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Only 6% of Firms Can Identify and Repel Hack Attacks in Advance

One in 20 companies use optimal security solutions that can anticipate security breaches before they happen, while 44% of those that got hacked were unable to determine the source or the type of security attack or the duration of the breach, a recent survey shows. Image source: Pixabay The inability to identify critical assets or data and to properly react to security breaches is a major deficit of all comp...

One in Two Kids Has Been Harassed Online, Save the Children Says

Some 90% of children aged 7 to 17 use at least one social network each day and over half have fallen victim to cyberbullying or other forms of online harassment, Save the Children says. Image source: Flickr A third of children surveyed have been exposed to sexual or pornographic content in the past 12 months – with the internet now as common a source of pornography as television, film and video. In relation...

How do you play your part for a better Internet?

The Internet is an astonishingly resourceful place - unlimited information on almost any subject in the world is at our fingertips. We use it to document our writings, chat with friends, watch videos, draw inspiration and read the latest news. We take so much from it… but what do we give back? “Play your part for a better Internet” is the motto of this year’s Safer Internet Day, a day meant to remind young...

Over half of all security breaches in the UK originate from inside threats, survey shows

Some 55% of all security breaches in the UK originate from someone with access already, according to a survey about public sector data security in the country, cited by CBR. Image source: Wikimedia The survey revealed that 65% of the respondents have serious concerns regarding data security in their organization, with simple loss of data and errors of staff being the biggest concerns (60%), followed by comp...

Average criminal hacker earns $30,000 annually, survey shows

An average hacker earns less than $30,000 a year from malicious activities, which is a quarter of a cybersecurity professional's average wage, a recent survey shows. Image source: Pixabay Some 72 percent of hackers say they won't waste time on an attack that will not quickly yield high-value information, while 73 percent stated attackers hunt for easy and "cheap" targets. An increase of 40 hours in the time...

OpenSSL fixes high severity security hole that could allow traffic to be decrypted

The OpenSSL project has pushed out version 1.0.2f of its open-source software widely used to encrypt many of the internet's communications, after a high severity bug was found in OpenSSL's code. Many people are oblivious that OpenSSL is protecting their communications through encryption - perhaps because usually the only visual clue is the little green padlock you might spy in your browser's URL bar when vi...

Login form on your non-HTTPS webpage? Firefox will display a warning

Do you run a website that asks your users to login to their account? If so, do you request those login credentials over HTTP rather than HTTPS? It turns out that many websites do, including some big names who you would think would know better. For instance, British supermarket Waitrose and the Royal Mail. Now, it is possible that the developers of these websites believe that they have protected users' passw...

Data Privacy Day: Reminding Us of Data Protection

Every year on January 28th we are reminded of the importance of our personal data and how it could be misused against us. More than 47 European countries along with United States and Canada celebrate it, unanimously agreeing that our personal and private information is worth more than we could imagine. In 2015 alone we’ve seen numerous data breaches, ranging from Ashley Maddison and Anthem to the Office of...

Four in 10 employees share job passwords with family members

Even though employees claim to prioritize online security and understand risky versus safe behavior, they fail to follow best practices consistently, a recent survey shows. While 78 percent believe it’s risky to share passwords with family members, 37 percent are likely to do so. Image source: Flickr Some 58 percent of respondents believe that protecting work-related information is very important -- even mo...

Uber tracking smartphone data to improve safety

Ride-sharing company Uber has started monitoring its drivers in an attempt to signal dangerous driving, according to news reports. Source: The Guardian The Texas-based experiment, which started in late 2015, uses motion sensors built into smartphones to show whether a driver accelerates or brakes too fast, as well as monitor the car’s overall speed. This helps verify user claims that some drivers have broke...

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