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Submission + - If the NSA can break internet encryption, chances are so can someone else (

An anonymous reader writes: The flaw in building a way around any security protocol is that no matter how altruistic those reasons may be, once there is a flaw, anyone can exploit it. That means the NSA is probably not the only body who could exploit the flaws it has reportedly inserted in some commercial encryption software. Think about well-funded organized crime syndicates, corporate rivals, or nation-state espionage against major commercial companies. Security weakened for one is security weakened for all.

Submission + - More Friends Equals More Stress On Facebook (

An anonymous reader writes: The more Facebook friends you have, the more likely you are to feel stressed out by the social network, according to a new study by Scottish researchers and psychologists at the Edinburgh Napier University. They quizzed about 200 students on their use of the service, and concluded that for a significant number of users, the negative effects outweigh the benefits of staying in touch with friends and family.

Submission + - Number of Facebook Friends Linked to Anxiety

Hugh Pickens writes writes: WebProNews reports that according to a new survey, the more Facebook friends you have, the more likely you are to feel stressed out by the site. "The results threw up a number of paradoxes,” says Dr Kathy Charles, who led the study. “For instance, although there is great pressure to be on Facebook there is also considerable ambivalence amongst users about its benefits." Causes of stress included deleting unwanted contacts, the pressure to be entertaining, and having to use appropriate etiquette for different types of friends. "Like gambling, Facebook keeps users in a neurotic limbo, not knowing whether they should hang on in there just in case they miss out on something good.”

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