When disaster strikes, online and digital security is big news. Big data breaches, major security threats to online users and other security related topics result in the “experts” being wheeled out to offer a supposedly professional analysis of the situation.
Often what they say regurgitates press releases and the analyses of their contemporaries, resulting in a generic – often inaccurate – message. Is it their fault? At best, these guys seem to be poorly presented on news and current affairs programs; at worst, they’re guilty of misleading viewers. It’s difficult to say where the blame lays. Fortunately, there is something you can do about all this.
Put simply, if you see an expert giving cybersecurity advice on TV, you should head online and get what you’ve just heard verified. After all, 4chan isn’t a person.
But if you can’t trust the talking heads, which websites should you put your faith in?
One of the most respected names in online security, Sophos has been publishing anti-virus software (for Mac OS X as well as Windows) since the mid-1980s. Its Naked Security blog is a well written and regularly-updated news source of all of the latest threats usually accompanied with a clear explanation of the implications.
Security information is offered across a range of topics, such as Android, Malware, Privacy and more, and the site also offers a newsletter, which we think you should subscribe to.
The resources listed here don’t necessarily have to be approached in the order that they appear, but I would recommend that Naked Security should be your first choice if you don’t already subscribe to it in your mobile newsreader.
Worried about Facebook security and privacy?
You’re not alone, which is probably why Facecrooks is a popular destination for those with such concerns.
While it isn’t updated as regularly as some of the other sites in this list, the site nevertheless provides vital information to Facebook users about scams and privacy and even provides the means to report what you consider to be a scam on the social network.
The depth and breadth of information concerning your data and Facebook on Facecrooks is unparalleled, which is why you should subscribe or bookmark the site.
If you already read the Wired website, the chances are that you’re already familiar with their Threat Level pages, a cleverly-named collection of the latest news, presented with the same depth and professionalism as you find on their other technology pages.
This attention to detail and quality journalism makes Threat Level a great resource for anyone interested in finding out more about online security issues, or even getting to grips with some good quality digital security journalism.
Bruce Schneier is the man to listen to when it comes to online security. After launching an online newsletter back in 1998, his blog at www.schneier.com opened in 2004, regularly alerting readers to the latest security threats and weeding out the facts.
It’s a method that works, and Bruce’s blogging style is conversational, so you get the impression you’re listening to a knowledgeable friend rather than a journalist who covers security as part of his remit as a technology expert. Ryan spoke to Bruce earlier this year about the matter of computer security, and his comments were as insightful as ever.
If it’s answers you’re looking for, you’ll find them at Schneier On Security!
Yep, right here. Over the past few months we’ve developed our security content considerably, and the drive behind this is a simple philosophy: make sure the reader understands.
We’ve provided clarity on a number of recent security issues, from the recent eBay breaches to the potentially devastating Heartbleed bug, while also bring you details about ATM fraud, guides on how to setup a memorable-yet-secure password and information on how to avoid getting scammed on social networks.
Should you have any misgivings or doubts about the cybersecurity information you see on TV, these five resources are the best places to go for verification and often a more in-depth appreciation of the subject.
Take any opportunity you can to follow these sites on Twitter, subscribe to their newsletters or Facebook pages, and generally stay in touch with the updates they’re publishing – and bookmark them too. In short: make sure you know what’s going on by checking these sites.
Where do you find is the best place to get clear, accurate advice about online security issues? Share your favoured links in the comments below.
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