Security

What I Learned From Sony That’s Making Me Shudder

Model Rules 1.1 and 1.6 require that lawyers are competent about technology and work to safeguard clients' information. I doubt most law firms live up to those duties, especially in light of big hacks like Sony Pictures Entertainment. It's definitely time to move to the cloud (or invest money in high-end IT protections) to safeguard data.

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Android App Review

Android App Review: Boxcryptor

Now that we know the NSA is spying on and recording our communications, it’s more important than ever to be vigilant about protecting your client’s information. Unfortunately, that’s easier said than done. For email, there are still a number of problems, but for cloud storage services, such as Dropbox, Google Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Security

Find My Phone for Android

Today the Android blog announced a “find my phone” feature that will be available for Android phones using Android 2.2 and above.   The find my phone feature is just one of apparently many tips Google’s introducing to help protect people in the online sphere. The new Android Device Manager Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Security

Encrypt Your Gmail Messages

Everyone’s (or at least my) new concern is the fact that the NSA is gathering as many as 4 exabytes of hard drives worth of information (calculation). That’s a lot of data.   Well, Streak – CRM introduced a new Google Chrome extension called, SecureGmail, which encrypts your Gmail messages. Alan Henry at Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Miscellaneous

Dropbox Security Issues

Today’s post over at Attorney at Work is really good, and if you haven’t read it, get over there now to read the post. The discussion is all about Dropbox and setting up security. Although the post is all about Dropbox, many of the small bits of advice coincide with other Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Security

Reset Your Evernote Password NOW

Today, Evernote informed its users that the service experienced a security breach.   Evernote sent out a message to all users forcing everyone to reset their passwords. Here’s the text of the email, and you can read their blog for a full explanation (it says the same thing as the email): Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Security

Check Out the Security Apps

AV-Test.org published its list of the top anti-virus apps for the Android OS. Here’s a summation of the test standards: During January 2013 we evaluated 22 mobile security products for Android using their default settings. We always used the most current version of all products for the testing. They were Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Miscellaneous

Wireless Home or Office Security

Here’s a quick blurb on a new technology product I think will revolutionize home or office security. The product is called Scout.   It’s an internet-based security system that will alert you when your security is compromised. Right now, we don’t know a lot about the workings of the system, since the Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Security

And There Goes Your 4th Amendment

On most occasions, you won’t find me quickly clamoring to discuss the intricacies of Constitutional law, except to say, “we have a Constitution and it means what it says.” Well, usually. Unless it gets weirdly interpreted by the US Supreme Court or substantially undermined by Congressional legislation or “Executive Orders.” Such is the case with Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Security

Update: Verizon, “We Weren’t Hacked”

Verizon responded to the ZD Net story about a records hack late Saturday: That’s pretty impressive for a Saturday evening before Christmas, but I suppose something that has a monumental impact like this deserves the utmost attention. This morning, Tibit’s Twitter feed (that I easily accessed late Saturday) is disabled: Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Security

Verizon Accounts Hacked

ZDNet reports that a hacker by the handle, TibitXimer, gained access to Verizon’s consumer database (3 million+ customers) and posted a “pastebin” (list of names/information) portion of the file (about 300,000 names) on the internet for download. TibitXimer clarified that this hack is FIOS-related and not Verizon Wireless: I strongly suggest Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Applications

Is Your App California Compliant?

This story out of California makes my head spin about the absurdity of some state governments. California’s Attorney General, Kamala Harris, filed a lawsuit against Delta Airlines for violating the 2004 California Online Privacy Protection Act and California’s Unfair Competition Law by failing to post a conspicuous privacy policy for Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Security

Smartphone and Tablet Privacy

Following up on this report from Symantec, 3M completed a study of cell phone visual privacy breaches. The study of 1,000 adults found, among others: That 1 out of 50 people glance at a stranger’s smartphone screen “all the time,” and 25% of people notices someone sneaking a peek; The Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Miscellaneous

On Cloud Computing

The new move for a lot of law firms, especially solos and small firms, is to jump to the “cloud” for data storage and management. That’s all fine and well, except as this post from Attorney at Work points out, your ethical duty requires that you do more than just Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Security

