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In the News: spying TVs and tea kettles, data leaks

Kristian Bognaes

In the News – November 2013 Kristian A. Bognaes, Director, Norman Safeground Development Center – November was not a very unusual month when it comes to computer security news stories. A few items were out of the ordinary, though, and deserve mentioning. There is a common theme for these stories … Read More

What does hacked information look like? Adobe edition


When a criminal hacks a business’s website, the company typically asks users to change their passwords and then pleads with customers to keep using their services. But – as customers – we’re never entirely sure what information of ours has been exposed. However, when Adobe, the company behind the Photoshop … Read More

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How “phishers” catch your private information


A “phisher” is a type of criminal who tricks users into giving away their personal information. Have you ever received an email from someone pretending to be your bank or Paypal? If so, you’ve already been exposed to a phisher’s methods. The motivation behind these emails is to get you … Read More

How to know if your web purchases are safe


Does anyone remember the late 1990s, when buying products online was akin to skydiving in terms of danger and disapproval from your parents? Fast-forward to 2013 and it’s slightly weird if you haven’t considered shopping online. But are 21st century shoppers completely safe on the World Wide Web? Unfortunately, the … Read More

Firefox’s new app saves your privacy

Norman Security Suite

Mozilla, the creator of the popular web browser Firefox, is already well known among computer professionals as a champion of users’ digital freedoms. Its status was cemented when the charitable foundation installed a “Do Not Track” option in its software, allowing users to prevent advertisers from following them across the … Read More

President Obama hacked – is anyone safe?


The Syrian Electronic Army claimed to have “gained access” to the Twitter and Facebook accounts of the President of the United States, Barack Obama, last week. But how did this happen to the world’s most powerful man – and does this mean that no one is safe from potential digital … Read More

Microsoft Security Intelligence Report – the State of Affairs

Kristian Bognaes

Kristian A. Bognaes, Director, Norman Safeground Development Center Microsoft recently released their semi-annual report on security. Called ‘Microsoft Security Intelligence Report’, the paper covers security threats and malware prevalence for the first half of 2013 seen from the perspective of the manufacturer of the most used operating systems in the … Read More

Facebook users: watch out for two phishing fake-outs


October saw the creation of two high-profile scam campaigns targeting Facebook users – both of which are out to steal your data. Read on to learn how to identify these fraudulent messages, and how to avoid other malicious attacks. Facebook: double trouble A new website offers two different ways to … Read More

Toy Story 2: How bad back-ups nearly destroyed the movie

Toy Story 2

The Toy Story films may be full of action, but did you know that the most dramatic plot twist occurred not on the screen, but behind the scenes in Pixar’s studios? A bad instruction, coupled with worse back-up procedures, nearly deleted the entire movie. Back in 1998, where the files … Read More

Whatsapp hacked – and what it means


Visitors to the website of messaging giant Whatsapp were in for a surprise earlier this month, as the webpage for the popular smartphone chat app started redirecting to a pro-Palestine political page. But how did this happen? And what does it mean for internet security? What happened to Whatsapp The … Read More



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