I am regularly asked what average Internet users can do to ensure their security. My first answer is usually, "Nothing -- you're screwed."
But that's not true, and the reality is more complicated. You're screwed if you do nothing to protect yourself, but there are many things you can do to increase your security on the Internet.
Two years ago, I published a list of PC security recommendations. The idea was to give home users concrete actions they could take to improve security. This is an update of that list: a dozen things you can do to improve your security.
Serb hackers apparently attacked the official Web site of Croatian Alpine skiing champion Janica Kostelic on Monday, replacing her picture with that of a bearded Serb World War II fascist leader.
Local internet portal Index.hr said that hackers had posted the pictures of Draza Mihajlovic -- a hate figure in Croatia, executed by Yugoslav communists after the war -- and of a Serb basketball player who sports a Mihajlovic tatoo on his forearm.
Jon Oltsik says Visa's "defense in depth" approach to security proves once and for all this is not mission impossible. If you want to see a good example of security, think of your local bank.
At many large branches, customers are greeted at the front door by an armed guard providing perimeter security. Inside, the bank is well-equipped with security cameras for surveillance and manual alarms that can be activated by threatened tellers.
A function built into all major browsers could be co-opted by attackers to fool Web site visitors into surrendering sensitive information, a security firm warned on Wednesday.
I’ve got password overload syndrome! When I went to see my doctor he quietly admitted it had got him too – as he fumbled to access my notes on-screen? The chap at the pharmacist strangely has it too and neither of them even works in IT! It’s all come down to the fact that we all have too many pin numbers and passwords to remember. Have you ever taken the time to count up how many you use in the course of a day? Have you ever sat in-front of your screen and your mind has gone absolutely blank?