Twitter Enables HTTPS by Default

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Users’ privacy now more secured

‘Twitter wins the award for grooviest website of the day, because of the great move they have announced which will help protect the privacy of millions of users.

‘Twitter has announced that it has enabled HTTPS by default for all users, which is a particularly good thing if you access Twitter from a public WiFi hotspot, such as a coffee shop or hotel lobby.

‘If you log into Twitter over unencrypted WiFi – for instance, at an airport lounge or at a conference – and you don’t have HTTPS enabled, then a hacker could sniff your session cookie. And anyone who can sniff your session cookie can pretend to be you.

‘That means they can post tweets as you or read your private direct messages. And you don’t want that.

‘Turning on full-time Twitter HTTPS keeps your session cookie encrypted throughout your login session. That’s definitely a good thing…’

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Forensic Social Media
How Law Enforcement Uses Social Media for Forensic Investigation
by Todd Piett

‘Forensic analysis of social data is performed post-incident. Naturally, investigators will gravitate to where the evidence exists — in this case, sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, YouTube and others. Although the photo and video evidence is sometimes posted by the criminals themselves, investigators can also utilize information posted by others to both strengthen a case and even identify the perpetrator of a crime.

‘In speaking with numerous police chiefs, I’m amazed by the technological savvy of traditional “gangs” which utilize social media to both intimidate victims online as well as coordinate offline activities, such as recruiting new members. Leading public safety agencies have integrated investigation of online communities into their crime solving techniques, identifying accomplices who may communicate with one another through social media or even collecting communications threads directly related to an event and implicating individuals. Criminals have done many investigative teams a favor by bragging online (and sometimes even posting photos and videos!) of the crimes they have perpetrated, as reported in the clip below…’

Ontario Teachers Want Classroom Wi-Fi Ban
They believe it’s a health risk

‘An Ontario teachers’ union is calling for an end to new Wi-Fi setups in the province’s 1,400-plus Catholic schools.

‘The Ontario English Catholic Teacher’s Association says computers in all new schools should be hardwired instead of setting up wireless networks.

‘It also says Wi-Fi should not be installed in any more classrooms.

‘In a position paper released on Monday, the union — which represents 45,000 teachers — cites research by the World Health Organization.

‘Last year the global health agency warned about a possible link between radiation from wireless devices such as cellphones and cancer.

‘Some believe wireless access to the Internet could pose similar risks.

‘But while Health Canada cautioned parents to limit the use of cellphones by children, it said that based on scientific evidence, low-level exposure to Wi-Fi is not dangerous…’

Canadian Bill Provokes Privacy Concerns
Police could probe without warrant

‘Police will get much easier access to the web-surfing habits and personal information of all Canadians if a new law – expected to be introduced in the House of Commons next week – passes.

‘Privacy watchdogs caution if the so-called Lawful Access law is passed, it would give police access to webbrowsing history and sensitive personal information, and would grant greater permission to track the cellular phones of suspects – much of it without the requirement of a warrant.

‘The bill, which is on the order paper for this week, would require Internet service providers and cellular phone companies to install equipment that would monitor users’ activities so that the information could be turned over to police when requested.

‘It would also grant greater permission to law enforcement authorities to activate tracking mechanisms within cellphones so they can follow the whereabouts of suspected criminals. If there is a suspicion of terrorist activity, the law would allow such tracking to go on for a year, rather than the current 60-day limit…’


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