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I’ve just read this article entitled MasterCard and Visa Lead Industry Group to Bolster Payment Security and I think this is a good idea.
The reason I think this is a good idea is well mentioned in the article, but I want to hit on one point. My readership seems to be the blind community. I like the idea of replacing a credit card number with a digital equivalent. That would be kind of cool to have a change. I’m only wondering how accessible this would be? We need to have someone we trust to read our credit card numbers and security codes when we get new cards. Problem is, people could take advantage by copying the info and using the card for their own use. The credit card info is not in braille. How could we be assured that those with disabilities would be aware of what these new cards contain? We are more vulnerable than ever now, and the breaches will only get bigger.
The credit card company wanted to talk to me for some time now, and I told them about the latest. It didn’t sound good, but they did confirm that Experian is one of several data brokers of credit card information for consumers. If thats the case, and 200 million pieces of information was taken, than we can’t trust a single person here sighted or blind. I’m interested in thoughts on this article, and if you want to submit audio, please use the sendspace drop box facility from jaredrimer.net or dropbox and send me a link to download. Lets have a dialogue of this.
This is definately screwed.
Firstly if the credit card moniter agencies can get hacked a problem is an understatement.
If the organisations that are monitering security themselves are unsecure it means the crims run the place.
Credit cards and in fact our electronic system may be less safe than a faulty car.
Check books are being phased out now but this is bazar.
On the subject of magazines in most cases here in nz you get the mag in a sealed plastic wrap which you ripp off and chuck.
With my talking magazines I recieve you get it in an envelope.
You ripp that and chuck it.
there is a post back right on the case.
With books you need to turn labels over.
But this is more trouble than its worth.
Surely by wripping the labels off you could risk damaging the mag.
It may be more secure comparitively speaking to subscribe electronically and download it to your smart phone.
Granted the way everyone watches everyone else its not secure but at least its more secure than that.
havn’t these previders learned anything?
It begs the question to be honest.
Its probably safer to go to the dairy to get your magazines each week at least you get the excercise.
I’m glad our magazines come on cartridge with a label we have to reverse to send back. This is just absolutely crazy. Thoughts are welcome.
OK, isn’t experian responsible for gathering data on credit card purchases so that we can get credit? If so, this article Experian Lapse Allowed ID Theft Service Access to 200 Million Consumer Records is troubling. We are always advised to call them and two other groups if we have an issue, but what do we do if something like this occurs? This is outright screwed up. Don’t remember if I saw coverage of this last year, but Brian links to other coverage within this facinating article. Holy crap.
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Do not under any circumstance install the windows notification for end of life cycle on xp.
This update will nag you every day at startup and every munth.
You don’t want this.
if you can find it before it installs hide it quick.
if its installed, uninstall it in the usual way quickly then hide it.
This is just rood.
we know that support ends.
we don’t need it in our face.
Well, here’s the next one. Sally Beauty Hit By Credit Card Breach is hit online, and it is not looking good. We don’t know much, they say they are not the target of a breach, but yet, banks did their work and determine they are. Maybe it isn’t bad, or it is, and we just don’t know. I’ve never heard of this outfit, so only time will tell on what happens. I’m thinking that the more Brian comes out with stuff, the more we’ll know. He says he’s got a big one where most people won’t care, but I seem to care, and I’ve been there and done this already. This is why I’m sharing the news with everyone, because I don’t want to see others hit like I was.
Just read an article entitled > Phone Phishing, Data Breaches, and Banking Scams which talks about Jon Oliver (Senior Architect) at the company who got a phone call which seemed to be a real phone call. I don’t know if I have talked about phone calls and scams on the blog, but this is a real reminder. Criminals are still using the old fassion telephone as well as the new technology. Be on guard. If you don’t have an account with the supposed company, than don’t respond. I’d do what John did and say that he doesn’t have an active account. I’d also tell them I’d call the bank myself to confirm. If there’s real fraud, your card issuing company should be in touch.
On this weeks security now, it lasts 1 hour 45 minutes. Its a question and answer format, and an interesting revolation on why Steve thinks he doesn’t have to worry about not upgrading to a later version of Windows from his XP box. For a limited time, download Security Now 445 from Sendspace and enjoy the program!
Well, its happening
Illinois Bank: Use Cash for Chicago Taxis talks about whats happening in Illinois. Apparently, a bank there is advising customers not to buy the cab fare with your card as the taxi company may have been breached when it comes to processing your credit card. Whats going to happen? My thoughts on the security breaches where I talk about what you could do. Its starting. Its not looking pretty. Stay safe, as this will only get worse. Thoughts are welcome.
This article is interesting. I know there are talking atm’s around, I’ve never used one, but from demos I’ve heard they are cool. Check this article out.
I have been meaning to do this stuff for like ages but never got round to it.
Today being sunday and the fact there is little to do today online, I
thought I’d post this up.
Yesterday I checked ms update site notifications.
A lot of detections changes etc came up.
Now not a big issue.
However FOr all the new eufi bioses that are in secure boot ms has
put out an update last year to fix some noncomplient modules or
modules their authors wanted to have removed.
At the time I never giave it a second thought.
I don’t need secure boot though I can do that.
Standard is fine.
