Oct 14

If you use public wi-fi your data is susceptible to intercept.  In some countries, especially in airport business lounges and hotels, it WILL UNDOUBTEDLY be intercepted by the state security services of that country or perhaps somebody else in the room with a laptop.  These are some things you can do, courtesy of the BBC:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/29425359

Sep 14

Who Is Regulating/Restricting the Use of Flash Drives in Your Organisation?

Everybody appreciates the need to back up data regularly – especially CSMP students!   But allow the free use of flash drives in your organisation at your peril.  A prison in the UK was recently fined £180,000 and publically lambasted in the media for losing a back-up drive containing personal information relating to prisoners.

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/aug/26/ministry-justice-fined-180000-losing-hard-drive-sensitive-data-prisoners

‘Undetectable’ Peter Pan Computer Virus Threatens UK Businesses

This one sends you an email with a .pdf attachment.  If you open the attachment your PC becomes infected with a virus that steals your passwords and hijacks your email.  Online banking customers beware – your account could become compromised and raided.  More at: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/news/11081602/Undetectable-Peter-Pan-computer-virus-threatens-UK-businesses.html  

Relax, You Are Never Alone. Uncle Sam Is Watching over Us

Mysterious fake mobile phone towers discovered across America could be listening in on unsuspecting callers.  A report by Popular Science says the towers have been discovered across the country, and have the ability to attack mobile phones through eavesdropping and installing spyware.  More at:  http://news.sky.com/story/1329375/mysterious-fake-mobile-phone-towers-discovered

Is It Wise to Allow Business Executives to Have iPhones?

Apple’s latest iPhones have topped the list of handsets most likely to be targeted by thieves.   The iPhone 5 was named the phone most likely to be stolen in a new UK Government consumer study. More at:  http://news.sky.com/story/1331468/phone-snatchers-favourite-handsets-revealed

Is Your Smartphone Too Smart?

Finnish security firm F-Secure has shown that a smartphone from Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi does secretly steal user data without their permission despite strong denials by the company last month.  More at:  https://uk.news.yahoo.com/security-firm-shows-xiaomi-smartphones-secretly-steal-data-141652260.html#5irESzk