News From The Personal Cloud – August 26th, 2011

Every Friday here on In The Personal Cloud we’ll be presenting a round up of links highlighting popular and rising news stories from the world of the cloud and online secuirty. Everything from news regarding hacking and how to be secure to advancements in the field of cloud computing. Stay tuned to In The Personal Cloud each Friday to remain up to do date on everything you need to know.

Facebook Offers New Security Guide – Believe it or not Facebook is a type of cloud computing service. This week they rolled out a slew of new privacy options and with it a guide for novice and veteran users alike on how to manage said controls. The guide is an excellent resource and shows an unprecedented forward action from the social network. [InformationWeek]



What Comes After Flickr? The Future of Photos In The Cloud – Wade Roush at speculates on the future of storing photos in the cloud and how Flickr’s legacy will play into this timeline. Roush carries out a pretty hefty comparison of some newer cloud based services. [Xconomy]

Federal Push for ‘Cloud’ Technology Faces Skepticism – The government’s swaying position on adopting cloud computing has been an on going feature on our link round ups. This week The New York Times wrote about how new research shows an increase in doubt regarding government cloud use. The opposition feels that it’s too much of a security risk especially considering all the recent digital attacks on the US Government. [NYT]

Norton Launches Android Mobile Security Protection – With the rise of smart phones and constant Internet access comes the rise of harmful viruses and compromised security on your mobile device. Over the past year, malware unique to Android has grown four fold. In response Norton has launched an Android exclusive protection plan. Protect your phone, because it’s more than just a phone. [IT VAR News]

Study Says Internet Explorer 9 Is The Safest Browser – While it may be the oldest and most arcane browser in today’s world of Firefox and Chrome, a new study shows that Microsoft’s IE 9 is the best defense against malware. “With its new Application Reputation feature, IE9 blocks malicious URLs more than 99 percent of the time, according to NSS Labs, of Carlsbad, Ca.” That’s security we can get behind, but  don’t forget safe browsing and always try to avoid sites that look dangerous. [PC World]

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