01/05/2012, Ramnit is a worm that is better known in financial industry circles, but just like how economic performance of any country will affect the lives of the everyday man on the street, so too, has the Ramnit work which has set its sights on Facebook accounts recently. According to some reports out there, a minimum of 45,000 accounts have already been compromised, and the total extent of the damage has […]
12/27/2011, If you own an AppleID account, be sure to look out for a well-crafted phishing scam that’s been going over the past week. The phishing emails were reported to have been sent out on or around Christmas day, and attempts to fool people into giving away their AppleID billing information. The email carries a sender’s address of “firstname.lastname@example.org” and informs recipients that their billing information records are out of date. […]
12/27/2011, A while back we reported that a group of researchers discovered a security flaw in HP’s LaserJet printers that basically allowed hackers access to it. According to HP, so far there have been no reports of users ever experiencing such issues with their printers but at the same time have acknowledged that such a potential security vulnerability does exist but only if left open on a public internet with no […]
12/23/2011, So far when it comes to authenticating ourselves to our own computers, we have the password which is typed in, facial recognition via the computer’s webcam, and even thumbprint scanning, but what about picture passwords? Well if that is the first time you’ve heard of it, when Windows 8 is launched, expect picture passwords one of the security features on the operating system.
12/21/2011, If you think that the current slew of car security systems fail to impress you, this new car security system from the Advanced Institute of Industrial Technology in Tokyo might just do the trick. Some researchers have come up with a special seat that can identify drivers when sitting down. The seat is filled with 360 pressure sensors that can detect the weight distribution and area of contact that a […]
12/16/2011, With so many passwords to remember and with different websites requiring different styles of passwords, i.e. alphanumeric, with a mixture of uppercase and lowercase, a minimum 6/8/10 characters, etc, short of actually writing them down, there are times when you have to resort to the “I forgot my password” button. Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 8 is looking to eliminate that problem with password storage and syncing.
12/13/2011, One of the drawbacks of using the ATM to withdraw money is the lack of security – people can easily watch you enter your PIN code if they stand next to you or to your side. Well, some folks over at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology in Daejeon have come up with a solution to the problem – with the aid of mobile devices. Instead of making […]
11/30/2011, If you’re the type that carries around with you sensitive information, there’s a Kickstarter project that you might be interested in checking out. It’s called the Crypteks USB drive and it will combine not just digital encryption, but provides a physical lock for your USB drive as well, thus providing two layers of security that a would-be thief has to bypass before they get their hands on your data.
11/29/2011, RIM has just announced their latest piece of software – the Mobile Fusion device management software that will offer security options to the Android and iPhone platforms. From the first quarter of 2012 onwards, RIM’s new software will enable corporate IT staff to set and monitor rules for passwords, apps and software across both platforms mentioned. This means a company is able to remotely lock or wipe a lost or […]
11/28/2011, Security researchers have found a way to crack the Blu-Ray encryption while the video content is transiting via an HDMI cable between the player and the television. Normally, the content is encrypted during this trip to prevent piracy using a “middle-man” attack where an attacker intercepts the data from the source, and relays it to the destination. If everything goes well, neither the source or recipient will detect the eavesdropping. […]
11/25/2011, Earlier this week it was reported that a large number of Xbox Live users were targeted by a phishing scam. Today, it has been reported that Microsoft is refunding victims who were caught unaware by the phishers. The company has also issued out warnings to its Xbox Live subscribers about the situation. While no exact numbers have been posted, Microsoft has mentioned that only a small percentage of its Xbox […]
11/16/2011, RIM has enjoyed success with their Blackberry smartphones in the past due to its secure nature. Encrypted emails plus the ability for organizations to control the contents of employees’ devices through BES made Blackberry smartphones the choice of enterprises and governments. While some companies and governments still believe in RIM, a recent security revamp for Android and iOS devices could mean that the US Federal government will start making the […]
11/15/2011, For those who might be worried about the security and safety of conducting NFC transactions, Samsung may be able to alleviate those fears with the introduction of a new NFC chip that is said to have raised the security level for users who conduct payment transactions through their smartphones.
11/15/2011, NFC (Near Field Communication) is a technology that has only started gaining some traction in the country recently, and doesn’t really have too many uses at the moment. But, the number of things you can do with the technology is slowly increasing. The folks over at INSIDE Secure have come up with a new way to use of NFC: identifying original products. Called VaultIC150, this low-cost turnkey solution is designed […]