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.

17% of parents ignore privacy settings but still post hundreds of photos of kids online

Parents upload 973 photos of kids on social media before they hit 5

Parents upload an average of 973 photos of kids on social media before they hit 5 but 17% admit they don't check privacy settings, ever.

We don't cover stupid, says cyber insurer that's fighting a payout

We don't cover stupid, says cyber insurer that's fighting a payout

After 2 months of patient data exposed for anyone to see, Cottage Health System's insurance policy should have come as a relief. It didn't.

Parliamentary insiders clean up MPs' Wikipedia pages

Parliament sockpuppets sanitise MPs' Wikipedia pages

Gone are the sex scandals, excessive use of chauffeur driven cars, and lavish expenses used to spiff up MPs' homes.

Phones' accelerometers allow you to be tracked on the metro

Phones' accelerometers allow you to be tracked underground

No GPS or cell tower triangulation necessary. All it takes is learning the world's unique metro routes, then listening as phones jiggle along.

High schooler allegedly hired third party to DDoS his school district

High schooler allegedly hired third party to DDoS his school district

He might face state and federal charges. The attack crippled more than 50 schools, forcing some students to retake tests multiple times, among other miseries.

IC3 urges social media users to beware: scams and fraud are surging

Scams and fraud are surging on social media, says IC3 annual report

12% of the 269,422 complaints received in 2014 had a social media aspect, be it doxing, clickjacking or pharming. Here's how to stay safe.

How your next password could be your brain

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Researchers found that brains react to acronyms in a way that's unique to each individual.

Ready to slap some electrodes on your head?

Apple Watch lets nimble-fingered crooks use your Apple Pay

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Nimble-fingered crooks can exploit the one-second lag before Watch senses it's off a wrist and asks for a passcode.

South Korea mandates spyware on teens' phones

South Korea mandates spyware on teens' phones

Parents can't opt out, regardless of any privacy concerns. Let's hope they don't get hit by an mSpy-esque data breach.

Hello, Barack! Let's keep that @POTUS account secure!

Hello, Barack! Let's keep that @POTUS account secure!

Let's make sure that highly valuable account stays all you, all the time, without anyone else getting their mitts on it - at least, until somebody else becomes POTUS!

Street performer "Baton Bob" offered $20K settlement over pro-police Facebook post

"Baton Bob" offered $20K settlement over pro-police Facebook post

Baton Bob alleged that police forced him to hand over his login before they posted a positive Facebook post about how they treated him during an arrest.

Uber in hot water again - this time over plaintext passwords in emails

Why Uber's plaintext password emailing doesn't deserve the fuss

Password resets are a necessary evil, but they're best avoided however they are done. And you don't get to use the word "hacked" if you use and reuse weak passwords!

Three women indicted for allegedly stealing identities from people's passports

Three women indicted for allegedly stealing identities from people's passports

The three allegedly cooked up counterfeit documents and got others to borrow money to buy iPhones, iPads and other gadgets.

Fujitsu ships first phone with eyeball-scanning authentication

Fujitsu ships first phone with eyeball-scanning authentication

Fujitsu claims its new phone, the Fujitsu Arrows NX F-04G, is the first ever to use iris scanning to replace passwords or fingerprint readers. Time to ditch passwords?

How to sleep tight and not get scammed on Airbnb

How to sleep tight and not get scammed on Airbnb

Airbnb can be a wonderful way for locals and visitors to connect. But like many online services, it's also a playground for scammers. Here are some tips on how to use the service safely.

Warrantless laptop seizure at US borders shouldn't be rubber-stamped, rules judge

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In a rare blow to the border exception rule, the judge disagreed that laptops and phones are just "containers" that can be searched like luggage.

Woman sues employer for firing her after she disabled 24x7 monitoring app

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Having her location monitored was OK while she was clocked in, she said. But she uninstalled it when she found it was spying even when she had quit the app.

Peeing robot spoils the fun as Google temporarily unplugs map-editing tool

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Map Maker's offline until Google sets up moderation that will quash what it says is escalating map vandalism. Happy now, maker of weak-bladdered Android image?

Cane uses facial recognition to steer the blind to friends and family

Cane uses facial recognition to steer the blind to friends and family

Students at Birmingham City University in England have created a cane that recognises familiar faces and vibrates to let its blind owner know that they're near people they know.

Fuskers busted for allegedly stealing photos from Photobucket

Two busted, charged with selling Photofucket photo-stealing services

Two US men allegedly sold an application called "Photofucket" to clients who wanted to plunder Photobucket users' private content.