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June 23, 2012  9:19 PM

923 Bit Encryption Cracked

Posted by: Dave Bateman
encryption, Security

I bet you feel pretty safe with your 64 bit or even your 256 bit encryption key. Your data is safe and no one will ever get to it. You might not want to get too comfortable. Recently, Fujitsu researchers cracked a 923 bit encryption key. That is 278 digits.  They didn't do it overnight or alone,...

March 30, 2012  6:20 PM

Visa, MasterCard, and Discover Security Breach

Posted by: Dave Bateman
Discover, MasterCard, Security, Visa

Well, it has happened again. It looks like more of your personal information was just stolen. It might not be your personal data, but then again it very well may be. Visa, MasterCard, and Discover just released information about a breach of their customers' data. They were quick to point out that...

October 28, 2011  7:14 PM

iPad Security Flaw

Posted by: Dave Bateman
iPad, Security

So you have one of those shiny iPad 2s do you? You keep it close to your heart and store your life on the thing don't you? You aren't afraid of the wrong person getting their hands on that information because you have a passcode on it. You even went so far as to enable a more complex passcode, and...

July 12, 2011  1:34 PM

A Found Memory Stick May Be Trouble

Posted by: Dave Bateman

So let's say you are walking down street and you find a USB memory stick laying on the ground. What would you do with the stick once you got home? Well, if you are like 60% of the government workers that found CDs and USB sticks laying in the office parking lot, you would take them into the office...

June 21, 2011  9:41 AM

The Cloud May Not Be as Safe as You Think

Posted by: Dave Bateman
Cloud, dropbox, Security

Dropbox is great. I love being able to simply drop a file in my Dropbox folder on one PC and have it appear on all my other systems. I also love taking a photo with my iPhone and have it on my PC automatically (an app called Quickshots allows this to happen). Like I said, I love Dropbox, but don't...

June 15, 2011  5:18 PM

Why Should Sony Care About Security When Most of Us Don’t?

Posted by: Dave Bateman
Security, Sony

Unless you have been living off planet for the last few months, you most likely have heard that Sony has had a of couple security issues. OK, that may have been a bit of an understatement. Some would say that Sony hasn't had any security issues because you can't have an issue with something you...

May 25, 2011  7:20 PM

CAPTCHAs Cracked

Posted by: Dave Bateman
CAPTCHA, Security

If you mention the word CAPTCHA in most circles, you will be met with blank stares. But, it is a good bet that most of those people know what it is even if they don't know it by name. CAPTCHAs are those annoyingly hard to read phrase that you have to enter when creating or validating certain types...

April 27, 2011  7:23 PM

First Epsilon, Now Sony – Who’s Next?

Posted by: Dave Bateman
Epsilon, Security, Sony

I think it is time to face it - our private information is no longer private. A few months ago, it was reported that Epsilon had a security breach and millions of email addresses were stolen. Then, just last week the Sony Playstation network abruptly went offline due to another security breach. In...

December 15, 2010  11:24 PM

Before You Throw Out That Old PC

Posted by: Dave Bateman
Data Removal, Security

With Christmas just around the corner some of you may have asked Santa for a new PC. If he happens to make your wishes come true, you will need to decide what to do with your old PC. You have quite a few options, anything from using it as a backup PC, donating it to a worthy cause, or just using it...

October 29, 2010  2:18 PM

Public WiFi is VERY Public

Posted by: Dave Bateman
Hot spot, Public Internet, Security, Wi-Fi

We all know (or at least we should) that it isn't safe to connect to an unknown WiFi signal. That's why most of us play it safe and only connect to well-known hot spots like Starbucks and ATT. That way, we know we are safe, right? Not exactly. We still need to be careful, especially since a...

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