After his family was stalked and abused using commercially available data, a ZDNet reader emailed Violet Blue to ask what he can do to fight the problem.
Violet Blue unapologetically covers the intersection of tech trends and media stories about corruption, hypocrisy and redemption from tech's fault line, San Francisco.
Ms. Violet Blue (tinynibbles.com, @violetblue) is a freelance investigative reporter on hacking and cybercrime at Zero Day/ZDNet, CNET and CBS News, as well as a noted sex columnist. She has made regular appearances on CNN and The Oprah Winfrey Show and is regularly interviewed, quoted, and featured in a variety of publications that includes ABC News and the Wall Street Journal. She has authored and edited award-winning, best selling books in eight translations and has been a sex columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle. She has given keynote talks at such conferences as ETech, LeWeb, and the Forbes Brand Leadership Conference, and has given two Tech Talks at Google. In 2010, the London Times named Blue one of “40 bloggers who really count.” Ms. Blue is the author of The Smart Girl's Guide to Privacy. Violet Blue bio courtesy of TTI Vanguard.
An alleged ex AdSense employee claimed Google robbed its AdSense clients and Google issued a fast denial. Now the anonymous accuser is back with more information.
Someone claiming to be a former employee of Google claims the internet giant has systematically robbed its AdSense clients -- an allegation Google has quickly denied.
With Facebook and Google cited by consumers as "worst abusers" of private data, is this week's White House report on big data and privacy -- and its discrimination concerns -- too little, too late?
Twitter changed its popular six-second video sharing app Vine to a strict "no porn" policy and answered our questions about the change.
Prior to the start of Super Bowl 48, the stadium's internal Wi-Fi login credentials were inadvertently broadcast on national TV.
In light of news that a high-profile outing resulted in one transgender woman's suicide, Violet Blue re-examines Google's outing of transgender users with its ongoing Google Plus privacy failures.
As one San Francisco dominatrix prepares for her $42,000 one-hour cam show, the event marks the Internet's permanent dethroning of the porn industry's static revenue and content models.
The relationship between Yahoo and its Mail users feels like a sickeningly protracted cycle of abuse, but this week it conceded and gave Tabs back to users -- but anyone missing emails is still out in the cold.
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After a public UI and technical failure with its October redesign, Yahoo Mail miraculously gets worse as it goes. And then, Yahoo acknowledges delivery failures stretching back to November 25.
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Like a significant number of Apple MacBook owners, I didn't expect my battery to burst. I discovered that Apple considers this hazardous occurrence "expected behavior."
Apple's exploding Lithium Polymer MacBook batteries are becoming a common issue. ZDNet's Violet Blue's MacBook Pro battery burst while in use, and worryingly, it still holds a charge.
Last week, JP Morgan announced on its Twitter feed that it would do an open Q&A using the #AskJPM hashtag. It was canceled due to epic, highly informed, trolling.