It's always a good thing to practice safe computing, no one wants their personal data stolen. Techlicious' Elmer Montejo's article "These Popular Apps Are Secretly Sharing Personal Data" references a study by a team of security researches. He writes: "In their analysis of 55 free and popular Android apps and 55 iOS apps, the report found that a “significant proportion” of the apps shared users’ emails, names and GPS locations to Google, Apple and third-party services." You can read his article here.
Do you have any old computers lying around the office or house? Don't send it to the curb until you clean all of your sensitive information from it. Techlicious' Christina DesMarais writes: "However you choose to dispose of your computer, you need to do several things if you don’t want a stranger to access your data." You can read her article here.
Think eBooks are a passing fad? Law Technology Today's Miraz Manji thinks otherwise. In his article "The Case For eBooks", he writes "E-books provide a more efficient and financially acceptable method for updating text and publishing digital copies in comparison to other mediums, like blogs." You can read the rest of his article here. And when your done with that, check out the Library's eBook collection here.
Did you ever get an email from a friend or associate that tells you to click on a web site? You might want to delete it, your friend's email probably got hacked. Techlicious' Suzanne Kantra lists several steps you can take if your email ever gets hacked in her article "What To Do When Your Email Gets Hacked". You can read her article here.
Ever wonder how the security experts stay safe online? Google released a paper that looks at the specific safety priorities of computer security experts. Techlicious' Fox Van Allen's article "Google Reveals Computer Security Experts' Top Safety Practices" gives us their secrets. You can read his article here.
These days we spend most of our efforts protecting our devices from spyware or viruses, but let's not forget about theft. In his article "How to: Protect your devices from theft", PC & Tech Authority's Mike Bedford writes: "Laptops, smartphones and tablets are terrifically useful tools – but they’re also valuable items that attract thieves." Cut down your chances of theft, click here to read the steps you can take to protect yourself.
The FTC’s Office of Technology Research and Investigation has issued a warning for a new email scam. Techlicious' Fox Van Allen writes "Beware of unsolicited text messages requesting verification codes. According to the United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC), hackers are perpetrating a clever new social engineering trick that could lead to the compromise or theft of your email account." Click Here to read the rest of his article.
In this day and age, it's now more important than ever to make sure your Smartphone is safe from hacks and cyberattacks. ZDNet's article "Need to lock down your phone? These security apps are some of the best" lists six ways you can protect your mobile data. You can read their article here.
Have you ever taken advantage of one of the thousands of free public Wi-Fi hotspots? They're very convenient, but be careful, security can be an issue. CNET's Lexy Savvides writes: "Stuck without a data connection on the road? Free public Wi-Fi is one of those little luxuries that can make travelling easier, but you do need to exercise caution in how you use it." Her article lists some tips on what you should be aware of when using a public Wi-Fi. You can read her article here.