In today’s tech savvy world, security breaches are, unfortunately, becoming more common than not. With that in mind, here are three measures every business should put in place in order to protect itself from vengeful hackers.
Although we don’t like to admit it, succeeding as a small business takes more than a great idea and strong work ethic. Vigilance and the ability to anticipate the unexpected, whether it’s unforeseen costs, dips in the economy or other more ominous issues it’s just part of the job description for every small business owner.
According to a variety of news reports, Facebook has a new feature that could only exist in the weird world of vulnerable digital networks, mass government surveillance, vulnerable social media accounts, and overall security paranoia in which we now live. Basically, Facebook will now send you a courtesy message notifying you that your account may currently be under attack from a state-sponsored actors.
In case you missed it, a man named Sanmay Ved recently bought and owned the web domain "Google.com" ... for about a minute. According to Biz Carson in Business Insider, Ved was up late one night trawling Google Domains, Google's website-buying program, when he noticed that Google.com was available for him to purchase. And for twelve bucks, he did.
Last year the Internet focused on the much-reported backpack video of a woman being catcalled more than 100 times in three hours of walking around New York City. In that instance, the viral video showed us through digital devices the kind of harassment women--or at least women living in cities-- have to deal with every day. Yesterday, however, that harassment was taken to a new level. Mashable reported that a woman in London was a victim of “cyber flashing,” a term that might not be familiar to most people.
Recently shaken by a security scandal involving mobile devices that could be hacked by a malicious text message without owners being aware of it, Google has promised to make efforts to regularly update the security systems of its Android operating system. While this is a step in the right direction, actually improving Android security is a complicated endeavor.
These days, Facebook hacking is a pretty commonplace activity. Given this, Facebook has released an updated “ Security Checkup ” tool that will prompt all users to review and update their security settings to ensure they’re aware of who’s accessing their accounts and what apps they’ve given permission to utilize their information.
Using stolen data, cyber-criminals have accesses past tax returns for more than 100,000 people. How did they do it? They gained access to IRS records through an application on the IRS website. The IRS sent the criminals about $50 million in refunds before it detected the fraud.