So long, and thanks for all the fish

This is the final episode of TY4NS. It's been a fun run, and I have a lot of people to thank for it.

11/27/13

Dear Internet advertising industry: It's over between us

You've lied and cheated too many times. It's splitsville, baby. Pack your toothbrush and don't let the door hit you on the way out.

11/26/13

When you accept paid casino links you’re gambling with Google

Ever gotten an email offering to pay you to publish a blog post? It's a black hat SEO trick that will get you in hot water with search engines

11/22/13

The Internet of Things is a big deal

Today, the FTC is holding hearings on how smart devices collect data about us and what happens to it. It's time to stand up for our privacy rights now, before it's too late.

11/19/13

Power to the parents? The MiiPC doesn't quite deliver

This low-cost Android-powered PC lets parents control their kids' computer use. The MiiPC is a nice idea, but it's not quite ready for prime time.

11/14/13

How do I know that you’re lying? Your throat tattoo gave you away

Google wants to patent electronic tattoos that can measure galvanic skin response and talk to your phone. That body ink could also be a lie detector.

11/12/13

How the NSA is recruiting the next generation of cyber spies

The spooks are looking for a few good geeks -- and they're doing it on places like TechCrunch

11/07/13

Dear Internet bots and sockpuppets: Your days are numbered

BeehiveID analyzes your social media accounts to figure out who's fake and who's real on the Web.

11/05/13

The Truth About Privacy is more frightening than you can imagine

The guys behind the Truth book and other 'patriot' survival guides are not what they seem. They're not even Americans. But they're definitely scary.

10/31/13

Vocativ is mining Facebook posts for news. You got a problem with that?

Flashy new site uses NSA-style data mining tools to identify trends and generate stories. Brace yourself, the future of journalism has arrived.

10/29/13

The Box.com data debacle part deux: Am I a total idiot, or what?

Some readers say I should have known better than to use a cloud service to store and share files. Here's what I have to say about that.

10/25/13

How Box.com allowed a complete stranger to delete all my files

Six months ago the cloud storage service gave control over my account to someone else, who then nuked it. Fortunately, my data survived.

10/23/13

Does this browser make me look fat?

I am being stalked by ads for plus-sized women’s clothing. The problem: I opted out of tracking ads six months ago. Why is this still happening?

10/17/13

DMA: Data marketing is good for the economy, good for you

The direct marketing industry has more in common with McDonalds than you might think. Both can be bad for you, but only one is highly regulated.

10/15/13

Facebook now lets you stalk by name

You can no longer hide your name from Facebook searches. What does that mean? We asked our resident expert, Dr. Facebook, to give us the 411.

10/11/13

This Google ad has been brought to you by the National Security Agency

The NSA is trying to de-anonymize Tor users using Web ads and tracking cookies. As predicted, the spooks and the marketers are merging.

10/07/13

What kind of Internet user are you?

Are you an open sharer or a proactive protector? Do you simply interact or do you shop til you drop? How you surf the Net says a lot about how much you care about privacy.

10/02/13

Guess what? Your identity just got stolen

LexisNexis, Kroll, and Dunn & Bradstreet have been thoroughly pwned by identity stealing hackers. Who pays the price? You and me.

09/25/13

Acxiom knows all your secrets

Its new Audience Operating System combines your online and offline identities into one -- the better to sell you stuff. UPDATE: Acxiom responds

09/24/13

Browser cookies are dead, but online tracking is still alive and kicking

Tracking cookies are so five minutes ago. The new privacy boogiemen? Google's AdID and browser fingerprinting.

09/19/13

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