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Why do SQL injections persist?

Security Binary DataThis post was provided by Samantha Strauss on behalf of Drexel University Online. She has written freelance tech articles for a number of educational institutions, including Drexel University. A self-taught programmer, she has spent over a decade working in the tech industry.

Though it’s been plaguing us for quite a while, SQL injection is still one of the most common forms of web site security breaches, as evidenced by recent hacking attacks on such web giants as Sony, Yahoo and LinkedIn, among others. SQL, which stands for Structured Query Language, is just what it sounds like: a language–almost, in fact, THE language that databases use to store, manage, and retrieve information. Continue reading

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Google:Weak Passwords Are Weak Link

Google capital G logoA recent CNet.com article reports that “At its I/O conference, two of Google’s top-level security experts, the director of security for Google Apps, and the head of Chrome security;  say the company is intensely focused on the issue, but passwords remain a thorny problem.” The “company”, Google, being intensely focused on security; in my opinion, remains to be seen. However, they stated “Unfortunately the human is often the weakest link in security.”

What a smoke screen! Instead of owning up to royally missing the boat on Google apps for the Android available through Google Play store, they talk about Continue reading

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Protecting Your Money Online

Security Binary DataHere’s a great article I found on the Kaspersky Lab Security site. This is good stuff you should be doing to remain safe as you and your computer use the Internet.

With online banking and shopping offering greater convenience, more and more people are using the Internet to conduct financial transactions and make purchases. However, cybercriminals are capitalizing on opportunities to steal consumers’ passwords, identities, and money. Continue reading

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Scribd Breached Exposing Almost 1 Million Passwords

 

 

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According to a recent CSO.com.au article: Hackers broke into the network of popular document sharing service Scribd earlier this week and may have compromised “less than 1 percent” of its users’ passwords, according to the company. That amounted to almost 1 million passwords compromised.

 

 

 

The interesting thing about this Internet application Continue reading

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Your Internet Use: Safe or Risky?

2 DiceWhen asked “how much Internet security do I need for my computer?” I usually respond with “that depends what you use it for and how safely or risky you use it.”

For example, if one uses a computer and the Internet for only creating documents and using email; that use would be categorized as one of less risk. On the other hand, if one uses the computer to indiscriminately surf the Internet, or Continue reading

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Email Security Tips

Security Internet @ lockHere are some pretty good tips for using email on the Internet more securely. As you may know, email sent to your computer is a prime source for phishing attacks and identity theft. I found it on iPayX, a secure epayment website.

They state:

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No More Passwords?

Google g iconGoogle is proposing use of a one-click USB device to replace keying in passwords on all of our online Internet accounts. They call this approach “physical” passwords; which entails use of a USB device. According to a recent Govtech.com article, “Google’s proposal is an encrypted USB-like device that people would use to log into password-protected websites and online accounts. Continue reading

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