Ms. Smith

Ms. Smith (not her real name) is a freelance writer and programmer with a special and somewhat personal interest in IT privacy and security issues. She focuses on the unique challenges of maintaining privacy and security, both for individuals and enterprises. She has worked as a journalist and has also penned many technical papers and guides covering various technologies. Smith is herself a self-described privacy and security freak.

Facebook security chief Alex Stamos reportedly planning to leave

9 of 10 online accounts intercepted by NSA are not intended surveillance target

New Snowden leak shows how Americans' electronic communications are gobbled up by the NSA.

Liquid surveillance privacy bashfest: Brave Citizens vs Scorched Earth?

Two pro-privacy authors, David Brin and Peter Watts have vastly different ideas about privacy, civil liberties and surveillance.

Microsoft introduces Interflow: Sharing cybersecurity threats in near real-time

Although it's currently available only in "private preview" for Microsoft Active Protections Program members, security threat information will be shared faster, creating a "collectively stronger cybersecurity ecosystem." In the long...

Microsoft kills off plan to pay people to write good things about Internet Explorer

Microsoft PR is in damage control after a "social strategist" was caught trying to pay people to write good things about IE.

IRS computer crash eats email evidence: Conspiracy or 'worst IT department ever'?

After the IRS claimed a computer crash ate email evidence, most techies seem to believe that no IT department could be that incompetent.

12 creepy new robots that could take over the world

12 creepy new robots that could take over the world

A roundup of robots and drones that could take over the world.

15 government PSAs that would never fly in the Internet age

15 government PSAs that would never fly in the Internet age

Billboard ads from the days when the U.S. government promoted national security with secrecy and guilt trips.

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