Category: The Authorities

Government Cyberaware

https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/cyberaware/home

Cyber Aware gives the UK government’s tips on how to stay secure online.

  1. Create a separate password for your email and separate passwords for any important online accounts e.g. financial ones
  2. Make sure the passwords are strong e.g. use three random words hat no-one else could guess
  3. Saving your passwords in your browser means you wont need to remember so many different passwords
  4. Turn on two-factor authentication for important accounts where it is available
  5. Keep your devices up to date with latest security
  6. Backup all important files regularly. Most devices can do this automatically for you.

Your personal email account contains lots of important information about you and is the gateway to all your other online accounts. If you forget an account password, your email address is the means to reset that password and this makes your email password critical to you.

If your email account is hacked all your other passwords can be reset, so use a strong password that is different to all your others.

Weak passwords that can be guessed or are a word in the dictionary can be hacked quite easily.

The longer and more unusual your password is, the stronger it becomes and the harder it is to hack. The best way to make your password long and difficult to hack is by using a sequence of three random words you’ll remember and no-one else can guess.

You can make it even stronger b including special characters such as @£# etc.

Starting with your most important accounts (such as email, banking and social media), replace your old passwords with new ones.

Two-factor Authentication

2FA is a free security feature that gives you an extra layer of protection online and stops cyber criminals getting into your accounts – even if they have your password. It reduces the risk of being hacked by asking you to provide a second factor of information, such as getting a text or code when you log in, to check you are who you say you are.

Check if the online services and apps you use offer 2FA – it’s also called two-step verification or multi-factor authentication. If they do, turn it on.

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Online Dating Association

In summer 2013 a group of dating site providers in the UK created a body that would allow the sector to work together on standards and speak as one voice with regulators, law enforcement agencies and others.

These services wanted to take some shared responsibility for the wellbeing of the sector and its users – and not just rely solely on the law.

A Code of Practice and advice for the public on the best and safe use of services was published in December 2013. The Code was focused on:-

  • The clarity and honesty of the services offered
  • The protection of user’s personal information
  • The proper operation of services
  • The advice and help given to users to make dating as enjoyable and safe as possible.

The Online Dating Association intends for its materials to be used by any company for whom they are relevant, anywhere in the world in order to raise standards.

The Online Dating Association’s policy recommendations and complaint arbitration are designed to help  members build trust with consumers, so singles can join dating platforms with confidence and security.

The ODA screens members before and after they join to discourage misleading marketing ploys and unsavoury sales tactics in the dating industry.

Members that commit to the official Code of Practice endorse policies that support a healthy, secure, and friendly online atmosphere for singles. Since 2013, the Online Dating Association has promoted high moral standards for dating websites old and new, big and small, in the UK and abroad.

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DMCA Badge

www.dmca.com

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) is a 1998 United States copyright law that implements two 1996 treaties of the World Intellectual Property Organization.

It criminalizes production and dissemination of technology, devices, or services intended to circumvent measures that control access to copyrighted works (commonly known as digital rights management or DRM).

DMCA are the guardians online of copyright material and are best known for being able to take-down websites where people have copied other’s content and not removed it when ordered to.

They claim to be protecting more than one million websites with their badge.

The DMCA Badge

A DMCA Badge is a seal of protection placed on a website that deters thieves from stealing the content.

With a registered badge, you have access to the tools, resources and support to swiftly takedown any website that steals your content.

Thieves don’t like that!

DMCA say that if your content is stolen while protected with their badge, they will do a takedown for no charge

A DMCA Takedown is when content is removed from a website at the request of the owner of the content or the owner of the copyright of the content. It is a well established, accepted, internet standard followed by website owners and internet service providers.

If you have any experiences with copyright theft and/or DMCA do let me know, by email.

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Millions Suffer Identity Theft

2018 statistics on identity theft by country, according to Norton Lifelock.

Country

Cases of Identity Theft

USA 13,300,000
Canada 1,500,000
Mexico 6,100,000
U.K. 2,400,000
France 1,300,000
Germany 2,400,000
Italy 2,000,000
Australia 884,000
New Zealand 164,000
Japan 2,400,000

 

If you have suffered from identity theft – do let me know, by email.

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Child Abuse Protection Online

Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft, Google and other tech companies agreed to British government demands that they do more to keep young people safe on their online services.

This is a set of voluntary guidelines created by the UK, the U.S., Australia, Canada and New Zealand and it includes measures to stop new and existing child abuse photos and films appearing online.

The guidance also specifies that the companies must prevent streaming of such material and to work with Police to identify offenders and further develop their technology to stay ahead of offender’s behaviour online.

The countries have been clear that if the voluntary guidelines do not work then legislation will follow.

This is a big step forward – shame it has taken the tech companies so long to reach this point.

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DMCA Takedown

www.dmca.com

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) is a 1998 United States copyright law that implements two 1996 treaties of the World Intellectual Property Organization.

It criminalizes production and dissemination of technology, devices, or services intended to circumvent measures that control access to copyrighted works (commonly known as digital rights management or DRM).

They are the guardians online of copyright material and are best known for being able to take-down websites where people have copied other’s content and not removed it when ordered to.

A “DMCA Takedown” is when content is removed from a website at the request of the owner of the content or the owner of the copyright of the content. It is a well established, accepted, internet standard followed by website owners and internet service providers.

Any owner of content has the right to process a takedown notice against a website owner and/or an Online Service Provider (e.g. ISP, hosting company etc.) if the content owner’s property is found online without their permission.

There is list of takedown conditions:

  • when copyright infringing content is removed or “taken down” from a website, by the website owner, upon receipt of a DMCA Takedown Notice from their ISP / Hosting company. This notice is generated by the, or on behalf of, the illegally published content owner, distributor, publisher etc.
  • when copyright infringing content is removed or “taken down” from a website by the website owner upon receipt of a DMCA Takedown Notice from the, or on behalf of, the content owner,distributor, publisher etc.
  • when copyright infringing content is removed or “taken down” from a website by the by the ISP or Hosting company of the website that is publishing the infringing content. This occurs because the website owner has not voluntarily complied with a DMCA Notice and the ISP or Hosting company must comply with the Takedown notice.
  • when an infringing website is taken down or “offline” by it’s ISP or Hosting company. This occurs because the website owner does not voluntarily comply with a Takedown notice as described above.

These Takedown actions occur upon receipt of a DMCA Takedown Notice which uses stipulations laid out in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. (DMCA). This Act directly addresses the take down of (copyright) infringed content from a website which is publishing content in violation of copyright protection act or content being used without permission or not in accordance to the sworn statement of the content owner.

If you have needed to get a DMCA Take-down, do let me know, by email.

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