Securing the Internet is no easy task but Google researchers think they have taken a step closer this week with a program called SSL False Start that decreases the load time of SSL connections up to 30%.Continue
Showoff is a simple service that lets you use your local computer as a file server over the Internet. You install the software (a Ruby gem), specify a folder or file using the "Share" command and then get a URL for sharing the location - ie, https://you.showoff.io. It's only available for Unix-based operating systems like OSX and Linux. There is now Windows version, but it might be possible to get it working with Cygwin.Continue
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and Access, a digital freedom activist group, have partnered together to start a "HTTPS Now" campaign to spread awareness and advocate for increased Internet security.
HTTPS -- Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure -- HTTPS is built on HTTP and integrates the Secure Sockets Layer/Transfer Layer Security protocol to ensure data encryption over a secure channel. It provides 128- to 265-bit encryption, which means that it is virtually unhackable. Continue
Avactis, the easy-to-use PHP shopping cart system (now with hosted solutions), is giving away 3 "Owned" licenses ($249/license) to WRD readers with celebrating the launch of their hosted version and hosting bonuses.
What is Avactis?
This previously-shared application is a very flexible shopping cart which can power any type of e-commerce website whether it has few or 1000s of products.Continue
Zed Shaw yesterday unveiled Vulnarb.com, an experimental project to improve the process of responsible security vulnerability disclosure. Today, security researchers have two choices: contact the developers about a vulnerability and wait for them to fix it, or publish the vulnerability for the world to see. Both of these solutions have flaws. Users may be unaware that the products they use have vulnerabilities if it isn't publicly disclosed, but public disclosure could make them even more vulnerable to exploitation.Continue
Facebook officially launched two security features this morning. The new Secure Browsing (https) feature gives user the option of accessing Facebook over an encrypted, albeit slower connection that prevents others on the same network from eavesdropping. Developers can now set up a secure canvas URL to allow HTTPS connection to their apps. Social Authentication protects users from suspicious login attempt to their account by forcing the person trying gain access to identify that user’s friends in photos.Continue
Recommended by elsterama on January 11, 2011 via ReadWriteWeb
In an effort to highlight the risks of identity theft and to argue for a centralized database reporting site, the non-profit Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) has released its statistics on the number of data breaches in 2010. The center recorded 662 data breaches last year, noting that the figures are probably under-reported as in many cases there are no requirements for data breaches to be reported. Continue
Recommended by elsterama on January 4, 2011 via ReadWriteWeb
2010 brought with it a number of security issues - new regulations, technological changes - for small businesses, and there are many indications that security will continue to be an important issue in the new year. Alongside increased threats will come increased scrutiny to data privacy and security issues. Indeed, we've posited that tackling security issues may be a good resolution.Continue
Recommended by elsterama on November 16, 2010 via ReadWriteWeb
It's prediction season on the Internet, and today's dose of futurism comes from security firm Imperva. The company just released its Security Trends for 2011 paper. Among other things, Imperva predicts consolidation of the cyber-crime industry, convergence in international privacy and data security laws, and more state-sponsored cyber-attacks targeted at private industry.