Looking Up Symptoms Online? These Companies are Tracking You.

Health data is some of the most private data you have. That a data reveals a lot about you. There’s a reason that we have laws like HIPAA—unfortunately those don’t apply here,” Quintin said. HIPAA is the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, and it forces the government and doctors to keep patient medical records secure and confidential. It has no jurisdiction over search engine companies or data brokers who sap data “volunteered” by users.”

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Lenovo Shipping PC’s with Adware and Root Certificate

It is bad enough when PC manufacturers add all kinds of crapware on a PC to make money as these programs tend to slow down the PC quite a bit as many of them come installed on it and may run on system start as well.

It takes time and effort to remove those. What Lenovo did however is a whole new level. Not only did it install Superfish on systems with injects advertisement when users browse the Internet, that freaking thing did install a root certificate on the system as well sharing its private key which makes your system vulnerable to man in the middle attacks. [Read more…]

Removing the Babylon Toolbar

I sort of got to be Jim Dinkey one recent Saturday evening, when a conversation with a friend led me to fix her computer remotely.

The Babylon Toolbar (BT) is foistware software that is insinuated onto your machine because you overlooked some negative option choice to keep it from happening.

What does the Babylon Toolbar do? Basically, it makes itself your search engine, Continue reading