Although this is a blog about data privacy, I ran across this article today. I use an iPad with many of my clients to show presentations or within the office to share documents. Here is an article with some great tips and tricks you can use on your iPad. I am a big fan of the tips about reading .pdf files in iBooks!
There were recent media reports that a computer worm called the Stuxnet Worm had been released by our government to launch a cyber attack against a nuclear power plant in Iran. The worm, which was transported by using thumb drives and computers that weren’t connected to the internet, targeted the software the operated the plant. After further research, the worm actually spread to many countries and raised concerns about our own national security.
If the Stuxnet Worm or a similar worm were to attack a private business that provides critical infrastructure to the government, it could greatly hamper their ability to provide national security. The emergence of the Stuxnet Worm raises many questions about this new type of warfare. Should an international treaty be drafted? What is the best way for the government to work with the private sector to help protect our critical infrastructure?
You can read the entire report on the CRS website.
Looks like more people might know where you’re spending time on the web than you think… http://ow.ly/3kT9v
According to Trusteer, an online security firm, almost 3/4 people reuse their banking passwords on other, less secure sites. This can lead to cyber thiefs stealing your information from a less secure site and using it to crack into your bank account. So be careful and use different passwords!
To read the article, click here.
It seems as though illegitimacy is everywhere in cyberspace these days. Recently Apple pulled over 1,000 apps developed by the Chinese company Molinker for giving away free versions of their apps in exchange for high ratings. Because ratings are the only way for customers to judge the quality of an app, skewed ratings can mean big bucks for developers. Interestingly enough, Molinker made 1% of all apps for the iPhone and Apple had no problems deleting every app from the store.
To read more about this story, click here.
Microsoft recently learned that your e-mail password may have been exposed to a third party site due to a phishing scheme. It is also reported that some passwords on gmail or yahoo mail have been exposed also. All of these sites are recommending that you go in a change your password as soon as possible. I’ve attached the post on Microsoft’s website if you want more information. Just a reminder, it’s advised that you change your passwords every 90 days and at least include 3 of the following: uppercase letters, lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols.