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Yet Another Major Data Breach, But Will This Time Be Any Different?
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Yet Another Major Data Breach, But Will This Time Be Any Different?

Why is our community having such an anemic response to all of these major data breaches? What can we do differently? What should we be doing differently?

Privacy and Google Glass
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Privacy and Google Glass

Why has there been so much negative sentiment about Google Glass in the press regarding privacy? This article looks at privacy from two different perspectives,...

Most Smartphone Apps Are Spyware
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Most Smartphone Apps Are Spyware

Why does  this flashlight app use an Internet connection? Why does this Bible quotes app want my location data? Why does this game want my contacts list?

Is the Computer Security Community Barking ­Up the Wrong Trees?
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Is the Computer Security Community Barking ­Up the Wrong Trees?

There's a big mismatch right now between what the data says about computer security vulnerabilities and what kind of research is being done and products offered...

Password Policies Are Getting Out of Control
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Password Policies Are Getting Out of Control

 At least 9 characters long. No repeated characters. At least 1 number, 1 special character, and 1 capital letter. Cannot be same as last 10 passwords. Must change...

Why Have There Been So Many Security Breaches Recently?
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Why Have There Been So Many Security Breaches Recently?

We're only five months into this year, but there have been a large number of sensational security breaches. Why have there been so many, and what can we do about...

Malvertisements Growing as Online Security Threat
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Malvertisements Growing as Online Security Threat

Malvertisements are attempts to inject malware and scareware into advertisements, leveraging the reach that advertising networks have. This blog entry examines...

Designing Effective Warnings
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Designing Effective Warnings

Computer security warnings are something we all see everyday, but many people find them annoying and ignore them. What are better ways of designing warnings?

Designing Effective Interfaces For ­Usable Privacy and Security
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Designing Effective Interfaces For ­Usable Privacy and Security

I often cringe when I hear highly technical engineers talk about people. I usually hear broad generalizations tossed about, like "people are lazy, that's why they...

Helping Younger People Protect Themselves from Security Attacks
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Helping Younger People Protect Themselves from Security Attacks

One potentially disturbing trend that came out in a recent eCrime meeting is that younger people 18-24 years old seem to be more susceptible to phishing attacks...

Designing Effective Security Warnings
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Designing Effective Security Warnings

How do we create effective security warnings that people don't just swat away? Here, I report on one line of research that examines this question.

Security Education Can Really Work (but Only If It's Done Right)
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Security Education Can Really Work (but Only If It's Done Right)

Although many people in computer security think that user education is hopeless, security education can really work, but only if it's done right. I report on a...

Privacy As... Sharing More Information?
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Privacy As... Sharing More Information?

When I first started working in the area of personal privacy I had what I would call a conventional view on privacy, which is how to minimize the flow of information...

Google Android Authentication
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Google Android Authentication

I recently saw a Google Android phone at HotMobile 2009 and was intrigued by the drawing-based authentication mechanism built in. Basically, there's a 3x3 grid...
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