Every year, the highly respected Verizon Business RISK data crime–investigation team publishes an analysis of major online data thefts it’s been asked to study.
This year, a first-ever joint report by VBR and the U.S. Secret Service presents a fascinating view into the state of the data-stealing art, with many surprising facts that should interest all consumers.
Way back in a 2008 column, I spotlighted one of the most insidious and least-known features on the Internet: Adobe Flash cookies that were not subject to the usual cookie rules.
Almost two years later, these special Flash cookies are still living in our PCs, and enterprising privacy-busters now use them to create zombie cookies — regular cookies that come back from the dead.
Anticipating its “Wave 4″ Windows Live rollout of new Hotmail and Messenger apps, Microsoft made sweeping changes in how it connects you with its latest social-networking construct.
With the new Live format, Microsoft pays a great deal of lip service to maintaining your privacy; but my tests show you can’t trust what you see on the screen.
If you qualify, a Microsoft TechNet subscription lets you download nearly every application Microsoft sells, all for a paltry $199.
It’s completely legitimate — so long as you’re not using the software for work but rather evaluating its features, testing its performance, or otherwise assessing its suitability for yourself or others.
With the official consumer release of Office 2010 now in full swing, sticker shock awaits. Office 2010 may be many things, but cheap ain’t one of ‘em.
If you act immediately on Microsoft’s model-end clearance sale, you can save a great deal of money — more than $200 in one scenario.
No doubt you’re the designated techie for your family and friends, so when they have a question or problem with their PC, you’re the first call.
By installing the right utilities on their PCs, you can reduce your tech time and have more social time.
Microsoft officially allows you to run the new Office 2010 — the whole enchilada — for up to 30 days, without entering an activation key.
Unofficially, there’s a little-known trick allowing potential Office 2010 buyers to rearm
trial copies, thus letting them kick the tires for half a year without spending a penny.
In its rush to take on Facebook and Google Buzz, Microsoft is now collecting and displaying personal information on your Hotmail page — information you may never have wanted to broadcast.
Exactly how it’s mining this information is something of a mystery, but if you use Hotmail or Windows Live, it’s time to review your privacy settings — lest something you said or did comes back to haunt you.
To thrive and grow, small organizations — clubs, charities, or any group with a common interest — need easy-to-use, easy-to-access ways to communicate and share information.
For group discussions, e-mail is popular but often clumsy and chaotic; simple online bulletin boards, on the other hand, provide structure to discussions and are surprisingly easy to set up.
If you’ve made the jump from Windows XP to Win7 and are asking yourself, “Why did I do this?” perhaps you miss familiar XP controls.
Well, take heart — there’s an excellent free application that will give you back some of the better features in XP’s Start Menu and Explorer.