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The Importance of Security Updates

Posted 2017-09-15 03:46:42 GMT

We are almost all universally guilty of it. Whether it's that iOS update on your iPhone, or the Windows Updates you have been sitting on for two months, we are all guilty of not updating our computers and devices when we should. The problem is that we are every-increasingly becoming targets of cyber attacks and cyber fraud, and by not staying on top of our updates, we are unnecessarily exposing ourselves to increased risk from these attacks. But when you are responsible for safeguarding the credit history and personal information for a substantial percentage of your country's population, keeping up with updates isn't an option, it's mandatory. And that was precisely the case with Experian.

When you are a company the size of Experian, applying a security update such as the article describes might not be as easy as running Windows Update, but when you are the company the size of Experian, it doesn't matter. You *know* you are going to be on the front-lines of cyber warfare, and applying your security updates in a timely manner is one of your first lines of defense. When leaving unpatched security vulnerabilities, the question becomes not if it will be exploited, but when. And in this case, Experian's negligence has put the over 143 million people at risk of fraud, identity theft - or worse.

Anyone responsible for ignoring this problem should be immediately sacked, and should forever be unwelcome in any IT department under any circumstance. Is there a Scarlet Letter, dunce cap, or something similar we can brand these bozos with? Both Experian and the managers responsible should be financially liable for any damages incurred by those who have had their information stolen.

While you personally may not be a highly-sought after target like Experian was, the same lesson applies to us all: do not ignore your security updates. You make yourself safer, and you make us all safer.

Tags: crome-plated security opinion

Encrypting your Linux desktop/laptop?

Posted 2017-07-21 23:26:17 GMT

I opted to encrypt my home directory in Linux some time after setting up Ubuntu on my laptop. My home directory went flawlessly, however, it is also recommended that you encrypt your swap partition afterwards, and that did not go so swimmingly. Thankfully, this guide was able to help me out, and I was able to reboot with no further issues. Hopefully if you are unable to create an encrypted swap partition under Linux, this will help you too.

Happy Friday!

Tags: crome-plated linux security

blogs.perl.org hacked

Posted 2014-01-23 15:53:00 GMT

So, it appears that blogs.perl.org was hacked: http://perlhacks.com/2014/01/blogs-perl-org/

Stories like this remind me of the need for password managers such as LastPass or 1Password. If you aren’t using one, you should. The internet is not a friendly place anymore. Don’t reuse your passwords, kids!

(yes, in case you were wondering, my account was one of the ones compromised in the attack)

Tags: security crome-plated