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Lisa Vaas
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Telemetry and data settings collected into new online tool to boost transparency and understanding
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What's next? Suing people for using irresistibly bad passwords that hackers just can't resist?
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<sarcasm>Terrorists, please make sure to start using aliases like "Silent Bomber." It will help DHS a lot.</sarcasm>
Privacy advocates condemn US immigration asking for visitors’ social media account names
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If anybody uses this, please do leave comments on how well it works. I'd be interested!
Imagine tech support scammers unable to ring through and threaten to chop you up like a stew ingredient when you resist installing malware.
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Ashley Nicole Black!!! <3<3<3
Revenge of the Black Nerds’ pro-Fourth Amendment rap reminds us that Americans have an ‘ever-growing list of things to be freaked out about’
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Fun. Effective. THOROUGHLY EVIL!!! Now that's my kind of Christmas present!
How’s this for a nice Christmas present: their jaw, scraped off the floor and handed back.
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It's alleging security failures that might as well have been copied and pasted from OWASP's list of the top, known web app vulnerabilities. Stuff that's been around since 2007, at least. Stuff that lets creeps take over your IP camera and spy via baby monitors. Flaws that leave routers open like sitting ducks to remote takeover. D-Link, FWIW, calls the charges "baseless."
Regulator launches crackdown on insecure devices that allow snoopers to spy on you and your family
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Kill those damn real-name policies. just kill them. They don't make people nicer online: quite the opposite, as 30 years of research have shown. This is just a quick summary of a great article from J Nathan Matias, a PhD candidate at the MIT Media Lab Center for Civic Media and an affiliate at the Berkman-Klein Center at Harvard who researches “flourishing, fair, and safe” online participation.
Common sense suggests that requiring people to use their real names online would lead to better behaviour – but the evidence doesn’t support that
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In which I pass along a bit of insight into Naked Security's own comment section. What I didn't say in the article but would like to say now: thank you to all the Naked Security readers who supply a constant stream of insightful, thoughtful, educational feedback. I'm constantly dipping into that well. Sometimes I come back chastised, sometimes corrected, but mostly I come back smarter. Thank you for all of it, and Happy Holidays to all our readers. 
The ranks of publications sick of donning hazmat suits to clean up hate speech, threats, comment spam and malicious links keep swelling.
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Ethical dilemma du jour: is it OK to entice a thief to steal a phone you've rigged with spyware, then to surreptitiously record the guy who's got your phone (thief? finder? ... innocent until proven guilty?) for weeks and make an extraordinarily privacy-invading movie out of it? 
But was it ethical for filmmaker to set up a device as a honeypot for a thief?
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In NY? Catch this before it goes: extended until the 18th. Wish I could go!
The Glass Room looks like a gleaming, all-white Apple store, but they’re not selling anything – they’re showing us how our data is used
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Meta indeed!
A story about users mistaking it for a Facebook extension was flagged as fake news: ‘Meta’, said the developer
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  • Goddard College
    Creative Writing, 2009 - 2011
  • Emerson College
    Communications/Film, 1983 - 2011
  • Northeastern University
    Journalism, 1980 - 1983
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What a Mickey Mouse operation. I was told to call at 8:15 am to get a same-day appointment for my mother, who needs to be checked up on after having a UTI. I call at 8:15 and get a malfunction tone: one dial, quick busy signal. I try, again and again, no luck. I give up, call the overlord company's 844 number. The operator tells me they're not open until 8:30. I look at the center's site: it says it opens at 8. "Keep trying," I'm told, "there've been phone problems," as if there is absolutely no way on God's green earth to get through to anybody there. It's like the Walking Dead: no communication. You have to throw parcels of freeze-dried food over the chainlink fence. You have to physically go there and stab zombies in the eye to get them out of the way so you can reach your doctor. YOU managed to talk to them somehow, i pointed out. There must be more than one phone number for this place. It has employees. They have phones, with phone numbers. Who knows? maybe they keep passenger pigeons. Perhaps by some weird twist of fate they have this new technology I've heard of. I think they call it "email." How are YOU communicating with them? Why can't YOU get through to them and tell them to contact ME on some form of communication device? Nope, no dice. No other phone number exists. No such thing as email. The overlord company's call center operator got her info from a coworker, who told her to "Just tell her to keep calling." I hope their medical care is worth all this. My hopes of that being true are not high.
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