Tag Archive: encryption

globe2Businesses are doing everything to keep their data, IT systems, email accounts and mobile devices as safe as they could. Experts have been offering advices but the problem on security is still there. Innovations are being implanted by companies such as huge data analytics to assess risk in software development. However, security risk stands still.

Before doing the technical process like encryption and the likes, let’s start with the basic such as utilizing the use of complicated passwords, using security questions, regular monitoring of your financial data, verifying an attachment before you click it and updating both your anti-virus and OS.

Source: e Week

computer2Security online is not a one-way street, therefore there is no single way to get into it successfully. Before getting into the techie parts of the process such as encryption and everything, do the basic first such as using complicated passwords, security questions, monitoring financial accounts, verifying attachment before clicking on it, and keeping your OS and anti-virus updated.

It also pays to be aware of current scams for you to learn how to avoid them. Be aware of and keep your information safe when using a credit or debit card by using a secured network. When purchasing online, use the secured website.

Source: e Week

With almost all gadgets, appliances and things around the house are enabled with internet connectivity; concerns about these items’ security are raised along with their validity.

The demand for household Internet of Things (IoT) has becoming in demand in the market today. We now have sensor fridges and lights, internet-based controlled doors, electrical switches and automated sensor products. But the question is that are they safe?

Researchers from Veracode conducted a study and proved that the Internet of Things devices are prone to exploitation, theft, and robbery and stalking. They call that these products need more verification, periodic security testing and encryption for the safety of the customers.

Source: Zd Net


Screen-exclamationThe Obama administration has infamously been pushing on new laws on data hacking and government accessible internet information. These notions tend to threaten people’s personal privacy as it gives the government access to data that one has access to.

Several events in the past year has lead to an increase inclination of the government to this notion of hacking into individual information for national security such as the Sony Company hack and the Home Depot data breach, some point out that these failures are due to unmaintained surveillance and security measures, one that could easily be addressed with the current proposals.

Of course one has to worry about privacy, but in order to have a functional national security, one must demand for a piece of both which is why some software have data encryption technology y, to prevent latent data release.

Source: IT Portal

globe2The convenient way of communication and sharing information online seem to cross the border of security especially for the journalists. Your journalism career can sometimes put you on the crossfire and it is better to get prepared for worse things that might happen. You must be a tech and security savvy to help you protect your data, information sources and stories – and your career mostly.

First, secure your device and online accounts with the strongest password possible. Avoid clicking links from untrusted sources as they may be phishing important information. Lastly, encrypt everything. You must have learned that transferring information online can be filtered, especially the non-encrypted ones.

Source: PCI

security1With Heartbleed around, most experts are saying that computer security is at risk. According to them, administrators should patch this severe flaw in the software library that’s being used by millions or billions of websites in order for them to encrypt sensitive data for communications. The said flaw is contained in several editions of OpenSSL, which is a library of cryptographies that allows SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) or TLS (Transport Security Layer) encryption. Most websites today use either TLS or SSL that’s indicated in any browser with the symbol of a padlock. The flaw was found out in existence during the latter part of December 2011. For more information regarding this news, go to the source.

Source: ComputerWorld


Screen-exclamationAre you safe as an Adobe user? Adobe announced earlier this month that up to 2.9 million customers had their “encrypted” credit card information hacked. As a response to the situation, Adobe sent notifications to both the customers and their respective banks.

Is the Encrypted Personal Information Coming Back to Haunt You?

Despite assurances and measures taken by Adobe, how sure are you that your hacked “encrypted” information would not bring harm? When you store credit card information on a website, it must meet Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards. To secure it, companies use long and difficult to crack keys that should be protected for years.

Security experts said that the information remains safe depending on the security measures done by Adobe. If the hacked information was properly encrypted, it would take years and even centuries before they could be used by  hackers. This means that, unlike decrypted information, your encrypted data cannot be immediately used to make unauthorized purchases.

Did Adobe Encrypt Your Personally-Identifiable Data?

Credit card information encryption is usually performed by legitimate websites to store your payment information. However, less sensitive details like physical or email addresses may not be protected. These can be leaked, and then sold to spammers.

According to Pravin Kothari, CipherCloud (cloud encryption solutions provider) founder and CEO, some companies do not encrypt these details. Thus, information like your password prompts may be vulnerable. Adobe did not clarify whether the personally identifiable information of their customers were decrypted.

What Could Happen Next?

As a response to the risks of exposing personal identifiable data, Adobe suggested that customers have to change their passwords. As for Adobe customers who are worried about their credit card information, they can report any issues linked to this compromised data  by contacting their respective banks. Meanwhile,  one-year membership for monitoring credit is also offered by Adobe to their US-based customers.

Source: Forbes

Computer-WarningAre you quite familiar with Secure Socket Layer or SSL encryption? Well, most recently one of its creators believes that in the future, internet security will make everyday users get the shorter end of the stick. The US National Security Agency or NSA has more likely compromised the foremost method of encryption in the internet which is SSL. What it means is that the NSA will be able to view every email message that you have, regardless of the thought that you’re under any suspicion from the government.

SSL as we have been used to, is a form of encrypting all of the sensitive data that you do have online. The best example of it would be when you’re paying with your credit card online; SSL ensures that your information are protected from third parties. To get more information about this, go to Tom’s Guide.

Source: Tom’s Guide

USABased from newly-disclosed studies, the US National Security Agency, NSA, is still the main player when it comes to protecting users on their everyday use of the Internet. The agency is known for its long-standing war using its major tools in keeping the private lives of users on the web. They use supercomputers, court order, technical trickery and behind the scene persuasions. NSA is also known to protect the banking systems as well as the global commerce and to secure confidential and private data including medical records and trade secrets. To know more how the NSA protects your details from the prying eyes of hackers and frauds, check out the post from SMH.com.

Source: SMH