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The Best Search Engine You're Probably Not Using

Do you like privacy? Do you shun surveillance and eschew spam? Do you like simplicity? If you answered yes to any of those questions, you’ll love DuckDuckGo.

Microsoft Admits To Hacks Based On Findings In Googler's Report

Nobody likes to shoulder blame — and it appears that’s particularly true of Microsoft. Ballmer and co have admitted that a series of targeted attacks have been carried out, clearly based on findings published in a Google researcher’s recent report.

How To Lock Down Your Facebook Privacy Now That Graph Search Is Here

Graph Search is Facebook’s bold new way of browsing the social network, letting you call up photos of your family in California, restaurants your friends like in New York, or any public updates from Gizmodo employees who also like hot air ballooning. It’s been available the last several months in beta, but today it starts rolling out to Facebook at large. And in the wrong hands, it can be the ultimate stalker search engine.

US Tax Office Accidentally Publishes Social Security Numbers Online

You’d think the US Internal Revenue Service would be the one organisation you can trust with your personal information. Think again. Thanks to a cock-up, the agency just put tens of thousands of the numbers out on the internet for anyone and everyone to see. Fantastic.

US Government Is Classifying Less Information Than Ever Before

Despite the fact that the US government seems more enthusiastic than ever about gathering data, its taste for making it classified seems to be waning. This year’s Information Security Oversight Office report reveals that the total number of “original classification” decisions fell over 40 per cent in 2012.

Twitter Wants To Start Tracking You On The Web, Here's How To Opt Out

In a blog post today, Twitter announced that it was “experimenting with new ways of targeting ads”, which is its way of saying it’s planning to track you around the web — even when you leave Twitter — and relay that information to advertisers to craft better ads. Here’s how to opt out.

You Can Spy On Your Own Email To See Exactly What The NSA Can See

By now, US citizens are all very aware that their metadata is being harvested by “the man”. It’s not the actual email or phone calls, but metadata still matters. If you’ve wondered what it looks like, MIT’s Immersion project can help you out.

NYT: US Government Tracks Snail Mail Too

Email and phone call metadata certainly isn’t private, but maybe you were holding out hope that good old-fashioned snail mail somehow avoided big brother’s living gaze. The New York Times is reporting that’s all being tracked too. Surprise, surprise.

New PRISM Insight: Real-Time Monitoring, 100,000 Surveillance Targets

The Washington Post has unearthed more slides describing the US government’s PRISM surveillance program. And it looks like they help confirm the extent of the operation.

Google Reveals Data On Sites That Are Phishing And Installing Malware

Google’s latest Transparency Report is out. The document reveals data on its “Safe Browsing” initiative, which attempts to protect users from sites that are either phishing for data or installing malicious software. According to Google, it keeps one billion users safe and flags some 10,000 sites per day.