Congress’ decision to repeal internet protections has many Americans worried about their digital privacy. A Virtual Private Network — or VPN for short — allows you to safely send information when using public networks via a group of networked computers and faraway servers. Not all VPNs are the same, however, so we took some time to find the best VPN services.VPNs have seen hectic growth in the past years as many competitors have entered the market, and VPN services have begun to converge with general privacy and unblocking services. That’s good news for you because it means you get more features at lower prices. That being said, signing up for free VPN services — especially those dedicated to mobile apps — can be risky business. Know that all “free” services are making money off of you somehow, whether it be from advertisements or something less innocuous.As you’re considering which VPN service is the best choice … [Read more...] about Worried about your online privacy? We tested the best VPN services
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At a hefty 250MB or more, Microsoft’s Windows XP Service Pack 2, scheduled for August, will feature a host of upgrades, security fixes and new technologies. One of the promising new technologies to be implemented into this operating system enhancement is what Microsoft calls “Windows Smart Network Key” (WSNK). As the prices of wireless devices continue to fall and the number of devices in use steadily increases, wireless technology has become a mainstay of home and office networking. Manufacturers such as HP, Linksys, D-Link, Intel, Netgear and many others continue to offer new wireless-enabled devices such as printers, notebooks, PDAs, mice and keyboards, making many networks a hodge-podge of disparate devices. A by-product of this proliferation of new and innovative products for is increased complexity for some users. As described in this Digital Trends guide, setting up a wireless network properly and securely can be a relatively difficult task. Besides … [Read more...] about Wireless Networking Gets Simplified
Electronics giant Sony has announced that on Thursday the company will fully restore all Qriocity services following a lengthy period of downtime which occurred as a result of a massive security breach back in April.The restoration will see full functionality returning to Qriocity’s Video On Demand and Music Unlimited services across all compatible devices.In a statement released in Tokyo on Thursday, Sony said it will “fully restore all Qriocity services today June 9, 2011, in all serviced territories, excluding Japan.” It continued: “As a result, all PlayStation Network and Qriocity services which were shut down on April 20 will be available. In addition to full PlayStation Network services as well as “Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity” for PlayStation 3 (PS3), PSP (PlayStation Portable), VAIO and other PCs which have already resumed, full restoration of Qriocity services will include:Full functionality on “Video On Demand powered by … [Read more...] about Sony: Full restoration of Qriocity services starts Thursday
Though the now-infamous Heartbleed bug is currently being patched by many companies on the website level, the OpenSSL data encryption flaw also affects an unknown amount of networking hardware from companies including Cisco Systems.Cisco published a bulletin on its site, warning that some of its networking hardware and software, which includes routers, Ethernet switches, access points, and more, is affected by the Heartbleed bug, a flaw in the OpenSSL data encryption software used by many of the world’s websites. Though most of this hardware wouldn’t be found in the average person’s home, the hardware that Cisco identifies as vulnerable is likely used by private companies, governments, and other organizations.We reached out to Cisco for comment, and asked whether a patched website would still be vulnerable to Heartbleed if the organization running the site is still using Cisco hardware and/or services to keep it up and running. Nigel Glennie, Senior Manager of Global … [Read more...] about Which Cisco routers, modems and networking gear are affected by and safe from the Heartbleed bug?
Google has launched a new “Good to Know” campaign, offering simple tips on how users can maintain their online security and privacy and stay safe while they’re using Google services as well as the Internet in general. The Good to Know campaign spans both the online and traditional media world: Google has put up a website with its tips, but will also be running ads in newspapers and buying sign space in places like New York City. The idea is to educate even non-technical users on the basics of cyber-security, so they’re less likely to become victims of online scams, account hijacking, or other forms of fraud.“Technology can be confusing, and the industry often fails to explain clearly enough why digital literacy matters,” wrote Google’s director of privacy Alma Whitten, in the company blog. “So today in the U.S. we’re kicking off Good to Know, our biggest-ever consumer education campaign focused on making the Web a safer, more … [Read more...] about Google’s ‘Good to Know’ campaign: Public service announcement or just PR?
