Staying 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?
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.
Target: Social Networking Sites
Social 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
Target: 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
Cloud 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
The 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 →