Data Security

HealthCare.gov is shuttling personal data to third parties

HealthCare.gov is shuttling personal data to third parties

The HealthCare.gov website is no stranger to controversy, and latest to that is a discovery that some personal details about users -- including how old they are, their state and zip code, annual income, parental status, and more -- are being delivered to more than a dozen third-party websites. The information was first revealed by the Associated Press, and has since been investigated and confirmed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF.org). The information is being shared even if Do Not Track has been enabled.

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Google and more join pledge to protect student data

Google and more join pledge to protect student data

Both Khan Academy and Google, as well as thirteen others, have joined the growing list of companies pledging to protect students' privacy. President Obama spoke about the pledge last week, and before doing so several companies including Apple and Microsoft had signed. A total of 75 companies had signed last week, and Google and Amazon were both criticized for not doing so. On Monday, 15 new companies -- including Khan Academy and Google -- jumped aboard. This follows the administration's increased push for data security.

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Microsoft survey shows we like online shopping, worry about security

Microsoft survey shows we like online shopping, worry about security

Each year, Microsoft surveys Internet users around the world. Each year, we get a pretty good sampling of what drives us as we grind through life, and an even better idea of what our concerns are on a large scale. Sourced from several digitally developed nations like South Africa, Brazil, China, Russia, South Korea, Turkey, Japan and the US, 12,002 respondents gave a good synopsis of what benefits and pitfalls the ‘net has, and how it helps — and hinders — us all.

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President Obama calls for new federal laws on data security

President Obama calls for new federal laws on data security

President Obama thinks you should be protected if you’re connected. On Monday, the President called for the passing of the Personal Data Notification and Protection Act, which would require you to be notified within 30 days if a company you did business with as a consumer or professionally were breached. Secondly, the President wants access to your credit score to be simpler so you can manage your credit data should a hacker wreak havoc on your financial standing, giving you an early start on fixing the problems.

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FTC to IoT makers: make data security a priority

FTC to IoT makers: make data security a priority

The Internet of Things is quickly advancing toward "household name" status, and as adoption of devices using the technology grows, so do concerns about the privacy of those who use them. We've heard stories in the past of IoT devices leaving user data vulnerable, and it is a common story when websites aggregating insecure connected cameras pop up. Now the FTC is stepping in, warning those making the devices that they need to ensure user security is a top priority.

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Snowden reveals how to go ‘level 5’, give the NSA fits

Snowden reveals how to go ‘level 5’, give the NSA fits

In the wake of Edward Snowden once again making revelations about the NSA’s widespread and troubling spying and information gathering, we’re getting a better idea of the lengths the United States Government agency went through to soak in knowledge. We’re also finding out how hard it can be to get the information they desire. Though a single “secure” system may be easy to crack, Snowden says a layering of several might actually render you totally safe from the prying eyes of big brother.

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50% of smartphone photographers use cloud storage

50% of smartphone photographers use cloud storage

While the concept of "the cloud" has been around for more than a few years now, it still feels like the idea, and use, of "cloud storage" was adopted at such a rapid rate. And that makes sense, looking at how the ubiquity of smartphones and tablets has exploded in the last 7-8 years. As evidence of the importance of cloud storage these days, a new report has found that half of all mobile photographers rely on cloud services in some way for keeping their photos.

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Survey finds 45% of Americans have had credit cards stolen

Survey finds 45% of Americans have had credit cards stolen

Additional information right on the heels of the news about Staples' hacking reveals that 45% of Americans have experienced their credit card information being stolen. Not their physical card being lost or stolen, but card details being compromised as a result of the growing number of data breaches at various retailers this year. Office supply store Staples has just admitted to hackers making off with data from over 1 million cards, adding them to a list of companies to fall victim to cybercrime, including Target and Home Depot.

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Boeing, BlackBerry working together on self-destructing smartphone

Boeing, BlackBerry working together on self-destructing smartphone

The Boeing Black phone, an Android-based smartphone from the aerospace and defense contracting company, has long been in development, but little heard about in the last 2 years. With many questions raised over the devices main feature, its ability to self-destruct as the ultimate security tool, it seems development may very well be moving forward with a newly announced partnership. Smartphone manufacturer BlackBerry is working with Boeing to provide help with security and encryption via its BES 12 platform.

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Staples says 1 million cards fell victim to latest hack

Staples says 1 million cards fell victim to latest hack

Office goods retailer Staples recently saw themselves fall prey to hackers, much as Target, The Home Depot, and a laundry list of retailers ahead of them have. The company has now addressed the hack, saying that over one million unique cards were compromised. The hack also affected more than 100 point-of-sale systems at 1,400 stores. Staples didn’t say if the breach was nationwide, or if a specific geography was affected. The window for this hack was short, though, only lasting about a month.

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FBI warns US business about threat from Iranian hackers

FBI warns US business about threat from Iranian hackers

While there is yet to be any clear fallout from the global hacking campaign originating from Iran, currently dubbed Operation Cleaver, the FBI appears to not be taking any chances and is issuing warnings to US businesses and agencies that could become targets. Citing a confidential FBI report, Reuters says that although the country of Iran is not specifically mentioned, it is stated that the attacks are found originating from two sources in the city of Tehran, leaving little doubt.

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Study: iOS users encrypt data more than Android users

Study: iOS users encrypt data more than Android users

Data security is important to us all, but who’s more concerned with it? From a mobile standpoint, cloud storage offers an easy way to back files up, and each major mobile OS has a remote device lock feature. Cross-platform cloud storage solution iDrive has examined the backups on their platform from both iOS and Android, and compared the measures we take to safeguard our stuff. In addition to highlighting the content we save most often, iDrive also found that when it comes to security, iOS users are much more likely to use encryption.

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