2012: #yearinreview, Part 3
Part 3 of our 2012: #yearinreview — October to December.
It won’t be long until we’ll be unable to create a CAPTCHA that computers couldn’t solve.
— Mikko Hypponen (@mikko) October 3, 2012
— Mikko Hypponen (@mikko) October 4, 2012
Use a black marker to write ‘PIN: 5186’ on your ATM card. It increases incorrect PIN entries if the card is stolen. Don’t use your real PIN.
— Mikko Hypponen (@mikko) October 5, 2012
Not sure if your CPU fan is working or not? Just run any game that uses Adobe Flash™ and you’ll find out.
— Mikko Hypponen (@mikko) October 12, 2012
Email tip #46: 1) Create a filter for the word ‘unsubscribe’. 2) Send those emails to Trash.
— Mikko Hypponen (@mikko) October 23, 2012
Google has around 1,000,000,000 users and their annual revenue is about $30,000,000,000. So, you are worth $30 to Google per year.
— Mikko Hypponen (@mikko) November 8, 2012
The internet has very few rules. But one of them is that every single site focusing on lyrics or wallpapers just HAS to look sketchy.
— Mikko Hypponen (@mikko) November 16, 2012
Sales figures Q3/2012:87.5 Million Windows devices VS 122.5 Million Android devices.Linux has finally beaten Windows in consumer devices!
— Mikko Hypponen (@mikko) November 17, 2012
AdBlock is great, but has such a small userbase. They really should advertise more. Oh, wait.
— Mikko Hypponen (@mikko) November 20, 2012
Apple has fired Williamson, the manager responsible for iOS Maps.Unfortunately he couldn’t find his way out of the building.#macrumors
— Mikko Hypponen (@mikko) November 27, 2012
Google knows where you’ve been. Now they will also know where you’re going, by parsing flight reservation emails from your Gmail. No joke.
— Mikko Hypponen (@mikko) December 3, 2012
Note that Visa, MasterCard and Amex are making significant profits out of spam. Most of the goods advertised via spam are paid with them.
— Mikko Hypponen (@mikko) December 4, 2012
I could imagine a movie plot based on John McAfee, Kim Dotcom, Satoshi Nakamoto, Julian Assange, Elon Musk, Albert Gonzales and thegrugq.
— Mikko Hypponen (@mikko) December 6, 2012
If Instagram users were not paying money for the service, then how did they think they were paying for it?It’s an expensive service to run.
— Mikko Hypponen (@mikko) December 18, 2012
When a company sues Google over something, I wonder if Google starts monitoring what kind of searches that company is doing.
— Mikko Hypponen (@mikko) December 19, 2012
Which brings us to today, the last day in the office before a long Christmas break at F-Secure Labs. But just because this blog will be a bit quiet doesn’t mean we’re inactive. You can follow all of Mikko Hypponen’s Tweets via: https://twitter.com/mikko
Follow me, Sean Sullivan, via: https://twitter.com/5ean5ullivan
Here’s an example of what I find to be of interest:
Senator Franken’s Location Privacy Protection Act: bit.ly/R8z9zv ~ Wants to ban “stalking” apps. Excellent interview.
— Sean Sullivan (@5ean5ullivan) December 21, 2012
U.S. Senator Al Franken wants to ban “stalking” apps, which are often used to abuse women:
Location privacy is an important issue and the basis of our prediction that mobile spy software will go mainstream in 2013.
For excellent security and technology related news aggregation, follow: https://twitter.com/FSecure
Banks around the world are getting ready to face a massive cyber assault. bit.ly/Ub0nWU
— F-Secure (@FSecure) December 20, 2012
And now for an end of year recommendation.
Check out the Risky Business security podcast’s 2012 in review for a great compilation, with soundtrack, of Aussie Patrick Gray and Kiwi Adam Boileau’s weekly news segments.
Finally, as you reflect back on the security issues of 2012, remember, don’t panic.
Sometimes things just have a way of working themselves out.
Watch this and then open the YouTube page, check the likes/dislikes: youtu.be/ussCHoQttyQ~ The Internet is an incredible thing.
— Sean Sullivan (@5ean5ullivan) November 28, 2012
Peace be with you,
On 21/12/12 At 10:50 AM