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Internet Security, Data Breaches and Password Management

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Today’s state of security truly is in a poor state of affairs and there is really little indication that things will get any better anytime soon. How better to understand the scope of the problem than looking at the last nine years defined as the World’s Biggest Data Breaches? As you review this chart, it is important to understand the breach resulted from a wide variety of risk, which leads to the vulnerability being exploited. The saddest fact is that may of these breaches may have been prevented if more attention to security had been applied, but that is an … Continue reading

Computer Forensics Tools: Windows Registry

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Computer forensics is the application of investigation and analysis techniques to gather and preserve evidence from a particular computing device in a way that is suitable for presentation in a court of law. The goal of computer forensics is to perform a structured investigation while maintaining a documented chain of evidence to find out exactly what happened on a computing device and who was responsible for it. There are many well defined tools and processes and you should understand the legalities behind computer forensics should you intend to consider this career field. That being said, you may want to give … Continue reading

Securely Delete Files On Your MAC

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Deleting a file from your computer is like opening a book and scratching out the name of a chapter in the table of contents. The chapter isn’t really gone, just the information about how to find it is. To really wipe out the information in a book, you would turn to the chapter itself and scribble over the words until they were illegible. When you delete a file by emptying the Trash folder, the only data erased from the hard drive is a small bit of information that points to the location of the file. The actual file remains on … Continue reading

Why oh Why Does SQLi Continue To Be a Problem

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So far this year it seems just about every new day brings a new data breach. Now to be fair, I do not know how organizations are being breached, but I would tend to believe that SQL injection may be the culprit and this is just a simple suspicion on my part. However, my suspicion may be accurate as the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) has injection as the number one attack vector for 2013 as listed in the OWASP Top 10. Injection was also sitting at the number one slot in 2010 as well, which begs the question … Continue reading

Creating Accessibile Documents

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Creating or converting existing documents into accessible formats is a simple process. This post provides instructions on how to take advantage of the accessibility features in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Adobe Acrobat to create accessible documents. Before you begin, set the styles for titles, headings, and text in your document. By setting the styles before you begin creating the document, you can simply select the exact style of text you want without having to modify every section. These styles provide the document’s structure for the tagged PDF files as well. Also before you begin, set the overall format and spacing … Continue reading

What is Web Accessibility and why should I care about it?

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Web site accessibility results when a web site is able to be viewed and acted on by a wide range of users, including individuals who have visual, auditory or cognitive disabilities. It is the online equivalent brick and mortar accessibility, which has its origins in making physical locations accessible to people whose physical motion may be impaired. Accessibility is related to, but distinct from usability, which is the degree to which all users, not just impaired ones, can make effective use of a web sites and the associated content. The principles of design can and should be extended to people … Continue reading

Secure Your Mac Computer

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Securing your Mac computer is not overly difficult and there are a number of actions you can take to protect yourself from others seeking harm. Face it, if you do not take security seriously with your own system then who will? I have heard of the tooth fairy, but I have not heard of the security fairy. The fact is Apple has provided a number of features core to the operating system to help secure your system and prevent the tampering or stealing of your personal data. Securing your computer may sound intimidating at first and you may worry that … Continue reading