What Do Your Online Patterns Say About You?

Kudos to Professor Jennifer Golbeck for an informative TED session. Her talk ‘The curly fry conundrum: Why social media “likes” say more than you might think‘ does a really nice job showing us that online privacy is about a lot more than the data you consciously and voluntarily put ‘out’ there. “So in my lab […]

Deleting Your Way to Online Privacy?

A few days ago, a columnist contacted us for an article about privacy. The question was pretty basic: how can people delete private stuff from the Internet? While the intention is good, we think the question is misdirected. One of the big problems with privacy online is that people think they are being anonymous while […]

Turnabout is Fair Play

In what is being billed as a free speech case, a girl from Minnesota wins a $70,000 settlement over her treatment at the hands of school administrators who made her tell them her Facebook password. Let’s take a look at what happened: A 6th grader writes on her facebook page that she ‘hates’ a school […]

So It’s Okay Then?

We pounced on the link as soon as we saw the headline: Admit it, You Don’t Care About Digital Privacy. By now, it’s almost intuitive that most people really don’t care that much about their privacy online. It’s not that they want someone snooping on them or knowing everything about them, but privacy is hard […]

Australian Govt Saying No To Privacy

The Australian Attorney-General’s office is pushing forward a new bill that would force individuals and service providers to decode any data intercepted them. In effect, suspects would be legally forced to incriminate themselves. Internet and other providers would be legally forced to reveal encrypted data their clients had thought was secure. And just as important, […]

Facebook Isn’t Vegas

Bosses and government types who demand passwords to see what employees are saying about them just don’t understand Facebook. Here’s a great example of how it really works. Gulliver Preparatory School in Florida didn’t need passwords to find out what a former employee’s daughter (and former student Dana Snay) said about them in a FB […]

Whatever Happened To Privacy?

We’re big on privacy. As enthusiastic proponents of passwords, you could say it’s our raison d’etre – it’s what we’re all about. Every year on January 28, we look forward to Data Privacy Day just like Linus waiting for the Great Pumpkin (but with fewer pumpkins). We were encouraged to see that the younger crowd […]

Has Social Media Really Changed Everything?

What is it with people when it comes to new technologies? They get all silly-like as if society’s rules and laws don’t apply anymore? We weren’t around back in the early days of the telephone, but we think it might have gone something like this: It’s 1925. Bob is mad at Joe because Joe said […]

Under the covers with HR and your Facebook password

Joe killed it. The interview was just about over and Joe felt really good. He had been ready and answered all the questions just the way he wanted. As he started to get up to say goodbye, the interviewer shook his hand and said: ‘Joe, we like you. You seem normal (the last guy was […]

Desperately Seeking Mo and Watching You

Are security folks paranoid? Sure we are. But, as the saying goes, that doesn’t mean that they aren’t out to get us. It also doesn’t mean that we’re crazy or that we’re wrong. Over at welivesecurity there’s a good write-up of FBI hacker teams being able to watch us (you, too -not just us paranoid […]