Jonathan Penn

Jonathan Penn

27 November 2012

More Internet Tips for Cyber Monday And Beyond

They say that you can never have too much good advice. So in addition to the excellent set of Safe Holiday Shopping Tips we provided last week, here are three more simple rules of the road for safe and worry-free online experience this holiday season.

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Security News

Jonathan Penn

5 October 2012

Let's Also Make This Cybersecurity *Policy* Awareness Month


As we have recently mentioned on our blog, October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month. And I’m sure we will post more to raise awareness of the risks you personally face, the risks to the institutions you do business with, and to the government itself.

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Security News

Jonathan Penn

24 September 2012

Mobile Security: What Matters To You?

Mobile malware is becoming both more prevalent and more pernicious. Among the 160m+ avast! users today, many of you also turn to avast! Mobile Security to protect your Android device (over 10M+ downloads on Google Play Store…thank you Avast Community!).

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Mobile Security

Jonathan Penn

11 September 2012

Amazon's new Kindle Fire Tablets and parental controls

Source: Amazon
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Mobile Security, Security News

Jonathan Penn

5 June 2012

US Government, Stuxnet, and Cyber-Attacks: Caveat Coder

New reports tying the Stuxnet worm to the US government has many people asking questions. What exactly is a cyberattack? Does conducting a cyberattack have the same implications as a physical military attack? Is the US waging an undeclared war on Iran in the same way that a bombing of its nuclear facilities would have done? Is this the new face of warfare and defense?

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Threat Research, Security News

Jonathan Penn

3 April 2012

Privacy Losses: Cybersecurity Efforts Move Us Towards A Big-Brother Nation

My last post was about how we’re steadily moving towards consumer online privacy regulations over the collection and use of personal online data by businesses. At the same time, however, we’re seeing the US government relentlessly expanding their efforts to monitor people online – and in ways that may completely negate any efforts to regulate the privacy practices of businesses.

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Security News

Jonathan Penn

29 March 2012

Privacy Gains: The FTC Begins Move To Protect Consumers Online

Monday, the FTC released a report publishing principles and recommendations for consumer privacy. The report, “Protecting Consumer Privacy in an Era of Rapid Change” (summary and full report[PDF]) provides what the FTC considers best business practices around privacy. These best practices are not regulations, but they are intended to serve as guidelines for legislators in drafting privacy regulations. And they can also serve as a framework for the federal government’s own privacy policies and personal data practices.

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Security News

Jonathan Penn

20 March 2012

The Latest Threat To Your Mobile Phone: Your Employer

The RSA Conference – the largest gathering of security vendors and the companies who buy their products – was held in San Francisco last month. Avast was in attendance, and I had the pleasure of moderating a panel on mobile security. Mobile security was also one of the top topics permeating the entire event. What I heard on the panel and throughout the conference, and what has been reinforced from my discussions with analysts and consultants to businesses, should have you all pretty worried.

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Mobile Security, Security News