News from the Personal Cloud – March 30th, 2012

Every Friday here on In The Personal Cloud we’ll be presenting a roundup of links highlighting popular and rising news stories from the world of the cloud and online security. Everything from news regarding hacking and how to be secure to advancements in the field of cloud computing. Stay tuned to In The Personal Cloud each Friday to remain up to date on everything you need to know.

Microsoft joins US marshals in cyber crime raid – Straight out of what feels like a prime-time television show, Microsoft has teamed with various law personnel to secretly take down “botnets, or groups of computers that help harvest bank account passwords and other personal information from millions of other computers.” [The Times of India]

Public Wi-Fi Hotspots: Is Someone Eavesdropping? – We all do it – you’re out running an errand or killing time and you notice there’s free wi-fi where you are.  So you connect up for the added boost in speed and surf away. However, not only could someone be eavesdropping on your every stroke, they could actually be compromising your identity as well. Here are some tips to stay safe. [Tech Goes Strong]

How to ensure a lost mobile device won’t cause a data breach – Symantec recently conducted a very eye opening social experiment: they “lost” 50 smartphones across five cities as an experiment to see what people would do with the found devices. Of the 50 phones, there was an attempt to return half of them, but of those, 96% of the people looked at data stored on them.  Find out how to keep your lost phone, safe. [American Medical News]

Employers embrace ‘bring your tech’: Letting staff use own devices lifts productivity, but not without risk – Once upon a time, you got a flat out ‘no’ from your employer’s IT department when you told them you’d be using your personal mobile/computing device for company related matters.  However, a recent study found that 62% of Canadian companies have experienced an increase in malware infections due to improperly secured devices and that 67% of Canadian companies have no policy in place as to what is acceptable and unacceptable on said devices. [Calgary Herald]

Online voting not secure, cyber experts say – 33 states are planning to allow some form of Internet voting in November’s elections, but a U.S. cybersecurity official is warning that not only is online voting as a whole premature, but that the world’s banks, who have arguably some of the most sophisticated cybersecurity systems, continue to routinely be hacked. [The Washington Times]

Cloud computing plusses: Backup, document sharing – Still carrying two phones – one for personal use and one for work? Well, consolidation may be closer than you think.  Hopefully. [CRN]

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