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Friday, July 1, 2011

TANGENT: Getting caught with your pants *up*

For many moons, I've been promising my relatives that I'd write something up about how I handle online security.  Many of you probably have the same experience as me, being the most tech-savvy individual in your extended family.  I've found over the years that the best thing I can do is to embrace the fact and use the opportunity to raise awareness about the stuff that matters to me, and one of those things is online security.

Security is tough these days.  So many weaknesses, so many "vectors of attack", so many wallets to drain.  In the last couple of months, we've seen pigs fly - figuratively, of course, as we first saw a wide-spread virus targeting the Mac (Mac Defender) followed immediately by a more potent variant (Mdinstall).  And just a week or two ago, we saw a rampant Windows virus that targeted people holding Bitcoin, reportedly stealing more than $500,000 worth of the virtual currency before it trashed that market.  Dangerous times for us to be online, but we don't have to be caught unaware or unprepared.