Android Phones Hit by ‘Ransomware’

On August 26, 2014, in Security, by transxf1

Any smartphone message that prompts an immediate “call to action” is probably malware or a scam.  So heed the following advice: 1.  Always verify the source by conducting a Google or Bing Search of the “topic”. 2.  Resist the urge to get sucked in. 3.  If you have time, report the incident to one of […]

How Safe is Your Website From Hackers and Other Malicious Attacks?

On August 23, 2014, in Security, by transxf1

Some great tips on ways to deter objectionable activity and cyber-criminals who attack your livelihood online. How Safe is Your Website From Hackers and Other Malicious Attacks?. “1.Is your WordPress installation up to date?   2.Do you have security plugins installed?  3.Are your passwords secure and difficult to hack? 4.Do you review your Google Webmaster Tools […]

10 Opt-Outs to Increase Your Privacy

On August 18, 2014, in Privacy, by transxf1

“The World Privacy Forum has compiled a list of their Top 10 Opt-Outs. While the list is in no way comprehensive it contains those opt-outs that the group feels are most important and most useful. Increase your personal privacy today by choosing one (or more) of the opt-outs that appeal to you. Which opt-outs will […]

IBM acquires Lighthouse for cloud identity security solution

On August 12, 2014, in Identity, by transxf1

“According to Kris Lovejoy, General Manager, IBM Security Services: “Business models are rapidly evolving as employees conduct more of their work offsite. Protecting this data and who has access to it has become a challenge, costing our clients time and money. With this acquisition, IBM provides a unique identity and access management offering that combines […]

Neustar Privacy Interview With Becky Burr

On August 11, 2014, in Privacy, by transxf1

It is refreshing that Internet security is evolving into an era where product and service vendors want to explain their approaches to privacy and security so that we can know how we are being protected and by whom. Neustar Privacy Interview With Becky Burr – Business Insider. Thanks to Business Insider

Smartcard Firm Gemalto Buys Safenet

On August 8, 2014, in Security, by transxf1

“SafeNet’s technologies protects more than 80 per cent of world’s intra-bank fund transfers and its 1,500 employees, including 550 cryptographic engineers, serve corporations and government customers worldwide.” It is comforting to know that 550 cryptographic engineers are working diligently to protect inter-bank fund transfers throughout the world. Question: How many cryptographic engineers will it take […]

Russian Hackers Amass Over a Billion Internet Passwords

On August 6, 2014, in Security, by transxf1

1.2 Billion is a lot of accounts and passwords.  If their use is spam fodder, then the beat goes on.  This user has not been able to deter email inbox spam or the stuff that wanders onto my desktop under the guise of a “speed-up my PC” utility. We need to wait and determine the […]

The Evolution Of Consumer Attitudes On Privacy

On August 1, 2014, in Privacy, by transxf1

Goods News!  At least according to Forrester Research.  What do you think it will take to get more people on board with privacy and identity protection? “Of course, even now, consumers demonstrate a wide range of attitudes toward an understanding of data privacy: Some individuals tune out technology news, while others struggle to navigate the […]

2014 iPad and iPhone Models to Include Touch ID Fingerprint Sensors: Report | Trending in Tech

On July 30, 2014, in Security, by transxf1

At least you now have some protection for your device until someone steals it or you leave it unattended at home or work and prying eyes invade your privacy after you’ve swiped your finger and left it unprotected. 2014 iPad and iPhone Models to Include Touch ID Fingerprint Sensors: Report | Trending in Tech. Thanks […]

Hacker Gary McKinnon turns into a search expert

On July 28, 2014, in Security, by transxf1

Don’t know this guy, even though he is – almost – a namesake.  We’re not related as far as I know, but at least he’s trying to put his skills to good purpose.  And that seems to me to be enviable these days. BBC News – Hacker Gary McKinnon turns into a search expert. Thanks […]