Date: 24/08/2011

IT Security Update 24/08 – Twitter increases security | Android most targeted OS

Plenty of interesting of IT security headlines doing the rounds in the last day or so. Threatpost reports that Twitter is encouraging more and more users to enable HTTPS on their accounts. Basically, HTTPS encrypts traffic from users to Twitter as it travels across the Internet – a reassuring feature particularly when using unsecured WiFI networks. Password information has always been encrypted but the site is slowly moving towards a situation where all accounts will have HTTPS configured by default – this will take time though. Change your settings now.

A variety of news media report on the fact that Google’s android operating system is the most targeted by malware. A Q2 Threat Report from a leading security vendor reveals that the amount of malware targeted at Android devices jumped 76 percent since last quarter, to become the most attacked mobile operating system. 2011 has also resulted in the busiest ever first half-year in malware history. You have been warned. Cisco’s Global Threat Report, one of the industry’s most comprehensive is available for download from this link. Be prepared to register first though.


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