Most computer users are familiar with McAfee as a make of antivirus and security software—they’re currently the second-largest security software vendor in the world. Now, the company is looking to expand its business in securing networks and cloud computing services, announcing a definitive agreement to acquire Secure Computing in a deal values at about $465 million. “Today’s announcement of this pending acquisition is a natural extension of McAfee’s security-only focus,” said McAfee CEO and president Dave DeWalt, in a statement. “We believe that this pending acquisition will allow us to immediately establish a leading and highly competitive position in the network security space.” Secure Computing specializes in network security hardware, services, and software products usually deployed on networks and within large organizations to protect their systems and users. By buying Secure Computing, McAfee immediate catapults itself into … [Read more...] about McAfee Buys Secure Computing for $465 Mln
Verizon Business has won a massive government contract to deploy and manage a global IP network for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The contract is for a cool US$678.5 million over 10 years, and to bank the bucks, Verizon will act as the primary service provider under the DHS OneNet program, an advanced next-generation network effort designed to consolidate multiple legacy networks into a new, secure IP network.Under terms of the agreement, Verizon Business will help 22 agencies combine multiple separate wide area networks onto one common and secure IP network -- and then manage and secure more than 5,000 agency sites worldwide. Plus, Verizon Business has committed to implementing a Security Operations Center (SOC) for DHS.The deal is part of an even bigger set of federal contracts set aside for telecommunications and IP services, called "U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Networx." GSA Networx, in turn, is broken into Networx Universal and Networx Enterprise, … [Read more...] about Verizon Snags $678M Deal to Overhaul DHS Network
"Networks without Borders" are rapidly becoming the rule rather than the exception.The demand for all access all the time, along with the rapid rise in remote, telecommuting, part-time and transient workers, has rendered network borders obsolete and made networks extremely porous. 21st Century networks more closely resemble sieves than citadels.Gone are the days when data resided safely behind the secure confines of the firewall -- when employees clocked in promptly at 9:00 a.m., sat stationary in front of their computers, never accessed the Internet, logged off at 6:00 p.m. and stayed offline until the next workday.Today's workers are extremely mobile, always connected and demand 24x7 access to the corporate network, applications and data via a variety of device types -- from desktops to smartphones -- irrespective of location. Workers at 67 percent of all businesses worldwide travel, telecommute and log in remotely at least several days a month, ITIC survey data indicates. At … [Read more...] about OPINION Networks Without Borders: Getting Access and Security Right
Red Hat this past week announced the availability of a new security certification for IT professionals: Red Hat Certified Security Specialist (RHCSS).The announcement of the RHCSS certification is the company's latest milestone in its "Security in a Networked World" initiative launched in August.Peter Childers, vice president of Global Learning Services, said deploying Linux and open-source solutions is the first step in enhancing enterprise security, and pointed to Security in a Networked World as a company-wide initiative that not only includes technologies, but services as well."We now offer the world's first Linux security certification, and the first performance-based security certification on a server OS," Childers said. "Organizations are under enormous pressure to prove that they are in control of their networks and data. Leaders will look to high-value performance-based tests of competency, such as RHCE and RHCSS, to determine who is qualified for today's information assurance … [Read more...] about Red Hat Launches Performance-Based Security Certification
BT Group said Wednesday it would acquire managed security services firm Counterpane Internet Security in a move that could help the former national phone company of the UK advance its transformation into a global telecom services and network firm.BT did not disclose the price it paid for the privately held Mountain View, Calif.-based Counterpane, but analysts said the deal was likely in the US$20 million to $40 million range.BT said Counterpane's current customer lists includes 550 networks for major multinational and Fortune 100 customers, for whom Counterpane monitors traffic to keep out various forms of threats, including hacker attacks and viruses."As more and more of our customers seek to exploit the opportunities of globalization, we are finding that increasingly business critical applications are dependent upon the resilience and security of their infrastructure," said Andy Green, CEO of BT Global Services.Green said the increasing sophistication of security threats has prompted … [Read more...] about BT Buys Counterpane in Global Network Services Push