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How Twitter tracks the websites you visit, and how to stop it

Twitter

Last Thursday Twitter introduced promoted tweets (ads) targeted according to the websites you've visited. It seemed like a good time to explain how Twitter is doing it, how they've used a different technique to track the websites you visit for some time now, and how to turn it all off if you want to.

Telephonic irony - "Hello, this is the Do Not Call Register calling"

It was a breach of the law serious enough to attract a $110,000 fine, but you still have to laugh.

The company that operates Australia's Do Not Call Register has been found guilty of making unlawful calls to subscribers on the Do Not Call Register.

Monday review: the hot 20 stories of the week

Monday review: the hot 20 stories of the week

It's weekly roundup time - here's everything we published in the last seven days.

Google updates Chrome, finally adds Do Not Track feature

Google updates Chrome, finally adds Do Not Track feature

Google’s Chrome web browser finally joined the ranks of privacy-conscious web browsers this week, with a new release that adds a Do Not Track feature, along with other changes.

SSCC 99 - Hurricane Sandy, DMCA, do not track, Barnes and Noble and Facebook

Sophos Security Chet Chat

Michael Argast rejoined Chet this halloween to catch up on the week's news including new DMCA exceptions, Hurricane Sandy scams, Yahoo! ignoring do not track, Barnes and Noble credit cards skimming and Facebook's donation to spam research.

Yahoo! rejects privacy arguments, ignores do not track from IE 10 users

Yahoo! rejects privacy arguments, ignores do not track from IE 10 users

Yahoo! has decided to ignore Internet Explorer 10 users privacy choices. Are IE 10 users losing out on a tailored advertising experience?

Monday review: the hot 26 stories of the week

Monday review: the hot 26 stories of the week

Here's a list of all the stories we've written in the last week, in case you missed any (or if you just want to read them again).

Will Do Not Track cripple the tech industry?

Will Do Not Track cripple the tech industry?

Eric Wheeler's CNET article spelled out the apocalyptic future that awaits us if we don't stop Do Not Track. But is it actually true?

Monday review: the hot 18 stories of the week

Monday review: the hot 18 stories of the week

It's weekly summary time.

Here's everything we've written in the last seven days.

SSCC 98 - RSA keys, Blackhole exploits, Nitol botnets and Apache takes potshots at Microsoft

SSCC 98 - RSA key safety, Blackhole exploit kit updated, Nitol botnet takedown and Apache takes potshots at Microsoft

Duck joins Chet to take on the latest security news.

As usual, they don't mince their words, so take a listen and enjoy a quarter-hour mix of news, opinion, advice and research..

Finally, Google Chrome will support Do Not Track

Finally; Google Chrome will support Do Not Track

Google has finally added support for the DNT (Do Not Track) header to their latest developer build of Chrome. The modification is likely to make it into an official release of Google's popular web browser before the end of the year.

Apache Foundation creates firestorm over user privacy choices [POLL]

Apache Foundation creates firestorm over user privacy choices

The Apache Foundation has decided to ignore user tracking preferences when surfing with Internet Explorer 10 in its market dominating web server. Read on for the controversy and the opportunity to weigh in with your thoughts.

Do Not Track: has Microsoft outwitted competitors Google and Facebook?

IE10

With a deft side step, Microsoft appears to have outwitted opponents, like Google and Facebook, on their plans to have Do Not Track on by default in Windows 8....

WWDC 2012 keynote highlights Apple security strengths and weaknesses

WWDC 2012 keynote highlights Apple security strengths and weaknesses

Apple's announcement about new products at WWDC 2012 was peppered with information related to security and privacy, Joshua Long reports.

SSCC 92 - Flame, Do Not Track, TACK, Conficker and Android security

Sophos Security Chet Chat

Michael Argast from Telus joined Chet once again to discuss the week's news. Topics covered include Flame malware, Do Not Track, TACK, Conficker and Sophos Mobile Security for Android.

Browser wars - Microsoft says IE10 will support Do Not Track by default

IE10

Browser vendors don't really compete on features any more, they compete on performance and trust; the best browser is the fastest, most secure and most private.

The question is - how quickly will Mozilla and Google respond?

Will Do Not Track make a difference to web privacy?

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Earlier this week the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) released the first drafts of two new privacy standards aimed at simplifying and standardising how websites read and comply with web users’ privacy settings. So is it going to make a difference?

Do-not-track off to a slow start, Mozilla adds support for Android

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At a recent privacy conference the conclusion was that the voluntary adoption of the do-not-track feature in browsers is off to a slow start. Mozilla announced support for do-not-track on Android, and Google's privacy counsel doesn't know what it means...

SSCC45 - Do not track, David Rice, OS X tips and more in this week's podcast

Sophos Security Chet Chat 41

Sophos Security Chet Chat 45 covers the week's security news including Google Chrome's "Do Not Track" feature, Apple's new CISO, government web credentials for sale and Nicolas Sarkozy's hacked Facebook profile.

Celebrate the holidays with some new Chet Chats

Chet Chat logo with wreath

The latest 3 Sophos Security Chet Chats feature David Schwartzberg, Michael Argast and Sean Richmond. We discuss all the latest security news including faster encryption, WikiLeaks, mobile security and the "Do Not Track" proposal.