10 Tips for Safer Browsing: Supercookies and New Dangers

    Date25 May 2010
    Posted ByAlex
    Who would have thought that a digital copier wasn't secure? And did you know that new technologies make it easier than ever to track your online trail? Keeping safe online used to be simple: Use anti-virus software. Not any more. There's a whole new generation of threats to your online security and privacy. We'll look at some of the newest tricks the bad guys have cooked up, and give you 10 tips to help foil them.

    You wouldn't (or at least I hope you wouldn't) toss your bank statements or health records into the recycling bin without shredding them. But if you throw out higher-end multi-function printers without removing the hard drives, you're asking for trouble, says Kevin Brown, a testing manager at ICSA Labs, which tests security products. That's because some digital copiers and printers retain copies of everything they produce on a hard drive or flash storage module. If somebody finds that device, it's no trick at all to read it.

    Yes, that sounds far-fetched. But the Federal Communication Commission is concerned enough that it is investigating this issue and some copier makers are giving away software that will help you wipe a drive clean. And remember, simply deleting files doesn't make the information disappear. It just makes it harder to find.

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