Sunday, December 7, 2014

Top 5 Infosec links of the week (LV)

It's a love-hate relationship we have with technological devices. First, they're our object of desire and we spend huge amounts of money on them. But, on the other hand, as they become more complex increases our ignorance about how they work and how to use them safely. So, we fear them. That's why most of our top read stories this week (and most weeks) are related to dangers lurking in our digital life.

Our top news this week relates to several Chinese mobile phones, cloning well known brands, sold with factory installed Trojans, namely a malicious code on your phone's firmware which allows installing software without owner's knowledge, data monitoring and even identity theft.

Another piece that caught our readers attention asks caution when using free virtual private networks services, because as any free service they come with a trap: what is not paid with money, is paid with our data. So this VPN services, offering private communications and trespassing of corporate connections restrictions are free, yes, but in exchange for tracking and selling our data.

A good hacker said that technology ceases to be magical when you discover how it works. This is the role of education and the only way to stop the digital world seeming to us a wood full of wolves. Our readers know that and top other news of the week have to do with education: Rey Juan Carlos University will launch a Lecture in IT Risk Management, Fraud Prevention and Security.

Two tutorials close our most read news: on how to safely erase files on Linux operating system and another to prevent Distributed Denial of Service in instant messaging system WhatsApp.

If you want, you have a long weekend to take a look on those investigations. Enjoy the rest of Sunday!


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