Naivety in the Digital Age?

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Learning basics of IT-Security and Cyber-Security.


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Learning from the fails of others for a BETTER more secure Internet!

Keywords for this free course:

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programmerman-animatedNaivety, stupidity, motivation, engagement, heroes, Security-Scouts, critical thinking, stay out of the box, adapt to new technologies, be aware of the malware, nobody is perfect, knowing the dangers and risks, responsibility, responsibility of School, responsibility of IT-Admin, responsibilities of BYOD users, Apple insecurity, Insecurity of Apps, Principals responsibilities, Mobile Device Management (MDM), Mobile Application Management (MAM), risks of BYOD, BYOD-Policy, IT-Security Infrastructure, Teacher-Parents Meeting, Cyberwar, Cyberwarfare, Government, Internet-Safety, IT-Security knowledge basics, UK govt encourages insurers to reward good IT security…

  • The weakest link in the Security Chain is the human! If you don’t respect certain advice you will get tricked by the Cyber-Criminals!

===> NOBODY is perfect! A security by 100% doesn’t exist! <===

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Protecting the organization’s network and its data from attack and misuse requires more than just a BYOD mentality; establishing secure, mobile-enabled operations requires a mobility access control program that includes corporate-provisioned, approved employee- and partner-owned devices as well as unmanaged guest devices.

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===> Being ignorant is not so much a shame, as being unwilling to learn. <===

Benjamin Franklin

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Introduction: When YOU are naive in Real World YOU will be even more in Virtual World, called Internet also!

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programmerman2What is naivety meaning? [Start Text from Wikipedia] Naivety (or naïvetynaïveté, etc.), is the state of being naive—having or showing a lack of experienceunderstanding or sophistication, often in a context where one neglects pragmatism in favor of moral idealism. One who is naive may be called a naif. [End Text from Wikipedia]

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Important Message: First of all, I don’t want to blame and offense anybody! But, there is a deep need, even a MUST to say the below, excuse me for my openness and my “Critical Thinking“…

Some go even further and call it: The Internet Plays Role of Stupidity Amplifier

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Let us START with sharing photos over the internet, is that really a MUST that everybody worldwide will see OUR private photos!? Sharing normal photos, there isn’t any harm, BUT private photos of family members and about OURSELVES!? Really a need and/or a MUST!? Go for “Deep-THINKing“, please ;) Check ALSO the below article…

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Smile: Your Selfie Is A Mugshot For The NSA | Naivety

Smile: Your Selfie Is A Mugshot For The NSA | Naivety

Smile: Your Selfie Is A Mugshot For The NSA | Naivety

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So, what does that mean? Analyzing what Wikipedia says, that’s meant for IT-Security and Cyber-Security:

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More examples on NOT TO DO!

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Phisher pupils hack class computers

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A group of children in Alaska took over their classroom computers after phishing account details from teachers. They asked teachers at Schoenbar Middle School, for 12 to 13-year-olds, to enter admin names and passwords to accept a false software update, according to reports.

Check for whole story /May03, 2013):

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Army and PassWords

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Football (Soccer) WM2014

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And the World Cup Security Centre’s WiFi password is…

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Check the article here:

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Normal Users and PassWords

55% of net users use the same password for most, if not all, websites. When will they learn?

dunce-hat-170[START Text from SOPHOS] According to Ofcom’s “Adults’ Media Use and Attitudes Report 2013″ report, a poll of 1805 adults aged 16 and over discovered that 55% of them used the same password for most – if not all! – websites.

Why does this matter? Well, imagine you are a member of websites X, Y and Z – and you use the same password on each site. If X suffers from a data leak and their password database is accessed, or if hackers manage to work out your password for X, then the bad guys will not only have access to your X account, but Y and Z as well!

If that weren’t scary enough, just over a quarter (26%) said that tend to use easy-to-remember passwords such as birthdays or people’s names, opening the door for their online accounts to be hacked into by criminals. [END Text from SOPHOS]

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Photos and GeoTagging

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Credits to: http://gizmodo.com/5892054/us-soldiers-are-giving-away-their-positions-with-geotagged-photos

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Jailed cybercriminal hacked into his own prison’s computer system after being put in IT class

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What sounds like a joke isn’t one, that’s the truth! Read the full story here: .

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Encryption:

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Lost USB-Sticks, External Hard Disks and Laptops

External Hard DiskAn external hard drive containing the details of 583,000 student loan borrowers has been lost, Human Resources and Skills Development (HRSD) Canada revealed on Friday.

