Stories by Daniel Ionescu

Samsung delays launch of Knox Android security software until 'later date'

By Daniel Ionescu | 25 April, 2013 19:57

If you're looking for more robust security features for your business's Android phones, you're going to be waiting a while longer--at least if your company relies on hardware from the most popular Android manufacturer in the land.

New Microsoft campaign promotes privacy prowess

By Daniel Ionescu | 22 April, 2013 19:16

Microsoft has launched yet another privacy awareness campaign, but this time around, the company decided to focus more on its own privacy right-doings rather than Google's alleged wrongdoings. Declaring " your privacy is our priority," the campaign runs online, in print, and on TV, billing Microsoft as the "good guy" of online privacy and offering educational resources for those who want to better control what they share online.

BlackBerry, UK government reject claims of failed BB10 security certification

By Daniel Ionescu | 20 March, 2013 19:36

Both BlackBerry and the U.K. government have denied reports that the new BB10 software has been rejected for use in sensitive government communications.

Third time's the charm? Adobe patches even more critical Flash vulnerabilities

By Daniel Ionescu | 27 February, 2013 19:00

On Tuesday, Adobe released yet another security patch for Flash player, addressing several critical vulnerabilities that would allow attackers to take control of affected computers. The update is for Windows, OSX, and Linux users. It's the fourth critical Flash update since the beginning of the year--and the third Flash security patch from Adobe in February alone.

Zendesk security breach affects Twitter, Tumblr, and Pinterest users

By Daniel Ionescu | 22 February, 2013 21:35

Customer service turned into customer disservice on Thursday, when a security breach at Zendesk spilled over to affect Twitter, Tumblr, and Pinterest users.

Facebook to offer Snapchat-like 'self-destructing' message app, says report

By Daniel Ionescu | 17 December, 2012 21:19

Facebook is working on a messaging app that will allow users to send each other "self-destructing" messages and photos, according to reports. The app could expand Facebook's growing portfolio of mobile apps within weeks.

Microsoft downplays IE flaw that allows mouse tracking

By Daniel Ionescu | 14 December, 2012 20:52

Microsoft says it is investigating a possible bug in Internet Explorer that allows others to follow the position of your mouse cursor on screen, even if IE is minimized.

Skype disables password reset after security flaw exposed

By Daniel Ionescu | 14 November, 2012 20:31

Microsoft has disabled the option for users to reset their Skype passwords after security experts uncovered a serious flaw in the software that allowed anyone who knows your email address to hack your Skype account.

New Android Malware Uses Phones as Spam Botnet

By Daniel Ionescu | 05 July, 2012 14:38

Researchers at security firm Sophos say they have discovered malware for Android phones that is used as a spam botnet. Spam messages are being sent from Google Android phones and tablets, all of which have been propagated through Yahoo's mail service, promoting counterfeit Viagra and other pharmaceuticals.

Google Warns Gmail Users Over 'State-Sponsored Attacks'

By Daniel Ionescu | 06 June, 2012 13:58

Google believes a subset of Gmail users may be the target of what it calls “state-sponsored” malicious attacks. Certain Gmail users will see a warning message over this issue from now on, although this doesn’t particularly mean your account was hacked.

Android Malware Has Surged 472 Percent Since July

By Daniel Ionescu | 18 November, 2011 02:16

Android users take note: Researchers have found a whopping 472 percent increase in Android malware samples since this summer. The free-for-all Android Market has seen a striking increase in the volume of attacks since July, according to research from Juniper Networks, as attackers continue to become more sophisticated in the malware they write.

Anonymous leaks nude images of BART spokesman

By Daniel Ionescu | 25 August, 2011 23:34

The hacking group Anonymous has waged a full-on war on BART, the San Francisco subway system, over cellular shutdowns to stifle protests. Following two demonstrations that led to temporary station closures, hacking and posting personal information of BART police officers, Anonymous has now posted naked photos of BART spokesman Linton Johnson.

Anonymous Picks up Slack as LulzSec Calls it Quits

By Daniel Ionescu | 28 June, 2011 00:11

Hacking season is not over yet. Even though LulzSec, the group of hackers who made a name for themselves by hacking Sony, Nintendo, and PBS among others, called it quits on Saturday, another group wants to pick up the slack.

Apple iCloud: A visual tour

By Daniel Ionescu | 08 June, 2011 10:16

Apple's new Web storage system will sync your music, pictures, and more.

Amazon Cloud Player now works with iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch

By Daniel Ionescu | 09 May, 2011 07:19

Amazon's Cloud Player music streaming service launched only with Android compatibility, but an update rolled out this weekend quietly introduced basic support for Apple's iOS. If you have an Amazon Cloud Drive account (5GB free, plus a free 20GB upgrade if you purchase an album via Amazon MP3), you can now stream music on iOS devices too.

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Security Awareness Tip

Incident handling is a vast topic, but here are a few tips for you to consider in your incident response. I hope you never have to use them, but the odds are at some point you will and I hope being ready saves you pain (or your job!).


  1. Have an incident response plan.

  2. Pre-define your incident response team 

  3. Define your approach: watch and learn or contain and recover.

  4. Pre-distribute call cards.

  5. Forensic and incident response data capture.

  6. Get your users on-side.

  7. Know how to report crimes and engage law enforcement. 

  8. Practice makes perfect.

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Warning: Tips for secure mobile holiday shopping

I’m dating myself, but I remember when holiday shopping involved pouring through ads in the Sunday paper, placing actual phone calls from tethered land lines to research product stock and availability, and actually driving places to pick things up. Now, holiday shoppers can do all of that from a smartphone or tablet in a few seconds, but there are some security pitfalls to be aware of.