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June 23, 2014

How does MobileArq provide your PTA members security and privacy?

As we all know, having our phone numbers and email addresses private and secure is important to every parent. As we all know, the ‘do not call’ registry does not prevent us from getting marketing calls and emails every day. MobileArq provides¬† industry standard security compliance from Trustwave that keeps parents’ personal information safe and secure. What does Trustwave compliance mean?¬† Trustwave compliance ensures that the servers that store and serve the data over the internet are not accessible through any of the routes that are known to system administrators. In other words, tests are carried out daily that knock on several back doors and windows to the server and make sure all of the doors are completely sealed off. Interestingly, most of the internet is not Trustwave compliant. If every server on the internet were Trustwave compliant, the entire internet would be bullet proof and safe.
April 28, 2014

Why is a printed school directory more insecure than a mobile and online directory?

Auctioning off a 2006-2007 Hale/Field school directory… #WHSassassins pic.twitter.com/gkYqJzP0so Sarah Petersen, April 23, 2014 The print school directories is a valuable tool for parents who want to connect with other parents in their school community.  However, these print directories also represent a security risk since they can be readily transferred to anyone outside of the intended school community.  An extreme misuse of the directory and its contents is illustrated by an example of an ongoing online auction of school directory to the highest bidder. Please show your strong disapproval of this directory auction posting.  A collective request to remove this posting will prevent similar postings in the future.
April 22, 2014

Prevent Heartbleed with Biometric Software

The HeartBleed Security Bug has been echoing through the halls of the internet. Every web user should be rightfully concerned with the possibility of their various accounts getting hijacked/broken. There are some preventive security measures a company or a user can take to protect themselves from security bugs or in general any kind of hacking. A password is simply one key to unlock a door to any account. What if a user can have multiple keys that would need to be provided or multiple doors to be unlocked to get into an account. One of the common practices that financial institutions are using is having multiple security questions answered before a user is allowed to access the account. Unfortunately, in a situation like the ‘HeartBleed Bug’, hackers can access the various questions as well if they have been exposed in the web server cache. A robust solution to any attack […]
April 15, 2014

Why SSL?

The internet community is buzzing about the “Heartbleed Bug” and “OpenSSL”. At the heart of the “HeartBleed Bug” is SSL, the secure socket layer. So what is SSL and what role does it play in our internet transactions? The Sockets in the “Secure Sockets Layer” refers to a protocol used by any “client” to communicate with a “server”. A “client” is any web browser, email client or program initiating the transaction. The “server” is the program that fulfills the request of the client. When the internet started getting used in the early nineties outside the “geek” circles, software programs for banking, e-commerce and a multitude other purposes started getting built and used. However, software researchers needed to find a way to stop sensitive data being transferred transparently over the internet so that it could not be stolen by unscrupulous parties. Due to this need to protect credit card numbers, banking […]