Check Your Updates

Asus Transformer tablet owners should be giddy about checking for OS and firmware updates, but they’re not the only ones. According to this story, Android phones are susceptible to USSD attacks, which basically leaves the phone open to a hacker’s attempts to wipe your phone’s data. The story points out Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Security

Norton Releases Cybercrime Statistics

Ever wonder how much cybercrime costs? According to this report from Norton, $110 BILLION annually. That means Apple’s $1 billion victory is a sliver compared to what these criminals get away with. Every second, 18 people become the victim of a cybercrime. What’s the number one deterrent to cybercrimes? Strong passwords. I’ve discussed Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Android OS

Now That’s Some Strong Security

One of my must-do security tidbits for your Android device is to set the pattern unlock. It’s a simple process that will improve your security measures immensely (you might check out this post on CNet about smudges which kill your pattern security). Now, there’s this story about how Android’s pattern unlock Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Security

Android and Apple Apps Required to Have Privacy Policies

California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris announced an agreement between California DOJ, Apple, Google, Research In Motion, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft and Amazon, which will establish policies that require app-developers to have privacy policies in place for apps that collect personal information. The press release claims, “This agreement will allow consumers the opportunity Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Google

Google and the FTC

With the recent spat about Google’s “search gaming,” I thought this post by Paul Levy from the Consumer Law & Policy Blog was quite interesting. Levy poses the theory that Google might actually be violating FTC regulations by offering products or services it cannot fulfill. The problem, as Levy notes, Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Android OS

Be Aware of Android.Counterclank

Symantec issued this report warning that as many as five million Android devices are infected with the Android.Counterclank malware. Apparently, the malware is “a bot-like threat that can receive commands to carry out certain actions, as well as steal information from the device.” This is one reason that you must consider running anti-virus Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Security

Biometric Passwords

I was browsing the NYT website and found this interesting video on biometric passwords. Very cool stuff: I can see how this could be fooled, like Google’s facial recognition, but I think as the technology improves, the inherent flaws will decrease.

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Security

Is Carrier IQ that Big of a Deal?

The Carrier IQ “scandal” is getting a lot of attention (I blogged about it here), online at least because I haven’t seen very many public news stories. Some bloggers argue that this isn’t really Watergate, while others, including Paul Venezia of InfoWorld, suggests that it’s the next Armeggeddon, well, maybe Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Security

More on Android Phone Security

I had an interesting discussion with some of my readers about the seriousness of smartphone (and tablet) security after this post. The problem, as we discussed, is not just with the stuff being put onto the device, but also with lost devices or weak passwords. I'm satisfied to say that Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Applications

Should You Worry About Smartphone Malware?

ZDNet columnist Steven Shankland, posted this interesting article, basically arguing that "modern mobile  devices don't suffer the same vulnerabilities as PC's and those selling antivirus software for [mobile devices] shouldn't be trusted." The basis of Shankland's arguments come from a statement by Chris DiBona, Google's open-source programs manager, who stated: Virus Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Security

A Little Light on Security

Motorola recently polled 1000 prosumers regarding their mobile attitudes and use. Their results were published in this nice little graphic: One of the surprising results is down in the lower right-hand corner of the graphic: "Nearly half of people log into unsecure wireless networks." This in addition to the 25% Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Security

Backups Behaving Nicely

As you know, some hacker (probably from Russia) attacked this site and shut it down. Apparently, the attack was so vicious my webhost had to intervene and restrict my site. Ultimately, the hack resulted in me having to totally "dismantle" this site and upload a clean copy. Unfortunately, that wasn't Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Security

A Victim of a Vicious Hack

Wow, I have been working for the previous 3 days to recover my site from a hacking attack initiated by Russians, or some other country. The Droid Lawyer got "toasted" as a dangerous site. My apologies, as it appears some of my security measures weren't quite "up to snuff." Hopefully, Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Security

Android Malware

One of the things I love about Android is the open framework. This is also a very significant vulnerability. Unlike Apple, who "locks" everything and meticulously evaluates each application in the iTunes Store, the Android Market is open to anyone for uploading. This openness includes the potential for malicious software and Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Security

Smartphone Vulnerabilities

Security has always been a concern with any type of computing device. With the advent and expansion of mobile devices, security threats will continue to expand. One estimate states that attacks on mobile devices rose 46% in 2010. Granted, this is slightly misleading, because with the increase in attacks, there Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago