Banking Security – Part 2

A look at the misplaced confidence, trust and liability that surrounds the consumer banking industry.

Decorative Image - bankIn last week’s post we looked over the physical security around the use of bank and credit cards. This week we focus on remote banking services such as telephone and internet, the security measures that are enforced and why they often aren’t worth the effort. These posts are not seeking to suggest a solution but are intended to raise awareness of the risks in the hope that you might be better equipped to spot a problem and deal with it should you be so unfortunate.

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Banking Security – Part 1

A look at the misplaced confidence, trust and liability that surrounds the consumer banking industry.

Decorative Image - bankBank accounts. Everybody has one, many people have several. They vary from every day current accounts, savings accounts, credit accounts and various other guises. We trust faceless corporation’s with our hard earned money because we have very little choice if we want to be part of the modern world. Many of us never question the trust and confidence we place in these banks and hopefully we will never have need to do so. These posts are intended to shine a little light on what most of us take for granted…

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Staying Safe with Shopping Online

Top tips for staying safe and avoiding scams while shopping on the web, particularly relevant for the Christmas period.

Decorative Image - christmas giftsIn the weeks before Christmas more and more people are avoiding the manic high street crowds and buying gifts for friends and family on the web.  As the shopping transactions increase so does the malicious activity and crooks are quick to exploit people who wouldn’t normally shop online and who might not be savvy to the risks. Here I’ll outline some quick tips for how to lessen the risk of being conned but the number one rule as I’ve mentioned previously is to pay attention…

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Public vs Private

A look at the difference between public and private forums, and why the problem is not what people think it is.

Decorative Image - Public SpeakerFollowing a previous post on giving away too much information and some recent scare news here is my opinion on the differences between public and private content, in particular some common misconceptions and misplaced blame…

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A Simple Question

Q: What’s the one best way to protect my computer?

Decorative Image - Question MarkRecently at a PurleyDinnerClub gathering I was asked a seemingly simple question: What’s the one best way to protect my computer? In thinking through the usual stock responses I came to a conclusion which typifies the intent of this blog and so I thought it appropriate to share here…

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Gone Phishing

Following through the course of a phishing attempt and tips on how to spot the scam

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Recently I had the (mis)fortune to come across a live phishing attempt (take a look at the Glossary if you’re not familiar with the concept of phishing). What follows is a brief run through of the scenario with some pointers of what to look out for to make sure you don’t fall foul of similar efforts.
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Facebook Security – part 2 – Cookies

Part two in a series exploring security around the world’s most popular social network, Facebook.

Decorative Image - CookiesIn the first post of the series I outlined the main security settings for protecting your Facebook account.  This time I take a look at a more widespread problem that’s been brought into the spotlight amidst the recent Facebook changes… Cookies! In particular, tracking and persistent cookies, not the tasty crumbly chocolatey good ones.

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Facebook’s New Settings – part 1 – Security

The first in a series that will describe the many and varied new or hidden options of Facebook.

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In recent weeks Facebook have released several updates to their platform, some are right on the home page like Top Stories and News Tickers while others are behind the scenes and often go unnoticed.  Over the next few weeks I aim to outline the major changes and options that might not receive so much mainstream publicity.
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When Bugs Strike

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A blunt look at the damage that can be caused when a computer infection takes hold with examples from recent news.

Computer bugs can take many forms, some are harmless while others are devastating, some need coaxing and provocation while others can crop up during business as usual.  In last week’s post I described how bugs occur as a reason to patch your computer.  Here I highlight the damage that bugs can cause as a persuader to patch your computer in case you’re not convinced.
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