How To Protect Your Information From The Internet

Do you know how much of your personal information is floating around? It's more than you think and very easy to find. Phone numbers, home addresses, email accounts. As my recent story about gamers who got swatted showed, anybody can become a target. You don't have to be someone with a million followers. Social… » 1/26/15 2:00pm 1/26/15 2:00pm

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Mobile Game Puts Players' Private Videos Online

Oh dear. Chinese mobile app FengKuang LaiWang "leaked" over 35,000 user videos online, including clips of players in their underwear or naked. » 10/09/14 8:15am 10/09/14 8:15am

This List Reveals the Heartbleed-Affected Passwords to Change Now

By now you've probably heard about the massive Heartbleed security bug that may have compromised the majority of the world's web sites. Everyone should change their passwords on the affected sites—but only after those sites have patched the issue. Mashable is maintaining and updating a list of the most popular sites… » 4/10/14 6:41pm 4/10/14 6:41pm

Japan's "Privacy Visor" Offers Internet Privacy and Incessant Giggles

When you step outside, anyone can snap your photo. And said photo could spread all over cyberspace—Twitter, Facebook, you name it. Heck, it could even end up here! Maybe you don't want that. Maybe you want privacy. Maybe you don't mind looking silly. » 11/12/13 7:30am 11/12/13 7:30am

China installed more than 60 security cameras on one street light

Paranoid much, China? Cause it sure as hell looks like it when you have more than sixty security cameras strapped onto a single street light. This photograph, taken at an intersection in Shanghai by NetEase, hilariously captures the personal privacy be damned, big brother monster attitude that everyone imagines China… » 11/11/13 5:38am 11/11/13 5:38am

Privacy and player data on Xbox One have been big concerns ever since Microsoft revealed its next console. If Microsoft's latest changes regarding Kinect and privacy haven't quieted your worries, you can read through their privacy statement in full over here. Be sure to click on the learn more links to expand each… » 11/01/13 9:00am 11/01/13 9:00am

Facebook Reveals Government Spying Numbers [UPDATE: Microsoft, Too]

It's not enough, but it's sure a start: with post-PRISM privacy backlash still flaring, Facebook pressed the US government to allow some limited disclosure of gag order demands. This is our first glimpse at how much of our data is handed over. » 6/17/13 10:05am 6/17/13 10:05am

The NSA Mines an Insane Amount of Data From Every Tech Service You Use

Wow. Nothing is sacred. The Washington Post has discovered that the NSA and FBI have teamed up to tap into the servers of nine US tech companies—Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Apple, you name it—and have extracted e-mails, photographs, audio, video, documents and connection logs. They basically have free reign to take… » 6/06/13 9:10pm 6/06/13 9:10pm

Xbox One Kinect Privacy Concerns? Turn It Off. Pause It While Gaming.

Responding to worries that an always-on Kinect sensor recording camera and audio information would be a threat to user privacy, Microsoft offers a simple solution: the ability to turn the Kinect off, which they'd told us about. Better: pause it while gaming. » 6/06/13 6:35pm 6/06/13 6:35pm

Watch Dogs Game Gives Out Real People's Email Addresses

Watch Dogs is a game that feeds on our connectedness and paranoia. It posits an ever-so-slightly tweaked version of the reality we know, and tells us it can be manipulated to no end. » 6/28/12 7:30pm 6/28/12 7:30pm

Angry Birds Is Violating Your Facebook Privacy Much Less Today Than It…

USA Today reported yesterday that the Facebook version of Angry Birds had a flunking score of 65 in terms of respecting users' privacy, according to a group called PrivacyChoice. » 4/24/12 4:15pm 4/24/12 4:15pm

Disney Studio Coughs Up $3 Million for Violating Kiddie Gamers' Privacy

A $3 million settlement by Playdom, the Disney social games studio, sends a pretty clear message that the U.S. Child Online Privacy Protection Act isn't messing around. Violate it, and it will be expensive. » 5/14/11 11:00am 5/14/11 11:00am

Canada's Privacy Czar Thinks Sony Should Pay

"I was disappointed that Sony did not proactively notify my office...It seems to me that it's time to begin imposing fines - significant, attention-getting fines - on companies when poor privacy and security practices lead to breaches.'' [The Vancouver Sun] » 5/04/11 3:40pm 5/04/11 3:40pm

iSpy Conspiracy: Your iPhone Is Secretly Tracking Everywhere You've…

This is a map of everywhere I've been for nearly the last year. Everywhere. I didn't carry around a special tracking device. The FBI isn't sending goons in unmarked vans to track me. All I did was use an iPhone. And if you have an iPhone, you're being tracked right now, too, whether you like it or not. » 4/20/11 11:20am 4/20/11 11:20am

Sony Action Against Hacker Exposes Those Who Visited His Site

Caught in the blast of Sony's lawsuit against the man who jailbroke the PlayStation 3 is anyone who may have visited his website, under a court order that set off privacy advocates and further angered hackers. » 3/05/11 1:00pm 3/05/11 1:00pm

Is Kinect Reporting What It Sees To Advertisers?

Speaking at an investor's conference on Thursday, a Microsoft executive offered that Kinect not only knows how many are in the room when an ad's shown, but what kind of team colors they might be wearing. Uh-oh. » 11/14/10 4:00pm 11/14/10 4:00pm

Microsoft Says Kinect Won't Invade Your Privacy

Microsoft's new Kinect device will put an advanced sensor array in the living room of millions of people, an Internet-connected set of machine ears and eyes capable of capturing voice, recognizing faces and tracking body movement. » 11/04/10 10:40am 11/04/10 10:40am

Report: FarmVille 'Breaks' Facebook Privacy Rules, Sends Personal Info…

Dozens of Facebook applications, including Zynga's wildly popular casual games FarmVille, Mafia Wars and FrontierVille, transmit user data in violation of the social network's privacy settings, according to a new report from the Wall Street Journal. » 10/18/10 9:00pm 10/18/10 9:00pm

ESRB Apologizes for Email Leak

Calling it a "truly disappointing" mistake, the Entertainment Software Ratings Board has apologized directly to those whose email addresses it exposed in a reply concerning Blizzard's now-abandoned plans to require forum members to use their real names. » 7/13/10 6:20pm 7/13/10 6:20pm