News From The Personal Cloud – February 24th, 2012

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 security. 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.

Vancouver police support Internet surveillance bill – Meanwhile, the Vancouver Police are in full support of Bill C-30.  The bill itself would require various telecommunications providers to put in infrastructure that would allow the Police access to criminal movements on the Internet.  Critics and skeptics alike are worried about the slippery slope this creates, but Vancouver officials have reassured the public that outside of “exigent” circumstances they will still need a warrant in order to access their information. [Canada]

Corporate Clients Should Ask Specific Questions About Law Firm Computer Security, Experts Say – As a corporate entity shopping your company’s legal needs to big law, you may want to find out what kind of security they’re offering in exchange for your business.  80 major law firms were hacked last year.  Here are some questions to ensure you won’t make the 2012 list. [ABAJournal]

Web Firms to Adopt ‘No Track’ Button – Users who have been worried about just how much information is being collected and used while they go about their daily surfing habits will be happy to know that not only is an [Online] Privacy Bill of Rights in the works, but that a button will very shortly be required to be installed into many browsers to disable any tracking that may be taking place. [WSJ]

Hackers for hire result of poor economy and easy scripts – Desperate times call for desperate measures – even with the IT crowd.  This article speculates on how the growing industry of hackers-for-hire may in fact be a direct result of a poor economy, poor wages, and the unemployed IT professional, [NECN]

How Setting the Cloud Free Could Change the Internet Forever – Even though the cloud may bring with it a certain set of freedoms, they still very much are housed in a central location.  This article looks at how the Japanese Earthquake last year took it’s toll on cloud computing in Tokyo. [Mashable]

6 Shining Examples of Cloud Computing in Action – A very thorough look at not just what the cloud is already doing, but what it can do from business scalability to “intelligent assistants.” [Forbes]

Is Cloud Computing A Global Market Yet? Nyet – Not if several non-US companies can help it.  Many companies seem to be worried about the US’s potential to become a global dominating force in cloud computing and in fact have been enacting certain measures within their own borders to prevent their citizens from adopting US services. [InformationWeek]

OnLive delivers ridiculously fast web browsing on the iPad – OnLive, once a cloud based gaming company has now added web browsing to its repertoire that has browsing speeds that are “ridiculously” fast.  Not only that, it can run Microsoft Word, Internet Explorer, and Adobe Flash applications on your iPad. [VentureBeat]

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