Stories by John P. Mello Jr.

How to Protect Yourself From Certificate Bandits

There have been two major Certificate Authority (CA) attacks this year. In March, a hacker successfully penetrated one of the largest CA's on the Web--Comodo--and managed to <a href="https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2011/03/iranian-hackers-obtain-fraudulent-https">issue bogus certificates</a> to himself (including one for Yahoo). The <a href="http://www.pcworld.com/article/239565/comodo_ceo_says_diginotar_hack_was_statesponsored.html">second incident</a> took place this week when a Dutch CA, Diginotar, was compromised and a number of fake certificates were issued.

John P. Mello Jr. | 10 Sep | Read more

'Related' Browser Add-On: Handy, But at Cost to Privacy

A nifty Google browser extension called "Google Related" makes finding associated Web content a snap, but for privacy-minded Web surfers the convenience will come with a hefty cost. The Chrome Web browser extension creates a navigation bar at the bottom of the browser, and as you roll your mouse cursor over the bar Google generates content relevant to what's on the page you're viewing.

John P. Mello Jr. | 18 Aug | Read more

'Watchmen' Author Supports WikiLeaks Whistleblower

In what appears to be a ramp-up of celebrity support, famous graphic novel author Alan Moore Monday issued a statement in praise of PFC Bradley Manning. Manning is the G.I. accused of <a href="http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/221867/senators_question_how_wikileaks_breach_happened.html">leaking classified U.S. government documents</a> to WikiLeaks.

John P. Mello Jr. | 09 Aug | Read more

Seagate offers data recovery with hard drive purchase

Hard drive crashes are a nightmare for computer users for many reasons. Not only can data held dear to one's heart be lost, but trying to recover it can cost an arm and a leg, if not more. Hard drive maker Seagate attempts to address both those problems with the release today of its GoFlex Turbo drive with SafetyNet data recovery services.

John P. Mello Jr. | 09 Aug | Read more

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