Paul Lubic Jr. – A Man on a Cybersecurity Mission

imageStaying malware free on the Internet – managing privacy issues -  reducing exposure to predators and scam artists (a seemingly inexhaustible list of threats) – takes effort. Increasingly – a major effort.

That effort must include a serious, conscientious, and effective commitment to becoming educated in both the technical, and sociological issues, that  impact your relationship with the Internet. Oh yes – you have a relationship with the Internet. Who knew?   Smile

How successful you are likely to be, will depend to a large extent on the source material you reference. Unfortunately, the nature of the Internet is such, that not all resources will be equally as effective in helping you reach your goal.

Citizen Journalism is a good thing – but, in the real world of Internet and system security – expert opinion, coupled with the ability to convert technical information into human readable form (not so easy) – is critical. If you can’t understand what’s being said………

One expert that I’ve come to rely on (and, you can as well), is my good friend and fellow blogger, Paul Lubic Jr. (Paul’s Internet Security Blog).

Paul, a cyber-security expert whose professional background includes cyber-terror prevention and preparedness (Homeland Security), is committed to his mission to cultivate a new level of cyber security awareness in his readers.

In a major effort to help educate that readership base, Paul has just completed a four part series that should be on all Internet users’ “must read” list. I’ve taken the intros (as posted below), from Paul’s site, so that you can easily judge your interest level in any one of those articles. Simply click on – “Continue reading” – to uh, continue reading.   Smile

Target: Social Networking Sites

Plastic Social Media ButtonSocial Networks is the first in a series of “Target” articles, discussing the various areas the cybercrime organizations are attacking. Unfortunately for computer users, our Internet environment is, as the military would say, “a target rich environment”. By social networking sites we refer to Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

As we’ve mentioned in the past, global cybercrime is organized and the organizations resemble a hybrid of a mafia and a large corporation. Continue reading →

Target: Mobile Devices

SmartphoneTarget: Mobile Devices is the second installment of the series of “Target” articles, discussing the various areas the cybercrime organizations are attacking. Unfortunately for computer users, our Internet environment is, as the military would say, “a target rich environment”. See Target: Social Networking Sites, the first article, to get some background on the tactics and strategies of cyber crime organizations.

Mobile devices include smartphones, tablets, PDAs, or any small, handheld computing device that can access the Internet. Continue reading →

Target: Cloud Storage Databases

Security Binary DataCloud storage databases are large server (computer) farms, accessible over the Internet, and owned by a service company for storing customer data for a fee. See The Cloud: A Definition. Companies rent storage space in the cloud to lower their local storage requirements, or as a backup of their data, thus saving them money. Cyber criminal organizations target these very large databases to steal information Continue reading →

Target: eBay, Amazon, & Credit Card Processors

Blue Dollar SignThe last (for now) installment of our Target series of articles addresses the large repositories of credit card information such as eBay, Amazon, and of course credit card processors for MasterCard and Visa. They’re huge, they use computers and the Internet to conduct their business, and there’s a market for credit card account information; and…you guessed it: personally identifiable information (PII).

Yes, we’re talking about extremely well-known, successful companies who undoubtedly have the best computer and Internet security money can buy. However, those attributes also make them more of a target in terms of Continue reading →

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13 responses to “Paul Lubic Jr. – A Man on a Cybersecurity Mission

  1. Mark Schneider

    The old bumper sticker from the 70′s “Just because I’m paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t trying to get me” comes to mind Bill. Paul’s site is excellent and it reminded me to be annoyed that PayPal stopped their excellent single use credit card number service. I think that maybe the only way around the attacks on credit card data bases for the consumer. I will try to find a source of cards offering that service and get back to you.
    Thanks
    Mark

    • Hi Mark,

      lol!! How true it is!

      Re: PayPal – so much for progress. Personally, I use a prepaid Titanium+ Visa for online purchases. When I need a little cash on it, I can do so on the Net with a transfer direct from my Bank to the card. Although, I generally drop by the store when I’m in the mood for a brisk walk.

      Best,

      Bill

  2. Bill,
    Thanks for the kind words and for publishing my Target articles. Your expert blogging advice and help have been instrumental in me continuing on my “mission” since 2009. You have been a good and valued friend.
    Best,
    Paul

  3. clas

    been reading your blog for a month or two and now look forward to it and learning more. a comment hit home when talking about using a prepaid credit card for purchases. it seems a simple yet effective way to safeguard yourself against someone getting and maxing out your “real” card. i will look into it tonight. thanks

  4. Bill,

    What a great write-up on a great guy! Thanks for all you do Bill…

    Rick

    • Hi Rick,

      Some of the best tech sites are written by independent bloggers – who are not beholden to the corporate swill. I think we should do more to recognize that. :)

      Best,

      Bill

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  6. “That effort must include a serious, conscientious, and effective commitment to becoming educated in both the technical, and sociological issues, that impact your relationship with the Internet. Oh yes – you have a relationship with the Internet. Who knew?”

    That statement, which is quite true, made me kind of sad. I don`t want a relationship with the internet anymore than I want a relationship with my toolbox. Sadly, it is a relationship – one where I must always be assessing what the agenda is (or agendas are if there`s hidden ones) at any given moment and how much trust, if any, I should place not just in the site I`m visiting, but the underlying technologies (hardware and software). It`s like being married to a mentally unstable partner.

    Incidentally, on the topic of prepaid Visa cards, I use Royal Bank ones. They have a small load fee (reload fee is high, but I usually prefer to get a different one anywa), no transaction fee and you can set the name and address (once – you can`t change it after) to match credit card billing addresses for online purchases where the merchant verifies the billing address. They`re sold in Canada and I`ve used them for online purchases in Germany and the U.S.

    • Hi Aseem,

      You have expressed my views on the “relationship” perfectly. Now, please get out of my head. :) I particularly liked your – “It`s like being married to a mentally unstable partner.” That sums it up.

      You know, I anticipated a minor backlash on this – so, I’m very pleased to get agreement from a pro.

      Super advice on the prepaid card – didn’t know that. A much better deal than I get at Money Mart (a nice bunch of people – but, definitely cost heavy). I owe you one. :)

      Best,

      Bill