Malware Attack Through Mobile Devices

Written by on December 28, 2011 under mobile

As we say goodbye to the current year, we are unable to bid farewell as well to the destructive and malicious malware that made their mark.  We are expecting to have malware with the same underlying platform which are made by attacking other vulnerabilities and weaknesses within the system.  Attacks through mobile devices commonly used by people easily come to mind.

Vulnerabilities and weaknesses are usually exposed by users themselves when they abandon all security concerns in their daily activities.  Many people will not think twice of revealing personal information on popular social media platforms without realizing that it is almost equivalent to personally delivering critical information to cyber criminals.  The usual targets of this type of threat are the people surrounding a person of authority or having privileged access status in a company or organization.  The information obtained can be used to come up with a probable profile of the real target, knowing the inclination of most people to use passwords related to persons, places,  and dates important to them.

The wide availability of mobile devices in the hands of people contribute to the vulnerability of the whole security system.  These devices are riddled with apps that although are useful, increases the chance of bringing in malware.  Anything and everything can be transformed into digital form making it easy to penetrate security protection that are in place.  Global systematic linking between financial institutions opens up the system of every participating bank or enterprise to threats that can easily spread out to the rest.  Threats from insiders are as deadly, if not deadlier than external threats because of the big risk in having critical information fall into the wrong hands of people who are expected to work in the best interest of the company.  In the face of all these threats, people have to strengthen their defenses even while enjoying mobility at its finest.

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Let’s Start the Countdown

Written by on December 18, 2011 under Widgets

As the end of the year draws near, many will be activating once again their New Year Countdown widgets to remind them of the number of days, hours, minutes, and seconds before the much-awaited event happens.  Countdown widgets are fun to use for other events and occasions as well such as birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, childbirth, and other similar milestones in life.  It can also be an exciting way to wait for a work-related event, the release of a book, the launching of a product, or the opening of a movie sequel.

More than a way of reminding people of the things to come, countdown widgets provide visual enhancement to make the waiting more pleasurable.  Placement of widgets should be done selectively though since too much can prove to be too distracting for productive computer use.  The widget takes very little memory space and can be easily installed and removed when maintaining them is no longer necessary.

WordPress offers countdown widgets that are customizable as to appearance, font size, style, and color.  They can be placed anywhere on the blog or site and are able to work virtually.  Readers can also keep track and understand past important events followed by the site owner or blogger through an applicable link that leads to a separate page.

There are a lot of interesting countdown widgets being offered such as the Friday Countdown, The Euro 2012 Countdown, The Olympic Countdown, The Election 2012 Countdown, and the End of the World Countdown.  The last mentioned widget is in direct reference to the doomsday prediction which is supposed to happen on December 12, 2012.  Other countdown widgets are very specific for national holidays and games release.

 

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