Google Launches Password Alert Chrome Extension To Keep You From Reusing Your Passwords

phishing_caught Google is launching a new Chrome extension today designed to prevent you from recycling your Google password on other sites. Password Alert, which is now available in the Chrome Web Store, will warn you whenever you are about to reuse your Google password on a site that isn’t a Google sign-in page. Google’s Director of Security for Google Apps for Work Eran Feigenbaum told me… Read More

Internet Privacy Is The Wrong Conversation

privateeye On April 2, the Wall Street Journal reported that Facebook is in hot water with government regulators in six European countries over its practice of tracking users’ movements across the web to sell targeted advertising. The kerfuffle illustrates the bind that the world finds itself in over tracking – the collection and sharing of data on users’ browsing habits to help sites… Read More

U.S. Secretary Of Homeland Security Warns About The Dangers Of Pervasive Encryption

nsa-red In a speech at cybersecurity conference RSA, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson outlined the government’s discomfort with increasing implementation of encryption by technology companies, and what impact the shift might have on national security. While tech firms like Apple are advancing encryption to an increasingly broad set of consumer activities, the government is… Read More

Uber snatches its first chief security officer away from Facebook

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Uber on Thursday announced that it had hired Joe Sullivan as its first chief security officer.

Sullivan joins Uber from Facebook, where he worked at the social network's Chief Security Officer for more than five years. On a blog post announcing the new hire, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick said Sullivan will join the transportation startup toward the end of April.

Before Facebook, Sullivan spent almost seven years at PayPal and eBay. He also worked for the Department of Justice for eight years prosecuting cybercrime.

In his own statement, Sullivan wrote that he firmly believes that "building world-class safety and security are critical" to furthering Uber's mission of "revolutionizing transportation." Read more...

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Google Bans China’s Website Certificate Authority After Security Breach

China Internet Shutterstock Google has announced that its web browser Chrome and other products will no longer recognize security certificates issued by the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC), the government agency that oversees China’s domain name registry. Read More

Google Says 5% Of Web Browsers Have Ad Injectors Installed

nytimes_bad NEW NEW According to a study Google conducted with researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, 5 percent of people visiting Google’s sites and services now have at least one ad injector installed. When it comes to malware, ad injectors may seem relatively benevolent at first. They put an ad on your Google Search page that didn’t belong there, for example. That’s annoying,… Read More

App Submissions On Google Play Now Reviewed By Staff, Will Include Age-Based Ratings

google-play-ratings Google Play, Google’s marketplace for Android applications which now reaches a billion people in over 190 countries, has historically differentiated itself from rival Apple by allowing developers to immediately publish their mobile applications without a lengthy review process. However, Google has today disclosed that, beginning a couple of months ago, it began having an internal team… Read More

Google Expands Its Safe Browsing Service To Warn More Users And Webmasters Of Malware

mp2xy337QU Earlier this week, Google announced that it has expanded its Safe Browsing service, which prevents users from going to known malware sites. Chrome, for example, now shows you a warning before you visit a site that harbors known malware (instead of just popping up a warning when you are about to download it). Similarly, Google Search will now pop up a warning when you’re about to go to… Read More

Take Google’s Security Checkup, Get 2GB Of Free Google Drive Space

SecurityCheckup_Blog_1200x646_2x It’s Safer Internet Day today and while you are probably not celebrating the occasion with an overpriced prix fixe dinner and roses, it’s not a bad time to remember that hacks don’t only happen to big media organizations. To give you a bit of extra motivation to check on your security settings in Google, the company is giving away 2GB of permanent Drive space to anybody who… Read More

Social media isn’t evil, but faulty security is bad for business

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One of the discussions I’ve been having ever since CENTCOM’s Twitter and YouTube accounts were hacked by ISIS supporters is whether or not agencies like U.S. Central Command should even be on social media

The short answer is, obviously, yes. At least it’s obvious to me.

Like any innovation, social media is not without risks. Depending on what you use, it’s a public or semi-public platform. Whatever you post will be seen by more people than you intended — this is a given. So you always post as if the world is your audience.

These are easy and evident truths.

What isn’t so obvious is if being on social media offers real benefit to organizations and companies. Recently, I went on CNBC to talk about this subject and the host asked me what were the actual benefits of social media. I was so surprised by the question that, initially, I asked him if he wanted to know about the risks or benefits. For the sake of argument, let’s start with the former. Read more...

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