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  • 6 things you need to know about protecting yourself from the latest online scams

    With credit card fraud and internet scams an ever-present threat across the globe, as with other types of crime, incidences of banking card fraud tend to increase over the festive season. For this reason internet users should be particularly cautious during the run-up to the 2014 festive season. And while there is ongoing coverage in the media of the various scams taking place locally and internationally, in my experience many internet users are still at a loss as to the various methods hackers may use to gain access to confidential banking information, and how best to keep...

  • 14 big security predictions for 2014

    Towards the end of last year, my top five predicted security threats for 2013 were: social engineering, Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs), internal threats, BYOD, and cloud. All five predictions were realised; especially internal threats, with Edward Snowden’s NSA security breach being among the biggest data leaks ever by an insider. Like most IT security professionals, I really want my predictions not to come true: I would prefer organisations didn’t get hacked, infected by malware, or suffer data breaches. But by predicting the next wave of threats, we hope to help organisations stay on top of the evolving tactics...

  • Big data is the superhero for your digital security woes [RSA conf]

    There has never been a more dangerous time to be online: there are threats from every corner and attackers are getting more sophisticated. With data hopping from device to device via the cloud, the way we do security must change. This is the world of big data and where trust and privacy is becoming more vulnerable. Art Coviello the Executive Chairman of RSA (the security division of EMC) believes the way security is currently tackled must change if today's society is to survive the changing world of technology. He argues that the security industry needs a scalable ecosystem for sharing...

  • 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...

  • New trojan makes you think Facebook and Google want your bank details

    Ever tried to log into your Facebook or Google account, only to be asked to enter your credit card details? Of course the two most popular websites in the world would be a prime target for anyone looking to plant some malware, but according to a new study, it's getting more difficult to detect the threats. The latest report from cybercrime security company ThreatMetrix describes how a new version of the Zeus Trojan is targeting Facebook and Gmail log in pages in order to trick their users into submitting their credit and bank account details. Users log into their...

  • Dropbox, leading cloud computing service, suffers security failure

    Since the announcement of iCloud, cloud computing and other cloud services have leapt from the tech-world and into the world at large. With this excitement and popularity has come a fair amount of scrutiny, mainly asking whether cloud services can keep our data safe and secure? For leading cloud-service Dropbox the answer to that question was yes -- until Sunday. It had been reported that on Sunday some users noticed they were allowed...

  • Intel closes McAfee deal with US$7.7-billion

    US computer chip giant Intel announced on Monday that its $7.68 billion acquisition of computer security firm McAfee is now complete. Intel said that with the completion of the deal, McAfee becomes a wholly owned subsidiary of Intel. McAfee will continue to sell security products and services under its own brand. California-based Intel, whose processors are behind nearly 80 percent of computers worldwide, revealed its plan to purchase McAfee - one of...