Here is the round-up of the most-viewed posts of 2011. Michael Kassner investigated some of the thorniest security problems, reported on the newest developments in security research, and raised the red flag on privacy issues. Chad Perrin covered one of the worst security debacles of the year: Sony's Playstation Network breach.1. Dropbox: Convenient? Absolutely, but is it secure?
A potential security lapse and possibly misleading statements are plaguing Dropbox, a hugely popular file-syncing app. What are the issues and is concern justified?2. Forged memory fools antimalware: A new development in rootkits
Malware developers are deploying a new stealth technology. Michael Kassner interviews an expert who explains how some rootkits forge memory to outwit antimalware programs.3. LinkedIn: Surprise changes to defaults affect your privacy
Trouble befalls only a fraction of all who ply the Internet. Why is that? Michael Kassner explores the answer with a security researcher.5. Google hacking: It's all about the dorks
Google Search shows no bias. It will help anyone find anything, including vulnerable Internet-connected devices. You just need to know what to ask.6. How to use Password Safe on Microsoft Windows 7
Password Safe is an excellent choice of password manager on the MS Windows platform. Using it effectively can save time, effort, and privacy.7. Scroogle: Adding privacy to Google Search
Google Search is an amazing tool. Even so, to many, it has a dark side. Scroogle may be able to help.8. Morto: Not your average creepy-crawly worm
As malware goes, Morto has something new to offer. It's conversant in DNS-speak. Michael Kassner describes how it works.9. What to do about the PlayStation Network breach
The PlayStation Network security compromise is big news, but many may not know what to do about it. A brief overview of Sony's history on such matters may prove helpful.10. Homomorphic encryption: Can it save cloud computing?
An idea of how to prevent what happened to Sony of late was introduced in 1978. It took thirty years, but homomorphic encryption is no longer a theory.
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