Archive for the ‘Privacy’ Category

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Losing some excess flab should be at the top of the list of New Year’s resolutions for your small to medium-sized business.

Not you, owner and proprietor. You look great. It’s the reams of data jiggling around your company’s servers and hard drives that could use some trimming.

Monday is the perfect time to start. It’s National Data Privacy Day, created to raise awareness about the importance of keeping personal information private, especially on social networks and the Internet.

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Younger generations tend to be more in-tune with technology, whether it’s waiting in long lines for the new iPhone, tweeting throughout their day, or downloading the newest app.  But, do youth tend to disregard practical safeguards to keep their information safe? This infographic explains some of their questionable behavior.

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If you’re someone who cares about your privacy, these are indeed strange times. When everything from your iPhone to your iPad (and every derivation in between) is secretly tracking your every move from behind its colorful screen, when advertisers gather enough information about you , it’s clear that we are living in a twilight zone. What we think we know about staying safe, and what we actually know, may be two entirely different things.

The recent kerfluffle over Apple device identification numbers is the perfect case in point. Last week the hacking group AntiSec announced that it had succeeded in stealing 12 million Apple device IDs from a laptop belonging to an FBI agent. To prove it, AntiSec released a million of the IDs (which they encrypted) on a publicly-available website. The group even taunting Christopher Stangl, the FBI agent alleged to be the victim of the hack, thanking him for the vast cache of data.

Then things got really weird.

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By Matt Cullina

With Canadian privacy breaches in the news and , businesses in Canada are recognizing that their data is increasingly at risk. As our lives move into the digital sphere, the security and privacy of sensitive personal information is increasingly vulnerable. For example, when an electronic health record is exposed, the privacy of a patient has been breached. In the event an individual’s social insurance number is compromised, his or her financial accounts and credit worthiness could be susceptible to fraud. These risks are still relatively new to many businesses in Canada, but they’re growing every day.

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The Olympics are supposed to celebrate the best in human nature, bridging divides of culture and nation through sportsmanship and fair competition. Inevitably, however, the Olympic Games also can become a stage for failure, for people so blinded by ego and the will to win that they compromise all the noble principles for which they supposedly stand. From Tonya Harding’s role in the attack on her figure skating rival Nancy Kerrigan in the lead-up to the 1994 Olympics to Tyler Hamilton’s recent admission that he used performance-enhancing drugs, which led the International Olympic Committee to strip him of his 2004 gold medal, some athletes knowingly supplant truth and hard work with “the ends justify the means” philosophy and subvert the foundation of the games.

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Ah to be young, talented and more than a little Type-A. When McKayla Maroney took home a silver medal in the vault, she was not impressed. Her podium pout proved it.

Now her famous scowl has earned her Internet darling status, inspiring the meme The site features Maroney’s smirk photoshopped onto images of famous places and moments in history. Rainbows? McKayla is not impressed. In fact, she’s not impressed with a lot of things, including the Sistine Chapel, NBC and Van Gogh’s Starry Night.

This Olympian has high standards, as she should, and we imagine she would be equally unimpressed with the biggest privacy violators in the 2012 (In)Security Games. Without further ado, here they are:

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A massive Canadian data breach , and it shows how governments and businesses are susceptible to big league data loss.

More than 2 million voter records from the province of Ontario were lost when two USB drives went missing. The drives went missing in April, but the news was made public only this week. In Canada 2 million is a relatively bigger number than in the Lower 48, since the country has 34 million people, while the United States has 311 million.

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With the click of a button, smartphones will install helpful and entertaining apps with minimal download time.  Most users glance over the terms and conditions, but many apps have access to your private information, including text messages, pictures and personal accounts.

In this infographic, learn easy ways to protect yourself while on-the-go.
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It’s pretty difficult to keep your online activities from companies who sell that information to advertisers, employers and other companies.

If you’re concerned about your privacy on the Internet, you’ll enjoy in The New York Times.

Murphy reveals 8 ways to conceal your identity online from snoopers, hackers and others.

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The Obama administration unveiled a “Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights” at a White House event Thursday morning, making the case that values such as transparency, security and accuracy should guide companies as they collect and use data about consumers.

The announcement is one more step in a years-long effort by the administration to create a simple and clear way for consumers to decide whether and how they want their online activities to be tracked. The effort includes major industry players like Google and Facebook, consumer advocates and technology researchers, who are trying to build a framework of rules and regulation that would protect consumers’ privacy without squelching the growth of new technologies.

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