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Dan Tynan has been writing about technology since Mark Zuckerberg was in nappies. A prolific freelance writer whose work has appeared in more than 70 publications, he is the former editor in chief of Yahoo Tech and a longtime contributing editor for InfoWorld and PCWorld.


Taking pay for links means you may be gambling with Google

Ever gotten an email offering to pay you to publish links on your blog? This black hat SEO trick could get you in hot water with search engines

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MiiPC offers parental tools to track Web-savvy kids online

This low-cost Android-powered PC lets parents remotely control their kids' computer use. It's a nice idea, but it's not quite ready for prime time.

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Beehive ID advises who's real and who's an Internet fake

Dear Internet bots and sockpuppets: Your days are numbered, because the Beehive ID service is out to spot the frauds online.

How your online data is being packaged and sold

A recent study by the Direct Marketing Association is interesting in what it doesn't reveal about how it buys and sells your personal data to parties that want to sell to you.

Beware: Your browsing habits expose privacy preferences

Are you an open sharer, a passive user, or a proactive protector? How and where you surf says a lot about how much you value privacy

How your identity gets swiped even if you're careful

LexisNexis, Kroll, and Dunn & Bradstreet have been thoroughly pwned by identity stealing hackers. Who pays the price? You and me.

How to find out what the data miners know about you

What does Acxiom know about you? More than you think, not all of it true, but AboutTheData.com lets you peel back the cover of the data mining giant and look inside.

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Beware spammers thriving in Facebook Groups

Facebook Groups are a haven for spammers, and the world's largest social network is doing almost nothing to stop them. Here's what you can try.

Do cops need a warrant to search your smart phone?

Cell phone security varies significantly among jurisdictions. Here are the current rules and some of the concerns.


How to hide text from NSA's automated surveillance

To keep supercomputers from reading your email, use a font the robots can't read.

How to find happiness in a world of password madness

In the grand scheme of digital security, passwords have become self-defeating, often impotent tools. We need too many of them, and the strong ones are too hard to remember. Luckily, however, you can improve today's passwords with proper management, and tomorrow's security tech may eliminate passwords completely.

Once cars can talk, what will they say about us?

Future cars will be networked, personalized, and connected to the cloud ... and collecting personal data about our preferences and our whereabouts.

Are the Feds Stalking You on Facebook?

Analysis: Not to get paranoid, but we try to determine why a Bostonian discovered mystery Facebook logins from Washington, D.C., some 450 miles away.