Americans Lack Basic Internet Safety Understanding
A new study from antivirus manufacturer Panda Security suggests Americans don’t understand basic internet security. The survey was a little simplistic asking only three questions and only included a sample population of 1,000, but from my own experience, I believe it is indicative of reality.
They include some nifty graphics on their study, but the summary is: Update your computers immediately, only purchase from sites that use HTTPS (you should see the little padlock icon next to the address bar), and use a VPN.
Microsoft Patch Tuesday
It’s that time again. Microsoft has pushed out updates, many of which are quite important, to protect Windows computers. If you’re using a Windows PC or Tablet, please go to Windows Update and run the update.
Your security depends on it.
Learn About Developers Before Downloading Their Apps
A new Trojan was just discovered that affects Android phones. An innocuous battery optimization app actually steals your PayPal credentials and then siphons money out of your account.
These kinds of things can be avoided by tapping on the developer’s page and seeing what else they have available, reading reviews, or searching for the company online.
If they’re brand new, or never published an app before, use your head before granting permissions to new apps. In this particular case, the battery optimization app uses the phone’s accessibility features to steal the information.
What’s a Bug Bounty?
In November, Microsoft fixed an error that allowed an attacker to take control of anyone’s office.com account, very easily. The attack used phishing emails to trick legitimate users into clicking a link, along with some technical know how.
The bug was found and subsequently fixed thanks to a program many companies use, called a Bug Bounty. In essence, if you discover a bug that shows a critical flaw in a company’s system, that company will pay you for the find. Companies using this technique are harnessing the power of the internet and paying fairly for the work that is being produced. Bug bounties are admirable programs.
Highlights from Congress
I generally avoid politics here, but I wanted to share this highlight from Representative Ted Lieu (D-CA).
Representative Lieu highlights the most important thing that people can do to make sure they have positive search results: Do positive things.
And if you don’t like Google, you certainly don’t have to use it, there are alternatives. I’d recommend Duck Duck Go, because they don’t follow you around the web building a profile on you to market things you don’t need.