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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avelin outclasses Chrome with one-handed gestures, ad blocking, built-in VPN

The NEW Javelin browser pack a slew of features you rarely see on a mobile browser.
It’s just a download away!

Right now, if you aren’t using your Android phone’s built-in Web browser, then you’re probably using Chrome, but there are a number of popular browser alternatives out there, and one of our new favorites is Javelin. It’s one of the first browsers built around the idea that we’re using it on a mobile phone, not a desktop.
Javelin packs a slew of features you rarely see on mobile browsers, especially Chrome and the Android browser. These features include one-handed gestures, a special viewing mode, a built-in VPN, its own incognito mode (Chrome does have this), and even an ad-blocker. This all revolves around a very straightforward, simple UI featuring a bit of Holo-style color and flair.
Read more: http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/javelin-android-browser-review/#ixzz2y82OZXYV
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Microsoft to start blocking annoying adware by default

Microsoft is empowering users to control their own experience by blocking annoying adware by default!

Microsoft has toughened its criteria for classifying programs as adware and gave developers three months to conform with the new principles or risk having their programs blocked by the company’s security products.
The most important change in Microsoft’s policy is that adware programs will be blocked by default starting July 1. In the past such programs were allowed to run until users chose one of the recommended actions offered by the company’s security software.
Read more: http://www.pcworld.com/article/2140240/microsoft-to-start-blocking-adware-that-lacks-easy-uninstall.html
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What’s the Deal With Facebook’s Privacy Dinosaur?

Keep an eye out for Facebook’s Privacy dinosaur – it just might keep you from over sharing!

If you’ve posted to Facebook recently, you may have noticed a new graphic with a prehistoric twist: the privacy dinosaur.
The company is testing a pop-up reminder that encourages users to pay attention to who they’re sharing with on its platform, and the privacy dinosaur — a blue laptop-wielding cartoon dinosaur — accompanies the message.
Read more: http://mashable.com/2014/04/01/facebook-privacy-dinosaur/
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