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Consumer and Companies Working Together to Stay Safe from Cyber Fraud

Banks and other financial institutions are struggling to keep up with ever advancing technology while still protecting our money, in part because we want instant access wherever we are. But mobile banking comes with risks, especially that our information and account numbers are vulnerable without strong safeguards in place. And while the banks are continually increasing and assessing security measures, thieves are also working to learn ways around online security.

Today, millions of transactions are happening online or over mobile apps, and that brings an increase in the risk of cyber fraud, where skilled hackers can steal your information, your money and your identity.

One of the challenges banks face in protecting our accounts is that they have to keep us happy. That mean making sure we can access our own accounts with a minimum of fuss, yet we still expect the banks and other financial institutions to protect us from cyber fraud. Of course, it’s in the banks best interest to protect our money, or we might just take our business elsewhere, and they know that. It’s a fine balancing act they have, and it’s important that we play a bigger role in preventing cyber fraud.

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Was the GoDaddy Outage Really Due to a Hacker?

GoDaddy had an outage on Monday that lasted for close to six hours, leaving those with GoDaddy hosted websites and email out of service. It’s a huge inconvenience to business owners and those who depend on regular traffic to their websites. Page views were down across all of my sites and once my email did come back up, there were major delays and what appears to be lost messages between clients. In short, it was a major hassle for anyone who depended on GoDaddy services, which was millions of people.

Shortly after the outage, an alleged member of the hacker group Anonymous took credit for the outage. GoDaddy would later deny this hack, claiming their own mistake for the outage. It was not actually the full hacker group who was claiming to have done this deed but just one member who goes by the name “Anonymous Own3r” and says that he acted alone to prove GoDaddy’s vulnerabilities.

Anonymous Own3r says on Twitter: @godaddy how do you explain that a router can compromise services through e-mail hosting and other things? it’s time to you assume my hack — Anonymous Own3r (@AnonymousOwn3r) September 13, 2012

Anonymous Own3r” seemed very stuck on making it known that he had done this hacking but really there is no proof ether way. It’s quite possible he just wanted the fame. If it’s true, he has completed one of the largest successful hacks in history. In the days that followed, he also received many shoutouts and ‘thank yous’ via Twitter for what he had done. He followed up later with a post that GoDaddy is “government owned”:

While some may have seen this as an act of vigilantism, there are many of us who were severely affected and don’t appreciate being made the target just so some hacker can prove a point to a company. Who are they really hurting when they do this? Continue reading Was the GoDaddy Outage Really Due to a Hacker?

Translation through (Free?) Download: Systran Premium Translator

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Systran Premium Translator (US – BASED)

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One of the challenges often encountered by individuals working within security agencies and antivirus companies is that even though computer code is written in the same languages worldwide (HTML, CSS, PHP, ASP, etc.), the notes accompanying those programs are not always the same.

Additionally, malicious programs don’t come with sets of manuals, and tracking down the creators of malware often involves sifting through communications in many languages including English, Arabic, Russian, German, Farsi, Chinese, and any number of other languages.

Of course there are many great tools for translation of documents and information online. One of our favorite tools for quick translations is Google Translation.

But if you’re looking for the power of an on-the-fly solution for doing lots of translations quickly, or even just want an easy solution for translation of key documents, we think you’ll be pleased to try out translations through Systran Premium Translator.

They have lots of options for users, ranging from home users to business professionals. Systran also has mobile translation solutions (i.e. take their software and put it on your mobile to have Systran’s professional tools available and at the ready on your mobile.)

Desktop translation software
Systran translation software gives anyone a powerful set of tools to share ideas and work together.

What makes Systran unique is it’s ability to translate quickly, on-the-fly, in multiple languages, through scans of your desktop computer.

But it’s not just scans of your computer. Systran also has mobile tools which will let you translate text messages as well.

And of course, you can download Systran’s software to use when crafting or receving letters or emails, as well as for surfing the web or translation of any PDF or Word doc.

While the translation isn’t 100% perfect all the time, Systran is a learning system. So the more you use it, the better it gets.

Who Systran Premium is not right for:
People translating 1 document or one email or looking up 1 word. For that, use Google Translation.

Who Systran’s Premium Download is right for:
• Anyone doing multiple translations.
• Home or office users
• People representing a business internationally
• Freelance translators
• Language industry specialists
• Security experts trying to decipher foreign language communications

Systran is up to version 7 of their premium translator tool, and they have learned a lot over the years about constantly improving their language translation software. You can create and manage high quality multilingual documents and streamline your work in powerful new ways.

SYSTRAN 7 Premium Translator lets you easily and quickly produce translations that are as near as possible to the original, without actually using a human translator.

You can even repurpose previous translations (once you’ve saved them), and tell Systran how you want to use language data for translations, post your language data to the web so that you can use your profile online if you’re travelling.

Systran is a key step in developing software that will make global communication more seamless and speedy. What systran offers you is a way to truly increase your productivity, decrease your frustration, and improve translation quality over time.

It’s what many of the big companies doing translations use, and will likely become a key tool for you once you use it.

Systran Offers:

Systran Premium Translator (US – BASED)

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Consumer Financial Protection Agency: House Financial Services Committee Approves, Do You?

We’re now bringing you Consumer Protection information and news and wanted to let you know the status of a newly pending federal agency, the Consumer Financial Protection Agency or the CFPA.

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New York Times Data Breaches article

The New York Times pubished an article yesterday which has a kind of tongue-in-cheek approach to the data theft which has been taking place at companies around the United States and Canada.

A survey of 484 United States-based information technology departments within business or governmental organizations…found, among other things, that more than half of corporate laptops contained unprotected sensitive data, that one in 10 laptops is stolen and that 97 percent of those are never recovered. The study also found that 81 percent of firms reported that an “electronic storage device such as a laptop” specifically containing sensitive or confidential information had been lost or stolen in the past year.

If nothing else, the Commerce Department can be comforted by the fact that its loss of 1,137 laptops over the last five years is hardly unusual.

This kind of toungue-in-cheek comment is sort of the way I approach identity theft. The problem is so big, and the misinformation in the marketplace so prevalent, that, as the NYT states; “the volume of lost consumer data remains almost comically epidemic.”
The biggest problem is that our social security numbers are so valuable, and so universally used.
But that’s not going to change any time too soon. The lobbies for insurance, credit, and the banking industry as a whole are simply too large, and too powerful, for any smaller initiative to achieve any really valuable change in the way our social security numbers are used. (I will be talking about an interesting patent tomorrow though.)

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