Do you ever get the feeling you’re being stalked – by advertisements? How do online shopping sites always seem to know what you’re looking for – are they psychic? Why does that same ad pop up again and again, wherever you are? And why do these ads stalk and pester you everywhere you go until they annoy the crap out of you? The creepy reality is, third-party web trackers are behind the scen…Read More


    When you open Chrome to surf the Web, do you have any idea what or who’s looking back at you? If you peer under the hood of Google Chrome, you’ll discover shopping, news, and government sites quietly tagging your browser to let a few thousand friends in the form of ad and data companies ride shotgun while you click around the Web. Seen from the inside, Google’s Chrome browser resembles snoop…Read More


    Your smartphone contains a trove of information advertisers utilize to build a custom profile of your daily phone usage. Your profile contains information on where you’ve been, what you’ve been looking at, and what you’ve been clicking on. Advertisers then push targeted ads based on your perceived interests. Do you want advertisers collecting this information about you? If not, you have the …Read More


    Your iPhone tracks every place you visit. It knows where you are and it remembers where you’ve been. It keeps a record of frequently visited places and uses the data to make location-based suggestions. It can even determine whether you drove or walked to a location (see figure at left). This data is supposedly encrypted and stored on your phone – not collected by Apple. But is this really nece…Read More


    What is KeePass? These days, you need to remember a million passwords. You need a password for the Windows network logon, your e-mail account, your website's FTP password, your bank account, and other online passwords - the list is endless. Also, you’re advised to use different passwords for each account. If you use the same password for everything and someone gets ahold of it, you have a proble…Read More


    Have any of your on-line accounts been compromised in a data “breach” or “paste”? How do you know? How do you find out? First of all, let’s define the terms. A “breach” is an incident where data is inadvertently exposed in a vulnerable system due to security flaws or weaknesses. A “paste” is information that has been “pasted” to a publicly facing website designed to share the…Read More

  7. And the Password Is…

    In this day and age, we all know it's not safe to use only one password for all our accounts, because if someone diabolical gets a hold of it – we're hosed. Really hosed. So we're prompted to create and remember a unique password for what seems like a million different websites – one to log onto our PC; one to access our e-mail; one to access our bank account; one to access each social media a…Read More