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Mozilla tests a true stealth mode for Firefox

Mozilla wants to make private browsing truly private.The company is testing enhancements to private browsing in Firefox designed to block website elements that could be used by third parties to track browsing behavior across sites. Most major browsers, Firefox included, have a “Do Not Track” option, though many companies do not honor it.Mozilla’s experimenta
Publish At:2015-08-15 08:55 | Read:854 | Comments:0 | Tags:Security Compliance Privacy Network Security Malware Cloud C

Dropbox adds U2F support for better security

Two-factor authentication is often held up as a best practice for security in the online world, but Dropbox on Wednesday announced a new feature that’s designed to make it even tougher.Whereas two-step verification most commonly involves the user’s phone for the second authentication method, Dropbox’s new U2F support adds a new means of authenticating the us
Publish At:2015-08-13 04:05 | Read:981 | Comments:0 | Tags:Cloud Computing IaaS Software as a Service (SaaS) Enterprise

The Upload: Your tech news briefing for Wednesday, July 22

Carmakers emerge winners in the bidding for Nokia HereNokia’s much-sought-after mapping assets, called Here, have apparently been won by a coalition of carmakers. Audi, BMW and Daimler will jointly purchase Nokia’s Here digital mapping service for roughly $2.7 billion, and they plan to invite other auto makers to take a stake in the company as well, multiple
Publish At:2015-07-23 00:15 | Read:1078 | Comments:0 | Tags:Enterprise Software Applications Security Gadgets Consumer T

New York judge rules against Facebook in search warrant case

A New York judge ruled Tuesday that Facebook has no legal standing to challenge the constitutionality of search warrants served on its users, highlighting the limits to online companies’ abilities to protect user privacy.Last year, Facebook appealed a court decision requiring it to hand over data, including photos and private messages, relating to 381 user a
Publish At:2015-07-22 06:45 | Read:1468 | Comments:0 | Tags:Legal Regulation Government Business Security Compliance Pri

Report: Microsoft paying $320 million for cloud security provider Adallom

Microsoft is said to be paying $320 million to acquire Adallom, a cloud security provider whose services might help Microsoft in its new push toward becoming a “cloud-first” company.Adallom provides back-end security tools that gather usage data and detect suspicious activity. Its services are used by Netflix, SAP and Hewlett-Packard, according to the compan
Publish At:2015-07-20 19:40 | Read:1355 | Comments:0 | Tags:Security Cloud Computing Infrastructure Leadership and Manag

Most Google de-listing requests are from everyday folk, leaked data shows

Newly leaked figures reveal that the vast majority of people who exercised their right to be “forgotten” by Google’s services in Europe are everyday members of the public, with just 5 percent of requests coming from criminals, politicians and high-profile public figures.Europe’s highest court affirmed last year that people have the right to ask Google to rem
Publish At:2015-07-15 00:55 | Read:830 | Comments:0 | Tags:Productivity Internet Search Networking Security Compliance

Nest, Amazon and their IoT ilk spark privacy concerns

Privacy concerns might throw a wrench into companies' plans to make Internet-connected devices mainstream fixtures in the home.Companies like Google, Samsung, Microsoft and Amazon are being targeted by the Electronic Privacy Information Center, a prominent Washington, D.C., nonprofit, over the technologies present in some of their newest audio and visual sen
Publish At:2015-07-12 04:15 | Read:1068 | Comments:0 | Tags:Consumer Technology Consumerization of IT Security Complianc

The Upload: Your tech news briefing for Friday, July 10

Power to the people: Facebook news feed tool lets users prioritize postsDespite all that it knows about us, Facebook has conceded that it can’t do such a good job of guessing which items we’d like to see in our news feeds. It’s adding a tool that will let users pick the content they see first. It’s a minor victory for users who want to wrest control from alg
Publish At:2015-07-10 17:56 | Read:993 | Comments:0 | Tags:Enterprise Software Applications Desktops Hardware Internet

Bitcoin glitch expected to abate as software upgrades continue

Bitcoin experienced a glitch over the weekend that is expected to be resolved as software clients that handle transaction data are upgraded.Some software clients that “mine” bitcoins are creating invalid transaction data, which are referred to as blocks. Blocks are records of transactions, and the first miner to complete a block is rewarded with new bitcoins
Publish At:2015-07-06 10:55 | Read:1033 | Comments:0 | Tags:Security Security Internet Enterprise Software

The Upload: Your tech news briefing for Monday, July 6

Surveillance firm Hacking Team gets hackedWho watches the watchmen? Italian online surveillance company Hacking Team appears to have been hacked, with attackers releasing what purports to be a trove of internal documents showing how the company helps governments around the world spy on their citizens. CSO has the details.Microsoft’s $2.5B marketing budget: M
Publish At:2015-07-06 10:55 | Read:1174 | Comments:0 | Tags:Enterprise Software Internet Networking Security Security

The Upload: Your tech news briefing for Tuesday, June 30

Government personnel agency takes background check system offline for background checksHoping to avoid a third strike against it, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management has taken offline a system used for performing background checks on potential new hires. The agency discovered a security flaw in the web app, E-QIP, while auditing its IT systems after two
Publish At:2015-06-30 17:35 | Read:891 | Comments:0 | Tags:Enterprise Software Government Business Security Security In

Samsung will stop blocking Microsoft software updates 'within a few days'

Owners of Samsung PCs will begin receiving automatic software updates from Microsoft again soon, after Samsung said it will end its practice of blocking automatic Windows Updates on its computers.“We will be issuing a patch through the Samsung Software Update notification process to revert back to the recommended automatic Windows Update settings within a fe
Publish At:2015-06-27 03:35 | Read:1224 | Comments:0 | Tags:Enterprise Software Security Windows Patches

Privacy group complains about Uber data collection

Uber Technologies’ new data collection policy, allowing the ride-hailing company to access a user’s location even when the smartphone app is not actively in use, violates the privacy rights and personal safety of U.S. customers, according to a complaint filed Monday by a privacy group.With upcoming changes to its privacy policy, Uber “will claim the right to
Publish At:2015-06-22 20:25 | Read:1033 | Comments:0 | Tags:Government Regulation Business Security Compliance Privacy I

The Upload: Your tech news briefing for Wednesday, June 17

Say it ain’t so: FBI probes alleged Cardinals-Astros hackEven America’s pastime isn’t safe from cybercrime: the FBI is investigating allegations that the St. Louis Cardinals hacked into computer systems belonging to rival baseball team the Houston Astros. The investigation centers on the baseball operations database, which is said to contain statistics, vide
Publish At:2015-06-17 20:40 | Read:1040 | Comments:0 | Tags:Enterprise Software Internet Networking Security Security

Google-owned Nest unveils a smart camera for the home

Nest Labs, Google’s home sensing unit, made its long-awaited move into the home security market on Wednesday when it unveiled Nest Cam.Nest Cam is based on technology acquired last year when Nest purchased Dropcam. In fact, think of Nest Cam as a very much improved and souped up version of the first generation Dropcam.It will shoot video at full 1080p high d
Publish At:2015-06-17 20:40 | Read:1164 | Comments:0 | Tags:Security Security Consumer Technology Internet Enterprise So

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