Data security is something of a worry for any business that uses databases to store business, customer and employee information, but in reality, following some basic steps will eradicate the risk from all but the most determined of hackers. It is impossible to be 100% watertight and still have a functioning business because it just isn’t practical to have all your information stored in a system that is a standalone terminal. However, limiting your data exposure is easily achievable. Most of the time, leaks of information occur through people who have legitimate access to your data.
Dropbox reported that they started to receive reports from users that were getting spam at addresses that were only used for Dropbox. So Dropbox spent some time digging into those reports by their users and found a small problem.
Their investigation returned results that showed that usernames and passwords were recently stolen from other websites were used to login to a small number of Dropbox accounts. The users that were affected were already notified and actions were taken to help protect their accounts.read more
Facebook has partnered with Websense to help protect its users from malicious links over Facebook. Starting today the Websense technology will be added to Facebook’s existing protection in place to stop users from clicking on links without knowing the trustworthiness of the destination.
We have seen applications before that allow us to use webcams from our computers or laptops to monitor our homes or children while we are away, but Stem makes monitoring your home more mobile with the new iZON Remote Room Monitor. The iZON is a wireless network camera, app controlled device that can stream both audio and video to your iOS device no matter where you are – as long as you have a connection to the internet.read more
In Apple’s latest laptops, they have incorporated technology to help manage power consumption. Now hacker Charlie Miller has found a fatal security flaw in the firmware that manages these battery functions.
The software uses a default password which he has found to be the same for every laptop that has the battery saving features installed. Charlie has found a way to stop the battery from accepting a charge or even a way to cause it to heat up and subsequently start on fire or explode. One could even say that the battery could “self destruct.”read more