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.

How to secure your baby monitor

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Two more families say they've had baby monitors turned into nursery-room eavesdropping bugs. Here's how to button up your baby's security, camera, Wi-Fi, router and all.

New 'Clear' app helps you erase your online mistakes

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Sure, we'd love to wipe away those rude/racy/rebellious posts, but how erasable is erasable? Two phrases come to mind: "screen capture" and "digital archive!"

Man guns down computer after getting fed up with Blue Screen of Death

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A Colorado man administered what we assume to be the highly unusual remedy of lead slugs in an alley behind his homeopathy store.

'Aaron's Law' back in Congress to bring "long overdue" fix of US hacking law

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The proposed overhaul of the infamous Computer Fraud and Abuse Act would focus penalties on malicious computer crime.

Discounts for online reviews? No, says FTC

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The FTC has stopped auto-shipping company AmeriFreight from giving $50 discounts for customers who wrote reviews.

Chinese mobile app used for hiring thugs to beat up people

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Dirty work, done dirt cheap - and via mobile app! Think $32-$80, depending on severity of beating required.

Police use lost phone to post selfies on woman's Facebook account

Police use lost phone to post selfies on woman's Facebook account

We charge this phone and Facebook account with flagrant lack of passcode and privacy protection!

Google Wallet balances just got a little bit safer

Google Wallet balances now insured by FDIC

Funds stored as Google Wallet balances are now protected by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the company reportedly said.

Auto shop's controversial anti-gay Facebook post sparks cyber backlash

US auto shop that welcomes guns but not gays gets beat up on Yelp

The owner's pro-gun, anti-gay Facebook post went viral, fomented a Yelp unicorn makeover, and sparked a peaceful protest and alleged threats.

Woman sues Google after in-app purchases drain her bank account

Woman sues Google after Play Store drains her bank account

She's alleging that Google Play's inadequate security let crooks siphon thousands of dollars in charges from her account.

Tampering with US voting machine as easy as 'abcde', says Virginia report

Tampering with US voting machine as easy as 'abcde', says Virginia report

All it would take to compromise it is to sit in the parking lot with a laptop, some free tools, and a dropper full of tech smarts.

Lost your Android? Now you can Google it!

Now you can Google your lost (Android) phone

Just do a Google search on "Find My Phone," and presto! It will show up on a Google map. Then, you can get it to ring its head off.

US lawmaker who's pushing anti-swatting bill gets swatted

US lawmaker who's pushing anti-swatting bill gets swatted

"Some sick, evil person thought it would be funny to send the police to my house on one of these false reports," he said.

EU accuses Google of abusing search dominance, opens Android investigation

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The European Commission has accused Google of abusing its status as the 800-lb. search gorilla and has launched a separate investigation into its Android mobile operating system.

Hot Lotto security director suspected of tinkering with computer to win $14.3m

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What's luckier than a four-leaf clover? Maybe a rootkit on a handy thumb drive, with access to security cameras that can be tampered with.

New algorithm could auto-squash trolls

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Researchers have come up with a tool that spots troll behaviour and low readability 80% of the time. That's 20% "oops." Worth it?

Teen charged after using teacher's admin password to access school computer

Florida teen charged with felony after shoulder-surfing teacher's password

He's been charged with trespassing on his school's computer system after snooping away an administrative password and swapping a teacher's desktop wallpaper with an image of two men kissing.

Season 5 Game of Thrones episodes leaked online

Season 5 Game of Thrones episodes pirated and leaked online

HBO says that preview copies of Game of Thrones have somehow been breached. They'd already been copied at least 1 million times before Sunday's airing of the new season's first episode.

Amazon sues sites that sell fake reviews

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Amazon is suing four websites that sell fake 4 and 5 star reviews for trademark infringement, false advertising and cybersquatting.