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Activate This Chrome Flag To See Just How Non-Secure The Web Today Is

By the end of 2017, it’s almost a certainty that the Google-developed Chrome browser will flag all non-HTTPS sites as “non-secure”. Currently, only HTTPS sites lacking certificates (or out-of-date or incorrectly configured ones) earn the red triangle of doom. But what if Google flicked the switch now? What would the web look like?


The Dos And Don'ts Of Running Security Honeypots In Your Organisation

In the context of IT security, a honeypot is a computer system that serves as a decoy or as a trap so organisations can gather information on attackers that break into their corporate networks. It’s not a new concept, but it seems honeypots are gaining more traction as a popular tool to combat growing cybersecurity threats. Cybercriminals are constantly finding new ways to break down the security measures companies have in place so gathering intel on them can be a great way to fend off their attacks. Today, we go through some of the best practices around implementing honeypots.


Three Ways To Protect Yourself When Using Public WiFi Networks

I travelled to China for work recently. I’ll admit, my paranoia level was at an all-time high; the country is known to filter and monitor internet activity. They don’t call it The Great Firewall of China for nothing. Compounding my fears was the fact that I had to rely on public WiFi networks in a hotel. Considering my room had four broken power points, my confidence in the hotel’s WiFi network security was low. All this got me thinking about ways to protect myself on public WiFi networks in general. Here are a few techniques you may find useful as well.


A USB Stick That Can Fry PCs Is Now Available

Sounds like something out of a spy movie but a USB stick that essentially fries unprotected computers, aptly named USB Kill 2.0, is now publicly available. Read on to find out more.


Google's Plan For Chrome To Clamp Down On Unsecured HTTP Connections Starts In January 2017

Google’s inexorable march towards “a more secure web” continues, with the internet giant recently posting an update regarding the next steps it will take with Chrome to flag “non-secure” websites. 2017 looks like the year things will get serious, with sites featuring data-sensitive form fields and no HTTPS support in the crosshairs.


There's A Quick And Easy Way To Steal Login Credentials From A Locked Computer

A security expert has found a way to steal the login credentials from a computer even when it’s locked down by a password — all with a tiny USB device. The hack can be carried out in less than 30 seconds and the hardware to do this costs around US$50. Read on to find out more.


Victim's Verdict: What Happens When You Report An Online Fraud?

Reporting a crime should not be as traumatic as the experience of the crime itself. But unfortunately this is the sad reality for many victims of online fraud. Australians reported more than $229 million lost to fraud according to a report published last year by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).

But behind every statistic is a person, and there are millions of victims globally who experience a wide range of online fraud. Read on to find out more.


Three Cybersecurity Questions Australian Executives Should Be Asking

Cybersecurity should be a concern shared by an entire organisation, not just IT teams. But many executives shy away from the topic because they think it’s too technical or complex for them to understand. There are definitely cybersecurity questions executives should ask to ensure they are armed with the right information to address issues that are making their organisations more vulnerable to attacks. Here are three of them.


Last.fm Hack Exposes 43 Million User Passwords

Another day, another mega breach. This time, it’s social music website Last.fm, which was hacked in 2012 and over 43 million user accounts were compromised. The details of the breach were made public this week by Leaked Source, a website that tracks leaked databases. This comes off the back of revelations that a Dropbox hack that occurred a few years’ back let hackers get their hands on over 68 million user credentials. What makes this Last.fm breach worse is that the website used an insecure method to store its user passwords. Here are the details.


Attackers Impersonate AFP And Australia Post To Spread Ransomware

Ransomware emails pretending to be from legitimate organisations were distributed across 22 countries, including Australia. These emails lured victims into clicking through to fake websites to download malicious content. Two of the organisations involved include the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and Australia Post. Here’s what you need to know.


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