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Use Public Wifi? Here’s Why Snooping On You is Way Easier Than You Think

Use Public Wifi? Here’s Why Snooping On You is Way Easier Than You Think | Internet Presence | Scoop.it

Hacking is so easy these days, even non-hackers can do it. Some kinds of hacking, that is.

Like public wifi, for example. To spy on people’s Internet browsing while they’re sipping a cup of brew, you don’t need to be a pro. Thanks to freely available online software, you barely need to know anything about coding.

I tell you this not to encourage you to start snooping around at coffee shops and airports. But so you’ll be better aware of the need to protect yourself against shady characters that do that sort of thing. Because the barrier to entry is not high.

In the same way that tools like Blogger and WordPress made it easy for anyone to have a good-looking blog without knowing a stitch of code, freely downloadable “sniffing” software has made it easy for anyone to be able to hack into someone’s wifi session and see what they’re surfing.

These software tools are actually meant for IT administrators to troubleshoot network problems. But like everything, they can be used for good or for evil. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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Use a #VPN :  In countries where you can't use Skype or get to certain websites. Now it's even more important for #security and #financial transactions. Highly recommended and very user friendly. Here is an excellent one:  http://bit.ly/1Qc6Tvk

It works great, many servers all over the world, includes speed tests to find the fastest one for you, and wonderful customer service. One fee includes several devices.

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Apple Patents Touch ID 'Panic Mode' for Instant Access to Emergency Services

Apple Patents Touch ID 'Panic Mode' for Instant Access to Emergency Services | Internet Presence | Scoop.it

“The United States Patent and Trademark Office today published a patent application initially filed by Apple in May of 2014, describing a method for users to designate a specific finger to unlock an iPhone with using Touch ID, which would then cause the iPhone to enter a "panic mode" (via Business Insider). The mode could then tell the iPhone to completely lock down, limiting access to personal data if a user is being forced to unlock their iPhone.
Currently, Apple allows users to enter up to five different fingerprints to unlock an iPhone, so users would just have to designate which is the "emergency" print in the Touch ID settings menu. Apple's patent describes a situation in which a thief attempts to rob someone's iPhone from them to gain access to their personal and private data stored within, and the user being robbed quickly placing the panic mode finger on Touch ID so the thief can't access any data. Read more: click image or tittle.




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Another creative #patent from #Apple.

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How to Stop Hackers from Stealing Your Data on Public Wi-Fi

How to Stop Hackers from Stealing Your Data on Public Wi-Fi | Internet Presence | Scoop.it

You enjoy “free internet” through Wi-Fi hotspots libraries, coffee shops, at bars, and other public places. It seems harmless. Little do you know, a stranger could know your birthplace, the schools you attended, and your recent search history in 20 minutes.

Just a couple of years ago, strangers could login as you on Facebook if you were on the same Wi-Fi network as them. They’d be able to view and send messages from your account, and even post statuses.

You don’t have to swear off public Wi-Fi for the rest of your life, and it’s not entirely the venue’s fault. Instead, let’s figure out why public Wi-Fi is so attractive to hackers and explore how they steal your information. We’ll share a simple solution that protects you from the vast majority of hackers’ strategies and tactics. Read more: click image or title.





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Protect yourself. Start by understanding how vulnerable you are. VPN's are great for security.

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Sony exec fires back at President Obama

Sony exec fires back at President Obama | Internet Presence | Scoop.it

Speaking with CNN's Fareed Zakaria, Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton fired back at President Obama's criticism.

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MIchael Lynton's interview with Fareed Zakaria is revealing how this cyber attack happened, what they did to respond and that they still want to show 'The Interview' to the public.

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How to keep the NSA from Spying through your Webcam

How to keep the NSA from Spying through your Webcam | Internet Presence | Scoop.it
Spy tools, whether designed by intelligence agencies, cyber crooks or internet creeps, can turn your camera on without illuminating the indicator light. Online tutorials even instruct neophyte hackers on how to hijack your webcam.

You already know that laptops, desktop computers, tablets and mobile phones are all at risk of being hacked. But did you know that intruders might use the built-in camera to take surreptitious pictures and videos of you and your surroundings or hijack your microphone to eavesdrop on conversations?

The latest story from the Edward Snowden leaks yesterday drives home that the NSA and its spy partners possess specialized tools for doing exactly that. According to The Intercept, the NSA uses a plug-in called GUMFISH to take over cameras on infected machines and snap photos.

To read the full article, click on the image or title.



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Are we living in a sci-fi world now? This is amazing. The solutions are downright simple.

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Google will give you 2GB of free cloud storage today — if you complete this simple checklist

Google will give you 2GB of free cloud storage today — if you complete this simple checklist | Internet Presence | Scoop.it
Google's "security checkup" process is quick and painless. And you get a pretty sweet bonus just for doing it.

