10 November 2010

Street smart Facebook stalking prevention strategies

Deactivation and deletion doesn’t prevent participation.

[via:Waxy]

10 June 2010

google web search ssl beta https june 2010

Google has enabled SSL-support for web search. Not a day too soon.

This may cost them some CPU time, but they’ll keep their user data more private. As in, third parties won’t be able to sniff and track Google traffic on their networks if this becomes the default at some point. This is very good for the consumer, but arguably even more interesting for Google, since it makes data mining more difficult for potential competitors.

[via:Ethan Marcotte]

8 June 2010

EFF’s List of Printers Which Do or Do Not Display Tracking Dots

“A “no” simply means that we couldn’t see yellow dots; it does not prove that there is no forensic watermarking present. (For example, the HP Color LaserJET 8500 series does not include any yellow tracking dots that we can see, but it may still include some kind of forensic marking, since the majority of other Color LaserJET models do.”

[via:F-Secure]

30 May 2010

Steve Gibson: Facebook and the Ford Pinto

[via:Thomas Tvivlaren]

23 April 2010

Check your privacy settings on Facebook – new features allow further sharing of your data

[via:Gina Trapani]

10 February 2010

Streetview Finland – Where were you when Finland was Googled?

A blog collecting snaphots from Google Street View, which recently released summery scenery from Finland. Lots of sign language and such.

[via:usvi]

20 January 2010

GoogleSharing – a special kind of anonymizing proxy

[via:Joonas Mäkinen]

12 January 2010

Anonymous Facebook employee: All user interactions logged, employees can access anything, privileges commonly misused

“If you look in your type-ahead search, and you press “A,” or just one letter, a list of your best friends shows up. It’s no longer organized alphabetically, but by the person you interact with most, your “best friends,” or at least those whom we have concluded you are best friends with.”

They’re also redoing the site in a compiled version of PHP to reduce web frontend CPU load by 80%.

[via:Gina Trapani]

13 December 2009

Swedish law draft: police and domestic intelligence to gain rights for automatic ‘net wiretapping

Did any silly sod believe even for a minute that the wiretapping rights actually wouldn’t be expanded from the Swedish military intelligence to domestic agencies? Because, you know, it is the Russian internet traffic that was so crucially important to capture?

Also, an article in Svenska Dagbladet (in Swedish).

[via:Mummila]

22 November 2009

Depressed woman on sick leave loses insurance over cheerful Facebook photos

She was partying on doctor’s orders.

[via:Slashdot]

18 November 2009

Mafia Wars CEO Brags About Scamming Users From Day One

[via:Slashdot]

Weird Google Street View Scenery

Related to an article with the usual panicking about Google Street View.

Protip for complainers: build a fucking fence if you don’t want your genital warts photographed when you walk naked in your suburban garden.

Yes, Google and the likes are really privacy issues in the scale of spanish galeons on monster truck wheels.

High resolution, freely available street maps with metadata are, however, some of the most useful types of services ever, and someone building this doesn’t even enter into the “ethically dubious” category.

Shut up and start looking at the real issues, such as real time video surveillance and online data mining.

[via:Joonas]

3 October 2009

Stalking Facebook users with strict privacy settings

This is important, so I’ll try to explain the linked article: The API is what applications and developers use. Applications on Facebook run with their users’ privileges: applications can see anything their users can.

To put it simply: Facebook allows anyone capable of writing, say, a simple but alluring questionnaire access to stuff most users probably think of as visible to friends and site admins only.

All Internet users who think of sharing information on Facebook and the Internet in general as being “kind of private”, should familiarize themselves with data mining. Except for when you forget to log off a service or leave your computer unlocked, the real privacy issues are rarely about what someone is able to see while browsing your inbox for a few minutes. It’s all about what profiling information can be collected over time and which patterns are identifiable in heaps of data.

[via:Waxy]

5 September 2009

What The Internet Knows About You: CSS hack reveals how to report partial browser history to web servers

This method involves creating lots of links to well visited web sites and asking the browser for links marked as visited (no Javascript or cookies required). Ossi M explains this in Finnish, Boing Boing has a summary in English.

[via:BobaMa]

26 August 2009

Porn bookmark collections put people off upgrading to Firefox 3

“In May, [Mozilla made] one last attempt at persuading [Firefox 2 users] to move up to Firefox 3 […] Those who declined were invited to fill out a questionnaire. […] The number one reason for not upgrading was the new location bar, and the fact that it delved into people’s bookmark collections to suggest sites as they typed.”

[via:Slashdot]

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