Subject: General Tech | July 23, 2014 - 10:08 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: dropbox, data privacy, encryption
Dropbox has faced many questions about the privacy of the data held on their service after modified links were shown to successfully connect to private portions of accounts as well as their ability to hand over all your content in readable form to authorities. While for many the lack of encryption is not much of a concern, businesses cannot afford to be so lax with potentially valuable client data stored on Dropbox. This use of Dropbox by businesses is far more common than you may think and may expand with the announcement of Dropbox for Business and the expanded services available for this new service.
For those with security concerns about storing unencrypted data on Dropbox it would seem that the recommendation is to use third party client side encryption software. That does mean that the new search features will not work as Dropbox will be unable to index files as they pointed out to The Inquirer and other media. Dropbox does have a decent reputation for protecting the data they store but for those intending to store proprietary data on the cloud the balance between ease of use and privacy should be considered before moving to any cloud storage provider.
"DROPBOX HAS DEFENDED its record on privacy following allegations by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden that it is "hostile to privacy"."
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Subject: General Tech | May 28, 2014 - 11:14 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: idiots, data privacy
How dare you choose not to use all of those wonderful tools marketers provide you with to share your thoughts and have your purchases and opinions added to their databases so that they can provide you with personalized ads! If you just email or heavens forbid, share your opinions face to face, you are part of Dark Social and are undermining the social media establishment dominated by Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google. How can you chose to not let your life be dictated by social media but instead share your thoughts off the grid? Follow the link at The Register to read about this brand new threat to advertisers that involves the use of email and interpersonal relationships instead of easily trackable social media tools. The next time you want to go on a date you had better Instagram your outfit choice and crowd source your plans for the evening or else you are a part of the problem!
"If you're old enough, you'll remember that if you wanted to tell a friend – or a group of friends – about an interesting link, you'd e-mail them either the whole text or a link to it. Congratulations: courtesy of the reptiles of marketing, you're now lumped into a nasty bunch of users called “dark social”."
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- The TR Podcast 155: Surface Pro 3 and a trio of gaming mice
- Radxa: The $100 Quad-Core ARM Raspberry Pi Alternative @ Linux.com
- Intel ropes in ARM chipmaker Rockchip for low-end Android tablet push @ The Inquirer
- 128-bit crypto scheme allegedly cracked in two hours @ The Register
- Four-pronged ARM-based Mac rumor channels Rasputin @ The Register
- SSD drives could triple in speed thanks to firmware @ The Inquirer
- Swiping your card at local greengrocers? Miscreants will swipe YOU in a minute @ The Register
- Windows XP fixes flaws for free if you turn PCs into CASH REGISTERS @ The Register
- Hackers hijack Find My iPhone to hold iOS and Mac users to ransom @ The Inquirer
- Liquid Image Ego 1080P WiFi Xtreme Sport Camera @ NikKTech
- D-Link DCS-825L HD Wi-Fi Baby Camera Review @ TechwareLabs
Subject: General Tech | May 1, 2013 - 11:01 PM | Tim Verry
Tagged: Privacy, eff, data privacy, consumer rights
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) released its annual Who Has Your Back report, which highlights Internet companies that (do or do not) defend user’s online privacy rights. The EFF looks at the policies and actions of several major Internet companies, including ISPs, cloud storage, email, and social networks (among others). The companies are graded on various criteria such as whether the companies require a subpoena or warrant before releasing information, lobby congress for stricter data privacy laws, and defend their users’ privacy rights in court.
This year, the EFF found some surprising results. Google is no longer the leader of the pack due to no longer providing transparent data requests to users on the same level that it did in the past. Twitter and ISP Sonic.net are actually the top ranked companies. In a less surprising twist, Verizon is actually the worst company of the bunch along with MySpace with failing grades in each category! And that is just the tip of the spear, with companies like Apple and AT&T being worse than I thought and Foursquare and WordPress doing better than I expected.
Data privacy is of supreme importance, and i hope that these EFF reports prod all companies to do better (and note the companies that are doing right by their users). It is definitely worth a read. You can find the full report in PDF form here.
Do you use any of these services, and are you happy with their data privacy efforts?
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