Fight against online threats and cyber-crime continues.

This week we found some interesting articles that suggest we don’t actually care so much about our online privacy. Though big security breaches and data losses in 2014 created a lot of trouble and proved nobody is safe from online criminals’ actions, from normal users to large corporations, people still believe this won’t happen to them.

Our security blog provided an useful article that demonstrates how our security product completes the privacy offered by a VPN or Proxy solution with online security against online criminals.

Our goal is to bring you the latest security news from the digital world. And this is what we do.

These are the 10 security articles of the week that you should read in order to improve your online security.

Security articles of the week

1. 6 biggest business security risks and how you can fight back

Security breaches and big data losses in 2014 will probably remain in the online history. But have we learned anything from these security events? How can we make sure that our company’s internal data won’t be retrieved by IT criminals? We can only disclose the number one risk for a company: Disgruntled Employees. Are your employees happy with you?

2. 7 safety tips from hackers

Do you need protection? Why don’t we follow tips and security advices from those that are most interested in getting them? The 7 tips that come from actual hackers are actually ideas and protection mechanisms we already mentioned in our previous articles on Heimdal Security blog.

3. Why cybersecurity will suffer the same fate in 2015 as it did in 2014

One of the most interesting articles of the week, this is where you can read about the necessity of giving more importance to the Information Security teams. In just a few words, IT security is no more a technical issue, but a new dimension that must be treated accordingly.

4. This List Of 2014’s Worst Passwords, Including ‘123456,’ Is Embarrassing

The moment has come to know the 2014 worst passwords list. It may seem funny, but it’s not. There are people out there using these passwords right now. Since setting a strong password is probably the first big step in securing our online accounts, it’s startling to see how little we actually care about online protection.

5. Russia blocks bitcoin websites over “shadow economy” fears

We are used to hearing about online freedom restrictions in Russia these days and western companies facing difficulties in the country, and this security news article seems to confirm this fear. But, the discussion remains open to debate: Is there a real online threat that may be caused by bitcoin websites? Is it a fear of online criminals or a fear of progress, seen as a western tool and door into Russia’s internal affairs?

6. People Can Predict Your Personality From Your Online Avatar

How much can an avatar disclose on your real personality? Is it an indication of who you actually are or who you pretend to be? And related to this question, who are your online friends? How do you choose them? Do you actually know who they are?

7. Find out what Facebook knows about you

Ok, let’s get back to basics: How much does Facebook know about you? How can you find out? Follow the steps in the article to obtain that information.

8. Jimmy Kimmel Exposes Bad Password Security

Another article (and video) that shows just how little we actually care about online protection and how easily we can be convinced to simply give out personal details to strangers. Don’t forget to watch the video.

9. Why Are We Leaving Our Digital Doors Wide Open?

One other article that points out to our lack of attention and just how little we actually do to protect our data. As the article says: The only protection is prevention.

10. Instagram says private photos were only public by user choice

It is one of the biggest social networks in the world and it becomes increasingly popular for more and more users. What about privacy? Apparently, the photos you post online and you keep private only for your friends, have become widely available for the public eye due to a glitch in the Instagram’s API. Even though the issue has been solved, did you know that photos you post online on Instagram are by default set to appear as “public” and therefore accessible for anyone? So, who is actually keeping a private online presence?


We are sure there are other important security news out there. So please let us know, what security news did we miss and should have been included here?

This post was originally published by Aurelian Neagu in January 2015.

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