Monthly Archives: May 2011

HTTPS and how it can help you

An insight into secure web browsing. Part 1.

Decorative Image, padlockMost of us send a huge amount of information across the web every day.  Some of it is casual, some personal, some of it is private and confidential.  Much like talking to a friend, doctor or bank manager you probably wouldn’t want a stranger listening to your conversations.  HTTPS helps to protect your conversations and my aim here is not so much to explain how it works (hint: it’s pretty technical) but to help you to understand how to take advantage of it.

I should point out that HTTPS is not without flaws.  It is not a panacea, it will not protect us from websites being compromised and you will still have to be alert to the dangers on the web.

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Back Catalogue of Hacks, Leaks and Compromises

A brief list of some of the most notable IT and web security events in recent news.

Please Note: Reading this article may leave you with feelings of paranoia and scepticism; this is a perfectly healthy approach to staying safe on-line 😉

Decorative Image, binary passwordThis is a brief summary of recent and notable websites and services that have been compromised in one way or another.  It is intended to highlight that no matter how big, skilled or trusted an organisation might be it seems that nobody is 100% safe on the web.  It only includes malicious activity and does not include accidental or careless mistakes.

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Anatomy of a Scam

An analysis of web scams, what they look like, how they work and what they do.

Scams are an increasing problem all over the web but they are most prevalent on social networking sites where they can quickly reach the largest audiences.  This post will focus on Facebook scams but most of the information will be relevant for any website.

So first and foremost, what to be wary of…

Video Scam Sample

Sample of a scam video post

If you click on something and you don’t get what you expect then it’s probably wise to step away.  For example, if you think you’re clicking to watch a YouTube video and you don’t then see a YouTube video, there probably is no video and you should move on before you stumble into damage.

This type of scam is often referred to as “Link Jacking” and can be any scenario where a web link is hijacked to show one thing but take you to something else.

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