Mar 07

Microsoft: who is peeping on users’ privacy in e-mails?

According to the report of some international media, that “Scroogled” campaign, which is advocated by Microsoft has moved on from sniping at Google Shopping to charge Gmail with invading its users’ privacy for it peeps e-mail for keywords that can be used for advertising purpose. It is said that Microsoft is planning to cease this campaign, but Microsoft said to Businessinsider that they will proceed on this campaign as long as Google peeps on users’ privacy.

Data protection and privacy security has long been a focused topic for people all around the world, if you think you lock file and folder on your computer with data security program is enough to safeguard your personal information, you are totally wrong. Files and documents in computer may have some of your information, however, how about the online world? People send and receive e-mails on the Internet from time to time, and they shop online and pay bills online too. Therefore these activities pose yourself to the danger and threat which may result in data leakage of your privacy and other information.

When Microsoft found that Google scan users’ Gmail and send them targeted advertise, they encourage users to abandon their Gmail accounts and take up accounts in Outlook.com which belongs to Microsoft in the first round of Scroogled campaign.  And then in the second Scroogled campaign which is advocated in the November of 2012, Microsoft built Scroogled.com and criticized Google adwords.

Privacy protection contains many contents such as USB copy protection and many other aspects, and people care about these topics very much. It is said that Microsoft will end their activity which aims at Google by changing the way used. They will give up using advertise to impact, while about the new measures and policies which they still keep in secret. But one thing can be sure is that no matter what measure Microsoft take to object Google, there is too soon to declare the end of it.

Actually, Microsoft also scans users’ emails in their Outlook mail service, but they said that they doing this just for the sake of preventing the invasion of spam and malware. It is hard to tell who people should believe and blame about the two giants. People need to pay attention for their privacy and protect personal information, or one day they may fall into endless trouble.

 

Jan 22

Google May Abandon Password in the Future with Jewelry Replacing it

It is reported that an engineer from Google explained to international famous magazine Security and privacy that they think they’ve find the solution to annoying problem of forgetting or losing passwords. This engineer will explain explicitly about the reason about why they abandon the physical password, instead they choose a piece of jewelry, saying a ring for the future authentication tool.

In the modern days, as passwords becoming longer and longer and they are hard for ordinary people to memorize and faced with threats to get stolen. All of these problems have annoyed people from all around the world in using password protection or USB encryption method to secure their data and files on computer or other kind of storage devices. Google engineers write that the current security system and authentication system are insufficient to need people’s need of data security, partly due to the constant threats that exploit new bugs, what’s more, they say that simple token tools like passwords and coolies files are not secure enough anymore with the development of hacking techniques.

Google also emphasizes threats of phishing, in which hackers cheat on account owners by revealing sensitive information enter into a fake account log-in window, as one of the biggest security threats of today’s Internet data leakage and data breach.

Out of the purpose for more secure measures for information protection, Google designed a brand new system of authentication which allows users to log in a website quickly with the help of a mini USB disk. Using this method users are not required to install any software, although users may need to use browser which is required, according to Google. Comparing to folder encryption in the recent days, the registration and authentication protocols would be open and free, and this specially made USB device you can finish the authentication easily.

Of course, Google wish to find a simple plan for registration process, and it final target is to insert the security token into a ring or a smart phone at least. As long as people can keep their ring or the other carriers, they can make sure data security of their sensitive information.

It is said that Google now are testing YubiKey encryption card, which is much like a minimized USB disk. And in the future abandoning the current password is not very far away. Of course, all new technology need to experience thousands of testing before it really enter into the market and for sure it will crash the existing USB copy protection and folder protection method. Let’s just anticipate new technology will improve the authentication system and bring us more convenience in the future.   

Dec 21

Should Google Encrypt Users’ E-mail for Information Security?

It has long been a dispute issue that users are crying for protecting private information contained in the e-mail, while the Google seemed reluctant to do so for some reason. E-mail is an important way of data transmission and communication for the fast-paced modern world, and with the development of e-commerce people from different field incline to send vital e-version of contract and other document via e-mails. Now people gradually realize the importance of data security in their e-mails and require Google ensure security of their private data in e-mail by encrypting them.

Comparing to the increasing need for USB encryption and folder encryption, e-mail encryption should arouse people attention and attach equal importance to some extent. Some people think that if Google value users’ using experience and respect their privacy, it is responsible to encrypt users’ e-mail.

As all we know, Google’s Gmail service which is one of the most widely used e-mail services is adopted by people who have the need to change information and news among working groups and family members and relatives. What’s more, Gmail has a entering interface where you can login easily and the Gmail account is also the passport which provide universal identity verification to other Google services and relevant account. So that if Google do not encrypt users’ e-mail there is a great possibility of data breach and data losing.

Another reason that Google are reluctant to get your e-mail locked is if they encrypt the e-mail they will lose large amount of income from advertisement send you by Google with the contextual content from the e-mail. On the other side if you are an enterprise user you may have some of the real classified data in e-mail, if Google do not encrypt them you are facing the possibility of losing the data and information.

Actually, Google should exert more efforts in protection privacy and confidential data in e-mail. Similar to folder encryption for protecting files and folders on Yoruba computer data in e-mail needs protection. Encryption can be a particularly attracting feature for Google’s paying enterprise users with information that is not only a matter of privacy but also of great value. More or less, it’s necessary to see whether offering strong encryption might now be a beneficial action to the company’s bottom line.

Google can use this to take a real stand against efforts by law enforcement to build wiretapping into e-mail. Those efforts have been going on for a long time, and Google has fought against them in the past and now continuously. The call of encrypting e-mail for the users seems to be attached more and more importance in protecting their privacy and sensitive data. Comparing to lock file with program by user themselves Google has the responsibility to secure users’ data and content.