Secret demands mark escalation in Internet surveillance by the federal government through gaining access to user passwords, which are typically stored in encrypted form.
Password-scanning technology is gaining ground, but there are ways you can help secure your Mac against it.
Whether they're jamming crushed Altoids mints into screw holes or prepping themselves to swallow Micro SD cards, some travelers are now going to extreme lengths to defend against foreign snoops.
Clotho lets you hide files inside other files or folders on your hard drive. While this isn't secure like encryption programs (such as TrueCrypt), it can be an easy way to keep prying eyes away from your personal items.
Using a plug-in for the popular Windows text editor, Notepad++, you can easily encrypt selected text and entire text files.
Court rules that prosecutors can't force people to decrypt data that could potentially be used against them.
Apple's FileVault 2 whole-disk encryption can be unencrypted within an hour, according to encryption and password-recovery company Passware.
Since the news of Passware being able to decrypt FileVault over FireWire connections, Mac users might be concerned about the integrity of the security on their computers.
Use encryption, keep your software up-to-date, disable images in e-mail, scan e-mail attachments for viruses, use a nonadministrator Windows account, scan for viruses manually, and use a secure-erase utility to destroy old data.
A new Trojan horse being distributed through pirated software for OS X will try to scam the Bitcoin network and steal personal information.