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Google Is Going To Start Showing Your Name, Photo And Reviews In Ads, Here's How To Opt Out

After sending ads directly into user's inbox, Google has rolled out a new "Terms of Service" update on how they utilize user's information and photo in content and advertisement. Dubbed "Shared Endorsements", the new policy allows Google to use your face, name and reviews for advertisements as shown below. Starting November 11th, your name, photo and endorsements (reviews and facts like you follow a brand on Google+) will get displayed in ads on web which reaches around a billion users globally. Thankfully, Google allows us to Opt-out/disable this completely as demonstrated next.

Google Shared Endorsements
Google Shared Endorsements

German Expert Warns Against Using iPhone5S Fingerprint Function

In light of the PRISM spying by NSA, German experts earlier warned their Government against using Microsoft Windows 8 by companies and authorities. And once again a German data-protection specialist Johannes Caspar warns against using iPhone 5S's new Fingerprint ID function. While Apple claims this to be secure by saying 'your fingerprint is only stored on the iPhone, never transmitted over the network' the expert arguments that 'The biometric features of your body, like your fingerprints, cannot be erased or deleted and stay with you until the end of your life without changing. They are crucial and should not be used for something as non-vital or casual as unlocking your device.

Nike+ FuelBand helped girlfriend catch boyfriend cheating on her...

Nike+ FuelBand is an modern age gadget which tracks users daily activities like running, walking, basketball, dancing and many other counting the amount of calories consumed. This data is then used to provide various reports and keeping log of their exercise routines, the wristband also lets users know how much fuel they have left in the tank keeping track of every move they make.

The product also lets users socially share data with each other, and this resulted in some privacy nightmare for an boy; when her girlfriend found out He was doing some "heavy exercise" at 1-2 AM when he was supposed to be at home. While this is an feature "by design" as users opts to share the data and this data sharing only let the girlfriend caught his boyfriend cheating on her.

FuelBand
FuelBand

Hey, It's Google !

Google and privacy does not go along very well, we have shared insightful videos like "The Google Master Plan" as well as humorous takes on the subject like "The Google Toilet" and "Google After 20 Years". Recently, Google made a major change to their "Privacy Policy" and unified it across all there services, once again raising eyebrows - here is a funny take on what happens when you ask Google about there privacy policy.

Google Privacy

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[Video] The Google Master Plan

The Google Master Plan

We have seen humorous videos and pics on Google's increasing domination in our life and the privacy nightmare it creates - here is a serious video showing Google's increasing power and their "Master Plan".

The Google Toilet Video !

Thanks to all the free services offered by Google, it knows too much about you - What you search, what websites you browse, what you email and to whom you talk etc., here is a hilarious take on this Google Privacy issue.

The Google Toilet

Video after the jump.

Whistleblower Site Posts Microsoft Online Surveillance Guide, MS Takes Down Site Citing Copyright Violation !

DMCAOnline whistleblowing site Cryptome leaked an internal Microsoft document "Microsoft® Online Services Global Criminal Compliance Handbook" having information regarding what user-activity records Microsoft keeps for their online services and for how long in compliance with legal authorities, the site labeled the document microsoft-spy.zip but was soon taken down by their hosting provider after receiving an DMCA copyright infringement take-down notice from Microsoft.

Microsoft Spying

However, the site is now back online and still hosts the microsoft-spy.zip along with various other "spying guides" like yahoo, Paypal, MySpace and Facebook to name a few.

Nodezilla - P2P Grid Network For Anonymous File Sharing

There could be several reasons to use anonymous P2P networks like privacy concerns or for bypassing censorship, NodZilla is one such experimental decentralized, self-organizing, fault-tolerant peer-2-peer grid network meant for anonymous file-sharing and distributed services built on top of it like chat, efficient multicast video streaming, and secured file storage.

NodeZilla Grid

Unlike other similar file-sharing service Nodezilla offers cache features allowing servers to create local replicas of any data objects for providing faster access and robustness to network partitions help reducing network congestion by localizing access traffic. Furthermore, to strengthen the infrastructure against crash, information leakage, or become compromised the network makes use of full data redundancy and encryption techniques

Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 Released With InPrivate Browsing

Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 is now available for public downloading, the most notable change being addition of a "Private Browsing" feature, dubbed "InPrivate™ Browsing" the feature when activated let users browse website off the record, not saving any browsing history, cookies, and any other browsing related data.

IE8 Privacy

NebuAd - Spyware At Your ISP Level Doing Wiretapping, Forgery and Browser Hijacking !!

NebuAdNebuAd is a highly controversial behavioral targeted advertising system implemented by many leading ISP's, the sophisticated deep-packet inspection appliance based system at your ISP level analyzes customer's websurfing habits delivering micro-targeted advertising to them, the overall approach used to intercept, analyze and alter the visited webpage's html makes it no less then a Spyware and is raising substantial privacy questions.

In a new investigatory report, the author Robert M. Topolski found that NebuAd uses TCP/IP packet monitoring that “monitors, intercepts and modifies the contents of Internet packets” as consumers surf online, the report also provide details how NebuAd is intercepting web-traffic and inserting javascript codes into webpages:

"Upon reviewing the record of TCP packets from Google’s server, it is observable that that an extra packet appears in the data stream before the data stream closes. The contents of
this added packet are added to the code underlying Google’s Web page. The added packet
contains JavaScript code that causes a Web browser to visit another site. Evidence (see
below) indicates that this packet is a forgery and did not come from Google, but from
some other point within the network."

Google
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