This isn’t the first time when the HRSD compromises the personal details of Canadians. At the end of 2012 they lost a USB stick containing information on 5,000 people.

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Calif. Health vendor laptop stolen; nearly 70K affected

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An unencrypted laptop belonging to a California health care vendor was stolen, leaving the sensitive information of thousands of patients at risk.

===> How many victims? More than 68,000. <===

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US-Confetti-Scandal

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[Start Text from http://www.wpix.com/news/wpix-confidential-confetti-at-thanksgiving-parade,0,4718007.story] Something far more concerning than marching bands, balloons, cheerleaders and clowns was at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Confidential personal information is what some paradegoers found among confetti tossed during the world’s most famous parade. That information included social security numbers and banking information for police employees, some of whom are undercover officers. Most significant, the confetti strips identified Nassau County detectives by name. Some of them are apparently undercover. Their social security numbers, dates of birth and other highly sensitive personal information was also printed on the confetti strips.

“I’m just completely in shock,” said Finkelstein, 18. “How could someone have this kind of information, and how could it be distributed at the Thanksgiving Day Parade?” [End Text from http://www.wpix.com/news/wpix-confidential-confetti-at-thanksgiving-parade,0,4718007.story]

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Potentially Life-Threatening Apple Maps Flaw

Apple Map-potentially life-threatening issue . . . . .. .

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[Start Text from FORBES]  Embarrassing defects in Apple‘s new Maps app may be inconvenient for some, but for others in Australia they could be deadly. [End Text from FORBES]

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The VISA CARD Scam

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VISA CARD Scam

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The above shown screenshot (photo taken of my received eMail message) shows (in French) a message received from “apparently” VISA, BUT I don’t have any VISA CARD and so that message is by 100% a scam! NEVER click on the link in such an eMail! YOU will get tricked by the bad boys and your computer and/or SmartPhone infected with Malware! Courageous people and those who have a bit knowledge could follow my FREE course about Spam and Scam here to find out HOW TO fight them:

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Downloading from not trustful websites

programmerman2Trojanized Thanksgiving-themed screensavers lurking online: [Start Text from http://www.net-security.org/malware_news.php?id=2329] If you want to add a little festive cheer to your computer, a screensaver showing beautiful Thanksgiving images might be just the thing. But unfortunately, not all things downloaded from the Internet are safe to use, and cyber crooks love nothing more than to take advantage of popular holidays to saddle you with malware. [End Text from http://www.net-security.org/malware_news.php?id=2329]

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Game Hacks are dangerous

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In our second monthly Insight, our AVG Viruslab Research Group has uncovered the sheer amount of malware prevalent in file sharing sites, which often visited by eager gamers, intent on, well, gaming the system to get shortcuts that can save a lot of time and effort in progressing their character in their game of choice.

==> And while this may appear a niche attack, the actual scale of the market is far bigger than you may realise. <==

While most of us probably know of the explosion of online gaming over the past few years, we are perhaps unaware of the dollar size of the market. Five of the top multiplayer games alone: World of Warcraft, League of Legends, Runescape, World of Tanks and Minecraft, are played by more than 330 million people worldwide and are part of a multi-billion-dollar industry.

===> In fact, in the investigation by our team they found it to be as high as 90% in some sites. So gamers need to be aware that they are putting themselves at risk. <===

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Learn more:

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Windows Users: check your PC for better Security

Windows users ALSO should become more aware, it’s NOT ONLY the others! But how to convince people of the need of BETTER Security, how can we measure it ourselves on a Windows machine!? I found recently a very interesting tool who checks YOUR computer: OPSWAT Security Score is a free tool that scans your computer for the status of your installed security applications and provides a score along with recommendations on how to improve both the score and the security of your device.

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Find a detailed report about this fantastic tool from PC-MAG http://securitywatch.pcmag.com/none/305013-what-s-your-security-score.