In honor of “Safe Internet Day,” Google will give you 2GB of permanent storage in your Drive account on Tuesday — if you agree to take a minute-long security checkup on your Google account.

Google’s “security checkup” process is quick and painless. Google will prompt you to add and check information relating to how and where you access your Google accounts. You can check your recovery information, your connected devices, permissions, passwords, and two-step verification settings. You can simply approve these settings, or you can change any of them. The whole shebang probably takes a minute, if that.

Google ran a similar promotion last year — and people who took part in that promotion will be pleased to learn that these bonuses do stack. So, if you completed the security checkup during this promotions both last year and this year, you'll see an extra 4GB of permanent Drive storage sitting in your account.

You can check to see how much Drive storage you have here. Google gives everyone 30GB of free space to start — having completed this year's security checkup, I now have 32GB of space.




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Indeed, very quick process. #Security online gets more important every day.

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Daniel Raybaut's curator insight, February 11, 2016 3:03 AM

Works fine for me today!

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How to see all the companies tracking you on Facebook — and block them

How to see all the companies tracking you on Facebook — and block them | Internet Presence | Scoop.it
If you're using Facebook, you're giving the company a ton of information about yourself, which it is selling to advertisers in one form or another.

Facebook is a great utility if you want to stay in touch with friends and family, share photos, and see what other people are up to in their lives.

It's free, of course, but that doesn't mean it comes without a price. If you're using Facebook, you're giving the company a ton of information about yourself which it is selling to advertisers in one form or another.

Most people forget that when they download an app or sign-in to a website using their Facebook login, they're giving those companies a look into their Facebook profiles. Your profile contains a lot of personal information that can often include your email address and phone number, but frequently also your work history and your current location. And most people don't realise that if you're sharing any of that data with your friends then apps used by those friends can see that data too!

Advertisers, Facebook app developers, and Facebook ad tech partners don't get a direct look at your personal data. They won't see that my name is Jim Edwards, my phone number is 07xxxx, I'm male, and I work at Business Insider — Facebook hashes and anonymises all the data to protect user's privacy and gives it back to partners in bulk so they can't identify individuals — but nevertheless, this data is being used in order to serve you better-targeted ads.


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Great info to check once in a while. Some of this may be surprising.

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Jayne Courts's curator insight, August 14, 2015 7:56 AM

This is VERY important to protect your privacy. You never know who is watching you!!

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North Korea Loses Its Link to the Internet - NYTimes.com

North Korea Loses Its Link to the Internet - NYTimes.com | Internet Presence | Scoop.it

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While perhaps a coincidence, the failure, which lasted about 10 hours, began after President Obama said the U.S. would respond to an act of “cybervandalism” against Sony Pictures.

A strange thing happened to North Korea’s already tenuous link to the Internet on Monday: It failed.
While perhaps a coincidence, the failure of the country’s computer connections began only hours after President Obama declared Friday that the United States would launch a “proportional response” to what he termed an act of “cybervandalism” against Sony Pictures.
Over the weekend, as North Korean officials demanded a “joint investigation” into the Sony attacks and denied culpability — an assertion the United States rejected — Internet service began to get wobbly. By early Monday, the Internet went as dark as one of those satellite photographs showing the impoverished country by night.


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Most North Korean hackers are located outside of the country, see the end of the article.

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Hackers of the world unite as privacy startups answer Snowden’s call | Information Age

Hackers of the world unite as privacy startups answer Snowden’s call | Information Age | Internet Presence | Scoop.it

How the evolution of privacy startups is helping ordinary web users take back control of their data

Addressing the Hackers on Planet Earth (HOPE) conference over the weekend, Edward Snowden entreated hackers, engineers and activists to fight surveillance by building a new generation of privacy tools for everyone to use.

In fact, privacy startups are already hard at work building tools to help web users protect their privacy in areas such as analytics, encryption and search.

However, there is still much work to do to put these tools into the hands of the ordinary web user.

>See also: The big debate: do we need a privacy charter for the internet?

Since the NSA revelations last year, this task has continued to grow in significance as more and more privacy scares have grabbed the attention of the general public.

Earlier this month, for example, an employee of Germany's intelligence service was arrested on suspicion of spying for the US.

However, it’s not just the NSA that is the guilty party. Corporations such as Google and Facebook are also building treasure troves of personal information to share with others, often without user consent.

Emerging technology startups from around the world have responded to privacy concerns by building user-friendly products in three key areas: analytics, encryption and search.

- See more at: http://www.information-age.com/industry/start-ups/123458283/hackers-world-unite-privacy-startups-answer-snowdens-call#sthash.cOc1xyLN.dpuf


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Privacy is becoming a very big issue. The public will not let government just call the shots.

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