Author: Kent Lawson

The Obscure, Flawed and Dangerous World of Certificates

Visiting a fake website can have consequences ranging from loss of privacy, to credit card theft, even identity theft. Certificates can be forged, flawed, or stolen. In fact, some security experts say that the Certificate system is “broken” – and there are no remedies on the horizon. How important is that? Well, very important, actually. Because if the Certificate system is no longer fully reliable, then HTTPS, and many other parts of the Internet security system which also use Certificates, are not reliable either. Click the headline above to read more about this alarming development.

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Huge New HTTPS Vulnerability Found For Online Banking, Retail Stores

You use PayPal and shop online, like most people out there, but here’s a scary story that will make you think twice before purchasing anything online again. It even affects the security of your online banking. But wait, you think just because you’re using a bank’s “secure website” that you have nothing to worry about? Up until now, everyone has assumed that if a website is using HTTPS for online transactions, it means that it is completely safe. But just in the past few weeks, researchers have discovered a serious weakness in this technology that allows hackers to read and steal supposedly encrypted data. Click the headline above to read more.

Do We Need a ‘Right to Be Forgotten’ On the Internet?

Like the proverbial elephant, the Internet never forgets. That youthful indiscretion or embarrassing party photograph can be around your neck forever. Actually, the issue is not so much that the Internet does not forget, but rather that it provides tools that allow virtually anything about you to be found. Blame Google, of course, but the various personal information services are quite a bit more insidious. Click the headline above to read more about the “right to be forgotten” online.

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Ask the Expert: What Steps Should I Take to Be Safe on Facebook?

Facebook has become very successful by being a part of everything we do on the Internet. Facebook’s philosophy is that the Internet is more fun when it’s shared, like a party. The problem is that we can’t be sure who else Facebook has invited to the party and if we should really trust them or not. Click above to read CEO Kent Lawson’s in-depth response to this month’s “Ask the Expert” article and find out the BEST and easiest ways to stay safe on Facebook. After all, he calls Facebook “a spamware purveyor’s delight” because it’s a service where literally millions of people are waiting around for the next interesting thing to arrive on their pages. Check out his tips so you don’t get spammed!

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Something New to Worry About — Your Camera and Online Privacy!

Before you upload pics from your Labor Day weekend extravaganza — and the rest of your summer vacation photos — check out what CEO Kent Lawson has to say about the risks of sharing digital photos online. In his latest “best of” series, we revisit what “modern” cameras record, how to turn off GPS tracking, and other ways to keep your identity safer online.

Flying Naked: Why Airplane Wifi Is So Unsafe

WiFi in airplanes is expensive — up to $12.95 for a single flight. So one can assume that those who use it have important, and probably confidential, information that they need to communicate. However, the fact is that wifi in airplanes is just as insecure as free wifi offered in your corner coffee shop. Read on to learn why.

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Distressingly Fragile: Digital Information and Things That We Trust That We Shouldn’t

It might sound crazy, but it’s actually rather simple for some cyberpunk to drive to where you live or work, park out front, and put up cellphone antenna aimed at your home or office to hack your cell phone conversations, text messages, even emails. Think it’s not so simple? Think again, says CEO Kent Lawson, in this special post from May that we’re publishing again as part of our “Best of…” series. Click above to read all of Kent’s thoughts on a few “distressingly fragile” mobile trends you need to know about.

So Buggy: Wiretaps At All-Time High

We all know — and applaud — when wiretaps break major corruption scandals, such as Blagojevich in Illinois, or the recent Wall Street insider trading investigation. Or the delicious ones, like Spitzer’s dalliance with a New York call girl. But there is also something just a little scary about government wiretaps as well. Read more for some interesting facts from a report covering wiretaps in 2010 — and what would make you the subject of such an investigation!

Ask the Expert: Is Reusing the Same Password Risky?

In his latest “Ask the Excerpt” installment, CEO Kent Lawson points out why it’s more important than ever to use strong passwords — and also why it’s imperative to change passwords for your various login accounts. Otherwise, you might as well leave your house key under your doormat.

How Hard Is It to Hack Wifi?

CEO Kent Lawson points out how incredibly easy it is for ordinary people to hack WiFi. It doesn’t take any tech expertise — it doesn’t even take a geek — for someone to access your email passwords, logins, and other highly sensitive data. Read on to learn how this is happening — perhaps even to you!

The Three Legs of Protection: Antivirus Software, Firewalls, and VPNs

We’ve all heard about antivirus software and firewalls. But we probably don’t know as much about the third leg of computer protection: a VPN, or virtual private network. In his latest article, company CEO Kent Lawson says we do this at our peril, because the damage we can suffer from not using a VPN may far outweigh the risks of the other two combined. After the large-scale hack attacks over the past few months at companies like Sony and Citibank, VPNs are now earning their spot as the third security leg that is vital to every-day computer security.