How to keep your online data protected

Greg Price recently submitted an article to the Troy Messenger, How to keep your online data protected, to share important safety information during National Cyber Security Awareness Month:

Statistically, most cyber security issues originate from end-user activity. In fact, nearly seventy-five percent of all reviewed security breaches began as the result of end-user action.

The statistics do not surprise most security practitioners. After all, currently, end-users are the dominant consumer of electronic resources – people deploy, configure and use the devices. The machines aren’t running everything, yet.

We end-users make mistakes. Those statistics include IT professionals and everyday users. Often IT professionals lack adequate skills and training. Perhaps they exhibited some talent or aptitude and became the “go-to computer person”. Clever use of modern technology is no substitute for proper training. Nearly one-third of all security breaches were the result of poor IT configuration and management, according to an annual IBM cyber security study. Have confidence in your IT resources. If a search engine is your technician’s preferred tool, perhaps looking elsewhere is appropriate.

Related News: Two men plead guilty to child solicitation

One new article link has been added to our Related News page. The Dothan Eagle published an article titled Two men plead guilty to child solicitation.

Two men will now be convicted sex offenders after they pleaded guilty to soliciting children over the Internet during an undercover Hartford police investigation called Operation Guardian Angel.

A former health care official, 59-year-old Michael Lee Graue, pleaded guilty Thursday morning to felony electronic solicitation of a child in front of Circuit Court Judge Kenneth Quattlebaum.

As part of a guilty plea agreement, Graue received a 6-year prison sentence. He applied for probation through his attorney, Thomas Smith, which will be heard by the court on March 5.

Source: Dothan Eagle

Related News: Dropbox bug wipes some users’ files from the cloud

One new article link has been added to our Related News page. Engadget published an article titled Dropbox bug wipes some users’ files from the cloud.

Cautious types will frequently tell you not to rely on cloud storage as your only backup, and a handful of internet denizens have just learned this the hard way. Dropbox has confirmed that a bug in some older versions of its desktop apps deleted the files of some people who turned on Selective Sync, which limits cloud syncing to certain folders. Typically, this would happen after a crash or forced reboot, making a bad problem worse — at least a few users found that they’d lost years’ worth of content through no fault of their own.

Source: Engadget

Related News: The Story Of Slenderman, The Internet’s Own Monster

One new article link has been added to our Related News page. TechCrunch published an article titled The Story Of Slenderman, The Internet’s Own Monster.

Every generation creates its own monsters. Folk tales tell of witches and wyrms in the woods, my TV-infused generation feared Jaws in lakes and Bloody Mary in the mirror. This generation gets its monsters from the Internet.

Slenderman is a pure product of electronic media. He appears in places we rarely frequent, these days – abandoned, crumbling halls, deep woods, a playground with a rickety steel jungle gyms. He is a suburban ghoul with his own history and his own methodology and, of late, he has become the object of controversy due to an attack in Wisconsin during which two girls stabbed another in order to appease Slenderman’s dark needs. It was a horrible story and it underlies how little we understand about the psychology of a generation weaned on the Internet and how images can morph from fiction to fact in the course of half a decade.

Source: TechCrunch

Related News: Sex crime suspect to remain out on bond

One new article link has been added to our Related News page. The Dothan Eagle published an article titled Sex crime suspect to remain out on bond.

Investigators with the Hartford Police Department arrested Graue on May 2, and charged him with felony traveling to meet a child for an unlawful sex act and felony electronic solicitation of a child.

Hartford Police Chief Annie Ward told the Eagle shortly after Graue’s arrest that the charges allegedly involved his arranging to meet someone he believed to be a 14-year-old girl through an online dating site. The arrest was made through an ongoing undercover investigation handled by the Hartford Police Department and the Perverted Justice Foundation.

“Since it was an internet-related sex charge, he was prohibited from having internet in his home or having a smart phone,” Smith said.

Smith said his client’s wife lives in Missouri, and due to her suffering from breast cancer and Multiple Sclerosis (MS) he’d found himself having to take care of her.

“He was forced to go there to help care for his wife after (the) caregivers quit,” Smith said. “He was just visiting and he was basically just there for a limited time to find a caregiver for his wife.”

Source: Dothan Eagle

Related News: Pew survey: 21 percent of US cellphone owners get online mostly through their phones

One new article link has been added to our Related News page. Engadget published an article titled Pew survey: 21 percent of US cellphone owners get online mostly through their phones.

There have been signs that Americans are leaning more and more on the smartphone as a primary internet device, and nowhere is that clearer than the latest edition of Pew’s Cell Internet Use survey. The research group found that 21 percent of American cellphone owners now get online chiefly through their handset, up from 17 percent last year.

Source: Engadget

Related News: Reports: Teen Daniel Perry commits suicide over Skype blackmail scam

One new article link has been added to our Related News page. CNN published an article titled Reports: Teen Daniel Perry commits suicide over Skype blackmail scam.

Reports that a Scottish teenager took his own life after becoming the victim of an alleged Internet blackmail scam have heightened concerns in Britain over online abuse.

Daniel Perry, from Dunfermline, was reportedly the victim of blackmailers who recorded his interactions via Skype with a person he believed was an American girl his own age.

Source: CNN