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.

Who killed Proxyham?

Who killed Proxyham?

The new and cheap anonymizing device, Proxyham, has been axed and its DEF CON talk cancelled. Was the firm hit with a gag order, or was it just hype to begin with?

US government takes aim at 3D printed guns

US fight against publishing 3D printed gun blueprints faces lawsuit

Should the blueprints for guns really be considered "free speech?" Or is that a convenient bending of reality?

Facebook locked out Jemmaroid von Laalaa, so she made it her real name

Facebook locked out Jemmaroid von Laalaa, so she made it her real name

One woman's tale of desperately fighting to get back into her account after the real-name policy police shut her out.

Fed up with losing email to your spam folder? Gmail’s artificial intelligence wants to help

Google arms bulk senders with spam smarts in Gmail Postmaster Tools

Google is arming bulk email senders with spam smarts so that you get more of the emails you want and spend less time dumpster-diving for missing email.

Man charged for naming sexual assault victim on police Facebook page

Man charged for naming sexual assault victim on police's Facebook page

He named the victim in a comment he made on Facebook, contravening laws designed to protect the identity of sexual assault victims.

Apple ditches Recovery Key in new 2FA process for El Capitan and iOS 9

Apple ditches Recovery Key in new 2FA process for El Capitan, iOS 9

Apple is beta testing 2FA that cuts out Recovery Key. Good riddance!

Tinder adds verified accounts to stop people getting duped by fake celebrities

Tinder match

Is it really Kit Harington / Katy Perry / Harry Styles / Lindsay Lohan / other-hot-celebrity? Now you'll be able to tell!

Google ad profiling: what's causing the gender discrimination?

Google advertises higher-paying jobs to far more men than women

Google displayed ads for a career coaching service for "$200k+" jobs 1852 times to the male profiles and only 318 times to female profiles. But is it Google's fault?

Social media etiquette for Jim Carrey (and everyone else)

What Jim Carrey needs to know about social media privacy

Jim Carrey has apologized for tweeting a photo of a child without asking for permission. He's not the first!

Judge overturns conviction of Goldman Sachs programmer for stealing code

Judge dismisses conviction of Goldman Sachs programmer for stealing code

Sergey Aleynikov has long claimed that the code was open source and that he never shared it with anybody. Did he get off on a technicality?

NSA's XKeyscore collects router data, Skype conversations, webcam images

XKeyscore collects router data, Skype conversations, webcam images

Newly revealed documents from the Edward Snowden trove show that XKeyscore is much more than a Google-like search engine for the world's private communications data.

Faceglória: like Facebook but without all that 'sin'

Faceglória: like Facebook but without all that sin

Don't click "Like" - click "Amen!" The Brazilian evangelical take on social media swaps in Gospel music and billowing white clouds.

MasterCard to trial pay-by-face for online purchasing

Selfie. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

Stare at the phone and blink to prove you're alive, the company's security researchers decided. But didn't other researchers already foil that one...?

Smartphone anti-theft "kill switch" law goes into effect in California

Smartphone anti-theft "kill switch" law goes into effect in California

It requires all mobile phones sold in the state to be enabled with the anti-theft technology by default.

Facebook Messenger now lets users send money to friends

Facebook Messenger now lets US users send money to friends

Facebook has switched on person-to-person (P2P) payments for users in the US to instantly message money to friends.

Twin prodigies-turned-hackers face long jail terms after pleading guilty

Twin computer whiz-kids plead guilty to plans to break into State Dept.

The youngest ever to graduate from George Mason University, they put their talents to use at schemes like inflating gift card value and stealing credit card data.

PayPal backpedals on awful robocalling policy

PayPal backpedals on awful robocalling policy

"Sorry for the confusion!" it said, promising to erase the no-opt-out, robocalling/autotexting nightmare seemingly poised to grip the US.

Drones in restricted area divert planes fighting wildfire

Wildfire grew as drones got in the way of planes with fire retardant

Air drops were aborted as a DC-10 and two smaller planes were forced back from the fire, costing the US Forest Service more than $10,000.