The Week in Privacy

small__9235362348Sony Pictures hack illustrates communication vulnerabilities

Our personal information may not be so personal when we share it digitally, New York Times tech reporter writes this week.

Last week’s major hack of Sony Pictures’ servers, which led to the release of email, employee data and a handful of films, reflects just how insecure digital information is, Farhad Manjoo argues.

What can be done? Treat everything you do digitally as if it may one day be made publicly visible – and continue to press for better privacy protections, Manjoo suggests.

For now, he notes, “we’ve got to remember to watch what we say and how we say it.” Read More

Blur is a PC Mag Editors’ Choice!

blurBlur – which combines and improves on our old products, MaskMe and DoNotTrackMe – is already gaining some serious accolades.

PC Magazine this week named Blur an Editors Choice for privacy protection. Blur received 4.5/5 stars in analyst Neil Rubenking’s review. Read More

The Week in Privacy

small__6861702519New phones fail to comply with Taiwanese privacy laws, officials say

Regulators in Taiwan have threatened to fine 12 smartphone manufacturers for failing to comply with rules guarding user data.

Taiwan’s National Communications Commission says smartphones from Xiaomi, HTC, Apple et al. may send data back to company servers without users’ express permission. The NCC has asked the firms to modify their phones.

If they refuse, Reuters reports, the commission can issue multimillion-dollar fines or ban the devices from being sold. Read More

Give Blur Masked Cards as a Gift!

small_3554301066Fun fact from the National Retail Federation: Gift cards are consistently the most-requested holiday gift item. This year is no different. Sixty-two percent of people want a gift card for the holidays, the NRF reported last month.

If gift cards are on your shopping list, have you thought about where you’re going to get them? Not everyone will have an easy time spending $50 or $100 at one store – and the card companies’ own gift cards have a fee tacked on, so you’ll pay more for them than their face value.

For a gift card option that’s fee-free and retailer-independent, consider a Masked Card from Blur. Read More

Shop Smart from Your Mobile Phone

small__11471837784Do you plan to use a phone or tablet to shop for gifts this holiday season? According to comScore, the number of e-tail dollars spent on smartphones and tablets is growing fast – an estimated 33 percent this November and December.

Yet, while mobile shopping offers convenience (and, often, free shipping), mobile-device shoppers aren’t immune to online threats. Read More