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.
Criminals target mobiles, networking – By now, most people have gotten wise to the random email from out of the blue requesting personal information and to spam in general. However, that was “so five to seven years ago.” Now, cyber criminals have turned their attention to mobile devices and social networks where personal information is often readily volunteered and insufficiently protected. [Stock & Land]
Visiting church websites ‘more risky’ than going to porn sites, claims security firm – Turns out religion may be more dangerous than porn. A recent study found that pornographic sites were generally free of viruses versus other sites simply because their operators wanted users to return and keep spending money. [NEWS TRACK India]
Mobile Phone Privacy: Buck Stops With the User – More and more, our mobile devices are becoming our prefered way of doing things. From banking, to emails, to shopping – our phones have become an integral part of our routine. Unfortunately, the majority of mobile users have downloaded mobile apps that they either don’t fully understand, or that compromise a great deal of information. Why? Because they tend to skim over the fine print. [Tech News World]
More falling victim to social or mobile cybercrime – If you’re male and between the ages of 18 and 31 years old, you’re statistically more likely to become a victim of cybercrime according to recent findings in Norton’s Cybercrime Report. Check out this infographic that breaks down the recent trend in mobile and social attacks and just how many people have fallen victim. [CNET]
Startups rush to the cloud – Much like the dot coms of the 90s, startup cloud companies seem to be popping up by the dozen. This article chronicles the rise of the cloud startup. In the beginning, venture capitalists spent their money betting on infrastructure. Now, they’ve turned their focus to services. [Network World]
How clouds cheat the speed of light – Location. Location. Location. Fibre optic cables gave rise to the immediate gratification we get from clicking a link and seeing a web page or video load instantaneously. However, the speed is not so much dictated by your Internet service provider or the hardware as it is the distance the data has to travel. Sure, a matter of seconds may not seem like a long time to you, but to most, as this article states, “impatience has become the new 21st century virtue.” [Guardian]