Tag: security

How Passwords are Cracked: Never Use one Password on All Accounts
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How Passwords are Cracked: Never Use one Password on All Accounts

One-for-all passwords. Recently I was helping a client configure Outlook 2010 to use 4 email addresses I had earlier created. Those email addresses were created using his custom domain on Outlook.com. Instead of logging in and out 4 times to check each account on outlook.com, I told him it would be easier to use Outlook 2010 which came bundled with his PC. Before we started, I had told him to make a note of the password each email account would use because we would be using them in the set-up process. It was at this point he told me that its "OK" because he uses only one password for all of his on-line accounts. Please note that this someone who is using these email addresses as contact points for his business. Also note that business is handling all payment options through PayPal and yes...
eBay Hacked – Users asked to reset passwords
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eBay Hacked – Users asked to reset passwords

eBay has released a statement today explaining that its internal and customer databases were compromised earlier this year. The company will today start to prompt everyone to change their passwords. If you are a current or even former eBay user it is recommended that you change your password now as information such as names, addresses, email addresses, phone numbers, birth dates and encrypted passwords have been stolen which could lead to attacks on other accounts held my eBay account holders. Details amount the breach can be found in a press release by the company that can be read below. Proactive customers can click here to go directly to access their eBay account information to change passwords immediately. Ebay Press Release eBay Inc. (Nasdaq: EBAY) said beginning later today it wi...
Boeing Black Smartphone designed for handling top secret communications
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Boeing Black Smartphone designed for handling top secret communications

Boeing is better know for designing and selling aircraft, however the company recently revealed a smartphone designed for handling top secret communications. The high-security android-powered phone has a modular hardware design. The phone is not serviceable and has features to detect tampering with the ability to delete sensitive information before it is compromised. The U.S. defense and security communities demand trusted access to data to accomplish their missions. Despite the continuous innovation in commercial mobile technology, current devices are not designed from inception with the security and flexibility needed to match their evolving mission and enterprise environment. The Boeing Black smartphone was designed with security and modularity in mind to ensure our customers ca...
Jamaica’s National Security Ministry plans CCTV Network and Automated Traffic Ticketing System
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Jamaica’s National Security Ministry plans CCTV Network and Automated Traffic Ticketing System

By now, dear reader, you may be aware of the Boston Bombings in Boston, Massachusetts, close to the prestigious MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and the very rapid capture in less than a week of the 2 suspects Tamerland Tsarnaev, 26, and his brother Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19. The reason for their rapid identification and seizure of the suspects: HD CCTV Network footage as well as civic minded citizens send in eyewitness footage filmed with smartphones. The Bombings took place on Wednesday April 17th 2013. By Friday April 19th 2013, Tamerland Tsarnaev was killed in a police Shootout while trying to rob a convenience store near MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). His brother Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was arrested while hiding out in a boat. He’s the unlucky one to be alive: he’ll be...
CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank reports security breach to members
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CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank reports security breach to members

The Jamaica Gleaner is reporting the CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank has suffered a security breach. The bank has reportedly sent out a general notice via postal  mail to account-holders informing them that their information may have been compromised and has put some high-risk individuals on alert in an effort to thwart any attempt to defraud them or others using the stolen information. Managing director of CIBC FirstCaribbean Jamaica, Nigel Holness said Tuesday (March 19th 2013) that the perpetrators potentially copied cardholder's personal information. He said the origin of the breach was unknown, but said that it affects "cardholders beyond Jamaica". He did not disclose the name of the facility that had been breached. CIBC FirstCaribbean is a major Caribbean bank offering fin...
Saudi Arabia orders BlackBerry Ban
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Saudi Arabia orders BlackBerry Ban

Saudi Arabia has joined the United Arab Emirates as the second country in the space of a week to ban Research In Motion Ltd's Blackberry devices. Apparently the encryption method used by RIM protect customer data is enough to get the intrusive Kingdom of Saudi Arabia very upset so they decided to ban the devices all together. The announcement came hours after RIM executives hosted an event in New York to drum up fanfare for the Canadian company's latest smartphone, the BlackBerry Torch 9800. This ban is a major setback for cellphone network operators in the Kingdom who recently reported record profits in a booming market. (more…)
Surfing the Web Safely – How to do it
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Surfing the Web Safely – How to do it

When you surf the net, the last thing the average user thinks about is “can someone track me or my net habits?”. Believe me when I say that, it is possible to learn information about you even when you don't want to advertise who you are. This is true even if your system contains no virus or malware software. Specifically, information that is easily available online includes your internet protocol address, your country (and often more location information based on internet protocol address), what computer system you are on, the operating system version your using, what browser you use, your browser history and more. Also, cookies (not those sweet kind I must add, the bits and pieces of your browsing history) can track your habits as you move from machine to machine. So basically, you are be...