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How businesses could be exposed to security risks from employees using FaceApp

Where the app itself may not be as risky as some jittery US Senators think, it's generally a bad idea for employees to download unauthorised apps onto corporate devices. My twitter feed is swamped with discussions about this years-old app. It's truly "gone viral"...: [...] FaceApp CEO Yaroslav Goncharov talked to TechRepublic about the safety of his app. "FaceApp performs most of the photo processing in the cloud. We only upload a photo selected by a user for editing. We nev

How fraudulent domain names are powering phishing attacks

It's ironic that many legitimate still haven't migrated to https. All the while the fraud sites are getting more sophisticated...: The proliferation of alternative, "generic" TLDs—such as .app and .online—as well as the ability to register domain names using non-latin characters are enabling phishing attacks, according to the 2019 Proofpoint Domain Fraud Report, published Tuesday. Since ICANN—the organization responsible for administration of the domain name system—began del

Seriously, stop using qwerty as a password–enlist these password strategies instead

There's some good advice here. One resource I haven't used before is this one "If your password has been PWNED, make sure to change your password as soon as possible and make it unique for each site. There is a special government service that can help you check:"... World Password Day is held on the first Thursday each May with the intention to promote more effective password usage. Strategies related to this involve complex passwords, two-factor a

Why open sourcerors might want to ditch Android for iOS

Privacy is the new marketing kool aid...: [...] As bad as Apple's iPhone has been with user privacy, Google's Android has been worse. While the company recently trotted out some improvements, the harsh reality is that it is not in Google's interest to secure privacy—at least, not private data that it can otherwise use to push ads. Small wonder, then, that recent academic research from Vanderbilt professor Douglas Schmidt found that Android phones pull roughly 10x more

How to harden your macOS systems with Lynis

Macs (and iPads/iPhones) are often found in enterprises as 'Bring-your-own' devices so managing them can be a nightmare. If you are in the fortunate position of being able to mandate some form of management, here's a tool that can reduce your admin load...: Regularly checking your macOS systems for properly configured systems, apps, and services with Lynis helps administrators harden devices by minimizing their attack surface. [...] Lynis is open-source software that r

How to change the complexity of your Windows PIN

Strange...I've setup PINs on many Win 10 devices (mostly VMs for me to destroy) and didn't even realise that you could choose 4 digits. All mine are 6 or greater...: [...] Those of you who create a PIN to back up your password in Windows probably rely on a standard 4-digit number, but did you know that you can create a longer and more complex PIN? You can devise a PIN with 6, 8, 10, 12, or more digits. You can also create a PIN with letters and special characters as well as

Cybersecurity insurance: Read the fine print

...and use a specialist broker. [...] After consulting with experts, Bounds offers the following suggestions as a means to drive down perceived risk and possibly lower premiums. Those responsible in the company: Should consider buying more cybersecurity coverage when there's a heavy reliance on technology due to the lack of in-house cybersecurity expertise; May find they need less insurance coverage if appropriate cybersecurity practices are employed, and there are i

Small business owners: Don’t rush into using AI

Sound advice to avoid the hype. The current phrase is "Machine Learning is written in python. AI is written in PowerPoint"...: Artificial intelligence (AI) is here to stay, and the tricky question for small business owners is not whether to jump on board, but when. Daniel Faggella, AI strategist and founder and CEO of Emerj, writes, "Given the inevitability of AI's applications across sectors, it would seem a good idea for small businesses to jump on the AI bandwagon sooner

Unintended inferences: The biggest threat to data privacy and cybersecurity

The GDPR is quite clear on this. If you can identify and individual (a "human person") from a data set, then you are not following the principle of 'Data protection by design and by default'...: [...] Something else threatened by the power of AI and machine learning is online anonymity. Arvind Narayanan et al. in the research paper On the Feasibility of Internet-Scale Author Identification demonstrate how the author of an anonymous document can be identified using machine-le