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So much of our lives is captured on the electronic devices we use. It is not surprising that more and more information is processed on smartphones as opposed to actual computers. No matter what your device of choice, you should remove any personal information prior to disposal. Unfortunately, too many people don’t know how to properly remove their information or perhaps they don’t care. Dark Reading reported that Josh Frantz, a security researcher at Rapid7,…
The bad guys are constantly looking at ways to get users to click on links or open attachments in an attempt to install malware or otherwise compromise personal information. Barracuda Networks spent three months analyzing 360,000 emails and identified the twelve most common forms of subject lines targeting users. These studies are fascinating in that they give insight into what users think is important enough to do something stupid. The top subject lines contained some…
Just because an app is in Google Play, Microsoft store or Apple’s app store doesn’t mean it is safe or even works as the manufacturer claims. A recent study by AV-Comparatives tested 250 Android anti-virus apps available in the Google Play store. Only 80 of the apps detected over 30% of the malicious apps and had zero false positives. Pretty scary. Further details of the testing showed that 138 apps detected less than 30% of…
Dropbox took a page from the Evernote playbook and decided to shoot itself in the foot or perhaps both feet. Users of the free Dropbox service are now limited to only three devices. Those users that currently have more than three devices will be allowed to continue to use the service, but will not be allowed to add any additional devices. Once you disconnect devices and fall below the threshold, you won’t be able…
Another problem for a cloud storage provider. Dozens of companies leaked sensitive data because of misconfigured Box accounts. It was fortuitous that Sharon and I gave a presentation on cloud computing this week so we had current information for the audience. According to an ITPro Today report, Box.com exposed information such as passport photos, Social Security and bank account numbers, technology prototype and design files, employee lists, financial data, customer lists, IT data and…