Stories by David Daw

Designing your digital legacy

We lead rich virtual lives on social networking sites like Google+, Facebook, and Twitter. So what happens when real life catches up, and our flesh-and-blood bodies succumb to mortality? For our virtual selves, at least, some concrete answers are available--ways to settle our digital affairs after death, while minimizing hassle and heartache for loved ones.

David Daw | 29 Apr | Read more

Free ID Theft Protection Offers Grow: Are They Any Good?

If you use the Internet or own a credit card, the threat of having your identity stolen is omnipresent. Now, leading Internet service providers, financial institutions, and companies such as Sony are offering customers peace of mind with free <a href="http://www.pcworld.com/article/221595/ftc_id_theft_again_tops_consumer_complaints.html">identity theft</a> protection. Other companies such as Debix are offering a free bare-bones version of ID theft protection to anyone online.

David Daw | 12 Jul | Read more

PlayStation Network users fed up, but not ready to leave

Sony PlayStation Network users are fed up with chronic outages, corporate doublespeak, and a lack of network playtime. But their bark may be worse than their bite. A completely unscientific look at the loyalty of Sony PSN customers suggest a willingness to forgive Sony for its woes and forget the headaches as of late.

David Daw | 20 May | Read more

The state of 'Do Not Track' on the internet

Users concerned with online privacy have been struggling for years to come up with a solution to being tracked on the Web. Such users either want to avoid irritating, targeted ads based on browsing history or are concerned about businesses having too much access to our personal information.

David Daw | 01 Apr | Read more

Can your browser really stop sites from tracking you?

Something like this has happened to all of us lately: You shop for a watch for a friend's birthday and for a week afterwards every site you visit features ads for watches. It seems like everyone from Google on down is tracking where we go and what we do on the web and using that information to send us targeted advertisements.

David Daw | 19 Mar | Read more

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