===> Is there a FREE tool for encrypting my files and even the whole hard disk? YES, I suggest to install the OpenSource program TrueCrypt: <===


Apps, privacy and security

. Apps, privacy and security . Concerning Apps we need to be very attentive on which Apps we download and also on the permissions we give those Apps to access! Check my Curation about it here:

Good example on how an App accesses your data below . apps thinglink

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This App from ThingLink is one of the best examples of good practice as it doesn’t  access to any private data, ONLY reading your Tweets and who you follow (which is already a lot of information), but one of the serious ones I have seen so far… BTW: I recommend ThingLink as a very good service and I use it also here http://www.thinglink.com/scene/296377469991124993?buttonSource=userPage

===> One of the worst examples I have seen is here below, it accesses even your “Direct Messages” on Twitter and excuse-me NO WAY!!! <===

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Bad App Example

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Read also:

  • Mobile app downloads doubling, privacy & identity risks rise
    • Concerning the above link, check out carefully this text fom it “While these apps make our lives easier, they also give a wider group of application developers and advertising networks the ability to collect information about our activities and leverage the functionality of our devices.““At the same time the companies, consumers and government employees who install these apps often do not understand with who and how they are sharing personal information. Even though a list of permissions is presented when installing an app, most people don’t understand what they are agreeing to or have the proper information needed to make educated decisions about which apps to trust,” Hoffman warns.

As I have talked about bad APPS, so how to know where to get the good APPS and where to download the APPS on trustful websites? That is very easy to answer, ===> download APPS ONLY from the main download places, from the ORIGINAL STORES!!! <===

Awareness: YOU should ALSO take care and install security programs on YOUR smartphones, as nobody is perfect this would help YOU ALSO in these difficult tasks…:


Be concerned about your Privacy while using Smartphones

Chat iconWhile using your Smartphone you probably send out more private data as you know, would like to and shouldn’t do! Read this story who should make you aware [Start Text from http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/security/john-mcafee-tripped-up-by-the-smartphone/8766?tag=nl.e101&s_cid=e101

Antivirus pioneer John McAfee, wanted for questioning as a person of interest in the murder of his neighbor in Belize, has been on the run from authorities ever since the incident occurred. Oops. Perhaps, when allowing reporters to taunt your pursuers with a headline like, “We are with John McAfee right now, suckers,” you should request that the Location Data is turned off on the phone[End Text from http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/security/john-mcafee-tripped-up-by-the-smartphone/8766?tag=nl.e101&s_cid=e101]

Here below some interesting links guiding you through on how to preserve your Privacy:

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Naivety in the Digital Age, a Fact

Chat iconNaivety in the Digital Age means not realizing and accepting the dangers of the Internet, the ignorance of the need to secure its computer and any other device connecting to the Internet (smartphones + TV, fridge …), having no clue about Cyber-Security and people who think that Internet-Safety ALONE is enough! WE need ALSO to be able with OUR Critical-Thinking skills to make the difference between bad posts and good posts, between APPS who are harming OUR Privacy and APPS who have a real value!!! NOT EVERYTHING posted on Internet is to accept nor to download!!! One should be able to know the trustful stuff… Don’t get tricked by the bad boys!!!

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Concerning download sites, here are the trustful download websites:

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One of the best examples of bad use of ICT is certainly coming from the NASA, from whom we wouldn’t expect it actually, but TRUE!

It’s already an OLD article, but still a good “bad example” to show to learners about learning basics of Cyber-Security and the importance to know that USB flash drives could be infected and thus infecting also other computers! Imagine that the whole mission could have failed and this because of naivety and that astronauts could have died!!!

But this not yet enough, NASA didn’t learn anything from it! Check: Stolen NASA laptop contained sensitive staff information:

  • IT-Security and Cyber-Security:

===> Naif means ALSO thinking that a certain Operating System is secure and perfect! Nobody is perfect: <===

Check out also my curation here:

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In 21st Century Internet-Safety ALONE isn’t enough anymore, a need for sure, but there is a MUST to teach and to learn ALSO about basics of Cyber-Security! Both together are a MUST! NOT ONLY one alone!

Would YOU like to get called a naif because not having those skills?

Certainly NOT, so check out my FREE courses please to become a good e-Citizen, Digital-Citizen and share it with YOUR family, colleagues, friends and…

Stay also tuned and follow my blog here to get the news:

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Are You Safe From Cybercrime?

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Cyber-Criminals[Beginning Text from Mashable] In our Cybercrime Series, presented by NortonMashable explores some of the web’s greatest security breaches. From celebrity hacks to mobile hacks to Facebook hacks — these anecdotes will remind why it’s always good to use protection, and that rock-solid passwords and two-factor authentication are the first step toward security. [End Text from Mashable]

Find out more:

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Not so clever after all…man falls victim to IQ test scam

programmerman2A Luxembourg resident fell victim to an online scam after he scored an exceptionally high IQ score in a web-based test.

