NSA isn’t the only over reach

NSA isn’t the only over reach

A plan by the Department of Homeland security to establish a national license-plate recognition database that would collect information from commercial and law enforcement tag readers is raising concerns over privacy and how the data might be scrutinized. The Washington Post reports that the agency recently issued a solicitation notice seeking bids for the database project, which would collect data from license-plate readers that rapidly scan the tags of passing vehicles, to help track down and arrest fugitive illegal immigrants. A...

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Smartphone Credit Cards?

Smartphone Credit Cards?

The addition of the NFC chip to the iPhone isn’t for easy credit card purchases, but so the phone companies can control your financial transactions. Be warned. There has been a lot of talk about the addition of an NFC (near field communication) chip to the next-gen iPhone. This will allow the phone to be used as a swipe-it-yourself credit card. I consider this technology to be the most onerous ever. I first discussed the idea of your mobile phone becoming your credit card in the mid-1990s and was just biding my time before it came to...

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Kickstarter Hacked.

Kickstarter Hacked.

By Fahmida Y. Rashid Data breach fatigue is setting in and it’s only February. Kickstarter is the latest high-profile site to be hacked. Law enforcement authorities informed Kickstarter of the breach on Feb. 12, and Kickstarter immediately closed the vulnerability that allowed the attackers through, Yancey Strickler, Kickstarter’s CEO, wrote on a blog post and in an email sent to users. The company “thoroughly investigated the situation” over the past four days before notifying users, and the team has already begun...

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Free Antivirus You Can Trust

Free Antivirus You Can Trust

You want security software that’s as close to perfect as possible. After all, if just a single piece of malware slips through your defenses, it can wreak havoc on your PC. The question is, how close to perfect is free antivirus software?According to our testing, some free antivirus programs do an admirable job of detecting, blocking, and removing malware, but others don’t have what it takes to protect you. For this roundup, we once again teamed up with AV-Test, a well-respected antivirus-software testing lab, to put nine free antivirus...

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