What is two-step authentication?

Two-step authentication helps protect your account from unauthorized access if someone manages to steal your password. It can be a pain to set up, but that’s a small price to pay for extra security.

DNSChanger shutdown: 5 ‘doomsdays’ from the internet’s past

As you’ve likely seen by the many blazing headlines, thousands of people may lose access to the Internet on July 9, in what some are calling an “Internet doomsday.” But it’s not the first time a single day has held apocalyptic fascination for the Web.

When Akamai goes down, it takes the Internet with it

Major Internet sites like Facebook, Twitter, Apple.com, Best Buy and Buy.com saw an outage this afternoon, as Akamai faced DNS-related issues. For about an hour Monday, those issues slowed down some Akamai sites, while keeping users from accessing others altogether.

Jumio says use your webcam to swipe credit cards

Jumio, a secretive online-payments startup created by Jajah founder Daniel Mattes, is finally ready for its close-up. And it’s a fitting metaphor, because Jumio is enabling online credit card payments made by scanning a card with a computer webcam.

CloudFlare gets $20M to make the web safe — and fast

Web security startup CloudFlare has raised $20 million in a series B funding round. The San Francisco-based company, which has seen impressive growth since its September 2010 launch, makes a cloud-based software program that purportedly helps protect websites while also making them faster.

Can Your iPhone Keep a Secret? Password Managers Compared

In light of recent events regarding the security of online password managers, it’s worth a look at some of the alternatives out there, and the advantages and disadvantages of each. Here’s a look at the three best iPhone, iPad and Mac password managers money can buy.

AVG LinkScanner Adds Real-time Protection to Your Browsing

AVG LogoWe have covered our share of tips and tricks to help keep your system safe, secure and malware-free. Sam has written a couple of times about one of my favorite tools, the excellent Malware Bytes product, which does a tremendous job of cleaning up after a spyware or scareware infection. But wouldn’t it be great to prevent this sort of thing before it happens?
Anti-virus vendor AVG Technologies is hoping that by releasing its LinkScanner technology as a free, standalone product it’ll be able to help protect us from an expanding online threat.
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Maintaining Privacy as an Online Freelancer

Can the internet public know more about you than you would like?  According to an article at New Scientist, there’s a company that uses software to analyze blogs and forum posts to find out a blogger’s age, gender, and interests.  Web workers who are avid users of Twitter also let the public know what they’re up to most of the day.  Here at WWD, we also discussed the lack of privacy of the average web user when it comes to their browsing activity.

How do we maintain privacy when we work on such a public platform?

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