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What Amateurs Are Learning About Security
08/27/2015

With the non-stop stream of zero-day exploits, website breaches, and criminal hacking enterprises, it is not always easy to know how best to stay safe online. New research from Google highlights three of the most overlooked security practices among security amateurs—installing security updates promptly, using a password manager, and employing two-factor authentication.

The practices are distilled from a comparison of security practices followed by expert and non-expert computer users. A survey found stark discrepancies in the ways the two groups reported keeping themselves secure. Non security experts listed the top security practice as using antivirus software, followed by using strong passwords, changing passwords frequently, visiting only known websites, and not sharing personal information. Security experts, by contrast, listed the top practice as installing software updates, followed by using unique passwords, using two-factor authentication, choosing strong passwords, and using a password manager.

Encryption a Growing Threat to Security
08/24/2015

Back in the 1970s and '80s, Americans asked private companies to divest from business dealings with the apartheid government of South Africa. In more recent years, federal and state law enforcement officials have asked -- and required -- Internet service providers to crack down on the production and distribution of child pornography. And banks and financial institutions are compelled to prevent money laundering by organized crime and terrorists finance networks.

All of this is against companies' bottom-line business interests, but it has been in the public interest. These actions were taken to protect the public and for the greater good. And all of it was done to mitigate a moral or physical hazard.

Facebook Launches Security Checkup To Make Your Experience Safer
08/21/2015

User safety is obviously a priority for Facebook and that is one of the reasons why it has dedicated teams and intelligent security systems to ensure that users have a safe experience on the worlds largest social network. Users are also provided with optional security controls that they can turn on for additional protection, it is up to the users to decide which features they want to use. Facebook has now launched a new tool called Security Checkup that makes it easier for you to secure your account.

Facebook says that sometime over the next few weeks its users across the globe are going to see a reminder on top of their News Feed prompting them to check out this new tool.

Hacking Team Leak Could Lead to Policies Curtailing Security Research
08/19/2015

While the disclosure of Hacking Teams marketing of zero-day flaws has roiled the security community, the reaction of policy makers could have a lasting impact on legitimate security research.

The sensitive documents stolen from offensive-security firm Hacking Team contain few real surprises, but the leaks resulting from the theft could have serious implications for the security industry.
Security and privacy experts knew the company created tools for infecting and monitoring targeted computers using acquired exploits for previously unreported, or "zero-day, vulnerabilities and sold those tools to governments worldwide.

Yet, some of the details were unexpected. Hacking Teams tools could exploit seven zero-day flaws. The firm had mobile surveillance tools more advanced than what many experts had expected. And the company worked—or had worked, as its CEO stresses—with governments that had a history of tracking, imprisoning and killing dissidents.

Safety And Security Living Abroad
08/17/2015

When I lived in Florida I long stopped being surprised to read in my local paper that the gas station I stopped by for coffee in the mornings had been robbed and a clerk shot for the few bucks in the register…or that a dispute over party noise led to a shooting a few blocks away.

That culture of violence gave the whole place an air of menace somewhat. I certainly never honked at anyone in traffic for fear of an armed road rager taking a shot at me—an all too common occurrence. It is worth mentioning that many people I have spoken with in my overseas travels are actually a bit afraid of traveling to the U.S. They have seen the news. And it is no surprise that in their view school shootings are an everyday occurrence and every argument is settled with a weapon.

The fear the media manufactures adds to our very natural human fear of the unknown—something every expat has overcome. To take the step of moving overseas is an act of bravery.

SmartWatch Security Issues
08/14/2015

The best-selling smartwatches on the market all have security problems, according to US tech giant Hewlett-Packard.

The company tested 10 wearables for security features, such as password protection and data encryption.

It found all the watches had at least one area of concern.

One security expert said manufacturers needed to pay closer attention to customer security.

Galaxy Note 5 To Take Mobile Security To A Whole New Level
08/12/2015

While the rumor mill has revealed almost all the details of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.s upcoming Galaxy Note 5 phablet, the Korean electronics giant has not officially confirmed anything. Now a Samsung partner offers a sneak peek into the security features of Galaxy Note 5. Oberthur Technologies CEO Didier Lamouche told the Korea Herald on Thursday that the new mobile will take security to a whole new level.

Hackers Can Haunt Homes Hitting Horrible Honeywell Security Holes
08/10/2015

In modern houses, it does not take a poltergeist to turn lights on and off, unlock doors or send a shiver down occupiers spines anymore. Hackers have numerous avenues into peoples properties thanks to growing numbers of connected machines managing residential environments.

Today, a slew of vulnerabilities in so-called home automation technologies, which provide an easy way to access all connected machines in a house from the web or a smartphone app, were revealed. They would have allowed anyone, even someone with close-to-zero technical ability, to infiltrate properties from anywhere on the planet.

Should Movie Theaters Have More Security?
08/07/2015

The movie theater shooting in Louisiana happened almost exactly three years after James Holmes opened fire in a Colorado theater, killing 12 and injuring dozens more.

Now, many movie-goers are demanding more security at theaters — and reaching out to major theater chains through social media.

There are calls for armed security, baggage checks — even metal detectors at the doors.

Would Tightened Security Prevent Mass Shootings?
08/05/2015

A  map showcasing mass shootings that have happened in the nation since the shooting in Sandy Hook in December of 2012.

The website collects information from a database by Stanford Geospatial Center. The website states there have been at least 75 mass shootings in the United States since then, killing 230 people.

It calculates a mass shooting as an active shooter who shot 3 or more people in a single event.

There is also a Mass Shooting Tracker website that sites news articles as resources. It has counted 204 shootings that have injured or killed 4 or more people this year. According to the site, so far, June was the most violent month for the US with 41 shootings. There have already been 34 in July.

Lawmakers are now looking for ways to keep these tragedies from happening. Some are calling on heightened security at movie theatres and businesses. While others, are asking how far is too far?

Pakistan Bans BlackBerry Enterprise Services For Security Concerns
08/03/2015

Pakistan has ordered all mobile service providers in the country to shut down one of BlackBerrys services because of security concerns, officials said Saturday.

The government wants operators to stop providing BlackBerry Enterprise Services, or BES, which allow users to establish secure networks, by Nov. 30.



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