Category Archives: Privacy

Pii and Tmi, Giving the game away

Why you should be cautious about giving away too much personal information.

Decorative Image - Info iFollowing an earlier post about giving away privileged access to your informationI’d like to outline how you can unwittingly give away bundles of seemingly innocent information that could be used against you.

(For those of you wondering, Pii stands for Personally Identifiable Information and Tmi stands for Too Much Information)

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Giving permission and sharing too much

Why you should be cautious about giving web and mobile applications too many permissions.

Decorative Image - permissionsConsider you pay by credit card at a restaurant; you’re sharing your credit card information with them and you’re probably happy to do so. If the restaurant then asks for your date of birth, home address, and permission to use your card whenever they like, you’d probably hesitate. Yet people do this all the time on the web without thinking twice.

Here I’ll try to show how we can unwittingly give away too much, why this might be bad, and how to spot when things aren’t quite right.

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Facebook Android App Permissions

Details of the permissions and privileges that you need to hand over to Facebook in order to use their mobile app, outline with Android.

Facebook Android App PermissionsThe Facebook App for Android has changed quite a lot since I originally wrote this article so I figured I should update to reflect the changes in permissions that the app now requests. There are some improvements and looking back I think I was a little harsh in my judgement with a knee-jerk reaction but the problems remain that the permissions seem too lenient, there is no justification of why the Facebook app needs these permissions, and the only choice we have is to accept them all or not at all.

 

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Picking Apart Passwords

Clearing up some misconceptions on passwords and some suggestions on picking stronger passwords.

Decorative Image, password textIf you want to interact with a website rather than just browsing, you’re probably going to have to create an account and that account is probably going to be protected with a password.  Some websites ask for more information than the average census but a username and password will be the basics.

Typically then we each deal with several passwords on a daily basis but passwords are not without risk.  Here I look at the problems with passwords and a few tricks for picking strong yet memorable passwords…

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Facebook Privacy Settings

Some suggestions on how to make your Facebook account more secure.

white f on blue square with padlockOnce again Facebook have added new features under the radar, enabled  by default and unannounced.  Not everybody necessarily wants everything shared with everyone so it would be nice if Facebook would either disable features by default and allow people to opt-in, or in the very least let people know that there are new features coming up.

Here is a quick review of the latest feature and a how-to for disabling it…

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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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