numbers, credit card and bank account information, and other private data are being stolen at a rapidly rising rate, according to a Pew Research study.
The Pew Research Center released a survey on Monday showing that 18 percent of US online adults reported having important personal information stolen, such as Social Security numbers, credit card numbers, and bank account data. That is 7 percent higher than what was reported in July 2013.
Read more: http://www.cnet.com/news/personal-data-theft-jumps-from-11-to-18-percent-in-six-months/
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Facebook Is Trying To Change Its Huge Privacy Problem

If they really want to succeed, Facebook has to allow people to opt out if public search and stop following people all around the Internet!

Facebook wants people to stop getting frustrated with the company’s privacy settings. Well, good luck with that.
Almost any change Facebook makes to privacy controls triggers outcries and accusations that the social network is continuing to erode any remaining confidence people might have have sharing their data with the social network—and justifiably so. Yet Facebook just can’t stop trying to win over hearts and minds. If it really wants to succeed, though, it needs to become a lot more transparent, and more lenient, about how it vacuums up data, what sort of data it keeps and what it does with it.
Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/facebooks-privacy-2014-4
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How advertising cookies let observers follow you across the web

It’s easy for anyone to follow you across the web using ad-tracker cookies.
You don’t need the resources of the NSA to do it!

Back in December, documents revealed the NSA had been using Google’s ad-tracking cookies to follow browsers across the web, effectively co-opting ad networks into surveillance networks. A new paper from computer scientists at Princeton breaks down exactly how easy it is, even without the resources and access of the NSA. The researchers were able to reconstuct as much as 90% of a user’s web activity just from monitoring traffic to ad-trackers like Google’s DoubleClick. Crucially, the researchers didn’t need any special access to the ad data. They just sat back and watched public traffic across the network.
Read more:  http://www.theverge.com/2014/4/4/5581884/how-advertising-cookies-let-observers-follow-you-across-the-web
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The Feds Cut a Deal With In-Flight Wi-Fi Providers, and Privacy Groups Are Worried

Being at 35,000 feet doesn’t protect you from the prying eyes of the government!

Gogo, the inflight Wi-Fi provider, is used by millions of airline passengers each year to stay connected while flying the friendly skies. But if you think the long arm of government surveillance doesn’t have a vertical reach, think again.
Gogo and others that provide Wi-Fi aboard aircraft must follow the same wiretap provisions that require telecoms and terrestrial ISPs to assist U.S. law enforcement and the NSA in tracking users when so ordered. But they may be doing more than the law requires.
Read more: http://www.wired.com/2014/04/gogo-collaboration-feds/
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72% of Americans Refuse Google Glass Over Privacy Concerns: Report

72% of Americans are concerned about their Privacy and the Privacy of others while using Google Glass!  How do you feel about Google Glass?

The main reason why Americans won’t wear Google Glass isn’t its high price or the less-than-stellar reputation of some of its users — it’s privacy.
A recent poll, conducted by market-research firm Toluna, found 72% of Americans cited privacy concerns as the biggest reason for not wanting to wear Glass.
Read more: http://mashable.com/2014/04/07/google-glass-privacy/
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