Numbers of individuals who are getting more worried about their online security have grown significantly in the past year. In America alone, people are more concerned about their online security today than in the past year. This was triggered by the news about security breaches that flooded the newsroom within 2014. Security expert Edward Snowden said in a forum that Drop Google, Facebook and Dropbox can be an avenue of security breach. He advised users to explore safe online storage that use encryption in protecting your files. He also opened a discussion about the government investigating individuals but asked for clearer boundaries.
A massive email campaign exploited Dropbox as an online tool for phishing scam, according to Symantec. Although the huge email blast was immediately shut down, many users were still able to click on the email with ‘Important’ as title. Upon clicking on the email, it was eventually linked to a Dropbox-like server where the users were asked to enter their credentials. Hackers who are behind the phishing campaign were up to users Dropbox credentials where they can dig into other important information. The link looked genuine and was even able to copy several landing pages such as Microsoft’s OneDrive, Facebook and Google Docs. Source: Spam Fighter
A new study conducted by a group of students from University at Buffalo aims to explain the psychology of phishing and why do people keep on falling for it.
The study showed that the people who fall for phishing scams are not basically ignorant about technology. The victims are usually those who immediately accept friend requests in Facebook, who click on links right away and sometimes, those who just want to help.
Experts warn online users that most of these scammers are run by huge gangs who are pertinent information such as password, bank details and money. The study also proved that women are more vulnerable to such scams than men.
Source: New States Man
Just recently, the National Cyber Security Alliance or NCSA, which is an organization, based in Washington, D.C., aims to promote online safety and security. Its board members consist of experts from Microsoft, Facebook, Google, Comcast and other top U.S. companies. The organization works hand in hand with the Department of Homeland Security to give security advice for American-based consumers and businesses. The NCSA is the one behind a campaign called the “Stop. Think. Connect”. They basically aim to promote awareness to people and encourage them to be more careful when doing activities online. For more information on this, go to the source.
Source: Mercury News
Today, multiple tech companies have surely made a revamped with its transparency and privacy policies since the revelations leaked that the NSA or National Security Agency was secretly documenting consumer data from the telecommunications companies, Internet Service Providers and others. According to sources, the NSA is believed to gather vital information as showed in their documents. The EFF or Electronic Frontier Foundation released a report on Friday that identified that nine companies were perfect in protecting customer data. Last year’s report showed otherwise wherein only two companies showed perfect scores on that matter. Amongst those companies were Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Dropbox and Apple. For more information on this post, go to the source.
Source: Computer World
Safety is basic but not everyone may be aware of it in terms of using the net and your devices. Since your digital device is commonly used for storing, documenting and communicating information, you should keep them safe, too, but also not only that you should protect them from any malware but to secure your device all the time.
Here are tips to get you started:
- Stay focus and alert, so protect your device such as Smartphone from lost or theft by always being alert.
- Since these devices may not be big enough for best viewing especially when you’re in a busy, noisy place, you may not see fraudulent sites. Example, instead of Amazon.com, you may not see Amaz0n.com. Therefore, you should check the URL you are visiting especially if you’re shopping.
- Don’t jailbreak your phone, as it may become susceptible to more intrusion and malware if you do.
- Update and secure your security applications, as they can protect your device from any attacks such phishing and malware.
Learn more tips to protect your device and keep out of trouble. Check out the full story from the source.
Source: The Star
Brazil is in the works for promoting its own networking technology, as it intends to set up its very own secure national email service, aiming to store all the online information of Brazilians in their own country; however, experts speculate that the economy of Brazil in the competitive market in the technology sector may be affected by this action. Some say that this may also be bad for internet freedom. Another implication could be that others may follow the same since Brazilians are second largest users on Facebook in the world. Check out more from the source.