Don’t Share Photos Publicly
Privacy should be a concern of everyone. If you have a Facebook profile, you should restrict the general public’s access to any and all information on it. This article is a mostly harmless example of why you shouldn’t share your children’s pictures publicly on the social media site.
Good News for Those Who Hate Changing Passwords
That annoying pop-up you get every three months telling you to change your password may soon be gone. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is now recommending that enterprises stop requiring users to change passwords regularly. In a study they found that users recycle the complex passwords that they change regularly. Which means, if that password is compromised in one place, it’ll be compromised elsewhere.
This article from SecurityIntelligence goes a step further, recalling interviews from security experts Kevin Mitnick and Frank Abagnale. Spoiler alert: They both recommend companies use multi-factor authentication.
Listen to your Spidey Sense This Holiday Season
Carbon Black, a company that uses big data to prevent cyber attacks against large enterprises, warns that cyber attacks tend to spike from Black Friday through New Years.
The primary method for these attacks seems to be phishing emails, so be extra cognizant of what you’re clicking on before you click.
Support Chatters Are Watching
An article posted Monday on Hmm Daily, revealed a little bit of information that I didn’t explicitly know, but always suspected. Many of those support chats on websites see what you’re typing “in real time.” Which means, if you make a mistake, or rethink typing something rude, they’ve probably already seen it.
Not necessarily earth-shattering news, but it’s worth considering carefully before you type anything online.
AWS Gets Smaller
AWS, or Amazon Web Services, powers most of the sites you visit on a daily basis. It’s the hardware behind the websites of some of the biggest names in the world: Netflix, NASA, Expedia, Samsung, Comcast, and many more.
Well, they’ve just made it cheaper and easier to ramp up or down the amount of hardware behind the services we all know and love with their own in-house designed chips. This means that new services can be started with less cost, then, as demand grows, have their hardware scale up accordingly.
Combine this with the forthcoming 5G wireless networks and you will see new technological experiences coming over the next 5 to 10 years that were science fiction just 5 years ago.