The earliest example ever found of someone quoting “A picture speaks a thousand words” was Arthur Brisbane in March 1911, long before the Internet and long before Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus. So Arthur never truly could have imagined the power just three words would have in making this saying even more powerful, those words are ‘Exchangeable Image File’ or EXIF and unlike Arthur you should know what it means.
If you are seeing more and more security features being enabled across your commonly used applications and are wondering who is to blame for this new inconvenience then you only need to look around. The weakest link in security is most commonly the user and the features being enabled has been put there as it commonly agreed amongst security experts that the password on its own no longer provides effective protection. READ MORE
There has been a lot of news recently on the topic hacked social media accounts, with the most publicised being the Associated Press pro-Syrian hackers hoax tweets that triggered a brief $200 billion downturn in the Dow Jones Industrial Average. A common question I see being asked as a result of this well publicised event is “how safe are your social accounts?”
I get the feeling that just because the news of major mobile virus outbreaks are not littering our newsfeeds this questions the reality for some people of the existence of any effective mobile viruses that experts have been warning us about. In fact it has been reported that there are currently over 40,000 viruses targeting the Android operating system today, and SMS phishing attacks have increased 300% every year. So why if there are so many viruses there is so little discussion on the impact that this is having on smartphone users today?
In case you missed it last week was the National Cyber Security Awareness, which is an Australian Government initiative, held annually in partnership with industry, community and consumer groups and state and territory governments. The complicated part of cyber security is that there are many messages that need to be communicated so education on this topic is not an easy task.