Thursday, January 24, 2013

A road warrior's guide to locking down your laptop | PCWorld

Mobile computing may be convenient, but it's also inherently risky. When you drag your laptop to the coffee shop or bring it along on your travels, you’re making all your private data and one of your most expensive possessions a big, fat target for sticky-fingered thieves. And unlike traditional theft targets like jewelry or wallets, a laptop is an easy steal—the baddies just need to wait for you to turn your back, then grab the computer and run. In some cases, a criminal doesn’t even need to steal your notebook. He can simply pull your sensitive data out of thin air.

Fortunately, you can do a lot to minimize the perils possibly encountered on the road. By taking a few simple precautions and following some common-sense practices while you’re out and about, you can drastically reduce the chance that your laptop will be stolen and keep your data locked up tight. With great portability brings great responsibility! Read more

Saturday, January 19, 2013

What's a cookie and what does it have to do with privacy?

Most people know that there are cookies scattered all over the Internet, ready and willing to be eaten up by whoever can find them first. Wait, what? That can’t be right. Yes, there are cookies on the Internet (technically, the World Wide Web), and yes, they really are called “cookies”. But they aren’t delicious and they can affect your privacy, so you should know what they do. Whether you’re browsing Google search results, logging into Facebook, or just innocently chatting away on an online forum, you’ve encountered cookies. They aren’t inherently harmful but, just like passwords or email addresses, they can be exploited when placed in the wrong hands. Keep reading to learn how you can protect yourself. Read more

Saturday, January 5, 2013

What Is NFC & Should You Buy a Phone That Has It? [MakeUseOf Explains]

NFC – or Near Field Communication – enables two way communication on a very short range, less than 20cm but typically a few centimeters. It encompasses a number of earlier standards, including the FeLiCa contactless RFID payment system widely used in Japan. In simple terms, it enables some form of communication by simply touching devices together. Read more