Tuesday, November 5, 2013

You don't know, but someone could be watching you

“You can't assume any place you go is private because the means of surveillance are becoming so affordable and so invisible”. American writer and professor Howard Rheingold seems to be right.

At work, your boss might be watching what happens on your desktop. At home, you can be the victim of a cybercriminal who monitors your movements to squeeze your credit card. In a public wifi, you'll be lucky if there is no one who accesses your device! There are potentially many eyes watching us, as you can see in the infographics you find below these lines, but there are some basic steps you could take to avoid some of intrusions to your privacy.

There are several signals that should take your attention: mysterious messages to download (fake) antivirus software, random pop ups, unwanted browser toolbars, and so on. Keep your eyes peeled!

Even security professionals recognize that they are not prepared to deal with emerging threats as stated on the 2013 Threat Report from security company Websense. In addition, this document says that in 2012 the number of malicious sites were multiplied by six, 85% in legitimate web hosts which have been compromised.

In this context, it is not surprising to find news like these: detected new malware variant with the potential to target SAP systems. Currently, only checks if there is any SAP client installed on the computer, but it may mean a first step in developing a future attack.

What is surprising indeed it’s the fact that a company with the size and trajectory of Adobe confirms that the millions of stolen user passwords weren’t stored properly, that is not following the industry’s best practices. They were encrypted instead of hashed.

However, other firms such as the Hungarian MySecureZone are so confident with the encrypting system they have developed that offer 5% share of the company to anyone who achieves to crack it.

Who is Tracking You Online and How You Can Protect Yourself Infographics


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