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.
How to protect yourself from Internet Explorer’s latest zero-day vulnerability – For those using Internet Explorer, seems you’ve had a rough week! First, a third party discovered a security vulnerability that was quickly brought to Microsoft’s attention. Their response, they’ll make sure it gets fixed by the time they release Windows 8 later this year. Then, it was an official in Germany telling people to avoid it altogether. However, as of the time of this writing, it seems as though the vulnerability has been patched. [Digital Trends]
Why Small Businesses are More Vulnerable to Hackers – Small businesses may think that the typical hacker will overlook them because they simply aren’t worth a hacker’s time. However, this couldn’t be any further from the truth. In actuality, small businesses are at a far greater risk not only because of this line of thinking, but because they are far less regulated than big business. [NBC Chicago]
Financial cybercrime a national security threat, U.S. Justice Department official warns – The U.S. Justice Department warned this week that companies who have been victimized by any sort of cybercrime need to come forward immediately as a matter of national security. Although the most common attacks tend to be exploits of well known vulnerabilities, the U.S. Justice Department feels that we can help slow or even slow lesser known attacks by sharing what we know as soon as possible. [Reuters]
How to find happiness in a world of password madness – With so many passwords being compromised due to hacking, a lack of complexity (“1234”), or by using the same password for almost everything – many have come to the conclusion that the system itself is broken. This article points out several solutions both existing and in development that can rid us all of this constant headache. [PC World]
BYOD is Taking Effect within Large Enterprises, According to Global Survey – A global survey of IT directors revealed that nearly 88 percent of those surveyed believe utilizing personal hardware and software has actually increased their overall satisfaction with their job. Sounds great right? Well, 72 percent of companies that allow their employees to “BYOD” saw an increase in security incidents. Is BYOD turning out to be an unnecessary Trojan horse? [Daily Finance]