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.
Make Sure Your Security Goes Beyond The PC – So you’ve fortified your PC with the latest and greatest anti-virus software, you’ve perfected your vigilance against even the most alluring phishing attacks, and you’ve password protected your wireless connection. Feels good right? No one is getting into that PC, but what about your phone? Your tablet? Your laptop? Or any other digital device you own? Did you know that all that security on your PC can be rendered useless if cybercriminals can access your information through an unprotected device? [IT News Africa]
Laws to criminalise cyber-bullying ‘will work’ – Netsafe – We have certainly come a long way since the days of receiving a sternly written letter or a temporary or permanent ban from a social network if you said anything from slightly offensive to overtly offensive online. However, it looks like 14-year-olds and older could face a penalty of up to three months imprisonment or a fine of $2000 depending on the severity of the case. [TVNZ]
Venus Williams Most Dangerous Athlete Online – First actors and actresses, now athletes. When you do your next search for Venus Williams or any other athlete currently making headlines, make sure the site you’re on seems legit. If something seems off, it probably is. Cybercriminals like to keep their pulse on the headlines as well and prey off of those looking to catch up on current events. [IT News Africa]
DoctorsElite Lets You Access Medical Records from Mobile Devices – Dr. Cyril V. Bethala, co-founder of DoctorsElite, rode Hurricane Katrina out at the Hospital he was working at back in 2005. During the height of the storm, it didn’t take long to for him to realize that when patients are displaced as far and wide as Katrina ultimately forced them to, requiring both the displaced and their new doctors to piece together medical histories would be nearly impossible. Thus, he co-founded a way that patients and doctors alike can both store and access their medical information on-the-go in case another major emergency should strike again. [Technorati]
Could Extreme Weather Take Down the Internet? [INFOGRAPHIC] – You may be thinking that as long as you have all your information stored in the cloud, a single cloud, that you have nothing to worry about regarding some sort of natural disaster putting your business of any size on the bench. However, that’s only partially true. When a freak storm in Virginia took down Amazon’s cloud servers, and along with it, Instagram, Pinterest and other popular websites, cloud advocates learned the same lesson early hard drive advocates learned: never put all your eggs in one basket. [Slashdot.org]
Privacy In Cloud Computing: Assured or Assumed? – Just because the software is protected, doesn’t mean the hardware is protected. This brief article highlights those lovely manuals that often get thrown out with the box on your latest digital device. Turns out, you may want to take a second look. [CloudTweaks]