Monday, September 30, 2013

Schools' use of cloud services puts student privacy at risk | PCWorld

Schools that compel students to use commercial cloud services for email and documents are putting privacy at risk, says a campaign group calling for strict controls on the use of such services in education. Read more

Building a better password: Simple changes add strength | PCWorld

Twenty years ago, one of the biggest security concerns was that a colleague would learn your password from the post-it note you put on your screen. The solution was simple: Don’t write your passwords down! That was good advice, and most people could easily remember the two or three passwords that they needed.

Since then, security threats have evolved beyond recognition, but our capacity to remember passwords has remained unchanged. We are still able to remember just two or three passwords, and most people choose relatively short and rather predictable passwords in order to be able to recall them.Read more

Microsoft wins $304,994 in Australian software piracy case | PCWorld#tk.nl_today

Microsoft wins $304,994 in Australian software piracy case | PCWorld

Hackers target social media, step up mobile attacks | PCWorld

Social media has become a top target of hackers and mobile devices are expanding that target, IBM reported last week in its X-Force 2013 Mid-Year Trend and Risk Report. Read more

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Even suspicious email is too tempting to skip, survey finds | PCWorld

In a study conducted by TNS Global for Halon, an email security service, 30 percent of those surveyed admitted they would open an email, even if they were aware that it contained a virus or was otherwise suspicious.

The study included only 1000 adults within the U.S., so this isn't a national index by any means. But of those surveyed, one in 11 admitted to having infected their system after they opened a malicious email attachment. Given the fact that email is still an easy way for attackers to gain access to the network, often via social engineering (phishing/spear phishing), the survey's results are somewhat alarming. Read more