The public-private surveillance partnership

“The losers are us, the people, who are left with no one to stand up for our interests. Our elected government, which is supposed to be responsible to us, is not. And corporations, which in a market economy are supposed to be responsive to our needs, are not. What we have now is death to privacy—and that’s very dangerous to democracy and liberty.” Bruce Schneier shares his thoughts on the incestuous relationship between corporations, lawmakers and the intelligence community in the US.

You might also wish to compare Article 12, Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Anonymous speaks: the inside story of the HBGary hack

“I’ve talked to some of those who participated in the HBGary hack to learn in detail how they penetrated HBGary’s defenses and gave the company such a stunning black eye—and what the HBGary example means for the rest of us mere mortals who use the Internet.” Peter Bright’s story may be a couple of years old, but it still makes for an interesting read and tells you what not to do.

Facebook can tell you if a person is worth hiring

“But there’s another good reason for checking out a candidate’s Facebook page before inviting them in for an interview: it may be a fairly accurate reflection of how good they’ll be at the job.” Kashmir Hill reports on a study that will be read by HR consultants the world over.

Still sending naked email?

“In a world of repressive governments and a growing reliance on insecure networks, there’s no way anyone can be sure their most sensitive messages aren’t intercepted by the forces of darkness. But you can make it mathematically improbable that all but the most well-funded snoops could ever make heads or tales of your communications.” Use Dan Goodin’s step-by-step guide to email encryption and keep your communications private.

Stop spam

“Once your email address is in the hands of spammers, regaining control of your inbox is a very, very difficult job indeed.”

Forwarded Messages

If you send an email to multiple recipients, send it using the Bcc: field. Never put multiple recipients into the To: or the Cc: fields, because a message forwarded in this way will soon accummulate hundreds of email addresses as part of its header. In the wrong hands, such a message can be extremely damaging to its previous recipients.

Electronic Greeting Cards

Do not use electronic greeting cards. While these are fun and easy to send, they place your email address and that of your friend into a database. Unfortunately, many greeting card sites are mere collection points for email addresses and make money by selling on their database to spammers.