Recently, an article came to my attention about social networks being gamed in order to hurt the reputations of competitors and enemies. With all the talk these days of search engine optimization, social media experts, and the “internet of things” we are looking to connect our information to as many people, and in as many ways, as possible. Have you considered the ways this might hurt you instead? We are beginning to get a handle, as a society, on the minimum viable security that every organization needs in order to stay in business and not be destroyed by the constant noise of attacks facing us on the Internet. But what happens when instead of facing a distributed denial of service[…]

Several months back, we covered Google’s new and much-welcomed two-factor authentication process.  As mentioned before, enabling true two-factor authentication greatly enhances an application’s security profile, a crucial step for applications as important and ubiquitous as Gmail and Google Docs.  So after being painted with a giant bull’s eye last year following Firesheep‘s debut demonstration, Facebook has followed Google’s lead and added several new security features, including two-factor authentication. All of Facebook’s new security options have been conveniently grouped together under “Account Settings”.  There are several check boxes here, as well as a list of devices that have recently logged into Facebook with your account. First, be sure to enable secure browsing via https connection, so as to prevent sidejacking, à[…]

You know those Facebook applications that occasionally pop up on your news feed, promising to add a “dislike” button, let you view who’s been looking at your profile, or implement some other feature that Facebook won’t ever support?  A lot of these applications are not much more than thinly disguised malware designed to harvest personal information or trick the user into participating in a click fraud scam. Well, it looks like we’re in for a lot more of them, thanks to a new, cheap toolkit that allows users with little to no programming knowledge or experience create these malicious applications.  For the low price of $25, this application will guide you through the process of creating your own nefarious Facebook[…]