Spyware

Some HP laptops are hiding a deactivated keylogger

Researcher Michael Myng found a deactivated keylogger in a piece of software found on over 460 HP laptop models. A full list of affected laptops is here. The keylogger is deactivated by default but co

Amnesty, EFF, Privacy International Put Out Free Anti-Surveillance Tool

Resistance is digital. Human rights charity Amnesty International is one of several organizations behind the release of a free, open source anti-surveillance tool called Detekt.

Ha! Face! FTC seeks to permanently bar bullshit scareware marketing, freezes offenders’ assets

According to the FTC, over a million – a million! – people have been tricked “into buying computer security products such as WinFixer, WinAntivirus, DriveCleaner, ErrorSafe, and XP Antivirus,”

Spyware company Gator sheds its skin yet again

So there’s this new startup called NebuAd. I know, sounds promising already, right? Well, NebuAd does packet inspection, tracking users, the sites they go to, the ads they click, and so on. Not

Help-Key: How to parent-proof your parent's PC

This last holiday weekend, I was at my mother’s house and, just as I do every Thanksgiving, I spent about an hour un-doing the damage they’d done on their PC. I can’t convince them t

Domplayer can bite me

Fans of “byte-torrent” “files-sharing” websites like TheBayofPirates.org and Freakamoidzoidwhat.cd.oink.org may have recently experienced a sad, sinking sensation after dedicat

An Open Letter To HP

Dear HP, I’ve been using your printers for years and years now. Since I started using Mac OS X more than 5 years ago, the process for installing a printer I thought would become drastically easi

To Catch an iPod Thief

Although the Web site has been Dugg to the ground, a free online service called Gadget Theft recently launched to help users recover their stolen gadgets. The site provides users with a small “s

Spybot Search and Destroy Destroys Tablet PCs: Can You Blame It?

, an anti-spyware application, that it is dealing with some hard core spyware. The resulting fix disables most of the tablet buttons and locks out the pen settings icon in the system tray. You can res

XOFTspy Portable Anti-Spyware Drive

Any world traveller worth their salt knows to pack a few important things – a towel, a guidebook, and protection. That’s why ParetoLogic created the XOFTspy, a USB key that protects you fr