Top Stories Security
- Australian Companies More Likely To Be Burgled Than Hacked
- Nigerian Scams Still Costing Australia $5 Million Every Month
- Track Third-Party Website Connections With Mozilla's Lightbeam
- The Best Projects And Gear To Set Up Your Secret Lair
- Five Things BlackBerry Needs To Fix As It Becomes Enterprise-Centric
- How The iPhone 5s Fingerprint Scanner Works
Experienced email users often treat “Nigerian scam emails” as a brief source of comedy amidst the horrors of trying to achieve inbox zero. But they’re far from a minor problem: according to law enforcement officials, Scammers still routinely receive at least $5 million every month from gullible Australians every month.
It’s hard to get a clear picture of what sites your browser is communicating with as you traverse the myriad destinations provided by the internet. Sure, it’s obvious what website you’re looking at, but what other connections are being made in the background? Now Firefox users can see a visualisation of this information using a Mozilla-developed add-on called Lightbeam.
When you have multiple machines running on a home network, it’s easy to get into the habit of sharing folders indiscriminately, especially if you don’t have a server to act as a file hub. This isn’t a great thing to do on a laptop you regularly connect to other, less secure networks. Fortunately, you don’t have to hunt around your hard drives looking for shared folders and disabling them one-by-one — Windows provides a facility where you can view them all at once.
Some people call it their battlestation; others call it their command centre. In honour of Evil Week, we’re going to call your home office setup your secret lair. Here are some of the best DIY projects and gear you can use to keep it safe, secure and stocked for whatever nefarious plan you may cook up next.