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More Security Opinion

  • Opinion: How to protect yourself against Gameover Zeus and other botnets

    The U.S. Department of Justice announced today that the Gameover Zeus (GOZ) botnet has been taken down in an effort dubbed "Operation Tovar." The action was the result of a multinational effort between government agencies, law enforcement, and private companies to shut down the massive botnet responsible for more than $100 million in losses for victims. The cooperation necessary to take down the botnet is impressive, but there will be more, and it's important for individuals to understand how to avoid falling victim to these threats.

  • Opinion: Latest eBay flaw is a rookie mistake for a website

    When it rains it pours for eBay. Less than a week after the popular website revealed it was the victim of a massive data breach and directed users to change their passwords, researchers have discovered that it is vulnerable to serious flaws that could allow an attacker to access user accounts. Individuals need to know how to guard against falling victim to these security issues, and other businesses need to learn from eBay's mistakes and do a better job of protecting resources on the Web.

  • Opinion: Lookout's latest feature puts phone thieves on alert

    As sensible an idea as a mandatory kill switch feature would be for mobile devices, the people behind the Lookout security app for iOS and Android think that it's not the only thing you can do to safeguard your smartphone from theft.

  • Opinion: Spotify security breach hits just one user, but Android listeners encouraged to update app

    A single Spotify user has become the victim of a security breach, the company said on Tuesday.

  • Opinion: Another China/USA cyberslap fight

    The US-China relationship is oft described as "the most important diplomatic relationship in the world." Whether true or not (Japan and Western Europe haven't vanished), it's important that Beijing and Washington communicate, and, where possible, collaborate."

  • Opinion: Attack of the clones: detect fake antimalware with these tips

    Security researchers have been stressing the dramatic rise in mobile malware for a few years now--which naturally leads to more users downloading and using some sort of mobile antimalware app. But now even malware protection has become a risk: last month the popular Virus Shield Android app was outed as fraud, and this week Kaspersky announced the discovery of a pair of fake apps using its name in the Google and Windows Phone app stores.

  • Opinion: Why an NFC iPhone Could be Big for Enterprise Security

    Last week, a report from New York-based global investment news site BrightWire.com suggested that Apple's upcoming smartphone, the iPhone 6, will (finally) support near-field communications (NFC) technology. BrightWire.com cited "a source close to the matter."

  • Opinion: When Tech Support calls you

    Diane Shotbolt received a call from an alleged tech support person who "wanted me to make changes to my computer." She asked for my advice.

  • Opinion: Mobile malware 'celebrates' 10th anniversary

    The latest security news in three minutes, including Apple’s horrendous gotofail programming error, the Moon malware that affects a huge number of Linksys routers, and the 10-year anniversary of mobile malware.

  • Opinion: Dropcam expands its home security platform with Dropcam Tabs

    Dropcam Pro is one of the easiest Wi-Fi cameras to set up and use--we thought it could have helped the people in the Dexter universe avoid those pesky serial killers, or maybe just assisted the cops in catching them, with its CSI-like zoom-and-enhance feature. But even the best camera can only see so much.

  • Opinion: It's spring! Clean out your PC's junk with these free programs

    It's finally May. The winter frost is thawing across the U.S., and thoughts are turning to baseball, the Memorial Day weekend, and cleaning out your PC. Okay, maybe that last one isn't for everybody.

  • Opinion: IE zero day is the first sign of the XPocalypse

    Well, it took a bit longer than many security experts expected, but the first big security threat for Windows XP users has arrived. The zero day vulnerability will be quickly patched by Microsoft--for supported platforms at least. That means that this will be the first of many open wounds for Windows XP--known vulnerabilities left exposed because the OS is no longer supported by Microsoft.

  • Opinion: Spam turns 20 and is still going strong

    We recently passed an Internet milestone: April 12 marked the 20-year anniversary of commercialized spam. But even with two decades and trillions of unsolicited messages behind us, it seems there is still no end in sight.

  • Opinion: Protect your privacy while you browse

    It once sounded like paranoia; now it's more like common sense. Steve asked for safe and secure ways to access the Internet without being tracked by crooks, corporations, and governments.

  • Opinion: Twitter app downloads could put users at risk

    Twitter announced that it is putting its MoPub acquisition to use by enabling Twitter marketers to promote and distribute mobile apps. There is a potential opportunity there, though, for attackers to exploit the system if users become conditioned to download apps from their Twitter feed without thinking.

  • Opinion: Why you don't need to encrypt your backup

    Richard O'Hara backs up regularly to an external hard drive, but that leaves him worried. "How can I make the data on the external drive secure in case it's lost or stolen?"

  • Opinion: 10 tips to protect your tax return from theft and fraud

    As far as cyber criminals are concerned, tax season means open season. This time of year is a favorite for phishing scams and fraud, second only to the holidays. With a little awareness and common sense, though, you can avoid being a victim and make sure your tax refund ends up in your pocket.

  • Opinion: Watch out for photos containing malware

    Jerseygirlinfl asked the Answer Line forum if photos floating around the Internet could contain mailware.

  • Opinion: How to hide your online searches: We browse incognito with Disconnect and Silo

    Services that mask your identity online can preserve your privacy, but they can also be slow and unwieldy. Disconnect said Monday it had tweaked and upgraded its search capabilities to improve its speed, while Silo, an anonymous browser vendor, recently launched a personal edition for individuals.

  • Opinion: How to disable Windows 8's deep cloud integration, piece by piece

    You can accuse Windows 8.1 of a lot of things, but one thing you can't say about Microsoft's latest OS is that it lacks web integration. Thanks to deep integration with Bing, OneDrive, and other Microsoft online services, Windows 8.1 is most definitely where the desktop meets the cloud.



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