Tuesday, December 3, 2013

If your grandparents saw it

If your grandparents saw it|Si nuestros abuelos lo vieran

How would be your grandparents’ face if they saw the kind of threats we deal with in this century? Surely, many of them, who witnessed several regime changes and civil war lived, will not quite understand anything.

Actually, not everything is so different than it was a century ago. There are still governments determined to control and put limits on what people say about them. What changes now is the type of media restricted, which is the Internet. In this sense, China boasts of having eliminated rumors from the web as a consequence of a major "cleaning” campaign carried out through sanctions and arrests.

Not only our grandparents, but many of our neighbors would draw an expression of surprise on their faces if we talk to them about metadata. Even more, if we told them that the Australian secret services offered “bulk” amounts of metadata from their own citizens to foreign allies, according to some documents leaked by Snowden. To explain what metadata is and what can be learned from it, the journalist Oliver Laughland relates one of his days in ‘metadata version’.

Due to some issues like this, concerns about privacy are one of the main trends that Kaspersky Lab forecasts for 2014. As well as encryption, which is precisely the best way to protect our communications, according to experts.

Also the virtual currency bitcoin receives more and more attention. Its price is around $ 1,000 which causes that cybercriminals exploit the slightest opportunity to infect your computer and make use of its resources to mine (produce) bitcoins. If it is difficult to explain to young people how this money is mine, even more to older ones who still think of pesetas.

However the most widespread malware last month was the Win32/Bundpil worm which is transferred via removable memories such as flash drives, according to ESET Latin America. It is followed by a list of up to nine other viruses, trojans and malicious codes.

Another risk brought by the online world is cyberbullying. If a grandfather found out that his grandson is harassed at school, he would go there giving some clouts or blowing with his stick. However, to combat cyberbullying it is necessary to know how to detect it and understand the best course of action. To this end, the National Institute of Communication Technologies (INTECO) through the Internet User Security Office (ISO) and the Children website OSI, presented the 'Guidelines for action against cyberbullying' for parents and educators.


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