Welcome back to Head in the Clouds, our ongoing blog of interesting web articles we’ve noticed, with a focus on cloud computing and security. With all the information thrown your way constantly – why not see what CloudLock has been reading, found compelling, or thinks is worth a look.
I am officially back from various holiday breaks and here to give you a few offbeat and hyperlinked stories to check out on your commute, or while you’re stuck in a meeting when you should be testing new security measures. Here’s this weeks collection:
Crypto-Investors Hacked Again
In what’s becoming a common theme, a bitcoin exchange has gone offline after a potential hack, with a possible significant loss of money as a result.
The UK and Slovenia located exchange Bitstamp said Monday that it was taking itself offline to investigate a potential breach and loss of around 19,000 Bitcoins. Today’s exchange rates make that a total loss of $5.1 million dollars.
It’s not terribly surprising to see attackers start to shift to these types of attacks as bitcoins become more mainstream, or higher in value. If you’re a bitcoin owner yourself, experts recommend keeping your currency in Cold Storage as much as possible, and paying attention to your exchange’s updates.
FCC Might Be Net-Neutral After All
For those of you who are gadget nerds and lovers of technology like me, you already know that the Consumer Electronics Show is going on in Las Vegas this week.
What you might have missed while checking out the coolest gadgets, is that Tom Wheeler, the Chairman of the FCC, hinted that Title II was going to be the basis for the new rules around internet access and providers.
We will find out for how close to Title II these new rules are when the FCC holds it’s vote on February 26th, but in the meantime, you can rest assured that no matter the outcome, we can expect a significant amount of blowback, and most likely lawsuits, from the telecoms and ISPs that oppose Net Neutrality. I assume they’re not going to take this well.
Staying Safe Online – Google Style
Finally, our friends over at Google have published a page of Tips to Stay Safe Online that’s worth a read.
A great deal of these links are pretty basic stuff, from password etiquette, to not letting people shoulder surf your pin, but they layout and way it’s presented is fantastic. In the bottom row there’s one titled Make sure your account is safe with a quick check up – that will lead you through the process of double checking your accounts – a good New Year’s to-do list item to check off.
The other great use? For those of us with aging parents who might think this nice fellow from Nigeria is really going to send them a great deal of cash, the easily clicked through wizard can get them back up to speed as well – and you sleeping better at night.
This has been Patrick Hellen, CloudLock’s Friendly Neighborhood Community Manager, and make sure you check in next week for another Head in the Clouds update with the best bite sized chunks of the cloud world.