Kogan Attracts Phishing Spam Now

This is a very perverse kind of compliment: Australian online retailer Kogan is evidently now well-known enough for cyber-criminals to use it as bait in phishing emails.

Don't Use Personal Information In Your Wi-Fi Network Name

Routers often come with easy-to-guess passwords out of the box, which is why you always need to change the default settings. For the wireless network name, many people choose something easy to remember, like your name or your address. If you use that personal information for the network name, you might make a hacker’s job easier.

Microsoft Office Expands Document Inspector To Check Embedded Documents

The Document Inspector is a relatively obscure Office feature which helps identify elements of documents that could pose a security risk. The next updates for Excel, Word and PowerPoint add some new options to check for, including checking embedded documents.

LastPass Can Now Automatically Change Your Passwords

LastPass just announced a new feature for the password manager that automatically changes your password for sites when a hack is reported.

Patch Tuesday: Seven The Hard Way

After last month’s gargantuan Patch Tuesday, the final update cycle of 2014 is a more sedate affair. Seven patches are vying for your attention, spread across Windows, Office and Exchange.

The Sony Lesson: Don't Store Passwords In A Text File Called 'Passwords'

Sony has been in the news all week after its corporate servers were comprehensively hacked. But it’s hard to give the electronics giant a pass mark for security when it turns out that staff were storing passwords in unencrypted files with names like ‘Master Password List’.

ACORN Is The Australian Government's Reporting Site For Cybercrime

If you’ve been a victim of online crime, ringing the local cops isn’t always going to be the best path. The newly-launched Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network (ACORN) provides a central repository for reporting cybercrimes, and will be used to help identify broader trends.

Google Apps Dashboard Tracks Which Devices Have Accessed Your Account

Being able to sign into Google Apps from multiple accounts is handy, but also creates a security risk. A new dashboard for Google Apps users tracks which devices have accessed your account.

Set AirDrop To 'Contacts Only' To Protect Your Privacy (And Your Eyes)

iOS: AirDrop lets you transfer files between iOS devices with a swipe of your finger. It also lets you transfer the files to devices nearby. If you don’t set it to “contacts only”, anyone near you can send files.

A Dog Chewing Your USB Stick May Not Destroy All The Data

We’re absolutely not recommending that you place vital data on a USB drive and then feed it to Fido. But if you do, there’s a fair chance you’ll be able to get it back.