The Shared Security Podcast Episode 54 – Facebook Ad Privacy, Password Breaches, Random USBs

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This is the 54th episode of the Shared Security Podcast sponsored by Security Perspectives – Your Source for Tailored Security Awareness Training and Assessment Solutions. This episode was hosted by Tom Eston and Scott Wright recorded June 1, 2016. Below are the show notes, commentary, links to articles and news mentioned in the podcast:

How to see all the companies tracking you on Facebook — and block them
Have you ever wondered how all those companies can target you and your interests on Facebook? This is some of the best privacy advice for Facebook we’ve seen in a long time.

Cluster of “megabreaches” compromises a whopping 642 million passwords
There have been many password breaches in the news and these recent ones have happened years ago that we’re just now finding more information about the extent of the breach. One suggestion we have to help combat situations like these is to periodically change your passwords.  If you make this a habit you can prevent the possibility that someone may already have access to one of your accounts due to an undisclosed password breach.  The same good password habits always apply as well: use a password manager and always choose complex and unique passwords for each account.

A Whole Lot of Nitwits Will Plug a Random USB Into Their Computer, Study Finds
It’s been some time since we’ve talked about how it’s common for people to find random USB drives and plug them into their computers to see whats on them.  This recent academic study talks about some interesting results and as we’ve found out…not much has really changed over the years.  If you’ve been following the podcast for awhile Scott Wright had done similar research during his Honeystick Project that you might find interesting and related to this new study.

Hacking into homes: ‘Smart home’ security flaws found in popular system
If you have purchased or are using Samsung’s SmartThings IoT platform you should give this article a read. This is another example of  “Internet of Things” products that should not be used for security purposes because of the significant security issues.

Here’s What It Looks Like When A ‘Smart Toilet’ Gets Hacked
This is a funny video of a hacked “Smart Toilet”. Our professional opinion on this is that hacking toilets isn’t so funny if you’re the victim. 🙂

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