Computer, Internet Security

Uncle Sam Requires Your Deep Neural Networks

Uncle Sam Requires Your Deep Neural Networks

The Department of Homeland Security is turning to data scientists to improve screening techniques at airports. On Thursday, the department, working with Google, will introduce a $1.5 million contest to build computer algorithms that can automatically identify concealed items in images captured by checkpoint body scanners. The government is putting up the money, and the six-month contest will be...

App or Browser: Which Is Safer to Use for Banking?

App or Browser: Which Is Safer to Use for Banking?

Mobile banking apps are vetted by and downloaded from secure online stores. Further, these apps run in sandboxes to prevent them from doing bad things. PCs, by contrast, can run unvetted software from any source, including malware-infected websites, unless your anti-virus software blocks them. The Edge browser in Windows 10 is a new sandboxed app, so it’s much better for banking than Internet...

The Technology that Our Security Experts Use to Be Digitally Secure

The Technology that Our Security Experts Use to Be Digitally Secure

How do New York Times staff members use technology in their jobs and in their personal lives? Bill McKinley, executive director of information security, and Runa Sandvik, director of information security, discuss the technology they are using. "Last year, we helped set up The Times’s Tips page, which includes SecureDrop, outlined ways to safely work with the information we receive and built a...

Exploiting Your Weaknesses

Exploiting Your Weaknesses

Cybercriminals and hackers don’t often strike where security is strong. They’re always looking for a weakness - a technical flaw, a poorly thought-out process– that can be exploited to access your systems and do what they want. While you’re busy securing your PCs, infrastructure and mobile devices, they have your printers in their sights. Why? It helps that printers are almost ubiquitous...

Weekly Roundup of Credit Card News

Weekly Roundup of Credit Card News

1) A new report commissioned by Bank of America on how mobile banking is used in person-to-person transactions suggests that using a cellphone or tablet to make payments is a growing trend among baby boomers; 2) Customers approved for a Walmart credit card can now use their card before it even arrives in the mail. The Walmart Pay feature on the mobile app enables customers to use the new credit...

Are You the Perfect Target of a Ransomware Cybercriminal?

Are You the Perfect Target of a Ransomware Cybercriminal?

According to the researchers at the University of Kent, cybercriminals expect around 50% of people to pay the ransom once infected. However current attacks are relatively unsophisticated because every infected machine is hit with the same ransom. For cybercriminals, a scattergun approach relies on at least half of their victims believing their files to be worth more than the ransom. The...

Children Are Still at Risk From Inappropriate and Harmful Online Content

Children Are Still at Risk From Inappropriate and Harmful Online Content

Children are still finding it too easy to access potentially harmful content online, despite increased concerns and demands for improvement, a new study has warned. The latest Net Aware guide, which is published by UK children’s charity the NSPCC, canvassed responses from some 1,725 school children, as well as 500 parents. It found that half of the children surveyed had seen sexual, violent or...

The Apparent Difficulty of Applying Email Encryption in Gmail

The Apparent Difficulty of Applying Email Encryption in Gmail

When Google first announced that it was working on this encryption tool, back in 2014, many saw it as the company’s response to the shocking revelations that were circulating at the time regarding the NSA’s surveillance program. However, while apps such as Apple’s iMessage, Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp have implemented end-to-end encryption to protect communications, the Internet giant...

Is It Unlawful to Deny the Police Your Phone Password?

Is It Unlawful to Deny the Police Your Phone Password?

A circuit court judge in Broward County, Florida, sent 41-year-old Christopher Wheeler to jail for 180 days on May 30 because he wouldn't give police his iPhone password. Wheeler, who is charged with aggravated child abuse, insisted that he did give them his password. But the cops say the password he provided doesn't work. Thus, the judge decided, put him in contempt of court. Meanwhile, another...

3 Ways to Guard Yourself From The Current Rise in Trojan Attacks

3 Ways to Guard Yourself From The Current Rise in Trojan Attacks

Here are three things you should always do to avoid becoming the next victim of a Trojan attack: 1) Be aware of suspicious links: You should know what a bad link looks like when it is sent via email or social media. Often these kinds of messages will direct you to an external webpage alleging more information, or it will claim the user can transfer money from one bank card to another with no...

Understanding the Clues to Catch the Criminal: Identifying Fraud

Understanding the Clues to Catch the Criminal: Identifying Fraud

From creating a new account, or signing in to an existing one, through to changing personal details, these are just a few examples of the numerous non-transactional interactions that customers have with their banks. Fraud prevention systems need to consider all of these interactions as they are key to building an end-to-end lifecycle of customer behavior, learning each time a customer interacts...

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Safari Is Going to Use Artificial Intelligence to Track Who’s Tracking You

Safari Is Going to Use Artificial Intelligence to Track Who’s Tracking You

Apple used its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) this week to announce a couple of new features for Safari running on macOS High Sierra, the pet name for OS X 10.13, due later this year. The first of these will see the browser able to automatically pause annoying auto-playing video on websites it detects serving such things. Good – about time. The second is an eye-catching technology...

Make Your Browser Hacker-Proof in Four Possible Ways

Make Your Browser Hacker-Proof in Four Possible Ways

To ensure your online safety, here are four online security tips that will help keep your browser safe hackers: 1) Keep Your Browser Up-to-Date: Google Chrome, Firefox and Opera come packed with default settings for automatic updates. You need to click the ‘install updates automatically’ option for uninterrupted and smooth connectivity. If you installed Microsoft’s new Windows 10 operating...

Why 2 Factors Are Better Than One?

Why 2 Factors Are Better Than One?

We have all heard the old adage, “Two heads are better than one.” Similarly, two factors are better than one in the security authentication landscape. In fact, a recent study conducted by the Pew Research Center illustrates why reliance on the single factor of ID and password may not provide sufficient protection. The study found that 39% of online adults have shared their password to one of...

Be Sure of Properly Managing User-owned Encryption on MacOS

Be Sure of Properly Managing User-owned Encryption on MacOS

The security world often talks about the “keys to the castle,” referring to what secures a system. You have five categories in which you can decrypt or manage a connection or remotely store data: 1) Messaging: iMessage prevents Apple from having access to the keys that encrypt your communications; 2) Password storage: Apple’s iCloud Keychain is done right, and so are 1Password and LastPass;...

Are Macs Virus Free?

Are Macs Virus Free?

Macs were immune to the widespread WannaCry ransomware attack, that targeted older versions of Windows. Before Mac users become too comfortable or smug, you should know that although Macs are less frequently the target of cyberattacks than Windows PCs, they have been attacked in the past and will undoubtedly be targeted again. Earlier this year, Russian hackers released the Xagent malware that...

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