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.
Hate SOPA And CISPA? Get Ready For A Steady Stream Of Internet Regulation Bills Until They Pass – Is it just a coincidence that 2012 has become a landmark year for security bills, or is it indicative of a larger, lesser known problem? According to this blogger, the latter. For the first time in US history since the great World Wars, the US is struggling to protect its borders – rather, its cyber borders. And until one of these laws passes, we should expect to see a few more. [Business Insider]
Facebook warns hundreds of thousands may lose Internet in July – You may remember that we reported on a bug the FBI recently discovered during a botnet server raid. Their first instinct was to disconnect the servers that were serving as the “home base” of the virus, but very quickly realized that it would immediately turn all of the infected computers into glorified paperweights. Instead, they have partnered up with Facebook as well as other organizations to get the word out on how these users can both detect and cure their systems before the virus runs its course. [Fox News]
The kids ain’t alright? Youngsters take little care when making digital passwords, new study finds – Despite the social perception that the elderly tends to be a little less computer literate than kids these days, kids tend to be a little less secure with their passwords on the Internet. In fact, a recent survey found that over-55’s tend to create password sequences that are twice as strong as their under-25 counterparts. [ITProPortal]
Fake Facebook Privacy Notice Going Viral – Of all things to go “viral”, a disclaimer would seem to be pretty least likely on the list. However, this particular disclaimer seems to be gaining traction because of its implications. In short, it claims that by posting it on your Facebook profile, you can prevent any third party from “disclosing, copying, distributing, disseminating, or taking any other action against me with regard to this profile…” Turns out, this may not be as binding as it sounds. [eSecurity Planet]
Internet Security May Not Be As Safe As You Think – This week, both LinkedIn and eHarmony suffered security breaches that affected a small portion of their users. Shortly thereafter, the encryption on these passwords were cracked and the information itself was published on various sites. Both sites warn (and continue to warn) users to go to the official sites directly to change your passwords as soon as possible as a precaution, but to be extremely scrutinous of emails asking you to follow embedded links to do the same. [WIBW]