Staples breach exposed 1.16 million payment cards | TheHill

On December 22, 2014, in Identity, by transxf1

We continue to be appalled that our private financial information is compromised when a major retailer is hacked. It would make more sense to this tech pro if we assumed that this would happen and then took steps to protect ourselves. That means work.  Changing passwords, re-pinning credits cards.  Requesting new cards periodically and seeking […]

Will Banks Be Required to Have Cyber-Insurance?

On December 18, 2014, in Security, by transxf1

We consumers and Internet users are doing precious little to protect ourselves beyond using the protections that come by default on our devices and within the applications we choose.  So it makes perfect sense to require the custodians of our information, data, and money to require a high standard for them.  But the costs of […]

The FBI Used the Web’s Favorite Hacking Tool to Unmask Tor Users

On December 16, 2014, in Security, by transxf1

The openness of the Internet and the collaboration and cooperation among Internet users, some genuinely honest and other patently dishonest continues to provide an environment for solving problems that both benefit and also harm us.  So I guess we shouldn’t disparage open source development or resist the financial support of commercial technology companies who al […]

Sony Is Not The Only Company With Subpar Data Security

On December 12, 2014, in Security, by transxf1

In this weeks episode of The Perils of Lax Data Security, we bring you some data that supports the fact that internal controls among enterprise companies is lacking. Not a surprise, right.  BYOD and the blurred lines between personal computing and business data processing continue to dilute all possible attempts to secure anything well. Sony […]

Nation-backed malware targets diplomats’ iPhones, Androids, and PCs

On December 11, 2014, in Privacy, by transxf1

We’re not surprised to hear about another state sponsored effort to compromise information and data being transmitted on diplomatic devices. Privacy, Internet Identity, and security continue to be compromised as the “open” internet has become fertile ground for anything and everything sordid and criminal. With freedom comes responsibility.  Without it, we continue to lock our […]

Cisco buys Neohapsis to bolster its cloud and mobile security savvy

On December 10, 2014, in Security, by transxf1

Second major enterprise organization to acquire a security firm in the last week. Sounds like security might become more improatnt in the coming year. Cisco buys Neohapsis to bolster its cloud and mobile security savvy | VentureBeat | Security | by Jordan Novet. Thanks to  VentureBeat – Security and Jordan Novet

Cyberattacks will get worse in 2015

On December 9, 2014, in Security, by transxf1

Its no suprise to anyone that predictions about future cybercrime are so ominous.  We hear the news daily and many of us experience first hand the results of intrusions into our smartphones and computers. And don’t expect things to improve soon.  The best defense for most of us these days is care and vigilence. Cyberattacks […]

Change Multiple Passwords With One Click

On December 9, 2014, in Privacy, by transxf1

This is not an endorsement.  But we take note of another of a large number of startups who are now offering password management schemes. Why? Because current identity protection and verification systems are completely out of hand.  If you think for one moment that your passwrds and methods of protecting your bank accounts, social media […]

Hacking PayPal Account with Just a Click

On December 4, 2014, in Security, by transxf1

Oh joy! Just what we need this holiday season. My prediction is that this is another in a series of exploits that may extend well into Spring 2015.  And I don’t consider myself to be overly pessimistic about anything.  But fortunately we have a large number of concerned computer scientists and researchers who want to […]

Which e-retailers have good user security?

On December 2, 2014, in Privacy, by transxf1

Do users care about online security?  Research says they do not. What about eTailers concerns for user’s security.  Here’s a great table that lets you know, as if you cared. Which e-retailers have good user security? | ZDNet. Thanks to ZDNet