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.

Drunken man arrested for assaulting 300-lb. K5 security robot

Chaos for customers: Webroot flags Windows as malware and Facebook as phishing site

Chaos for customers: Webroot flags Windows as malware and Facebook as phishing site

A bad rule in a temporarily issued update flagged crucial Windows system files as malware and caused chaos for Webroot customers.

More Windows PCs infected with NSA backdoor DoublePulsar

More Windows PCs infected with NSA backdoor DoublePulsar

Although the exact amount varies among security researchers, the number of Windows PCs infected with DoublePulsar continues to rise.

Trump claimed on Earth Day: 'Rigorous science is critical to my administration'

Trump claimed on Earth Day: 'Rigorous science is critical to my administration'

Tens of thousands gathered in cities across the globe for the March for Science on Earth Day; scientists and science supporters protested President Trump's science and climate policies.

Bose accused of spying on users, illegal wiretapping via Bose Connect app

Bose accused of spying on users, illegal wiretapping via Bose Connect app

A lawsuit alleges the Bose Connect app secretly intercepts and shares what you listen to.

Bypass Microsoft's update block for Windows 7, 8.1 PCs running Kaby Lake, Ryzen

Bypass Microsoft's update block for Windows 7, 8.1 PCs running Kaby Lake, Ryzen

GitHub user Zeffy created a custom patch to defeat Microsoft's update block for Windows 7 and 8.1 users using devices powered by next-gen processors.

Meanwhile in China: Surveillance required on public Wi-Fi

Meanwhile in China: Surveillance required on public Wi-Fi

Chinese authorities in Hebei force businesses and places that offer public Wi-Fi to install surveillance tech to record all users’ online activity or face fines and other sanctions.

Facebook yanks video of cold-blooded murder, responds to ‘horrific crime’

Facebook yanks video of cold-blooded murder, responds to ‘horrific crime’

Facebook removed the video of a murder that Steve Stephenson uploaded to the social networking site.

Researchers developing autonomous robot surveillance

Researchers developing autonomous robot surveillance

Using a grant from the U.S. Navy, researchers plan to develop autonomous robot surveillance, many eyes with one mind, to "protect you from danger."

Microsoft kicks security bulletins to the curb in favor of security update guide

Microsoft kicks security bulletins to the curb in favor of security update guide

Bye-bye security bulletins. Dive into Microsoft's Security Update Guide to find out about the 45 vulnerabilities Microsoft patched this month.

Ticked at President Trump, Shadow Brokers dump password for NSA hacking tools

Ticked at President Trump, Shadow Brokers dump password for NSA hacking tools

The Shadow Brokers released the password for the NSA hacking tools they previously tried to sell because the group is angry with President Trump.

Dallas blames hacker for setting off all 156 emergency warning sirens

Dallas blames hacker for setting off all 156 emergency warning sirens

Originally the city of Dallas blamed a system malfunction for causing all of its emergency sirens to go off, but now officials claim a hacker did it.

Load More