The Cognitive Dissonance of Online Security

Ever wonder about cognitive dissonance? You know, that confused moment as a child when you came across mommy kissing Santa Claus. (You had about a split second to decide whether to cry, or to tell on mom, or see if you could use the info to your advantage to wangle more loot from old St. […]

Passwords. Seriously. ! ? ;-)

With all the talk about security, do people really take passwords and security seriously? A recent headline tells us: New Password System at Springfield College Increases Security On the face of it, this seems to be a straightforward story of a business or institution – in this case Springfield College in Massachusetts – upgrading its […]

Top 4 Places You Might Get Hacked [infographic]

Today’s always connected culture has significantly increased the potential for hackers to breach one of your online accounts. It’s just as likely that you access your online accounts through your home computer, as it is that you’ll do it on one of your mobile devices like your smartphone and tablet. In order to outsmart the […]

The Ins and Outs of Scams

One of our favorite movies is The Sting (starring Paul Newman as Gondorff, Robert Redford as Johnny Hooker and Robert Shaw as the bad guy, Doyle Lonnegan). In the movie, Hooker and Gondorff team up to get even with Lonnegan after his gang killed Hooker’s partner. They craft a complicated con game to get even […]

Out with the old, in with the new

December – the season of giving and getting. At some point, when you’re getting all that new stuff, you have to decide what to do with the old stuff. We remember when we moved house a couple of years ago and came across 3 computers collecting dust in the attic. ‘What should we do with […]

Desperately Seeking Mo and Watching You

Are security folks paranoid? Sure we are. But, as the saying goes, that doesn’t mean that they aren’t out to get us. It also doesn’t mean that we’re crazy or that we’re wrong. Over at welivesecurity there’s a good write-up of FBI hacker teams being able to watch us (you, too -not just us paranoid […]

The Year of the Fingerprint?

In its 10 Hot Consumer Trends 2014, Ericsson tells us that 52% of the 5,000 smartphone users polled ‘want to use their fingerprints instead of passwords.’ Firstly, is Ericsson tipping its hand on what it has in store for us with their 2014 line-up? We suspect that they might not be enthusiastic to disclose poll […]

NSA Monitors Virtual Worlds, Too

It makes sense. If the NSA and other spy agencies are monitoring all communication around our world, then it was just a matter of time before they started checking out other worlds: the wild and wonderful worlds of online gaming. Or, maybe it started the other way round. In any case, the agency spies are […]

Passwords Are Here to Stay

Biometric security is an information safeguarding solution that makes use of the user’s physical details, such as fingerprints, to control access to information. With the arrival of Touch ID, the new security feature on the iPhone 5s, this form of data protection has become a heavily debated replacement to traditional password strategies. According to ZDNet, […]

The Words on Passwords [infographic]

Smartphones and mobile devices are the waves upon which we ride into the future, and until we do something about our abysmal security habits now, our cybersecurity waters look pretty murky. According to a study conducted by Janrain, a productivity management provider, one of the major setbacks associated with user security is remembering all of […]