Articles on Internet security

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Secure communications are increasingly important. maxuser/Shutterstock.com

Is your VPN secure?

Virtual private network companies make lots of promising claims about their services. Most people don't have the skills to double-check their providers. So this group of researchers did the testing.
They’re small and well-connected, but how safe are ‘internet of things’ devices? BeeBright/Shutterstock.com

The quiet threat inside ‘internet of things’ devices

As the number of 'internet of things' devices expands rapidly, so do security vulnerabilities to homes, businesses, governments and the internet as as whole.
Cybersecurity is becoming increasingly important. nikcname/Flickr

Australia could become a leader in cybersecurity research

Online infrastructure and business are becoming increasingly important, as is our need to focus research efforts on securing them from cyber-attack.
Anti-virus software can keep cyber-criminals at bay. shutterstock

Seven easy steps to keep viruses from your devices

Throwing a safety net over one's computer, mobile handset or tablet is a necessity because of the threat of viruses and infections through removable devices.
When the SWAT team bursts into your bedroom, it’s not only unpleasant but potentially deadly. Jason Eppink/Flickr

Doxxing, swatting and the new trends in online harassment

Two new forms of online harassment, 'doxxing' and 'swatting', are increasing in frequency. Here's how to protect yourself from them.
Questions still to be answered on what metadata is to be kept from internet connections. Flickr/Jakub Hlavaty

How much will Australia’s metadata retention plan really cost?

The metadata retention debate is heating up with Prime Minister Tony Abbott telling us the cost of not going ahead with compulsory retention of metadata will be incalculable and will represent a form of…
Webcams have been made public because their passwords weren’t changed from the default. Flickr/Cory Doctorow

How to keep the world’s eyes out of your webcam

There are concerns that thousands of private webcams around the world could be streaming live images to anybody who wishes to view them – without their owner knowing – thanks to a Russian website providing…

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