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About the Author:

Kim Crawley is currently a security author for InfoSec Institute. She has worked in tech support and as an IT technician for a variety of smaller businesses. She has learned about vulnerabilities in network protocols, operating systems, applications and hardware and uses that knowledge in her everyday work in IT. Learning how malware is developed and how cracking works informs her views on keeping networks secure.
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A Bridge Over Troubled Traffic: An Introduction to Transparent Firewalls

The proper implementation of network appliances is vital to designing and maintaining a properly secured network. Modern networking devices usually integrate multiple functions into one box. For example, most […]

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What You Must Know About OS Fingerprinting

For those of us in the information technology field, there are two reasons why we should understand operating system fingerprinting.

The first reason is to better design and implement security […]

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How to Remote Access the Secure Way

Businesses in all industries often need to provide their employees with a way to access their internal networks when they’re away from the office. Such functionality is especially important […]

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A History of Malware: Part Four, 2000-2005

I remember the eager anticipation that led to the turn of century. All throughout 1999, all I ever saw or heard in the media was millenium this, millenium that. […]

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A History of Malware: Part Three, 1993-1999

In my previous article, I explained what happened to the evolution of malware when microcomputers started to become a major presence in small offices and households. That coincided with […]

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A History of Malware: Part Two, 1989-1992

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In my previous article, I told the story of the very first worms and viruses. Interestingly, a groundbreaking mathemetician, John von Neumann, and a science fiction novelist, John Brunner, […]

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A History of Malware: Part One, 1949-1988

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These days, malware is an everyday concern, even among ordinary end users. A countless amount of money is lost every year worldwide due to malware, possibly in the hundreds […]

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Attention Retailers and Restaurants: Three Simple Ways to Avoid What Happened to Michaels, Target and Neiman Marcus

I feel like I’m stuck in Bill Murray’s Groundhog Day. Yet again, it came to my attention that a major American retailer has been hit with POS (point-of-sale) malware. […]

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A Bug That’ll Make Your Heartbleed

Darn, I had to change my Dropbox password a few days ago. For good measure, I changed my Google password, too. Although I only use it for OAuth these […]

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What Good is Tor in 2014?

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To the uninitiated, Tor, formerly known as The Onion Router, is probably the most popular proxy network for internet anonmyzing. It’s called an onion router because traffic goes through […]

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How to Migrate an Entire Office from Windows to Linux

More and more, small, medium, and even large businesses are migrating from Microsoft products. Many of them are ridding themselves of Microsoft completely.

If you were to ask those IT […]

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The Systematic and Security Problems of Offshoring

Over the past twenty years or more, corporations in nearly all industries have been outsourcing and offshoring at hyperdrive.

Venture capitalist firms, public shareholders, various types of financial firms, and […]

What You Need to Know About Linux Rootkits

Imagine that you’re using your PC, server, smartphone or tablet. The operating system and applications on it aren’t behaving the way they usually do.

You pull up Google’s search page […]

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Android App Permissions and Security: What You Need to Know

As of this writing in February 2014, Android has the greatest OS market share on both smartphones and tablets. If you don’t own an Android device, chances are that […]

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Buyer Beware: Your Credit Card and Debit Card Data Can Be Stolen at the Cash Register

Most adults in the developed world have bank accounts and credit cards. Most of us use debit cards and credit cards at the cash registers of our favorite retailers, […]

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Can David Cameron Block Web Porn from the Brits?

Screenshot from ironic Daily Mail web page, credit http://ontoberlin.blogspot.ca/2013/07/three-concerns-about-camerons-porn-plans.html
It’s too easy for politicians to make promises. Throughout the 20th century and right through the 21st to the present day, […]

A Vulnerable Civic Infrastructure: The Attack on South Houston’s SCADA Water System

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As the world becomes increasingly digitized, IT security impacts more and more of our lives. Most ordinary citizens are unaware of how our important civic services- electricity, public transportation […]

Privacy and Big Data Book Review

Privacy and Big Data
Terence Craig and Mary E. Ludloff
O’Reilly Media

At this point, everyone and their uncle is on Facebook. Free webmail accounts via providers such as Hotmail or Gmail […]

Dangerous Texts: Preventing SMS Cracking

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The very first SMS (Short Messaging Service) message was sent on December 3rd, 1992. As cellular phone technology exploded since then, now your average person sends and receives many […]

9 Easy WordPress Security Tips: Hardening WordPress

WordPress is the most popular Content Management System (CMS) on the World Wide Web.

I’m one of the two web developers for Liberbyte.com, a tech blog with a focus on […]