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

On July 30, 2014, in Security, by Colin

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 Colin

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 […]

How to Pick the Best Passwords

On July 22, 2014, in Privacy, by Colin

We talk about security and identity protection but the surveys still tell us that most people think that “123456″ or “asdfgh” or “password” are safe choices for passwords.  Obviously none of it matters until your bank account is hacked or something strange and mysterious happens to one of your Internet accounts that matters to you.  […]

If you see this woman in your Facebook feed, don’t click the link

On July 21, 2014, in Security, by Colin

I find it truly strange that when Internet users are told NOT to do something, the result is that they DO.  Such is the success (short lived) of the 20,000 scam pages that have been designed to attract (mainly) male users to malware injection sites. “Facebook users are being warned not to click on a […]

Edward Snowden urges professionals to encrypt client communications

On July 17, 2014, in Privacy, by Colin

“The NSA whistleblower, Edward Snowden, has urged lawyers, journalists, doctors, accountants, priests and others with a duty to protect confidentiality to upgrade security in the wake of the spy surveillance revelations. Snowden said professionals were failing in their obligations to their clients, sources, patients and parishioners in what he described as a new and challenging […]

Google+ drops real name policy

On July 16, 2014, in Identity, by Colin

“When we launched Google+ over three years ago, we had a lot of restrictions on what name you could use on your profile. This helped create a community made up of real people, but it also excluded a number of people who wanted to be part of it without using their real names. Over the […]

Android’s Factory Reset Doesn’t Delete Everything

On July 11, 2014, in Security, by Colin

You can run but you can’t hide according to security firm Avast.  They claim that Android factory reset DOESN’T wipe everything.  Interesting! Android’s Factory Reset Doesn’t Delete Everything. Here’s How to Really Wipe Your Data – Nextgov.com. Thanks to NextGov

The Washington Post’s Latest NSA Story

On July 9, 2014, in Privacy, by Colin

“Among the most valuable contents—which The Post will not describe in detail, to avoid interfering with ongoing operations—are fresh revelations about a secret overseas nuclear project, double-dealing by an ostensible ally, a military calamity that befell an unfriendly power, and the identities of aggressive intruders into U.S. computer networks. Months of tracking communications across more […]

Brazilian ‘Boleto’ Bandits Bilk Billions

On July 3, 2014, in Security, by Colin

Another nefarious scheme to hijack funds from unwitting South American businesses.  Just in time for the World Cup. Brazilian ‘Boleto’ Bandits Bilk Billions — Krebs on Security. Thanks to Krebs on Security

People invested $1.2 million in Yo with no security AT ALL

On June 24, 2014, in New Media, by Colin

If I didn’t know better I would suggest that Yo was trying to get a whole buch of free publicity from letting itself get hacked.   But that would be unfair, wouldn’t it.  As the article suggests, it sounds like SnapChat revisited. People invested $1.2 million in an app that had no security | ZDNet.   […]