Archive for January, 2010

Securing The New Year! /Decade

Friday, January 1st, 2010

Happy New Year!

First the good news: Violent crimes (usually meaning crimes committed by persons upon other person, in person) was been declining over the past decade. 2009 was a better year (crime wise at least) for the citizens of many parts of our country.

Next the bad news: Computer related crime (usually by persons or malicious programs upon other persons, computers, networks, etc. in person or remotely) rose dramatically.

One on the most troubling things that I see recently is malware infecting accounts on social networks. This is most troubling because many of the people using these networks do not understand the risks involved and how to mitigate them. We’re talking about millions of people at here.

I just read in nytimes.com that the chairman of the F.C.C.’s FaceBook account was hacked a spam program that sent spam to all of his “friends”. FaceBook suspended his account.

So while you might feel less inclined to lock up your wives and daughters, please remember to lock the doors leading to your data, including data that resides on other peoples servers…..

That gives me an idea for my next rant, cloud computing, or as I like to think of it- companies turning your own data into computing as a service (for a price of course!).