But with all the security and other stuff going on in the us, its
starting to scare me.
The update was updated to revalidate its signature for some stuff
that did not detect the update.
I am not sure if I could cheer or geer microsoft.
On one hand if there was an noncomplient module that posed a danger
then sure I’d like it stopped.
However we are given little information on what those modules are or
in fact in the case of the new bios what a module means.
So I can only assume it has to do with devices or drivers for a
device or both its probably not as dire but still.
The part of the article on windows update twitter which states “the
modules are not released to the public” gives me a bad feeling.
What are they not telling us.
Though ms doesn’t well can not certify everything several devices I
have are not ms or are not passing ms driver certification.
This brings a scary picture.
You turn on your system and windows does not load.
Or loads strangely.
You get a message, your system can not boot because it contains non
microsoft critified devices.
Please consult your system manufacturer.
Since just about everything is not ms bar ms devices, you will have a problem.
I have several realtech intel devices, printers, and the like.
vary few devices are actually ms labeled.
Could ms modify the bios to stop anything bar devices that say
microsoft or that are certified by microsoft from starting.
Now with manufacturers most should be aware and comply with whatever
so maybe external devices, etc.
though a few devices on my laptops and other systems are not
certified and you are warned when installing.
I realise the security risks but it scares me that the public are
given little information on what is being blocked and given a vague
info set to what is not loaded.
Lets hope that this only ever effects secure boot and not standard.
I will never securely boot my system or secure my system with
anything bar a local account.
It may be a bit dangerous but what is the of a system that will only
start because of microsoft bits not being there.
Oh well win7 and earlier has not this issue so in the short term I’ll use that.
If it ever becomes a problem I may have to get away from microsoft completely.
We’re going to cover cyberbullying in our next podcast and this is a great articvle to bring up with your children. Let me know your thoughts.
The opinions here are my own. They do not represent NFB Newsline in any way, I just want to pass information along.
Here’s an E-mail I just received from the NFB Newsline web site portal which U.S. subscribers can use to get newspapers and other content over the phone.
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Specifically, some NFB-NEWSLINE subscribers are recording articles from the NFB-NEWSLINE service on telephone chat boards via three-way calling which is making NFB-NEWSLINE content available to non-subscribers. The rebroadcasts of NFB-NEWSLINE content in any manner is strictly prohibited and is in violation of our usage policy. Any subscriber disseminating content from NFB-NEWSLINE to any person or persons must immediately stop this activity or run the risk of having their NFB-NEWSLINE account restricted or terminated.
Please note that this restriction does not apply when you are conducting a brief live demonstration via a three way call with a potential subscriber in order to show them how they too can enjoy and benefit from NFB-NEWSLINE service.
I have also observed some NFB-NEWSLINE subscribers sharing their private identification and security codes with either friends or other family members. The codes that you are issued when your application is approved for NFB-NEWSLINE service are for your individual use only and should not be shared with another person for any reason. Even if you feel the other person will be eligible for the service, instead you should tell them to contact us at 866-504-7300 for more information on how to sign up for their own personal account. The sharing of NFB-NEWSLINE subscriber codes is in violation of the usage policy and any subscriber found to be engaging in this activity runs the risk of having their NFB-NEWSLINE account restricted or terminated.
For any questions regarding these two conditions of the usage policy, please contact Scott White by calling 866-504-7300 or sending e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your attention to this matter.
Scott White, NFB-NEWSLINE Director
It is absolutely sad that we need to receive such an E-mail. I’ve personally not shared my code, in fact, I haden’t used it in so long I had to have it given to me again. I know a lot of articles are being sent through voice mail systems, and it is a good reminder that people shouldn’t do this. While articles are on the same web sites as NFB Newsline pulls it, NFB Newsline is a specialized service for the blind to get information quickly and easily. My personal opinion is that this E-mail is something to keep in mind, and you should read it. I’m hoping that whoever is doing this will realize they’ll lose a great service. This has been going on for some time now, and I suppose that this was eventually going to happen. I’ve personally not told NFB Newsline anything, because I would want proof, and with several hundred people on one voice mail system or another, it is hard to pinpoint who is doing what. I wonder if they have a similar message over the phone? They should. Make a great day.
This is absolutely not cool. Hackers will find about this, and they will have fun with it. Going to pass this on to Steve for sure. Tony does a great job covering this in this article.
On this weeks security now program, they cover everything from news items dealing with SSL with apple, instant messaging, and more. For a limited time download the program from Sendspace or Go to GRC’s Security Now page where you can get transcripts when available, show notes, and high and low bandwidth files. 2 hours 2 minutes. I’m interested on what they will say in regards to the SSL screw up that was talked about all over twitter over this past weekend.
This is great news, but still bad news just the same. Glad to see this news.
Here we go, yet again. Colombia’s President Says Thousands of His Emails Accessed by Hackers is the name of this article, and I just have to wonder which provider was being used, and why would he have so much E-mail sitting on the server waiting to be taken? I pop all of my E-mail, and the client deletes it once I successfully retrieve it, so there is nothing on the server to have except what I haven’t gotten. I believe this is how E-mail should be run, but thats just me. Even if I was using Gmail or another provider, I wouldn’t keep thousands of mail up on the server for people to have.
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