Archive for February, 2014

Data Backup: Two Important Rules for Good Night’s Sleep (Part I)

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Data BackupHave you ever lost important data? By important I mean anything that is important to you or your job or your business. This could be digital photos of a trip you took five years ago, archives of your university papers, email messages stored on your hard drive, or access keys to your Bitcoin wallet, say. Most of us do not think about the problem of data preservation until it’s too late. Even though there do exist methods for data recovery, this procedure is usually quite lengthy, stressful and it’s not guaranteed that it will succeed at all. So, instead of waiting for a hard drive to fail (and sooner or later it will fail – and you never know if sooner or later), let’s take some precautions to make sure that a great part of our life, which is indeed quite digital, is not spent in vain. Rule #1: make local backups. If you’ve been dealing with computers for a while, you sure know how to make backups.
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Secure Credit Card Shopping Online

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Most of us have heard about some events when credit card data was compromised, and sometimes those events were large-scale. For example, last year retail giant Target was itself a target for credit card thieves who stole 40 million credit card numbers, cardholder names, addresses, and other relevant data. In January this year, Neumann Marcus was another victim of credit card thieves who this time stole close to 70 million credit card numbers and relevant info. And these are just a couple of recent high profile accidents, whereas smaller-scale leaks of precious financial information happen all the time, and all the more frequently.

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How to Detect Websites Participating in PRISM

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You might have heard of the NSA surveillance program called the PRISM, the existence of which had been hidden from the public since inception. The PRISM was unveiled by Edward Snowden, the famous former NSA contractor who has showed the world the scale and the magnitude by which the USA government is involved in spying, not only on its citizens, but on citizens of many other counties as well. In essence, PRISM is a data-monitoring project that includes numerous big corporations’ servers, such as Google, Yahoo, Facebook, Apple, AOL, and even Dropbox. These are some of the websites which have shared, and are probably continuing to do so, your information with the NSA.

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