Archive for the 'internet safety' Category

Epsilon E-Mail Hack: What You Need to Know


“Names and e-mail addresses fell into the wrong hands last week, when Epsilon suffered a data breach affecting at least 19 of its client companies. It may sound scary, but don’t panic. Here’s what you need to know about the Epsilon e-mail hack”
see PCWorld

See also:
After Breach, Companies Warn of E-Mail Fraud
Analysis: Epsilon hacking shows new “spear-phishing” risks


Experts Warn of a Weak Link in the Security of Web Sites


“Computer security researchers are raising alarms about vulnerabilities in some of the Web’s most secure corners: the banking, e-commerce and other sites that use encryption to communicate with their users. ”
in New York Times

The Web Means the End of Forgetting


“According to a recent survey by Microsoft, 75 percent of U.S. recruiters and human-resource professionals report that their companies require them to do online research about candidates, and many use a range of sites when scrutinizing applicants — including search engines, social-networking sites, photo- and video-sharing sites, personal Web sites and blogs, Twitter and online-gaming sites. Seventy percent of U.S. recruiters report that they have rejected candidates because of information found online, like photos and discussion-board conversations and membership in controversial groups. ”
in New York Times

Danger in the internet café?


“Researchers predict new computer security threat for wireless networks: Typhoid adware”


Tell-All Generation Learns to Keep Things Offline


“The conventional wisdom suggests that everyone under 30 is comfortable revealing every facet of their lives online, from their favorite pizza to most frequent sexual partners. But many members of the tell-all generation are rethinking what it means to live out loud. ”
in Tell-All Generation Learns to Keep Things Offline

Google Hack Attack Was Ultra Sophisticated, New Details Show


“Hackers seeking source code from Google, Adobe and dozens of other high-profile companies used unprecedented tactics that combined encryption, stealth programming and an unknown hole in Internet Explorer, according to new details released by the anti-virus firm McAfee.”
in “Google Hack Attack Was Ultra Sophisticated, New Details Show

The dark side of the internet


“In the ‘deep web’, Freenet software allows users complete anonymity as they share viruses, criminal contacts and child pornography”.
in “The dark side of the internet

Guardians of Their Smiles


“Such is the stuff of parents’ nightmares in the social networking age, when Facebook is rapidly taking the place of the baby book. Young parents are flooding photo-sharing and social networking sites — Snapfish, Twitter, YouTube, even — with images of their children dancing, singing and bathing.

Not everyone is sure that all that sharing is such a good idea. Several groups on Facebook rail against people posting children’s photos. On, the editor, Susan Kane, says the debate “is constantly going on.” And on blogs, school listservs and at kitchen tables, the argument flares: should young children’s photos be shared online?”

in “Guardians of Their Smiles