When we look at some of the biggest security headlines of the past year - Target data breach, Cryptolocker ransomware, Snowden/NSA leaks - there's one big lesson we can all be taught: secure everywhere.
Which webmail service has the smartest users? And are they getting smarter over time?
Paul Ducklin tries to use the password data from the Forbes hack to find the answers...
Hackers gained unauthorised access to crowdfunding site kickstarter.com earlier this week. Compromised details include usernames, email addresses, mailing addresses, phone numbers and password hashes. Kickstarter users should change their passwords immediately.
The SEA made off with more than a million records from the Forbes user database - perhaps including yours! - and published them online.
We already "cracked" a quarter of the Forbes staffer's accounts...Paul Ducklin looks at how well everyone else's password might hold up.
Did you really think XP would go patch-free? Is Flappy Bird really dead? Did you really use the same password on more than one site?
60 Sec Security - 15 Feb 2014
The "Talking Angela" chain letter, which tells a scary but unsubstantiated security story about a popular game, is spreading again.
Here are three tips to help you steer clear of security hoaxes on Facebook...
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Jedis tend to marry outside their faith (It's really hard to find somebody who's a good midi-chlorians fit). Sikhs and Muslims are quite unlikely to do so. Just two of Facebook's conclusions in the first installment of a week's worth of Valentine's Day-related personal data crunching.
Appalled with government surveillance without oversight? Sick of having your privacy invaded? Numb from stories about the NSA? If you are, you'll have had many more bad days than good since June 2013. But today, just perhaps, could be one of the better ones
Just by looking at suspects, police could instantly check out their arrest records, mugshots and other key information. Of course, they could also record everything and everybody they see, regardless of whether they have a warrant or reasonable suspicion of wrongdoing.
We shouldn't know about how this teenager's friends slaughtered calves in Farmville or that her idol is some dreamy looking guy, but we do, all because of a bizarre, fluky little glitch in the email confirmation (that's only now being fixed).
Intrepid chronicler of the Target breach, Brian Krebs, has uncovered yet another cog in the criminal gearbox behind Target's data disaster.
Guess what? 2FA and network segregation would have made things a lot harder for the crooks...
The US government had a change of heart regarding disclosure of NSA surveillance requests. Tech companies including Facebook, Microsoft, Google, and Yahoo have duly let loose the goods - but six months stale with scant details.
Happy 10th birthday, Facebook! We shall celebrate by listicling the service's security and privacy greatest hits and biggest misses. Fasten your Facebelts!
White Lodging runs businesses such as gift shops and restaurants within big US hotel brands. Guests at one of those hotel brands, Marriott, are advised to check their card statements following the discovery of a 9-month-long card suctioning operation.
Surely not another payment card breach? Android malware that jumps the airgap? And what's this about a Privacy Plan Diet?
60 Sec Security - 01 Feb 2014.
It takes a lot of water to cool the spy agency's supercomputers, plus a lot of electricity. Two 4th Amendment-focused nonprofits are putting forth a template for a bill that would enable US states to turn off the lights and the taps and thereby, basically, starve the agency of the juice it needs to run.
Beyond device details, data shared over the internet by iOS and Android apps can include personal information such as age, gender, and location, while some apps share even more sensitive user information, such as sexual preference.