Advertisers would give just about anything to be able to lurk over your shoulder as you browse the internet. They want to know what sites you visit, how you get to them, how long you spend on them, and where you go next—along with as much personal information about you as they can get.
Of course, they don’t have to be in the room to figure any of that out. Dozens of trackers embedded in nearly every website collect information about how you interact with the page, and cookies stored in your browser tell advertisers how often you’ve visited the site before. But the holy grail is the ability to string all this information together to create profiles that corresponds to each individual user—that is, creating a complete picture of each person on the internet, beyond just scattered data points.
Companies that compile user profiles generally do so pseudonymously: they may know a lot of demographic details about you, but they don’t usually connect your behavior to your individual identity. But a group of researchers at Stanford and Princeton developed a system that can connect your profile to your name and identity, just by examining your browsing history.
On Friday, password management company Keeper Security released a list of the most common passwords of 2016 ― and it’s, well, shameful.
Around 200 million people have a PayPal account. It’s been one of the most popular online payment services for years, which is why it’s such a popular target for phishing scams. Since they’re tied to your credit card or bank account, they’re particularly prized by cybercriminals.
Security experts at ESET recently discovered a new PayPal phishing scam that they say is particularly sophisticated. The emails these fraudsters are sending out are convincingly written and feature the PayPal logo and there’s even a bit of fine print at the bottom for added effect. Continue reading
AT&T raised a few eyebrows last fall when it announced experimental technology to deliver speedy “multi-gigabit” wireless Internet over existing power lines. Now that potential solution, called Project AirGig, appears much closer to becoming reality, and has moved well beyond the experimental stage.
AT&T says it is having “advanced discussions” with power companies to begin field trials of Project AirGig in at least two locations by the fall, and if all goes well, commercial deployment could occur within 9 to 12 months. One of the trials will be in the U.S.; a second could be outside the country.
Chrome may be the most-used browser in the world, but that doesn’t mean it’s perfect. Far from it. Despite receiving over 50 updates over the years, Google’s browser still harbors several rough edges and idiosyncrasies that can make for a less than optimal online experience.
A lot of articles show you how to fiddle with the browser in exotic ways. Not this one. Here, we’ll show you how to make Chrome less annoying—and that sweet, serene sanity is worth more than a thousand experimental features. Continue reading
According to the latest “Nokia Enterprise Private Cloud TCO Model” report, enterprises can also expect to break even on their private cloud investment in less than three years.
By now, you have probably stumbled upon the term Software-Defined Wide Area Network (or SD-WAN). But SD-WAN is not just another buzzword, and it has quickly gained traction among CIOs. The reason being, SD-WAN enables CIOs to confidently consider hybrid WAN deployments that make the best of the ubiquitous and inexpensive nature of the Internet and the privacy and reliability of MPLS links. Continue reading
People are turning to social media to show-off to friends, collect as many “likes” as possible and to feel good about themselves. But in this quest for social validation people are playing with the truth and whitewashing their lives.
Cybersecurity is no longer seen as a technology risk but rather as a business-critical financial risk, putting directly in the purview of CFOs. CFOs have an obligation to allocate the right resources to cybersecurity and help ensure that any security investments deliver measurable risk reduction and safety value.