Articles by Lisa Vaas

About Lisa Vaas

I've been writing about technology, careers, science and health since 1995. I rose to the lofty heights of Executive Editor for eWEEK, popped out with the 2008 crash, joined the freelancer economy, and am still writing for my beloved peeps at places like Sophos's Naked Security, CIO Mag, ComputerWorld, PC Mag, IT Expert Voice, Software Quality Connection, Time, and the US and British editions of HP's Input/Output. I respond to cash and spicy sites, so don't be shy.

Craig Brittain asks Google to remove links relating to his revenge porn antics

Craig Brittain asks Google to remove links relating to his revenge-porn antics

The guy who ignored women's pleas to take down nude images from his IsAnybodyDown site wants to have his own photos and information expunged from Google.

Old-school landline phones to protect elderly from "it's me" scammers

Old-school landline phones protect Japan's elderly from "it's me" scammers

The new phones glow red when a call comes in from an unregistered number, to battle the "ore ore" ("it's me, it's me") fraudsters who prey on Japanese elderly.

Facebook comes up with new ways to reach out to the suicidal

Facebook comes up with new ways to reach out to the suicidal

Where would you turn, and what would you do, if you saw a post that seemed suicidal from a Facebook friend? Facebook has some answers.

Say hello to net neutrality - FCC votes to "protect the open internet"

FCC votes in favor of net neutrality in the US

The FCC has voted in favor of net neutrality. Broadband is now a US public utility, free of blocking, throttling or paid prioritization, and also subject to greater government regulation.

Google turns Pwnium into an all-year, unlimited-rewards bug-hunting contest

Bug. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

Google's new thinking around bug hunting: get it to us ASAP, from wherever you are.

Not just celebrity nude photos, Reddit bans all "involuntary porn"

Reddit bans "Involuntary Porn": Sexual material's not OK without an OK

Reddit blew it with The Fappening, but a new privacy policy enables even us nobodies to request image removal.

LinkedIn settles class action suit over 2012 unsalted password leak

LinkedIn settles class action suit over 2012 unsalted password leak

LinkedIn is privately settling the 2012 unsalted password leak. Were you one of the 800,000 affected users? Here's what you need to know.

Google bans sexually explicit content on Blogger

Nude ban. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

Unless the content has "public benefit," it will be bumped out of public view as of 23 March (if it's already been published) and banned outright after that date.

Snapchat tells teens: Keep your clothes on!

Snapchat to teens: Keep your clothes on!

Somebody should have told the kids whose racy snap went viral: Snapchat's got a new Safety Center that nixes nudity and sex, at least for minors.

Tumblr blocks torrent-related posts from search results, along with adult content

Tumblr blocks torrent-related posts from search results, along with adult content

Logged-in users will have to click the lock icon to switch out of "safe mode" and get to any posts tagged with, or mentioning, torrents.

Facebook to be sued by Native American over real-name policy

Facebook to be sued by Native American over real-name policy

Dana Lone Hill, a member of the Lakota people and one of many Native Americans whom Facebook shut out over erroneous reports of fake names, will head the class action lawsuit.

YouTube to launch ad free subscription and a kid safe app

YouTube to launch ad-free subscription and a kid-safe app

YouTube's stripping comments from its upcoming Kids app and adverts from its upcoming paid subscription model.

Ruin privacy-invading photos with reflective glass nanosphere clothing

Reflective nanosphere clothing ruins paparazzi's photos

Wearing clothes that turn you invisible is one way to fend off unwanted photographs, but your identity's still up for grabs in the light of day.

Revenge-porn king Hunter Moore pleads guilty to identity theft, hacking

Revenge-porn king Hunter Moore pleads guilty to identity theft, hacking

Congratulations to the hundreds of victims and to Charlotte Laws: the extremely tenacious mother of one victim who wouldn't back down.

Breakthrough in facial recognition: the 'Deep Dense Face Detector'

Face detection

A breakthrough in facial recognition technology means that computers will soon be able to spot faces even if they're tilted or partially blocked: a boon to cloud storage providers, social networks, surveillance and advertisers alike.

Twitter's new tool should stop password sharing and help fend off hijackings

Twitter. Image courtesy of Shutterstock / Twin Design.

The new tool, TweetDeck Teams, lets users share Twitter accounts without having to share passwords.

Yelp sues Revleap for claiming it sells good reviews, buries the bad ones

Yelp sues Revleap for claiming it sells good reviews, buries the bad ones

Revleap promises to sell improved ratings to businesses, but Yelp claims that it does nothing but lie and spam both Yelp's customers and Revleap clients' customers, dangling gift cards in exchange for writing positive reviews.

Get ready for the internet-enabled, speech recognising, joke-telling Barbie

Hello Barbie

An internet-enabled toy that talks to your kids: what could possibly go wrong?!

WhatsApp spy tool lets anyone track when you're online

WhatsApp spy tool lets anyone track when you're online

WhatsSpy Public illustrates that fiddling with your privacy settings doesn't stop people from tracking your status and any changes you've made to profile photos, status messages and settings.

New rules on drones and aerial surveillance issued by FAA, White House

FAA, White House issue rules on drones and aerial surveillance

Proposed FAA rules would prohibit flying drones out of eyesight, at night, or over people, while the president has ordered federal agencies to be transparent about data collection and to respect privacy.