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.
Facebook wants to help you with your security issues – Sure, Facebook has its problems and user privacy tends to consistently top the list, but what Facebook does have going for it is virus protection. Facebook always had various security checkpoints and filters to protect users from a bad upload or two that might contain malware, but now, Facebook will actually grant users to access usually pricey internet security software absolutely free of charge. [Examiner]
Behind the threat: FBI Internet server shutdown – You may recall that we previously reported about an FBI raid that resulted in the potential for millions of Internet users to lose their Internet connections last Monday. A huge awareness campaign was launched, substitute servers were put into place, and everyone braced for impact. Turns out, the End of (Internet) Days just turned out to be a regular old Monday. Here’s the story of how it all went down. [SFGate]
Android forum site hacked; data swiped on 1 million users – Another week, another million passwords compromised. If you happen to be a registered user of Phandroid’s Android forum, you may be one of the unfortunate ones who needs to reset their password immediately. And as a general tip, if you ever suspect your password has been compromised on a particular service with a particular email and password pairing, it’s highly recommended that you change the password anywhere that same combination is used. [CNET]
Hack Yourself First: Interview Jeremiah Grossman – Ever thought about hacking? Well, you should according to self-proclaimed Jedi of hacking – Jeremiah Grossman. He believes that learning how to hack yourself is a great way to learn how to protect yourself as well. He even did an entire Ted talk about it. [ComputerWorld]
More Than a Million Police Requests for Cellphone Customer Data in 2011 – Just because the dust has settled (for now) around the SOPA/PIPA/CISPA debate, it doesn’t mean the “man on the street” approach (i.e. law enforcement) has backed off as well. Last year, over one million requests were made for customer’s cellphone data. The question isn’t what will law enforcement do with the information from the guilty, but what will they do with the information of the innocent? [Laptop Magazine]
Why cloud computing won’t make its Olympic debut – yet – The 2012 Olympic games will be kicking off in London soon and what better way to support its IT infrastructure than cloud computing…right? Well…eventually. Turns out as great of an idea as the cloud supporting the Olympic games would be due to the nature of its high data demands and revolving location, unfortunately, we’re just not there yet. [ZDNet]
The Cloud: Fun Facts about Cloud Computing – Here are some fun facts about cloud computing to chew on this weekend including just how much of Microsoft’s budget was spent on cloud computing strategies and products as well as just how many smartphones or tablets are needed to justify the cost of a brand new server. [Formtek Blog]