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Posts tagged with Security

Five things every online retailer can learn from Tesco's website security fail

UK retailer Tesco came under fire earlier this week for website security practices that may be leaving customer data vulnerable to hackers.

The incident started when software architect Troy Hunt noticed a tweet indicating that Tesco must be storing customer passwords in a manner that doesn't adhere to best practices because the retail giant emails customers their passwords in plain text.

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Yahoo faces major security breach: reports

It's no surprise that companies on the consumer internet are collecting a lot of information about their users -- with and without the permission of those users. And that means there are plenty of databases that make an attractive target for hackers.

Unfortunately for users, many of those databases aren't secured properly, and as we've seen time and time again, best practices for how certain pieces of information, such as passwords, are stored go unfollowed.

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Apple finds itself playing defense in the App Store

Life is generally pretty easy for Apple. Consumers love its products, which they continue to snap up at a rapid pace, and the company's iOS ecosystem is arguably the most impressive around.

But the past week has been anything but easy for the Cupertino-based tech giant.

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LinkedIn faces major security breach: report

While Facebook's stock languishes, shares of the world's most popular social network for professionals, LinkedIn, have been treated far more kindly. With a forward price-to-earnings ratio of approximately 75, investors are betting that LinkedIn's future is bright.

But the company may be in for a rough patch as word broke today that some 6.5m passwords have been stolen from the social network.

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Knowledge, due diligence are the keys to using the cloud

From infrastructure-as-a-service (Iaas) all the way up to software-as-a-service (SaaS), more and more companies are heading into the cloud.

There are plenty of good reasons. Using a cloud offering can often reduce a company's technology capex, and pay-as-you-go pricing is an attractive proposition for companies burned in the past by large, expensive technology initiatives.

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Microsoft's cloud faces outage

Cloud computing may be significantly changing the way many companies do business on the internet, but it isn't perfect.

As we've seen time and time again, the cloud infrastructure can fail, leaving users which made poor architectural decisions in a bind. There are also security and financial concerns that the cloud raises, some of which companies fail to deal with intelligently.

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Square wants to outfit taxis with tablets

The battle between traditional payment processors and financial institutions and upstarts looking to dethrone them is on.

The upstarts, obviously, have their work cut out for them. Entrenched players like Verifone have significant marketshare, and are increasingly employing interesting strategies in an attempt to ensure they always have a seat at the dinner table.

That means one thing: the upstarts have to get clever and creative. And that's just what they're doing.

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Is Amazon's cloud a dangerous jungle?

Amazon is not just the kingpin of online retail. Increasingly, thanks to Amazon Web Services (AWS), the Seattle-based company is at the center of many companies' clouds.

The rise of AWS is impressive, and Amazon owes much of its success to the breadth and depth of its cloud platform, which is used by hundreds of thousands of customers, large and small. 

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Hack attack: how to protect and prepare your company

Another day, another hack.

From Sony to the IMF, the internet is starting to resemble the wild wild west as hackers assault high-profile companies and organizations.

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Why misleading your customers is a bad strategy

Cloud file storage and syncing service Dropbox is arguably one of the hottest startups in Silicon Valley. It recently hit two big milestones: 25m users, and 200m files saved each day, and appears to have a very bright future.

But it also has a bit of explaining to do following a change to its Terms of Service.

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How to do e-commerce right

With online sales predicted to top £11bn this Christmas, it's incredible how many retailers still offer websites that are mere online catalogues and don’t allow you to shop.

In fact, even some high street chains are only now taking their first steps in e-commerce.

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Five lessons from the Gawker, McDonald's data breaches

What does online gossip rag Gawker have in common with fast food restaurant chain McDonald's? In the past several days, both have fallen victim to hackers who gained access to user databases.

The Gawker hack, in particular, has garnered a lot of attention because the hackers seem most interested in humiliating the popular blog. They have released the emails and passwords of more than 1m of Gakwer's registered users.

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