Posts Tagged ‘data’

Browser Autofill Data May be Phished

Friday, January 6th, 2017

This certainly comes as no surprise. Fortunately, some browsers offer ways to protect against phishing access to autofill data, but that still might not completely eliminate the problem.

Most modern web browsers support comfortable features like auto-filling forms on sites using data that you have entered in the past. Instead of having to enter your name, email address or street address whenever you sign up for a new account for instance, you’d fill out the data once only and have the browser fill out the fields for you any time they are requested afterwards.


Google Chrome May Leak Incognito Mode Data

Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

I wish I could say that I was surprised to read this, but …

Private Browsing is a relatively new feature of most modern web browsers that serves two main purposes: using a separate browsing session while using the browser, and deleting local information when the separate session is terminated by the user. Basically, it is an attempt to delete information about a browsing session so that users with access to the system don’t know what a user did while using private browsing mode and to prevent the information of that session to be included with regular browsing data (e.g. suggestions when users type in the address bar).


Why it Pays to Read the Privacy Policy Before You Sign Up for a Service

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

This is especially true when signing up for “free” services and programs. Those free services and programs are usually designed to make money in one form or another; whether it’s selling your data or borrowing your bandwidth.

I browse the Firefox add-on store regularly to find out what is new and updated. Discovered the add-on Zapyo in the store which promises “Internet without restrictions”. It is not only available for Firefox but for all major browsers including Chrome and Internet Explorer. The service is not offering VPN-like functionality but acts as a proxy for users so that blocked or restricted contents can be accessed (so that traffic flows through their servers).


The Text, “data:” in a URL may Indicate a Phishing Site

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

I haven’t run across this myself, but it’s probably a good idea to be a bit wary of sites like this …

Phishing just like spam and the creation of malicious software in general is a cat and mouse game. When malicious code or attacks hit the web they work for a while before they are properly detected by security software. When that happens, they are modified or redesigned or build from scratch so that they are not detected anymore, which in turn requires security companies to create new protection mechanisms.


Here’s a Way to Protect Your Money and Data from Retail Chain Hacks

Monday, January 27th, 2014

The answer to this one is pretty darned simple … if you think about it a minute, the solution is obvious.

News of so-called retail chain hacks fill the Internet every week nowadays it seems. If you are an Internet user, you have probably grown accustomed to reading news about online hacks that resulted in user data getting into the wrong hands. Hacks targeting retail stores and chains on the other hand did not make the news that frequently before, but all of that changed when news broke that the hack of Target has resulted in the theft of up to 110 million customer data sets including credit card numbers.