Delete your personal information from the internet

29. July 2013 Security 7
There is a lot of information out there on the internet and your personal details are some of it. There are ways to take charge and have this information removed and Abine has a service that can do it for you. I have mentioned Abine before, specifically their browser plugin DoNotTrackMe which I definitely recommend to ...

Detection VS Prevention, does your firewall have your back?

26. July 2013 Security 13
The internet is a dangerous place. Dangers no longer lurk in virtual dark alleys but can come from bright-lit main streets as well, you just won’t know where a threat will present itself. Apart from running antivirus, keeping your system, apps and plugins up to date and keeping Java disabled you often hear the mention ...

A warning for Apple Developers [UPDATED]

22. July 2013 Security 1
Late last week Apple’s developer member center was hacked and as a precaution it was shut down. Today Apple confirmed the suspicions many have already had for a few days (as developers started receiving password reset emails most realized something wasn’t right) and released a statement. Though sensitive personal information has not been accessed because ...

DuckDuckGo or Startpage?

21. July 2013 Security 45
NOTE: October 24, 2016 – An updated version of this content is available here. I have always used Startpage.com and Ixquick.com in the past but slowly switched to DuckDuckGo over the past few months. Not because I think they offer better security or privacy but because of the easy browser integration and fresh look. I still ...

Using OS X Mail to spot phishing emails

18. July 2013 Security 3
I have been using this trick for so long it never occurred to me before to write about it. Using OS X’s built-in Mail client you can spot fake (phishing) emails. This is not a tried and tested method and should not be used as your only line of defense against phishing emails but it ...

New Mac malware found – Janicab

15. July 2013 Security 4
Today researchers at F-Secure found a new piece of malware capable of infecting Macs. The malware is currently detected as: Backdoor:Python/Janicab.A by F-Secure, BackDoor.Janicab.1 by Dr.Web, Python/Janicab.A by ESET, Mal/BredZpRTL-A by Sophos, TROJ_GEN.F47V0712 by TrendMicro. While it is currently unknown if this is a Proof of Concept (PoC) or if it has been seen in ...

Time to abandon Microsoft

15. July 2013 Security 1
With the latest news showing just how far Microsoft is willing to bend over for the NSA it’s just a matter of time before a public statement is given spinning new lies. After all we were told just a few months ago that what we now know is happening, didn’t happen at all. The lies ...

Security is only useful if used

14. July 2013 Security 1
When is the last time you updated all your software? Made a backup? Inspected your firewall logs? Changed your passwords? We tend to get busy in our daily lives and certain security measures are forgotten. A backup is no good if you forget to make it. Passwords need to be changed from time to time. ...

Encrypted chats through Adium

09. July 2013 Security 13
I discovered Adium many years ago and loved it instantly. Instead of having MSN Messenger, Yahoo Messenger, iChat and Facebook windows all over the place, it allowed me to combine all of it in one single app. That’s the main reason I used it and could care less about skins, sounds, icons and plugins. This ...