Top Stories Security
- What Is This Differential Privacy Thing Apple Is Talking About (For People Who Hate Maths)?
- Acronis Creates Prototype Blockchain App For Secure Data Storage
- Australians Are Really Terrible At Passwords
- Turnbull's $230M Cyber Security Strategy: Four Industry Experts Respond
- Apple Forsakes QuickTime For Windows, Stops Security Patches
- Ransomware Cybercriminals Love Australia
In cyberspace we are facing password fatigue, caused by having to recall (seemingly) endless streams of (apparently) unrelated numbers and letters at odd times. One answer is to make those passwords longer and more incomprehensible. The logic here is that people have an unlimited capacity to remember such things, or perhaps they have an unquenchable desire to write passwords on yellow post-it notes. Why do we want or need passwords at all?
There is a ransomware going around that is spreading through emails posing as AGL electricity bills. Not only is it able to hold files to ransom, it also installs key logging software on compromised PCs in order to steal email account details. Attackers can then use those email accounts to spread the ransomware further. Here’s what you need to know.
As work becomes more flexible, our mobile devices more powerful, new vulnerabilities emerge. Phones and laptops are almost always on us, they’re full of juicy data — both personal and work, making them prime targets for anyone with the skills to gain access. But all is not lost! Here are some of the things you can do, technical and not, to secure your work devices.
Pretty much everybody uses USB cables, be it at home or at work. Charging smartphones over USB is extremely convenient but security vendor Kaspersky Lab cautions that not every USB port is safe to use. The company noted that attackers can steal files and infect smartphones with malware over unsafe USB connections. Here’s what you need to know.
Remember MySpace? It was the place people went to carve out garish online identities before Facebook made everything clean and homogeneous. If you used to have an account, there’s a pretty good chance that your login details have been hacked: LeakedSource is boasting it has the passwords for over 360 million MySpace accounts. (That’s a lot of shrines to bad ’90s bands and angsty teen poetry.)
The internet is full of free resources and there are plenty of websites out there offering sample codes like Stack Overflow that programmers and developers can use to perform various tasks for computer programming. But a web consultant has pointed out that this common practice could be a security risk. Here are the details.
WordPress is arguably the most prevalent of content management systems on the web today so, unsurprisingly, it’s a massive target for malicious activities. While the core WordPress package has had its share of security issues, it’s outdated plugins that are a major contributor, with three in particular comprising 25 per cent of all WordPress vulnerabilities.