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  • WCIT-12: the future of the internet could be decided by a conference

    Last week we reported on the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT-12), hosted by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), and some of the proposed modifications that they intend to discuss. The negotiations which aim to take a fresh look at an old treaty drawn up before the internet even existed, have started today behind closed doors in Dubai. On the official Google Blog, internet pioneer, Vint Cerf, has voiced his concern and...

  • Online tracking: how you can reduce and stop being tracked

    We've spoken about the tracking that happens in the background while you are surfing the web a couple of times this year. The most recent incident, involving the sites of the US presidential candidates has brought the issue back into stark relief. For many this has no relevance as it happens "secretly"; you don't even know about it. Having worked for an online advertising company in the past, I was amazed to learn what actually can be done with Adware, spyware, malware and the rest of the "ware's". In some cases it almost seemed criminal. Tracking software is basically used...

  • Is your password “123456” or “ninja”? Here’s why you should change it

    SplashData, a password management applications producer, has listed the 25 worst and scariest passwords used. According to the site, "password", "123456" and "12345678" still top the list from last year as the most common passwords used on the internet, but new to the list is "Jesus", "ninja", "mustang" and believe it or not "password1." Users "of any of these passwords are most likely to be victims in future breaches," the company says. Millions...

  • Social media and smartphones: a hacker’s territory

    According to recent reports by industry's top security firms, malicious hackers are now following their unsuspecting prey onto smartphones and social networking hotspots. In the latest volume of its Internet Security Threat Report, Symantec, one of the largest corporations for internet security, further mentions that cyber criminals are now also gearing up attacks on business and government networks with an increase in sophistication and frequency. Symantec depicted a "massive" volume of more than 286 new computer...