The Washington Post: You added ‘!’ or ‘1’ to your password, thinking this made it strong. Science says no.

You added ‘!’ or ‘1’ to your password, thinking this made it strong. Science says no. http://wapo.st/2gRi3ux ============from the article=========== You added ‘!’ or ‘1’ to your password, thinking this made it strong. Science says no. By Lorrie Cranor September 8 For years, computer users have been told they should have complicated passwords, including numbers, […]

Thank you, You’re so generous! (giving more than you intended?) [alert]

http://www.asiaone.com/china/no-loose-change-beggars-china-now-accepting-mobile-payments Along with your money, the QR code also steals your personal information, (depending on the app and y settings) social networking usernames, phone number, whatever. I recommend using a QR scanner that shows you the page that the code points to, before it goes there.  ZXing is one of those that give you the […]

If You Did Not Think You Needed Privacy Before… [alert]

If you know an immigrant, and have interactions with them, you are on the radar. https://gizmodo.com/us-homeland-security-will-start-collecting-social-media-1818777094 from the article: US Homeland Security Will Start Collecting Social Media Info on All Immigrants October 18th Matt Novak (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is expanding the kinds of information that it […]

Congress Makes It Official: Your Privacy? Gone! [alert]

https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-joint-resolution/34 Public Law No: 115-22 (04/03/2017) (This measure has not been amended since it was introduced. The summary of that version is repeated here.) This joint resolution nullifies the rule submitted by the Federal Communications Commission entitled “Protecting the Privacy of Customers of Broadband and Other Telecommunications Services.” The rule published on December 2, 2016: […]

Impact of GDPR: Companies to be Fined for Security Failure

This is an interesting spin on the GDPR (general data protection regulation) approaching in May 2018.    Previous post on this topic. http://thehackernews.com/2017/08/data-breach-security-law.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TheHackersNews+%28The+Hackers+News+-+Security+Blog%29&_m=3n.009a.1553.vw0ao0aqno.xjh If companies do not comply with the requirements they can be fined. I wonder, though, if this will increase reliance on offloading the information and security risk to insurance.   For the same reason […]