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# Friday, 07 September 2018
Is that same product you were shopping for haunting you all around the internet in banner ads and links? You are probably being "retargeted" or seeing "remarketing" from the big advertisers.

If you're tired of being retargeted by online ads, you can opt-out from some of these ads. Start with the tool from the Digital Advertising Alliance: Your Ad Choices.

# Published: September 7, 2018
Category: Privacy

# Thursday, 04 January 2018
Intel CEO Brian Krzanich revealed in a CNBC interview that security vulnerability has been found in some Intel chips. Google discovered the problem several months ago and Intel has been working with OS partners to fix the issue.

The vulnerability could potentially allow hackers "observe content" on a compromised machine. OS updates will likely be made available in the coming days.

# Published: January 4, 2018
Category: Privacy | Security

# Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Well known antivirus company Kaspersky has been banned from use on U.S. federal Government computers. The Department of Homeland Security expressed "[concerns] about the ties between certain Kaspersky officials and Russian intelligence and other government agencies, and requirements under Russian law that allow Russian intelligence agencies to request or compel assistance from Kaspersky and to intercept communications transiting Russian networks.

In the past, Kaspersky has been well regarded as an antivirus company and has helped fight against hackers and expose notable zero-day hacks.

If you are a Kaspersky users, you may want to consider these new security warnings seriously.

# Published: September 13, 2017
Category: Malware | Privacy | Security

# Sunday, 10 September 2017


Equifax announced a major hack into their system - possibly exposing data on approximately 143 million U.S. consumers. Equifax is one of the three major credit rating companies in America, having access to data like social security numbers, addresses, credit history, income, etc.

It is recommended that you use the Equifax "Potential Impact" tool to see if you may have been affected.

If you have been compromised, you may want to either freeze your credit (at Equifax, Transunion, and Experian) or sign up for a credit monitoring service to watch for fraudulent activity.

# Published: September 9, 2017
Category: Privacy | Security

# Thursday, 01 May 2014
Microsoft announced that the zero-day bug affecting all versions of Internet Explorer will be fixed with a security update on May 1st. To update your IE browser, click "Check for Updates" in the Windows Update area in your Control Panel.

The surprising news is that Microsoft is also patching old versions of Internet Explorer running on Windows XP, despite the fact that they official have ended support for Windows XP. Adrienne Hall, GM of Trustworthy Computing, at Microsoft writes "even though Windows XP is no longer supported by Microsoft and is past the time we normally provide security updates, we’ve decided to provide an update for all versions of Windows XP." Read more from the Microsoft Blog.



# Published: May 1, 2014
Category: Microsoft | Privacy | Security

# Tuesday, 29 April 2014


FireEye announced on Saturday a zero-day security issue affecting all versions of Microsoft Internet Explorer. The Department of Homeland Security advises Americans to stop using Internet Explorer until this issue is fixed.

This vulnerability can potentially give hackers complete control of the browser and computer. It is important to use an alternative browser such as Firefox or Chrome while Microsoft prepares a patch for this issue. If you are a Windows XP user, there may never be a patch, so you may want to permanently switch to another web browser. More info from FireEye.

# Published: April 28, 2014
Category: Microsoft | Privacy | Security

# Tuesday, 08 April 2014

A major security flaw in OpenSSL was revealed on April 7th, 2014. The issue was a flaw in the coding of the OpenSSL security protocol used on some webservers to secure your connection. For most home users, there is nothing you can do directly to protect yourself from this issue, as it exists on the webservers, not on your home computer. OpenSLL is a free open-source package typically used on Unix/Linux servers and not Microsoft servers.

You should pay special attention to any emails from websites you use or shop at recommending password updates, and promptly update your password. If you want to be extra vigilant, this might be a good time to update all your online passwords just to be safe.

# Published: April 8, 2014
Category: Privacy | Security

# Tuesday, 05 November 2013

"My name is Ed, how can I help you?"

NSA whistle-blower and fugitive Edward Snowden is now providing tech support for an unnamed Russian website. Engadget reports that Snowden's lawyer announced his new job.

If you need tech support, however, we recommend calling My Phone Support.

# Published: November 5, 2013
Category: Privacy | Tech Support

# Saturday, 18 February 2012
Google has been dropping tracking cookies on Apple's Safari browser using a loophole in Safari's privacy settings. The issue was reported by the Wall Street Journal in collaboration with Stanford research Jonathan Mayer.

Google tricked the Safari browser into placing the cookie by submitting a fake form to mimick user interaction. The allowed cookies to be placed on iPhone, iPad, and Mac computers.

In a statement from Google, the company said "we have now started removing these advertising cookies from Safari browsers" and that the practice has been mischaracterized.

In response, a class action lawsuit has been filed in Delaware by lawyers representing Matthew Soble.

What to do if you're a Safari user? Google says it will be stopping the practice and Apple may make changes that close the loophole. In the meantime, consider examining your cookies and deleting some of all of them. The Wall Street Journal also has an article about some other options.



# Published: February 18, 2012
Category: Google | Privacy

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