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 September 23, 2015  Breaches

Because some of this site’s readers may not always religiously follow DataBreaches.net (you really should, by the way), I’m posting this article here as a wake-up call.

Robert Covington writes:

I got an email early last week from a friend and customer, asking for help with a phone system issue. I told her I needed to access the system remotely, and she promptly emailed me back the remote login information for her network. It was a plain-text email that could have been easily intercepted and used by someone else to break into her network.

In the modern world of electronic communication, including email, SMS, Twitter, insecure Web apps, etc., we think nothing of dashing off a quick message to someone with key information. We assume that it is a private communication that only the recipient will see, so we don’t think much about controlling its content. As fellow Computerworld contributor Bill Rosenthal aptly puts it in “You said, tweeted, texted, instant messaged, posted, shared, liked, emailed what?!?,”  “Whatever we send out electronically lives forever, everywhere.”

Read more on Computerworld and think about how much info you are sharing that you probably shouldn’t be sharing so insecurely.

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