Humanity reached an important mobile milestone this year. There are now more mobile devices than people on the planet. Not surprisingly, part of what’s feeding the mobile frenzy is the growing number of consumers who are multi-device owners. More than 60% of online adults use at least two devices every day, according to a new study by GfK commissioned by Facebook. And more than 40% of those surveyed sometimes start an activity on one device but finish it on another. While that can make completing online tasks a lot more convenient, it can also expose your sensitive information to more online security risks. Each mobile device gives cybercriminals another access point they can exploit.
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It’s a story straight out of science fiction: a drone flies around your neighborhood, accessing your smartphone or tablet, stealing your usernames, passwords, credit card numbers, and even tracks your location. But this is not a science fiction story. Glenn Wilkinson and Daniel Cuthbert, two “white hat” (or ethical) hackers who work for Sensepost Research Labs, have developed a drone called Snoopy, turning a normal video-capturing drone into a flying hacking machine.
HTTPs is secured with SSL encryption, but even sites using this technology are only safe to use if you are sure that the website is real. Did you know it’s possible for hackers to create fake websites that look very much like the real thing? Join us as we dive into the world of website certificate authorities and explain how a fake website poses as the real thing.
In a cruel twist of irony, U. S. Attorney General Eric Holder became a target of attempted tax identity theft just as the Justice Department is taking steps to fight such crimes. Holder is calling for a national data breach law, requiring companies that have suffered a breach to be transparent and notify consumers of breaches.
It’s that time of year again, when thousands of taxpayers flock to public libraries to get free tax advice and help filing their returns. That kind of assistance can make doing your taxes a lot less taxing, but if you use the library’s open WiFi hotspot at any point during the process, it could end up costing you plenty. You might be wondering how we know for sure that public library WiFi hotspots can expose your sensitive information. We know because we checked.
Tablets are quickly becoming the favorite mobile device for online shopping. Their big screens and extreme portability make online browsing and buying a whole lot easier for consumers. But unfortunately, tablets have become a favorite target of identity thieves. That’s why Consumer Reports recommends using a personal VPN to avoid identity theft when you’re shopping or banking at WiFi hotspots with an iPad.
Troels Oerting, the Head of Europol’s cybercrime center, has warned businesses and individuals not to send sensitive information over public WiFi networks. As the number of incidents in Europe, where hackers are using public WiFi to steal personal information from users increases, Interpol warns consumers to take precautions.
By now, we hope you know that hackers can steal your sensitive information any time you connect to a public WiFi network. But what you may not know is how fast they can do it. That’s what WAFB 9 demonstrated in a hacking experiment on a university hotspot in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. What happened should be a wakeup call for hotspot users everywhere.
As part of Safer Internet Day (SID) on February 11th, Microsoft launched the “Do 1 Thing” campaign to urge people to do one thing to make their online lives safer. A major facet of the campaign is Microsoft’s Safer Online website where people can read tips to enhance their online security, find out what others are doing to stay safe, as well as share their “Do 1 Thing” promise.
We applaud Microsoft for educating consumers on how they can stay safe online. Ready to do one thing to stay safer online? Then take the pledge and “Do 1 Thing!”
Edward Snowden spoke at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Festival last week. The event focused on how his actions have impacted the security community and privacy awareness. Snowden has no regrets and other thoughts leaders think he could the good guy in this scenario. What do you think?
You might remember that we have repeatedly written articles detailing how HTTPS (otherwise known as secure web browsing) is not really as secure as it seems.
Well, guess what: now Cornell researchers have determined that HTTPS does not prevent third parties from figuring out which secure websites you are visiting. The supposedly secure walls around HTTPS are crumbling quickly.
Think filing your taxes is a pain? Imagine not getting your refund because an identity thief got there first and filed a fake return using your Social Security number. It’s happened to hundreds of thousands of U.S. taxpayers. And it’s cost the U.S. Treasury billions of dollars. Find out what it could cost you if you don’t protect your sensitive information from tax thieves.