CyberThreats Daily: As Twitter reveals a user’s identity, what now for free speech?

Twitter’s controversial decision to reveal an anonymous user’s identity is a wake-up call to social media users everywhere that they really have to think twice before posting.

Remember the old sayings, “there’s many a slip between cup and lip” or “loose lips sink ships”? Many of us grew up in an age where discretion was a cherished quality. However, the rise and rise of social media in the last six years changed everything and the ability to update your status on Facebook or post a tweet on Twitter saying exactly what’s on your mind or what you think of so and so on the box has created a sort of psychological compulsion to say it, no matter what ‘it’ is. Read full article by John Kennedy on SiliconRepublic.

Skype installs third party software against users’ wishes

Over the weekend, a Skype partner firm used the VoIP software’s auto-update function to install a program on users’ systems – even against users’ express wishes. EasyBits has been responsible for online gaming on the Skype platform since 2006. Now, the company’s stand-alone “EasyBits Go” games centre has been installed on Skype for Windows users’ computers via a games update. Read more on The H.

Blocking JavaScript in the Browser

Most Web sites use JavaScript, a powerful scripting language that helps make sites interactive. Unfortunately, a huge percentage of Web-based attacks use JavaScript tricks to foist malicious software and exploits onto site visitors. To protect yourself, it is critically important to have an easy method of selecting which sites should be allowed to run JavaScript in the browser. Krebs on Security explains how.

Blocking JavaScript in the Browser

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