Staff picks for the week of May 30, 2016

Staff PicksIt was a short week following the Memorial Day holiday, but there’s plenty of tech news to highlight, from the escalating fight against ad blockers to a growing trend of cities accommodating “petextrians.” Catch up on these and more stories you might have missed with our staff picks!

Why you should delete the online accounts you don’t use anymore — right now (Read by Camillia S.)

Up until last Friday, your old social media account credentials weren’t worth anything, not even to you. You probably don’t remember the password anyway. But all of that changed when a data dump of over 33 gigabytes, consisting of 360 million MySpace usernames and passwords, was listed for sale. Hackers can use this information for phishing and to wreak other kinds of havoc. On Tuesday, MySpace announced that it has disabled all affected passwords so no one can gain access, so while you can’t go in and update your Top 8 right away, you should be able to change your password and delete your account for good. Unless you’re still into MySpace, in which case … no judgment. Continue Reading…

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What today’s IT security looks like in 3 charts

Internet Security Threat ReportThe 21st edition of Symantec’s Internet Security Threat Report (ISTR) was released in April, detailing emerging trends such as the increase in malware, the rise of mega data breaches, and an uptick in ransomware.

The data presented in the ISTR comes from Symantec’s Global Intelligence Network, which monitors threat activity in over 157 countries and is made up of 63.8 million attack sensors that record thousands of events per second.

The ISTR highlights some eye-opening security breakdowns: In 2015 alone, ransomware increased 35 percent, more than 100 million fake technical support scams had to be blocked, and vulnerabilities were found in 75 percent of all websites. And because the Internet of Things and smart devices are expected to grow to more than 20 billion units by 2020, the “insecurity of things” remains a huge risk.

A strong security strategy must be a top priority for organizations and their employees alike. Here are three areas in particular that deserve special focus. Continue Reading…

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