Three steps to master Facebook’s new privacy controls

After feeling intense heat from its users regarding recent changes to its privacy policy, Facebook introduced new settings today. The streamlined settings are intended to help users better understand and more easily manage

Published on: June 1st, 2010 Kristin Burnham

Alternative sites to check out on Quit Facebook Day

Happy Quit Facebook Day.  Think of the endless invitation to Mafia Wars or pleas to search for a missing cow on Farmville, not the constant updates from friends who just have to tell

Published on: May 31st, 2010 Nestor Arellano

Are there replacement sites for unhappy Facebook users?

Facebook claims to have more than 400 million active users. In fact, according to Web analytics firm Alexa, only Google is a more popular site. So, with all that going for it, why

Published on: May 31st, 2010 Steven Vaughan-Nichols

Facebook privacy changes get thumbs-up from industry experts

Facebook's decision to offer end-users simpler options to configure privacy controls on the social-networking site has received an initial thumbs-up from industry experts and privacy watchdogs.This first wave of positive reaction suggests Facebook

Published on: May 28th, 2010 Juan Carlos Perez

How to prevent bad guys from getting at your personal Google data

Google is nearly everyone's best friend. But have you ever stopped to think about just how much Google knows about you? Do you realize that Google may have recorded and stored every single

Published on: May 26th, 2010 Logan Kugler

10 basic rights Facebook must give its users

Like it or not, Facebook has become a fact of life. Many of us depend on the service to share our interests and life events with our friends. In my experience, Facebook membership

Published on: May 24th, 2010 Mark Sullivan

Unforgivable: Ignorance and apathy about user privacy can no longer be tolerated

The Wall Street Journal’s discovery about the shady privacy practices of some of the world’s largest social networks came as a surprise and probably won’t help any of the big names they mentioned.

Published on: May 21st, 2010 Claudiu Popa

Yahoo! demonstrates new transparency centre

While attending the Privacy Commissioner of Canada's Toronto privacy consultation last week, I caught up with Anne Toth, the head of privacy at Yahoo! Anne was one of the only representatives from online

Published on: May 3rd, 2010 Brian Jackson

Social media brings new hope to returning soldiers

When David Johnson returned to his hometown in Phoenix, Az. after duty in Iraq he felt ill at ease integrating back into civilian life. It would have helped were there fellow soldiers to

Published on: May 3rd, 2010 Nestor Arellano

How Twitter plans to turn its data store into a cash cow

The unthinkable has happened: Twitter has decided to make money. Longtime users of the microblogging service, which for years has operated without a viable business model, are anguished at the prospect of paid

Published on: April 27th, 2010 Neil McAllister

Compromised Gmail accounts used to flog Canadian pharmaceutical sites

Google is investigating a growing number of reports that hackers are breaking into legitimate Gmail accounts and then using them to send spam messages.The problem started about a week ago but seems to

Published on: April 22nd, 2010 Robert McMillan

Public hotspots pose security pitfalls

Picture this: You're at a café with your laptop and latte in hand, getting ready to review new sales leads and the quarterly financial projections. First you hop on the free Wi-Fi that

Published on: April 20th, 2010

USB drive can be used as evidence in child porn case, judge rules

A man who forgot to remove a thumb drive from a shared computer that he was using, waived his privacy claims to the content on that device, a federal judge in Florida has

Published on: April 15th, 2010 Jaikumar Vijayan

Privacy remains a social norm

Recently, a considerable amount of controversy ensued when Mark Zuckerberg, head of the world’s most popular online social network, Facebook, was misquoted as saying, “privacy is no longer a social norm.” What he

Published on: April 12th, 2010 Ann Cavoukian