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10 Lessons Google Must Learn About OS Security

by Shanmuga

"Google is new to the operating system market, so it has to demonstrate that it understands how to build and maintain a secure Web OS. The history of Windows security has shown there are many avenues of attack against a desktop operating system. There are even more potential attack strategies for an online OS. But

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Public Search Engines Mine Private Facebook Details

by Shanmuga

"Researchers from the U.K.’s University of Cambridge recently published a paper detailing a project in which they developed a software tool to correlate and map Facebook profiles they found via public search engines, such as Google, to build detailed maps of relationships among Facebook members.

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Google plays down security concerns over Docs

by Shanmuga

"Google Docs users shouldn’t lose sleep over the security concerns a security analyst has raised about the hosted suite of office productivity applications, Google said late Friday. In an official blog posting, Jonathan Rochelle, Google Docs’ product manager, details why the company has determined that the issues included in the analyst’s report are far from

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Privacy group to FTC: Google’s cloud is unsafe

by Shanmuga

"A Washington-based privacy group wants the Federal Trade Commission to launch an investigation of the cloud-computing services offered by Google – including Gmail, Google Docs, Google Calendar and others – to ensure that they are as secure as Google promises they will be.

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Google’s Behavioral Ad Targeting: How to Reclaim Control

by Shanmuga

"The advertising system, announced at the Official Google Blog on Wednesday, increases Google’s level of advertising customization. The company’s AdSense network (which generates the ads within Google Search, Gmail, and other Google properties) had already been selecting ads based on your current activity: If you searched for "video card," for example, the ads on the

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Hackers continue to abuse search engine results

by Shanmuga

"Cyber-criminals are always on the lookout for new tricks, but they are also sticking with an oldie-but-goodie—abusing search engine results. According to security pros, there has been a significant increase in the tactic since January. On March 10, officials at Symantec noted attackers were using sponsored search results on Yahoo to lure Web surfers to

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Google developer site being used to distribute malware

by Shanmuga

"Google’s free code-hosting Web site for developers is being used to distribute malware, a security researcher said on Friday. Google Code is a place where programmers can host projects and code.

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Get Free Anti-virus and Free Anti-spyware!

by Shanmuga

Norton Security Scan is a free antivirus tool provided by Symantec, the makers of Norton Anti Virus line of software products. Norton Security Scan provides on-demand scanning (must be manually run) and removal or repair of Viruses, Trojan horses and Hack tools like keyloggers, etc.

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Spyware then and now

by Shanmuga

Google brought back its oldest available index from the year 2001 on the occasion of its 10th birthday. It brought back certain nostalgic memories…I was into my second PC, a Compaq. That was the year I first got the internet connection at home through a 56kbps dial-up connection and that was the year I truly

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Google cuts data retention period again

by Shanmuga

"last year, it bowed to pressure from the EU and shaved six months off its retention of identity information. In a further move to avert potential legislation, Google announced yesterday that it would cut the figure in half: IP addresses in its logs will now be anonymized after nine months.

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Google issues first patches for Chrome

by Shanmuga

"Just days after it rolled out Chrome, Google Inc. issued an update after Vietnamese security researchers reported a critical vulnerability in the beta browser.

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Google Chrome: Security and Privacy Implications

by Shanmuga

Google’s new browser named Chrome and released as a beta version is drawing flak for its (non)implementation of browser security and privacy.

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Privacy: Microsoft slams Google on privacy

by Shanmuga

""Google’s a great company, got some great products, but you know in some respects I think Google is where Microsoft was 7 or 10 years ago," Peter Cullen, Microsoft’s chief privacy strategist told CNET News sister site ZDNet Australia.

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Privacy: Web Privacy on the Radar in Congress

by Shanmuga

"As advertisers become more sophisticated about behavioral targeting, and online privacy standards become increasingly varied, regulators and privacy advocates are becoming concerned. A few companies have taken precautionary measures to try to fend off criticism; in the last few days, for instance, both Yahoo and Google have made it easier for people to opt out

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Hacking: Hackers recently Used Facebook for Malware Attack

by Shanmuga

"Hackers, impersonating members’ friends, attacked Facebook by convincing users on Facebook’s Wall to view a video link that they said was hosted by Google. The Wall is a place were members post messages for friends.

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Goolag Scanner brings Google hacking to the masses

by Shanmuga

"An infamous hacking group called Cult of the Dead Cow (cDc) recently released a tool called Goolag Scanner, which simplifies and automates Google hacking.

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Privacy: Google Says IP Addresses Aren’t Personal

by Shanmuga

"Google has responded to European regulators who have suggested that Internet Protocol addresses of users be considered personally identifiable information. Not surprisingly, it disagrees.

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Phishing: Future Phishing

by Shanmuga

"Forget the Nigerian prince. Phishing scams are moving beyond the misspelled, far-fetched ruses that clog your in-box and beg for your bank codes. In the year to come, security professionals are warning of bank code-stealing exploits that are much slicker and more convincing–hidden in guises as harmless as a banner ad on a reputable Web

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Malware: Hackers exploit Bhutto assassination

by Shanmuga

"Searches for news about Bhutto’s killing and the ensuing chaos in Pakistan listed sites pimping a bogus video coder/decoder (codec), said analysts at McAfee Inc., Symantec Corp. and WebSense Inc. For instance, WebSense found such a site simply by using "benazir" to search on Google. Meanwhile, McAfee quickly located 10 sites hosted on Blogger.com, Google

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