It's that time of year...vacation season! Residents across the Washington, D.C. metro area are traveling to the many beaches and resorts just a day trip away! For most people, smart phones, tablets, and laptops play a huge role in everyday life, and even more so for those in the technology industry. Nonetheless, summer vacation is no excuse for travelers to neglect their cyber security. In fact, data thieves are more likely to strike when you are most relaxed and in places where people tend to let their guard down.
Reports on security breaches have now become standard in the daily news, as common as home or retail store robberies. Internet hackers steal personal banking information as simply as if they were reaching into someone's back pocket. However, security breaches are not limited to Internet transactions or computers. Mobile devices are now becoming targets for hackers to exploit user information.
Most people think of Silicon Valley as the tech capital of the world, but it's in northern Virginia nearly 3,000 miles away that many security firms and defense contractors operate. As of 2009, more than half of the world's Internet traffic passed through this region.
Mobile applications have increasingly become a popular way to reach customers in today’s digitally-driven society. With over 50 million applications in the market today, the industry continues to grow at a rapid pace. By 2015, experts expect the development of mobile applications to outnumber PC projects at a ratio of four to one. But while millions of consumers are enjoying the abundance of various beneficial and useful apps, many of them are unbeknownst to the security threats several of these apps can pose—because thousands of these app developers are abandoning methods of secure coding in hopes of putting out their products as quickly as possible.
Google Glass may be coming to a face near you very soon, and it has gotten a lot of attention as a new way to interact with the world and, to be sure, as a device with significant privacy implications. Less has been said about security, but there are good reasons to put that concern high on the list.