Passwords are perhaps the biggest security problems in computers. Short passwords are easily guessed by hackers. Long passwords are more secure but are difficult to remember. The longer and more complex the password, the more likely it is to be written down someplace by the user. Of course, writing a password on paper or in a computer file increases the odds that it will be found by a hacker. Therefore, […]
Online Privacy & Security
If you could replace your car keys, website login data, credit cards and bus passes with a chip embedded under your skin, would you? This is a question addressed this week at the Kaspersky Labs Security Analyst Summit by biohacker Hannes Sjoblad from BioNyfiken. A pioneer in what has been deemed ‘biohacking,” Sjoblad is the leader of a group of biohackers in Sweden who took the first step in experimenting […]
The U.S. government doubled its requests for Twitter user information in late 2014 compared with the year before. Most of the time, the publishing platform gave officials what they wanted. The U.S. government made twice as many requests for Twitter user information in the last half of 2014 compared with the year before, according to a detailed report out from Twitter this week. Details may be found at http://goo.gl/TRb1yy.
Many web sites extract and save your personal information. However, perhaps the most flagrant violator of your privacy is Facebook. The online service brings a lot of pleasure to people – it’s an easy way to keep in touch, share photographs and it’s also a great source of information. But there is certain information you might be unwittingly sharing on Facebook that you would rather keep private. There are also […]
I wrote about Verizon’s “Supercookies” or “Perma-Cookies” earlier at http://goo.gl/M3gNaU. When a Verizon customer visits from a mobile device, these supercookies allow third-party advertisers and websites to assemble a deep, permanent profile of visitors’ web browsing habits without their consent. I don’t like the idea of supercookies and apparently a lot of other people also do not. Those who question the practice of online tracking include several U.S. senators. The […]
Chris Duckett wrote an article that has been published online in ZDnet that says, in part: “There is at least one truism when it comes to how the corridors of power work in Australia: Never get between a premier and a bucket of money. The second I am proposing here is to never underestimate the liberties that a politician will hand over in order to appear tough on crime and […]
The second largest health insurer in the US has been the victim of what could be the largest data breach in the healthcare sector to date. As reported by the Wall Street Journal at http://goo.gl/TJO0VN (paid subscription required), the healthcare insurance provider admitted that hackers managed to break into a database containing the personal information of up to 80 million people, including customers and employees. Anthem says both current and […]