An unromantic truth: Survey shows people are hesitant to share their online passwords with significant others

valentinesDayLove may be in the air this Valentine’s Day, but a recent study by Abine shows that Americans are often times more comfortable giving flowers to their significant others than their online passwords. 31% reported they would change their password immediately if their significant other gained access to it while 20 percent have flat out refused to give these credentials to their better half. So much for ‘what’s mine is yours.’   Read More

Everything you need to know about Private Search

private_searchLast week, Abine announced a brand new Private Search service for Google’s search engine. Private Search enables users a level of search engine privacy not possible with any other service on the market – users will finally be able to search Google without worrying about their queries being saved, shared, sold, and connected to their real names.

Being able to search on Google anonymously, without the worry of stored cookies, search history or IP addresses means users won’t be targeted based on their most private information by Google or any third party vendor.

As Private Search is a new and relatively unfamiliar concept, I sat down with our CTO, Andrew Sudbury, to answer a few of the most frequently asked Private Search questions.

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The Future of Payments Is Tokenization

10180375025_a4f57a6095_nDo you read our weekly “Privacy Week in Review” series? Last week’s edition included an item on a group of researchers who recently demonstrated how to identify people by their anonymized credit card spending records.

The upshot of the research: it took only four credit card purchases to identify 90 percent of people in a large dataset. The researchers couldn’t determine anyone’s name, since personally identifiable information was stripped from the data. But given the dates and locations of purchases, the researchers could very quickly figure out who had bought what.

So what does all this mean? Read More

Privacy News of the Week

249386138_2c2f4cacbd_nCommercial facial-recognition software is here – should you be concerned?

Who else but Facebook, with its 1.3 billion users and hundreds of millions of their photos, would have developed an advanced facial-recognition program?

The software, called DeepFace, is already in use: If you upload a new picture with other people in it, Facebook will try to identify the people from your Facebook friend list. The social-networking giant has not partnered with any other companies on DeepRank – but technology similar to DeepRank is only going to proliferate, computing experts tell Science magazine.

That means, in the not-too-distant future, it will be possible to automatically ID you in any picture on the web, Iowa State University researcher Brian Mennecke tells the magazine. “The genie is, or soon will be, out of the bottle,” he said. Read More

Health Insurer Anthem Victim of Cyberattack

anthem_databreachHackers have broken into Anthem databases, leading to what could be the largest data breach disclosed by a health care company to date. Eighty million customers are at risk to have their information stolen.

The types of information taken was extensive; names, birthdays, medical ID’s, Social Security numbers, street addresses, email addresses, and income data.

While some of this information is not particularly unique, like your name, address, and income, the most valuable information that a hacker can steal are your unique identifiers – i.e. your Social Security number and email address. Read More