If you can’t trust Google’s app store, how can you trust them for anything?

When you buy an Android app from the Google app store, they give the app maker your full name, email address and the neighborhood where you live. This occurs without clear warning every single time you buy an app. <a title=”Watch how you get Scroogled by the Google app store” href=”http://www.bing.com/videos?mkt=en-us&vid=5ca0a386-f0c2-4a4f-bdea-bd971e54a3b0&from=shareembed-syndication&src=v5:embed:syndication:” target=”_new” data-mce-href=”http://www.bing.com/videos?mkt=en-us&vid=5ca0a386-f0c2-4a4f-bdea-bd971e54a3b0&from=shareembed-syndication&src=v5:embed:syndication:”>Video: Watch how…

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Is that really an email from the EFPTS? Don’t get caught buy a phishing attempt

 So, you may be asking yourself: why is the EFTPS contacting me? And who the heck is EFTPS? It’s likely a phishing atempt. The EFPTS is a service offered free by the U.S. Department of the Treasury to help business and individual taxpayers conveniently pay all their federal taxes electronically (as noted on their website). This…

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Did you win £450,000 in a "Microsoft Lottery"? Think again: it’s a phishing attempt

I was asked today… I received a message in my email on behalf of Microsoft from the National Lottery International [stating] "A certificate of winning and other certificates including your winning cheque of Four Hundred and Fifty Thousand Great Britain Pound Sterlings has been sent to us by the claims officer of overseas Winner of…

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When it comes to PC security, don’t be a victim… be a participant in your own rescue. Windows 7 can help, too.

As I Tweeted today, over the weekend I read Paul Cooke’s Windows Security Blog post on Windows 7 Vulnerability Claims. (I’ve added a few links if the terms are unfamiliar to you.) "…most people don’t knowingly have and run known malware on their system. Malware typically makes it onto a system through other avenues like…

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Download Windows 7 RC from a trusted source – via Microsoft –and avoid peer to Peer and save yourself the security risk

As I recommended today, friends don’t let friends download bad things from peer to peer. So wait until the official downloads to the Release Candidate (RC) of Windows 7 are available. As noted online today, the Windows 7 RC posted today (April 30th) for TechNet and MSDN subscribers. Materials provided here include info on the…

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Concerned about online privacy? So is Microsoft’s Peter Cullen. Actually, it’s his job.

There’s a new article and interview up on Microsoft PressPass with my friend and fellow Canuck Peter Cullen from Microsoft on Data Privacy Day & online privacy. (Also available at http://tinyurl.com/pcullen013009.)  The kids are in school today… did I miss a bank holiday somewhere? When asked about some of the recent research on the concept…

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The new year rings in another bonus: a rise in bogus electronic greeting cards

It’s that time of year again when fake online greeting cards increase in the daily Outlook mailbox and in web based mail as well). A common give away? The sender is often listed only by first name – no last name – and includes links to various e-card sites: this was from Michelle offering "Happy…

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FYI: new scams featuring the IRS logo to get your PII

That e-mail from the IRS? It’s not from the IRS… so says local reporter Herb Weisbaum, an MSNBC contributor, on MSNBC (and the IRS warns taxpayers of the scams in a press release here)…. “The Internal Revenue Service is trying to be more customer-friendly, but it’s not going to pay you for your feedback. The…

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Of interest: 10 Events That Impacted The IT Landscape

Informationweek has an article this week that gives “a quick scan of recent events, which have roiled the privacy waters at AOL, at the FBI, and in Europe. Here’s a quick collection of some recent reportage on data breaches, customer-data concerns, and privacy surveys you should know about.” Study: Data Breaches Becoming More ExpensiveThe 2006 average…

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Lifehacker’s Thanksgiving download: a dozen PC fix-it tools

Of interest is this item on Lifehacker.com, just in time for the holidays, “Geek to Live: A meaty Thanksgiving download.” In a 17MB download, it promises that they will “save you the trouble of chasing down half a dozen PC fix-it tools in the midst of your post-turkey coma. Instead we’ve put together everything you’ll need to…

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