In this digital age when everything from banking accounts to photo albums are online, people are left wondering just how safe the Internet age is. While the risks are real, staying protected is possible. Being aware and taking the right measures can help you avoid being a target. Jennifer Morris tells you how.
CISPA, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act was reintroduced in the House of Representatives yesterday. CISPA is the contentious bill civil liberties advocates fought last year, which would provide a poorly-defined “cybersecurity” exception to existing privacy law. CISPA offers broad immunities to companies who choose to share data with government agencies (including the private communications of users) in the name of cybersecurity. It also creates avenues for companies to share data with any federal agencies, including military intelligence agencies like the National Security Agency (NSA).
We killed CISPA once before. We will kill CISPA again. It only works if you take part.
Despite many high profile breaches Internet users are still using most of the same weak password reported to be in use last year. Using files containing millions of stolen passwords that were posted online by hackers, SplashData compiled 2012’s ’25 Worst Passwords of the Year’. Most of the regular entries were represented but ‘Jesus’, ‘ninja’, and ‘welcome’ moved into the top 25.
Google Authenticator was updated today with the ability to turn on two-step authentication without having to scan a QR code or re-enter your password on the device. You have no more excuses for not using 2-step verification. [Read more…]
IEEE confirms data breach and notifies members of the breach and informs them to change their passwords. Nearly 100,000 usernames and passwords kept in plaintext were publicly available on an IEEE FTP server. [Read more…]