Posts Tagged ‘Data and computer security’

PSN Security Hole Sparks Hacking Concerns

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

This sort of thing actually makes me happy that I’m so old that I don’t care about gaming anymore …

Sony forced to take down website set up to help users regain access to network after exposure of flaw in password system

When Sony said that its PlayStation Network (PSN) had been hacked in April, potentially releasing the personal details of 77 million people – such as their email address, physical address and date of birth – people understood that restoring the service might be difficult, and that to ensure security they might be asked to change their password.


Google Offers Secure Searching

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

This is kind of a good idea … but it might be more helpful if they worked a little bit harder on ridding their database of virus distribution type sites.

Inevitably, it’s a beta product – but the SSL-enabled version of the search page may have benefits to people who fear their queries are being monitored (updated)

Google has enabled encrypted searching using SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) which it says will prevent “employers and internet service providers” from reading what is sent.


How Hackers Breached Gawker’s Security – and How to Protect Yourself

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

Here’s more about the Gawker security breach …

Just how safe are your details after the emails and passwords of around 1.3m registered users were released by Gnosis?


Google to Delete Street View Data Gathered in the UK

Friday, November 19th, 2010

Apparently, they do things differently in the UK …

Technology giant signs commitment to improve its data handling after illegally capturing personal details from Wi-Fi networks

Google is to delete the sensitive information – including full emails and passwords – it illegally captured from Wi-Fi networks when its Street View cars mapped the UK’s towns and cities.


Warning Over Anti-Virus Software Scams

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

It’s amazing that people still fall for stuff like this …

Serious crime body says almost a quarter of UK web users have been approached by fraudulent ‘IT helpdesks’ offering to check their computers for viruses

Consumers are being warned about a scam that sees internet users targeted by fake call centres and pop-up adverts tricking them into downloading and paying for fake anti-virus (AV) protection, which is actually malicious software.


Google Street View Broke Canadian law

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

For something as simple as Street View, it’s amazing how it’s run afoul of local laws in so many different countries …

Commissioner says Google committed ‘serious violation’ of privacy laws

Google violated the privacy of thousands of Canadians when it inadvertently collected personal information about them with its Street View mapping cars, the country’s privacy commissioner has ruled.


Facebook Apps ‘Leaking Details to Advertisers’

Monday, October 18th, 2010

Most Facebook accounts are jam packed with exactly the type of personal information that web marketers are looking for …

Social networking site will be concerned that applications such as FarmVille can reveal user IDs despite strong privacy settings

Many applications on Facebook can pass on information that personally identifies users and friends to advertisers and “internet tracking agencies”, the Wall Street Journal reports, saying it can affect people even with the strictest privacy settings enabled.


Quarantine Virus-Infected PCs from Internet, Says Microsoft

Friday, October 8th, 2010

Wouldn’t it make more sense to go after the people who actually write the viruses instead of the victims? Probably so, but in the meantime, this sounds like a great tool for forcing people to buy new PCs.

Software giant wants people cut off from the internet and health certificates issued

Virus-infected computers should be blocked from the internet and kept in quarantine until they are given a “health certificate”, a top Microsoft security researcher suggested on Thursday.


Facebook Apps Upload your Friends’ Numbers and Contacts

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

Here’s something that Facebook users should probably be aware of …

Uploads from iPhones using the Facebook app will push all your contacts onto Facebook’s servers – where they’ll be matched against any and everyone. Worried at all? Update: Or how about a random Facebooker’s number?


Too Many Passwords to Remember

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

This guy has dreamed up some interesting mnemonic devices to help him remember passwords …

Richard Potter reckons he now has at least 100 IDs and passwords, and is looking for ways to remember or manage them