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My fridge doesn't need to know what I put in it, or my TV doesn't need to know what I've been watching, that's why I don't have smart appliances. And how here is another reason why they are bad ideas...

The Daily Beast: Your Fridge Is Full of Spam. http://google.com/producer/s/CBIw3dXe0BA
It’s annoying enough when you receive junk email. But what do you do if your home appliances are the ones sending it—or worse?
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To me, it just sounds like very poor design went into these smart appliances. Like, I can't imagine any valid scenario where your fridge or TV would need to send an email ["Help! The power is out and all of your food inside me is spoiling!"], so why even include an active SMTP server in it?
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So, those posts you typed but decided to not publish? Facebook knows about them.

Slate: On Second Thought … http://google.com/producer/s/CBIwxcbglA8
A couple of months ago, a friend of mine asked on Facebook: Do you think that facebook tracks the stuff that people type and then erase before hitting <enter>? (or the “post” button) Good question. We spend a lot of time thinking about what to post on Facebook. Should you...
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Have you been pwned? There are ways to find out....
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I have noticed increased hacked incidents among friends, this probably explains it...
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My advice would be "just skip it"...
But all jokes aside, the article does have some good advice...
If you think your resume has a questionable spot or two, think how the IT pros on the healthcare.gov rollout feel.
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People is always the weakest link...
A security researcher says there is a 100-percent success rate any time pen-testing uses social engineering to target victims. Here are some of the techniques used.
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Common sense is always useful in fighting cyber attacks...
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Office 365 user beware....
Hosting a Word document or a PowerPoint slide could be all that is needed to steal an organisation's SharePoint credentials.
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Eek! You might want to stop saving your sessions on Safari for now...
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Do you know how to spot a phishing email? The trick is pay attention to the details...
Phishing emails insinuate themselves into inboxes year-round, but the holidays bring out a rash of new scams. Help your users spot "fishy" emails.
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New computer for Christmas is always nice, and now you have a perfect excuse to get one!
Microsoft confirmed a zero-day vulnerability in Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 is currently being exploited in active attacks.
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Hmmm...
Once again, convenience is at odds with security. Learn how web browsers making life easy for users also helps the bad guys.
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