April 2, 2013 |
October 30, 2012 |
September 12, 2007 |
The all-you-can-eat packages of voice, video and Internet services offered by phone and cable companies may be convenient, but they represent a potentially significant threat to people's privacy. Take, for example, Time Warner Cable, which has about 2 million customers in Southern California. The company offers a voice-video-Net package called "All the Best" for $89.85 for the first 12 months.
July 26, 1999 |
When protecting kids from online predators, you shouldn't worry only about pedophiles, pornographers, creeps and criminals. You also need to protect children against legitimate businesses that are out to invade kids' privacy. One way they do this is by getting them to disclose information that might be used to manipulate them in the marketplace.
April 25, 2012 |
With the advent of Google Drive, we talk about cloud computing as if the bits and bytes of our lives are stored somewhere up in the air, but, really, the "clouds" are very terrestrial. What's more up in the air are the laws that govern who can access your stuff and how. Originally a way for geeks to explain to the rest of us the notion of remote servers storing and serving up content, cloud computing can be defined several different ways, depending on whom you ask. In some ways, even email is a form of cloud computing.
March 9, 2012 |
Privacy, schmivacy -- though not entirely without jitters. Google still reigns supreme as the go-to search engine, even if people are bit nervous about how it collects data and targets ads. A survey from Pew Internet & American Life Project found that 83% of people who use search engines in the U.S. prefer Google, up from 47% in 2004. Yahoo came in second at 6%. Nine in 10 Americans who use search engines say they find the information they are seeking and nearly as many say they learn something new or important that increased their knowledge.
June 4, 2008 |
August 27, 2010 |
You've probably heard it a thousand times: There's no free lunch. But sometimes it helps to get a little reminder. And so we turn our attention to e-mails making the rounds from something called BestShoppingRewards. The company has a variety of come-ons, all basically structured the same. The e-mail I'm looking at says, "Vote for your favorite item at McDonald's and get a FREE $50 McDonald's Gift Card!" When I visited the BestShoppingRewards website the other day, the pitch was for a "FREE $500 Visa Gift Card!"