Many of us have gigabytes worth of data stored in various places all over the internet. We have albums worth of photos saved and shared on Facebook. Amazon and Google Play retain copies of digital music, books, and video purchases, which can be accessed remotely. And, of course, we can’t forget comprehensive online storage sites more »
With all the stories of security breaches and hacked data popping up in the news, one might be concerned about the safety of their personal information on the web. Rightly so, since recovering from such incursions can be an absolute nightmare for normal people with jobs and families.
If you think cloud storage is the only future for storing your precious files, think again. I’m a believer of cloud but Sony and Panasonic have recently partnered to introduce a new optical disc standard. I can still remember storing my thesis in a 1.4MB floppy disk and now a small device can hold 300GB up to 1TB per disc?
The Bitcoin world is trying not to panic at the news popular Bitcoin exchange Mt.Gox has abruptly disappeared. Two weeks ago they halted withdrawals due to what they called “technical issues” regarding suspicious activity. Then on Sunday the company’s CEO Mark Karpeles quit the board of the Bitcoin foundation and all of Mt. Gox’s tweets were deleted.
Most people like to accessorize and show off their style and unique persona. Everything from what we wear, where we shop, and even what we eat can say a little something about each of us. All this is perfectly fine and safe for most day-to-day activities. But when it comes to our digital devices – smartphones specifically – personalization can lead to trouble.
NBC News had an eye-opening report last night about privacy concerns in Sochi. Simply put, media, athletes, and visitors there shouldn’t expect any-but they should expect to be hacked almost immediately.
They’ve been around for awhile, whether we’ve seen them in action or just from browsing through categories of apps. I’m talking about those fingerprint scanner Android apps. They’re more of a gag than actual security, pretending to scan users’ fingers in order to permit access.
By now, I’m sure that most of us have heard about the Target data breach. It’s also been warned/predicted that there will be more of these types of hacks to come. A little more than a month ago, Yahoo, Google, and Facebook had millions of account passwords stolen too. Safeguarding personal information is more important than ever.
Google is saying, “Come at me, bro!” Those out there up for the challenge of hacking Google’s Chrome OS could find themselves coming into some extra cash. Challenge accepted, anyone? There are a few parameters, however. You’ll have to attend the CanSecWest Security Conference in Vancouver this March to enter Google’s Pwnium 4 Competition. This isn’t the first time Google has held the Pwnium contest as a way of finding security bugs in the Chrome browser and Chrome OS.
Geeksphone is a real company. It’s a Spanish manufacturer that’s taking advantage of Mozilla’s Firefox OS. Middle of last year, we saw the Firefox OS-powered Peak+ phone. Its phones may not be as popular but since it will show off something new at the upcoming Mobile World Congress, we might as well look into the Blackphone.
Last week, 2 million Facebook, Google, and Twitter passwords were stolen by hackers. Such stories seem to pop up every other month or so, which leads to the question of personal and account security. Passwords, even the stronger ones, are quickly becoming ill-effective for security and protection.
It’s common to read in the news about how unsafe Google Play is compared to the iTunes App Store. Well, Google isn’t taking this lying down. They responded to the issue last week at the Virus Bulletin conference in Berlin. You can read more about the story in this article on Quartz, but the basic more »