Talk about confusing! So how do you go about creating a hacker-proof password that's easy to remember? Find out after the break.
Like a lot of other people, I spent my weekend watching The Social Network. One of my favorite scenes is when Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) — drunk and rejected — ends his night blogging on LiveJournal and hacking into Harvard's system. I always love a good computer hacking scene: they're full of energy, adrenaline, and it's funny to see just how wrong the movies depict hacks. When it comes to cyberspace and hacking there's a lot to choose from in Hollywood. Here are five films that made the cut.
There is one major problem, though. Find out what it is, and how the trojan works when you read more.
But then, every time I read a news story like this one, which details how a German computer engineer discovered and published a code used to encrypt mobile phone calls, I get a little worried. I like to streamline my life by storing information and using services online as much as I can, but knowing there's a world full of hackers trying to break codes and steal information always makes me uneasy.
Do you worry about online security as much as I do? It's slightly reassuring to know there is a whole new generation of online security talent being discovered, but I know that also means there are more "bad guys" out to steal information, too.
The challenge required participants to hack into as many target computers as possible, and then to defend these computers against further attack from others. The competition's main goal is to identify young people with computer skills and inspire them to become security specialists protecting computer and online systems used by the government, military, and even everyday people.
The challenge, which has a moderator, begins as competitors download an image with a hidden code. They then enter the system and attempt to hack security vulnerabilities as the moderator adds roadblocks and changes to throw the competitors off. The winner of the challenge is just 21, and a 17-year-old student also finished in the top three. Competition organizers hope that identifying talented youth and "grooming" them for jobs in high-tech security will keep would-be hackers playing for the "good" team. I think it's an excellent way to find and encourage talented students and job seekers, not to mention the benefits for online security and safety.
I can't tell you enough how important email and online security is! I've been a little obsessed with the recent Sarah Palin email hacking scandal, but have put off saying much about it — until now. The suspected hacker — a 20-year old University of Tennessee student, and son of state representative Mike Kernell — was seen in front of the Grand Jury on Tuesday, and was let go without an indictment. Although there aren't many details as to what was or was not found, I suspect that the search for the real hacker continues.
Although hacking into anyone's personal account is a violation of the law and should be prosecuted accordingly, what really makes me uncomfortable is knowing how easy it was for the hacker to break into her account! Just by guessing a few password reset questions and some research on Wikipedia, they were in. I've talked in length about protecting your log-ins, but it's only a few security questions that separate hackers from your personal email when a password reset has been requested. Be diligent in keeping those questions and passwords hard to guess, and you won't have to worry about your emails displayed on the web, or your identity being stolen!
I couldn't believe it when I read on SFGate that it is very common for major websites like MySpace and MSNBC to be attacked and hacked, and how there's no way for users to know. Just this month, Israeli security firm Finjan uncovered a server full of consumer information, including social security numbers, bank account info, recorded keystrokes from online shopping in Malaysia.
Even though I'm tech-savvy and think I'm being careful online, I'm also totally paranoid sometimes that one false click or download will lead to a drained bank account or worse. In fact, I have several friends and family members who've experienced this — have you?
I've been asking readers to submit their worst tech terror stories so we can revel in our shared horror tech stories and learn from one another's experiences. Teamsugar user Bookworm1 recently admitted she adores using computers, but is always on the lookout for a bug.
I love computers because they are so practical and fun to use. However, in this age of internet there's always the threat of being hacked or getting viruses. Even though I am very careful with where I go and what I do I am still a terrified little bunny.
For my tips for making sure you aren't susceptible to hackers, just read more