Archive for January, 2011

Personal Data in the Web. Is There Any?

Sunday, January 16th, 2011

Personal Data ProtectionThe development of the web technologies penetrating every sphere of our life is, no doubt, making it more convenient and fun. However, there are certain dangers of virtual life in the beginning of the 21 century like the lack of the data being personal as we got used to see it.

Personal Data in the Web

The more active a user is in the web, the more digital footprints he or she leaves. Jessica Bennett, a reporter for the US magazine Newsweek, has carried out an interesting experiment. She asked a company involved in personal data protection in the web to find out all the data about her available in public sites like Facebook or LinkedIn. Hacking was not allowed. It took about 30 minutes of efforts of three specialists.

Actually, it is much Ms Bennet’s fault that her data are available throughout the web – she shouldn’t make as much personal data public. Though, more careful users can get into trouble as well. A research carried out by The Wall Street Journal proved that the top-50 US sites use about 64 spy technologies allowing malware to be installed to PCs without informing the users. Some sites are able to install about a hundred of various spy codes.

How to Protect Your Personal Data in the Web?

First of all, you should be careful and attentive. Use nicknames and change passwords at least once a month for the sites you provide your personal data for.

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Banks Can Get Extinct

Saturday, January 1st, 2011

Banking SecurityThe issues of banks and web interaction have been widely discussed and most initiatives on the integration of banking services into the web are, actually, experimental and much debatable.

Inspite of their financial conservatism, banks can easily be identified as the pioneers in the IT sphere, because they are almost the first to try various software and hardware innovations. Today they are involved into applying web-novelties.

How is the issue of the online banking security solved?

A “super heavy” defense may be used like additional means of encryption and identity check. Any payment may be accompanied with a whole number of different activities, like generating a unique password for each operation, having a dozen of devices for inserting cards, typing security words, printing fingers. Though, the threat level, security level and usability should be balanced.

Hackers will keep trying to get access to people’s bank accounts. The weakest link in any security system is people themselves: bank clients and bank staff. The aim is not only to provide a stable security system, but to make clients realize how to use it properly.

Is there a simple solution to protect money in the web?

2 main protocols are used in the web: http which is not quite secure and https – a secure one. When hacking the secure protocol https, several seconds are enough to obtain personal information.

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