We encrypt your data before sending it to dropbox. Here’s why this is a good idea.

dropboxHackedHackers claim to have stolen more than 7 million account usernames and passwords from Dropbox servers. Dropbox denies these claims, saying that the information was taken from services unrelated to Dropbox. While we can all breath a sigh of relief knowing the Dropbox wasn’t actually hacked, here are a few comments Abine has on the matter…

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Mobile app privacy: study shows apps are unnecessarily intrusive

MobileAppPrivacyAlmost all internet activity that can be done on a desktop computer or laptop can now be done on a mobile device. With apps tailored to your every need, it is easier than ever to access the web with your smartphone. As using mobile apps becomes more and more a part of our daily activity, we’re also becoming more concerned about our personal privacy when we use them. This was the focus of a recent study carried out by the Global Privacy Enforcement Network.

The GPEN is a network of privacy governing organizations from around the world. A few of the GPEN member organizations are the FTC, the U.K.’s  Information Commissioner’s Office, and the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada. They do a Privacy Sweep each year that examines current issues in online privacy. Last year’s sweep focused on online privacy in a general sense and this year’s sweep focused on mobile app privacy.

The “sweepers” tested out over 1,000 popular apps by downloading them and then interacting with them for a short time. The goal was to re-create what an average user’s experience would be with using the app. They then ranked each one using four criteria.

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Do mobile apps raise the risk of online bank fraud?

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A growing amount of online bank fraud is perpetrated by malicious apps that Android users inadvertently download on their mobile devices, according to several studies.

In the first, a RiskIQ study, the data suggests that app developers with malicious intent have become quite adept at concealing the surreptitious nature of these apps. According to the study, the number of malicious apps on the Google Play store increased by 388% from 2011 to 2013.

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Why Ello, the new private social networking site, will succeed

elloSocialNetworkingSiteMeet social networking site Ello – the antithesis of Facebook. No more unwanted ads. No more unwanted data collection. With Ello, you are no longer the product: it is determined to prove that social networking sites can thrive without selling users’ data.

“Ello’s built to be very simple. We just wanted a nice calm place to talk to our friends and connect,” says co-founder Paul Bunditz.

The site officially launched to the “public” (currently invite-only) on August 7 and has seen huge growth in its numbers in the eight short weeks it’s been live.

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JP Morgan databreach: why it’s time to decentralize your personal information

JPMorganDatabreachAfter Target, after Home Depot, comes the data breach of one of the largest banks in the country, JP Morgan / Chase.  One thing is clear: no one can protect your online data.  This fact hasn’t sunk in for everyone yet – people still trust their online banks, e-commerce web sites, and in fact, much of established online world.

In five years, we’ll look back on this situation as naive or plain crazy.  By 2020, the majority of people will have taken the protection of personal data back further into their own hands.  And some of the responsibility for holding big centralized databases of consumers personal information will have been ripped away from corporations who simply cannot keep it safe.  This is where technical innovations like Bitcoin shine – they replace central trusted services companies traditionally provide with proven better protocols.  So when it comes to protecting personal information both at a personal level and at a “network” level, big changes are afoot.

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