Cyber-security Highlights – August 7

Every Monday we bring you a review of the previous week’s hottest cyber-security and on-line privacy news articles.

Here at IronSocket, we work to continually call attention to the threats that we as individuals face in our connected lives. We are 100% committed to helping our customers stay safe and secure while on-line, both through our VPN and proxy services as well as through education.

Here are the top articles we have siphoned from last week’s news tanks.

 

The Echo Heard ‘Round the World

Alexa is always listening.  She wouldn’t want to miss something important, after all.  The problem is, if she can hear you through your Echo, others can too.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2017/08/01/amazon-echo-can-used-eavesdrop-conversations-hackers-reveal/

 

Our Children at Risk

Over half of the Android apps built for children are reporting identification and location data to advertising and analytics companies.   A lot of these developers might not even be aware they are doing this because they are using software created by someone else.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2017/07/27/we-tested-apps-for-children-half-failed-to-protect-their-data/?utm_term=.8bf6beaccf0c

 

Have You Been Pwned?

There’s a website that can answer that question for you.  If you have an online account that has been hacked, such as  Yahoo, Sony, Target, Yahoo, Ashley Madison, or Yahoo, you should definitely go to Troy Hunt’s website and check you status.

https://thenextweb.com/insider/2017/08/03/site-lets-check-password-306-million-leaked-passwords/

 

Tracking is Big Business

Think you’re doing enough to keep your web browsing activity private?  Better think again.

http://lifehacker.com/your-anonymous-browsing-data-is-not-very-anonymous-1797490806

 

What to Do, What to Do, What to Do…

If you use the Firefox or Chrome web browser, here is a superb too to help you curtail tracking.

https://www.eff.org/privacybadger

 

That’s all for this week. As always, if you have any questions or comments, don’t hesitate to write to us. We’re here to help you stay safe, secure, and protected while online.

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