Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint scanner is little, round, innocuous looking Rorschach test. Stare into its unflinching gaze and you’ll see wonder, terror, good security, no security, a social revolution, or a lie being foisted on the smartphone buying public by Apple, depending on your background, biases, and philosophical inclinations. (more…)
Archive for the ‘Privacy’ Category
We have several clients who have stated that they “need to have all employees’ passwords.” They don’t, and furthermore, after a brief explanation, they realize they don’t want them either. Here’s why.
We recently handled an incident response case where our client was infected by malware which was delivered by email. The client plead ignorance, and asked “how can we tell what is real and what is a virus?” Here’s a quick tip to do just that!
For starters, several email clients and web browsers will show you the address of a link before you click on it… provided you take a few seconds and look before clicking! Most people just click away without giving a second thought, which is like running out across the street and then, if ever, looking to see if there is any oncoming traffic, so try to resist that urge and put safety first.
Here’s a sample “LinkedIn” notification I just received.
Have you ever made an account with an online service, then decided not to use it anymore? Last year, the SANS Internet Storm Center had a diary on abandoned email accounts that discussed how they can be abused by spammers. Furthermore, if you left any information in the account and someone managed to compromise it, they could then not only impersonate you, but also access any information you left behind.
But how do you go about deleting an account from popular online services? Every one is different, and the difficulty can range from easy to nearly impossible. Enter Account Killer. Account Killer simplifies the process by giving you direct links to the deletion pages, when available.
If you’re no longer using an account, you should consider deleting it.
It doesn’t take a genius to connect the dots made out of a few of this week’s headlines, all relating to GPS/geolocation technologies and our privacy, rather, the death of what we used to know as privacy.
“The Obama administration is urging the Supreme Court to allow the government, without a court warrant, to affix GPS devices on suspects’ vehicles to track their every move.” (Source: Wired Magazine)
“Apple Inc.’s iPhones and Google Inc.’s Android smartphones regularly transmit their locations back to Apple and Google, respectively, according to data and documents analyzed by The Wall Street Journal—intensifying concerns over privacy and the widening trade in personal data.” (Sources: Wall Street Journal, InfoWorld, Where 2.0)