User Blogs

User Blogs

Discussions and Blogs
Nov 18
2013

Streamlined ‘passpoint’ WiFi coming

Posted by Robert Siciliano in WIFI , passport

Robert Siciliano

WiFi connects us everywhere, such as in parks, subways, airplanes, coffee shops and public WiFi hotspots. The WiFi Alliance says there are more than a million hotspots worldwide, and a report by market research company Informa Telecoms and Media (Informa.com) reports that Wifi hotspot numbers are set to grow to 5.8 million globally in the next four years.

Nov 16
2013

What is scareware?

Posted by Robert Siciliano in scareware

Robert Siciliano

When it comes to making us fall for their scams, cybercriminals have a number of tricks up their sleeves. One of these tricks is to scare us into thinking that our computers or smartphones have become infected with malware to get us to purchase a fake application. The programs and unethical advertising practices hackers use to frighten users into purchasing rogue applications are called scareware.

Nov 12
2013

Selling your smartphone? Beware of stowaway data

Posted by Robert Siciliano in smartphone

Robert Siciliano
Upgrading your mobile device? It has become standard practice to upgrade to a newer device every one to three years. And when doing so, people often sell, donate or discard the old one. The goal is often to sell the old one to make up the difference in cost for the new one.

 

Nov 12
2013

How to protect your information online

Posted by Robert Siciliano in online privacy

Robert Siciliano

Every week I receive emails from people asking how they can protect their privacy online. It seems like there have been more and more data security breaches, and therefore awareness about the potential to have our information exposed is growing. In fact half of us worry about the amount of personal information about us that is available online compared to only 33% who were concerned about this in 2009.

Nov 12
2013

Passwords: Fingerprint, heartbeat or brainwaves?

Posted by Robert Siciliano in passwords

Robert Siciliano

There is no such thing as a truly secure password; there are only more secure or less secure passwords. Passwords are currently the most convenient and effective way to control access to your accounts. But passwords are a mess. We have too many; sometimes they are all the same, which makes it easier for a hacker; many passwords are “123456” and easy to crack; and there are numerous ways that a criminal can spy on us to log our keystrokes.

Nov 12
2013

I Really Want My Phone to Be My Wallet. Don’t You?

Posted by Robert Siciliano in wallet , smartphone

Robert Siciliano

Wallets suck. Seriously. Mine hurts my butt when I sit down. I have to remember to take it with me, and then I’m always afraid of losing it. There’s nothing fun about it. And…well…it’s dirty. It really is—money is dirty, and the cards you hand to people with dirty hands that handle dirty cards all day are dirty. Can we please just use our mobiles as wallets?

Nov 11
2013

7 Scary Privacy Issues to Be Aware Of

Posted by Robert Siciliano in Privacy

Robert Siciliano

We are all too aware of the National Security Agency breaking encryption and implanting back doors on various servers, networks and within numerous social sites, email providers, mobile networks, mobile phones and other platforms to gather intelligence in the name of safety and security for the American people and other friendly nations across the globe.

Nov 11
2013

Why Mobile Security is a Must

Posted by Robert Siciliano in mobile security

Robert Siciliano

Smartphone use continues to increase. More than one third of Americans have dropped landlines and only use mobiles. It is very possible that within the next 10 years, the landline will be obsolete and we will all be wireless.

Nov 10
2013

Apple Makes Life Harder for iPhone Thieves

Posted by Robert Siciliano in iPhone security , iphone

Robert Siciliano

You probably know that iPhones are high on the wish list of thieves all over the country—so much so that data from the New York City Police Department reveals that iPhone and iPad thefts have soared 40 percent compared with the same period last year, according to CNET. A total of 11,447 cases of stolen Apple devices were reported to the city’s police, an increase of 3,280 over the last year.

Nov 10
2013

Socint: Disseminating Cybercrime Through Social Intelligence

Posted by Robert Siciliano in cybercrime

Robert Siciliano

People talk—A LOT. They can’t stop talking. Talking, getting something off your mind and out there feels good. Talking takes the pressure off one’s mind; our mouths are like relief valves for our heads. The problem has always been that people blurt out whatever is on their mind and say things that often get them in trouble. And yes, I’ve done it too.

