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National Exposure Index Inferring internet security posture by country through port scanning

“In 2016, Rapid7 Labs launched the National Exposure Index in order to better understand the nature of internet exposure—services that either do not offer modern cryptographic protection, or are otherwise unsuitable to offer on the increasingly hostile internet—and how those exposure levels look around the globe. Read the 2018 National Exposure Index. Executive Summary – Now… Continue Reading

Can VPNs Really Be Trusted?

Tripwire: “With hacking attacks, government surveillance and censorship constantly in the headlines, more and more people are looking for ways to increase their privacy online. One of the simplest and most popular solutions is to use a virtual private network. With a VPN, all your internet traffic is encrypted and tunneled through a third-party server,… Continue Reading

Check if you have an account that has been compromised in a data breach

In all likelihood, regardless of how careful you are and how many email addresses you employ, all of them have been compromised many times over as a result of a multitude of breaches of sites and services that range from Tickefly to Adobe. You may want to check in with Have I Been Pwned (HIBP)… Continue Reading

Searching for a Stronghold in the Fight Against Disinformation

Molly McKew, Center for International Governance Innovation: “Social media giants are under intense scrutiny for — at best — turning a blind eye to the proliferation of information operations on their platforms and — at worst — knowingly profiteering from and facilitating the use of their platforms for these kinds of campaigns. As a result,… Continue Reading

(Robo)Call Me Maybe: Robocalls to Wireless Phones Under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act

CRS report via FAS – (Robo)Call Me Maybe: Robocalls to Wireless Phones Under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, Kathleen Ann Ruane, Legislative Attorney. May 29, 2018. “Robocalls—calls placed using an automated dialing system or artificial or prerecorded voice—are on the rise. Advances in technology have made it cheaper and easier than ever to dial millions… Continue Reading

AP – US expects fallout from Snowden leaks for years to come

AP: “National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden blew the lid off U.S. government surveillance methods five years ago, but intelligence chiefs complain that revelations from the trove of classified documents he disclosed are still trickling out. That includes recent reporting on a mass surveillance program run by close U.S. ally Japan and on how the… Continue Reading

15 default privacy settings you should change right now

Say no to defaults. A clickable guide to fixing the complicated privacy settings from Facebook, Google, Amazon, Microsoft and Apple. Geoffrey A. Fowler: “Give me 15 minutes, and I can help you join the 5 percent who are actually in control. I dug through the privacy settings for the five biggest consumer tech companies and… Continue Reading

Bye, Chrome: Why I’m switching to Firefox and you should too

Note – I switched long ago – and while you are at it – stop using Google as well! Moving on – Bye, Chrome: Why I’m switching to Firefox and you should too – By Katharine Schwab: “…Google already runs a lot of my online life–it’s my email, my calendar, my go-to map, and all… Continue Reading

Internet Trends 2018 Mary Meeker

Mary Meeker’s 2018 internet trends report “Context: We use data to tell stories of business-related trends we focus on. We hope others take the ideas, build on them & make them better. At 3.6B, the number of Internet users has surpassed half the world’s population. When markets reach mainstream, new growth gets harder to find-evinced… Continue Reading

EU Member States agree on monitoring & filtering of internet uploads

EDRI: “On 25 May, the European Council agreed to a negotiating position on the draft copyright directive. This  will allow the presidency of the Council to start negotiations with the European Parliament on mass monitoring and filtering of internet uploads and a chaotic new “ancillary copyright” measure that will make it harder to link to… Continue Reading

Personal Data Protection and the EU GDPR

Library of Congress – Personal Data Protection and the EU GDPR May 25, 2018 by Jenny Gesley “Everyone is talking about the European Union‘s (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which takes effect today. Recent news reports about misuse of personal data suggest that rules to protect personal data are essential in today’s interconnected (online)… Continue Reading

Federal Cybersecurity Risk Determination Report and Action Plan

NextGov: “Many federal agencies don’t know how hackers are targeting them, can’t tell when hackers steal large amounts of their data and aren’t efficiently spending the cybersecurity money they have, according to a report and action plan released last week. Roughly three-quarters of federal agencies’ cybersecurity programs are currently “at risk” or “at high risk,”… Continue Reading