Glass Houses is primarily about privacy and security issues. It may venture elsewhere, but helping you understand how to protect yourself online is the primary goal.

By: Bert Knabe on August 24, 2011 - 12:08pm - Add new comment

Today the Justice Department announced that Google is paying half a billion dollars for allowing Canadian pharmaceutical companies ads to show up in US browsers, enabling the illegal international sale and importation of controlled and uncontrolled substances.

I don't know how many people made those purchases, but if the USDJ decided to go after them, everyone could be charged and possibly convicted of illegal purchase and/or possession of controlled substances. 

By: Bert Knabe on August 22, 2011 - 5:00am - Add new comment

At the Naked Security blog Chester Wisniewski talked about a paper presented at the Senix Security Symposium. The paper, "Heat of the Moment: Characterizing the Efficacy of Thermal Camera-Based Attacks" looked at using thermal cameras to steal PIN numbers in skimming attacks.

By: Bert Knabe on August 20, 2011 - 2:45am - Add new comment reports that former Mount Dora, Florida Teacher of the Year Jerry Buell has been reassigned to administrative duties while comments on his Facebook page are investigated. Mr. Buell allegedly made some anti-homosexual comments that caused someone to take screenshots and report them to the school District.

By: Bert Knabe on August 19, 2011 - 8:29am - Add new comment

I'll post a full entry this evening, but the short version is that Jerry Buell posted his reaction to the news that New York had legalized gay marriage on his Facebook page. It was rude, it was insensitive, but apparently not the kind of thing he normally posted. Unfortunately for Jerry, he is a high school teacher, and it got him into trouble. 


More this evening.

By: Bert Knabe on August 17, 2011 - 5:00am - Add new comment

Is access to social media a right or a priveledge? That's the question asked by Matthew Ingram at Gigaom. It's a legitimate question now that the UK is talking about killing Twitter, Facebook and Blackberry messaging if possible violence (rioting) is suspected and San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) cut off cell service to a section of the subway to prevent UK style rioting in the transit system.

By: Bert Knabe on August 15, 2011 - 2:04am - Add new comment

Toby Roberts reports on that teachers in Missouri are frustrated by a new law that prohibits contact between teachers and students using Facebook, email, or online means. Teachers complain it limits the ways they can engage students. That's probably true, but the purpose of the law is to prevent the development of inappropriate relationships between students and teachers.

By: Bert Knabe on August 12, 2011 - 2:17am - Add new comment

After days of riots the British Parliament met in emergency session to discuss the riots and how to prevent anything like that happening again. British Prime Minister David Cameron had several suggestions to make Britain safe from the threat of mob violence in the future.

Here is a live blog of the session. At the 12.01 point it lists the suggestions for preventing future riots. The first is the most troubling:

By: Bert Knabe on August 11, 2011 - 5:00am - Add new comment

Tuesday I told you about the discovery that many large ISP's are hijacking searches. I also recommended changing DNS servers. Before you do it might be helpful to know what DNS does and why changing it will help.

By: Bert Knabe on August 10, 2011 - 5:00am - Add new comment

Jaikumar Vijayan reports on that at the Black Hat hackers conference security researcher Alessandro Acquisti presented a disturbing paper on facial recognition, social sites like Facebook, and privacy.

By: Bert Knabe on August 9, 2011 - 5:00am - Add new comment

Karl Bode at reports that ISP's in the U.S. are hijacking our searches and redirecting them to a company called Paxfire. Paxfire is more than just a redirect service for ISP's, it's a revenue generator: