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Your Guide to Private Browsing

InPrivate, Incognito, Private Browsing -- whatever they want to brand it -- all modern browsers offer a special mode designed to keep what you do online a secret from prying eyes. Despite different names and origins at different companies, they all work in basically similar ways: A new browser session is created that operates separately from your existing one, with its own history and cookies...

Complexity Is Killing Us: A Security State of the Union With Eugene Spafford of CERIAS

For our second annual spotlight on cyber-security, Switched turned to a renowned expert in the field: Eugene H. Spafford, Professor of Computer Science at Purdue University. Among his many professional associations and corporate and governmental advisory roles, Spafford is the Executive Director of the Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS), which supports...

Hacked and Hijacked! What to Do if Your Identity Gets Stolen

Symptoms: Imagine the pit in your stomach: finding charges on your credit cards or bank statements for items you didn't buy; applying for credit or a mortgage and being denied due to delinquencies on accounts you didn't open. The amounts for the previous year's reported income on your annual Social Security statement is incorrect, and for more than you earned. Or you get a letter or call...

Your Complete Guide to Windows Security

We want to make one thing clear: we're not picking on Windows. But, the truth is, for a number of different reasons, keeping Microsoft's OS safe requires more thought and effort than other systems. Entailing more than hackers and viruses, being secure means protecting your privacy, securing your data, and ensuring that your account passwords are as robust as possible (and not written down on...

The Web's Biggest Scams: From 419 to the Hitman

Share The Web is awash with bad seeds who want your money, your data and your sweet, sweet identity. We don't want to scare you -- since these people are the exception, not the rule -- but they are out there. Crafty buggers who prey on trust and carelessness, scammers are not only persistent social engineers, but also skilled hackers who take over Facebook accounts, break into bank databases and...

Facebook's New Groups Demystified: What They Are and How to Use Them

Share Facebook, for many users, has always been something of a digital mosh pit -- an amorphous sphere where friends, family and acquaintances from all corners of our lives converge to form the silky strands of our social webs. Simply browsing through a News Feed, to a certain extent, is like leafing through the pages of a living scrapbook. One minute, you're carefully deciphering your...

Facebook Unveils Groups, Apps Dashboard, 'Download Your Information' Features

This afternoon, Mark Zuckerberg unveiled three new Facebook products in a rather wordy press conference. The first two updates deal largely with user data, portability and control. Zuck spoke about the ability of Facebook Connect to bring your personal information to other sites and services, but lamented the inability to easily take that information and look at it yourself. "Download your...

Facebook Infests Everything! Living in Zuckerberg's Social New World Order

Share Even though the Facebook story seems far from over, David Fincher's 'The Social Network,' the first major motion picture to document the rise of Mark Zuckerberg and his creation, is hitting theaters this week. Facebook may have launched less than a decade ago, but the site has already burrowed its way so deeply into our collective consciousness that it's hard for many of us to imagine a...

Fed Up With Facebook? Delete it, and Here's How

Share Back in February, CEO Mark Zuckerberg celebrated Facebook's 6th birthday and 400 millionth member by penning an open letter to his users to thank them for making both milestones possible. "Whether in times of tragedy or joy, people want to share and help one another," Zuckerberg wrote. "This human need is what inspires us to continue to innovate and build things that allow people to...

10 Biggest Security Risks, and How to Fix Them

Share The Internet is insecure by its very nature. As our recent interview subject Jeff Moss pointed out, the Net wasn't designed with security in mind, so we're still playing catch-up more than a decade later. Still, there are a lot of -- okay, we'll say it -- needlessly stupid things we do (on and off the Internet) that put our most prized data at risk. That includes e-mails, chats,...

Facebook's Biggest Year: The Events and Changes That Defined 2009

Share Whatever 2010 holds for Facebook, it's going to have a hard time competing with 2009. The social networking site truly exploded into the mainstream this year -- and suffered some growing pains along the way. As the new year approaches, we take a look at some of the biggest Facebook moments of 2009, and how those instances defined the way the '00s will be remembered. Read on....

12 Ways Technology Threatens Your Privacy (and How to Protect Yourself)

Vast stores of sensitive details about you are living in computer networks all over the world. This is information -- secrets shared in e-mails, details of your finances, records of your purchases and disease diagnoses – that you may consider extremely private. Well, businesses, governments and crooks alike think this information is valuable, too, and want control. We've isolated the top...

How to Find Out Who's Watching Your Online Activity

Who is watching you? The answer is also a new term to include in your Web vocabulary: Web Bugs. No, these aren't viruses and they aren't even malicious. Companies do use them, though, to track your online activity so that they can serve up ads that more effectively target you as a user and as a consumer. Ghostery is a Web plug-in that alerts you whenever a Web Bug is monitoring your online...