After completing an online IQ test with a score of 162 a man living in Mondorf-les-Bains was contacted via email by someone claiming to work for Interpol.

Read the whole story here, you will get a big laugh:


And WHAT about Social Media publishing!???

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It took me a really a while before I took the courage to post the following now:

Following Teachers, Educators, Principals on Social Media for ages I see sometimes very strange attitudes from people who SHOULD have the RESPONSIBILITY knowledge about WHAT they are posting, BUT it isn’t so and that is WHY I post this NOW!

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Because of being lazy, those teaching people make abbreviations of already existing ones to a two letter format such as:

  • Ss for students: Ss is a word from WWII & SHOULDN’t get used at ALL!!!
  • SM for “Social Media” ===> #SoMe is BETTER. SM is the official abbreviation for “SadoMaso”, which means Sadism & Masochism :(((

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A global view of existing short words should be appreciated for the future as once published it is seen worldwide, please take this as an advice, thanks ;)

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 The bad guys are profiting from that naivety and ignorance and are making very BIG MONEY, even by using our own computers and private data, and all this without our knowledge as we don’t see what is happening on our computers and Smartphones when they are not protected! This should make anybody critical thinking and awareness should be the practice, protecting any device who accesses the Internet!


.Anything else which is important? YES, ICT Awareness!

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To make sure that YOU will NOT be in a NAIVETY status, I recommend YOU to read the following:

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  • The weakest link in the Security Chain is the human! If you don’t respect certain advice you will get tricked by the Cyber-Criminals!

===> NOBODY is perfect! A security by 100% doesn’t exist! <===

===> “Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.” – Marie Curie – <===

===> The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet. Aristotle <===

.   Take your time, please! There are a lot of information for some to learn; take it easy ;) .


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WHAT YOU MUST KNOW!

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    • We are ALL responsible for a secure Internet!
    • Automatic Windows Update must be enabled
    • For Apple devices: ALL the updates must be installed also!
    • Third Party Programs are responsible for 78% of vulnerabilities!!! What are Third Party Applications (Programs)? Knowing that third party programs are vulnerable also, we must update them alsoUse SECUNIA PSI to update automatically third party programs https://secunia.com/
    • Browsers (ALL) need to get updated! This is also a MUST for Apple devices!
  • While using “BYOD” (Bring Your Own Device), we ALL (Teachers, Educators and Learners) are responsible, not the IT-Admin alone!
  • While using “BYOD” we need a strong “BYOD-Policy” at least!
  • While using “BYOD” it is recommended to have also a “MDM” (Mobile Device Management)!
  • We learned that there is a need for “Mobile Device Management (MDM)” and “Mobile Application Management (MAM)”
  • It is recommend to organize a “Teacher-Parents-Meeting” to explain the parents that their kids are safe in your school, explaining them the efforts you make and asking them also to help their kids to respect the “BYOD-Policy”!
  • The weakest link in the Security Chain is the human! If you don’t respect certain advice you will get tricked by the Cyber-Criminals!

===> NOBODY is perfect! A security by 100% doesn’t exist! <===

Protecting the organization’s network and its data from attack and misuse requires more than just a BYOD mentality; establishing secure, mobile-enabled operations requires a mobility access control program that includes corporate-provisioned, approved employee and partner-owned devices as well as unmanaged guest devices.

===> I created a new Hashtag#FSCD which means “Friday Security Check Day” + will remind YOU any Friday 2 check your devices 4 updates <===

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Gust MEESGust MEES est Formateur andragogique / pédagogique TIC, membre du “Comité Conseil” de “Luxembourg Safer Internet” (LuSI), appelé maintenant BEESECURE, partenaire officiel (consultant) du Ministère de l’éducation au Luxembourg du projet  ”MySecureIT“, partenaire officiel du Ministère du Commerce au Luxembourg du projet ”CASES” (Cyberworld Awareness and SecurityEnhancement Structure)….

The author Gust MEES is ICT Course Instructor, ”Member of the Advisory Board” from “Luxembourg Safer Internet” (LuSI), BEESECURE, Official Partner (Consultant) from the Ministry of Education in Luxembourg, project “MySecureIT“, Official Partner from the Ministry of Commerce in Luxembourg, project “CASES” (Cyberworld Awareness and Security Enhancement Structure).

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