Monday, April 14, 2014

Cyberflirting also has some risks


Are you a flirting master in your office? Can’t you get a date with any colleague anymore so you began looking for  women on Tinder? Be careful!
The popularity of this mobile dating app is booming. With 7.6 million active users per month, it has become a life raft for those who have no time or desire to go out for flirting. Tinder provides a whole catalog of potential dates around you at only one touch. However, you need to be alert to avoid being trickedThat so attractive girl who started to talk to you could be a bot or a hacker with malicious aim. Beware of all the links that they sent without request.
Nonetheless, this possible fraud on Tinder seems insignificant when compared to the consequences that it might have the Heartbleed vulnerability on the OpenSSL library reported last week. In fact, Cloudflare has confirmed that four of the participants in the “The Heartbleed Challenge” obtained the private crypto keys used for the test server which was affected by such vulnerability. This means that an attacker could use these keys to generate a bogus website that would be virtually undetectable by users. Therefore, it is not enough to upgrade to the latest version of OpenSSL, it is essential to revoke the SSL certificates used up to today and reissue new certificates. In this sense, it is very worrying that only 30,000 out of the 500,000 SSL certificates affected by Heartbleed have been reissued so far, according to data from Netcraft.
Talking about Tinder again, probably a responsible for computer security in an organization will laugh at us if we tell him about this app’s problems. These kind of professionals have much more serious threats in hands. For example, new Internet refrigerators. Indeed, the unstoppable emergence of billions of appliances and gadgets connected to the Internet is a real minefield for businesses. They are IP-enabled devices with very poor security in most cases. Therefore, they could become important vectors of cyber attacks.
However, we hope that manufacturers will increase the security of their appliances over time, as banks have been able to keep implementing different measures against fraud over the past 20 years: from tracking transactions in time real in 1992 to the creation of lists of behavior in 2013.
In any case, the fight against the bad boys is an endless war. Therefore companies can never let their guard down. They have to master the basics, such as having an antivirus system and protect the corporate network, but they must also try to integrate all security systems as much as possible, encrypt and authenticate everything, exercise recovery plans, anticipate future threats and get prepared for them, etc.
All of that said, now you may feel that fraud on Tinder is not big deal, but remember that you can avoid it easily if you use common sense and don’t give away your personal information to anyone! Happy flirting!
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