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No, not eating more broccoli, or going to the gym ... Im referring to security related resolutions only. It is time to think about them now, so that you dont have to pick the first thing that comes to mind at midnight on December 31. Because, knowing you geeks, that first thing would probably be MUST buy new toy :).
Heres a couple suggestions for improved security in your everyday computing use in 2016:
1. Remove Flash.
You wont miss it, and if you miss it, youll get over it. Todays vulnerability advisory was just one more in a long list of issues. I actually think Adobe should edit the corresponding text on their web page a little, to change it into something like this: Adobe Flash Player is the standard for delivering
high-impact, rich Web content exploits. Designs, animation, and malicious applications user interfaces are deployed immediately across all browsers and platforms, attracting and engaging crooks users with a and making them rich Web experience.
2. Enable 2-Factor authentication where available.
Yes, logging in can be a bit more annoying and time consuming. And no, the security advantage that it provides isnt perfect. But you dont have to be perfect. You just have to be slightly better than average, because the average crooks are making their money off the average user. Dont be in that group.
3. Take the time to enable storage encryption on your mobile device
Yes it asks for the PIN more often. Maybe it even gets a bit more sluggish to use. But the number of mobile phones that are lost or misplaced every day in New York City alone would make a pile that can be seen from space. Imagine the doubt and anguish of the former owners, whose entire life is on those phones. Backups help against the loss, but only PIN encryption help against the feeling of likely being violated by someone, somewhere, who browses through your private life.
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by Peter Bright
Credit card users could have their PINs stolen, and merchants could have their bank accounts pillaged, in a set of attacks demonstrated by researchers Karsten Nohl and Fabian Bräunlein at the Chaos Computing Club security conference.
Much research has been done into the chips found on credit cards and the readers and number pads used with these cards, but Nohl decided to take a different approach, looking instead at the communications protocols used by those card readers. There are two that are significant; the first, ZVT, is used between point of sale systems and the card readers. The second, Poseidon, is used between the card reader and the merchant's bank. Nohl found that both had important flaws.
The ZVT protocol was originally designed for serial port connections, but nowadays is used over Ethernet, both wired and wireless. The protocol has no authentication, meaning that if an attacker can put themselves on the same network, they can act as a man-in-the-middle between the point-of-sale system and the card reader. The attacker can then read the magnetic stripe data from the card, and can also request a PIN.
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EaseUS Conducts a Survey for Personal Data and InfoSec
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