The US government recently revealed details of a hack in which up to 4 million records of current and former employees were scooped in a hack. Fingers were pointed at the Chinese who have track record when it comes to this sort of attack. But no one is entirely clean and certainly the US has created its fair share of silent and devastating malware platforms that are still out there. And this sort of thing has actually been going on for years.
Biometrics as a means of unique identification is common place today and it’s going to be even more so as tomorrow becomes today. But how would you feel about having your DNA mapped and your network of veins and capillaries used to identify you? It might sound far-fetched but not as far as you think.
Industry reports can be as appetising as chewing on wet concrete. But two recently released missives from Infonetics and Verizon paint interesting if not alarming pictures; the growth of mobile malware is rapidly accelerating and the hacked credit card industry is worth more than the global trade in cocaine. Reading between the lines both reports point to a well-known but rarely voiced truism; you can only ever really rely on yourself because those charged with protecting our data, simply aren’t doing it.
Fancy a chat with a friend in Lithuania, catch up with the folks back home in Gdansk or check something new in Prague? Webcams are a great tool for communicating long distance, you can see who you’re talking to and gain a whole new dimension to online chats (even if it is slightly convex and everybody appears a bit round around the head). But, sorry to say if it’s on the internet, and webcams truly are, it’s hackable. And webcam hacking is the ultimate invasion of privacy… and there’s the horror.
BullGuard has released a valuable guide to protecting children online. It’s packed with practical tips, the results of a parents’ survey, further references and simple common sense advice. In a seemingly complex area it’s a beacon of simple and sound advice that will help you keep your kids safe online.
Tired of receiving an avalanche of unwanted Facebook notifications? Fed up of being stalked by ads that you never asked for? Bombarded by the seemingly endless notification messages in your personal email? Help is at hand. You can block unwanted notifications with ease when you know how.
There are over one billion smartphones in use today. It’s an enormous number and to put it in context it’s approximately one sixth of the world’s population. Smartphones are powerful tools enabling us to do all sorts of things while on the go. However, they can also track your every move and scoop up reams of personal information – without you knowing anything about it. If your phone has its geo-location services switched on, it most certainly will be monitoring your journeys.
For most people talk of computer code elicits an almighty yawn, it’s the realm of geeks. But code bugs are responsible for some terrible events and even the innocuous, ubiquitous and irrepressibly popular emojis have been recently been exposed as potential carriers of bad things.
Amid the gossip, fury and diplomatic activity over the Sony hack a few important points have been overlooked; thousands of employees had their personal information posted online proving that many organisations can’t be trusted to provide security and cyber actions by nation states are here to stay accompanied by ever louder cries of denial.
The deep web is a vast resource of information much of it academic and of great value. However, there is a shadow side, one where stolen identities are offered for sale, among other things. We explore what the deep web means, why it exists and highlight some of the things you need to be aware of for identity theft protection.