Nov 07
2013

Cellular Base Station Range Extenders Vulnerable to Attack

Posted by Robert Siciliano in VPN

Robert Siciliano

Low-powered cellular base stations are often found in residential homes and small businesses where mobile coverage is scant. The device, which also known as a femtocell, connects to DSL or cable connections and extends cellular coverage to a functional level where cell towers simply don’t reach. Some cellular base stations can accommodate up to 16 devices indoors or outdoors. The benefits of deploying a cellular base station include better voice quality and stronger wireless internet connections over 3G or 4G.

Nov 04
2013

It’s Even Easier Now For Regular Folks To Conduct Cybercrime

Posted by Robert Siciliano in cybercrime

Robert Siciliano

Here’s a late night infomercial for you: How’s that burger flipping going? That cubicle working out? Anyway, I’m sure your boss is such a nice guy. Guess what! If you’re interested in a career in criminal hacking, you don’t even need a computer! This (scary) special, one-time offer comes to you right now from the Internet! Get your credit card ready!


Subscribe via Email

 Your Email:
Banner

Tag Cloud

2012 abduction Aberdeen Group alarm alarms Android Apple Apps ATM Skimming Audit Bank Fraud Banking Security BillGuard BlackBerry botnet BPM breaches BS 25999 burglar burglary Business Continuity BYOD change management cheating children pictures Cloud Cloud Security Cobit collaboration Community discussion Compliance computer failure Consumer IT Tips contactless credit card credit card breaches Credit Card Fraud credit cards credit fraud Cross-Device Security Cyber gangs cyber monday Cyber Security cyberbullying cybercrime cybercriminal cybercriminals cybersecurity cyberwise data Data Backup Data Breaches data security Data Storage DDOS Device Reputation digital devices Digital Forensics digital life Digital Security digitally secure Disaster Recovery DNS download DPI driver's license dumps E-Commerce eBanking Electronic Discovery Electronic ESI electronic passport EMV Endpoint Security entity theft Epsilon ERM ESI Ethics Events Facebook FCC FCPA FDIC Federal Government FFIEC Financial Crisis firewall FourSquare Fraud gaming Gartner Geo-tagging gold farming Governance GPS grc GRC evaluation GRC Marketplace GRC technology readiness GRChange Green IT grey charges guard dogs Hackers Hackproof Hacktivism holidays home invasion home security Hotspot HP IAM iCloud id ID Theft Identity theft Information Management Information Security Information Supply Insider Threat Internal Audit Internal Controls internet safety iOS app iovation IP address iphone iPhone security ISACA ISO 27000 ISO 27001 ISO 31000 IT Alignment it compliance it governance IT GRC Forum Events it risk management IT Security IT Service Management ITIL jailbreaking Jobs keylogger laptop security Litigation Malware marathon mCommerce Member Discount Mobile Mobile Apps Mobile Banking mobile device Mobile Device Management Mobile Devices Mobile payment mobile phone mobile security Mobile Wallet mSecurity Multi-Regulatory Compliance multifactor authentication myblog Network Security New Years NFC NFC app Online Backup Online Banking online dating online gaming online identity online privacy online safety Online Security online shopping Operational Management OSHA Outsourcing P2P Security Panel Partner Offers passport passwords PCI Performance Management personal data personal device Personal Security pheasting phishing Policy predator Privacy Prize Draw QR Codes ransomeware ransomware Regulation E remote access resume fraud Risk Assessment Risk Management RSA Rules safety tips scam scammer scammers Scams scareware Seasonal Security security apps security tips sext Shopping shredding skimming Skimming Fraud small business smartphone smartphones smishing Social Media social network Social Security SOX spammers spokesman Spyware SSDs Standards strangers Strategy tablets tax scams Tech tech support technology Threat Management Tokenization TQM Twitter typosquatting Virus VPN wallet web Webcast Q&A Wi-Fi WIFI WiFi password wireless