20 Million pieces of personal info sold online

A shocking report in Wednesdays Daily Telegraph by Katherine Rushton advises that the illegal sale of personal information used on the internet is increasing at alarming rates. 20 million pieces of information such as credit card numbers, passwords, bank details and dates of birth were sold in the first six months of this year. This is 4 times the amount for the same period in 2010.

It mirrors the rise in people entering their details on-line to settle utility bills, pay for holidays or order goods online. Companies and banks urge consumers to take care to protect their details.

Three fifths of users leave websites by closing windows rather than logging out.

More than one-quarter of people never look for the padlock sign in the top right corner of the page.

Hackers sell your information from credit cards on the black market for up to $30/£18 a piece or more depending on your credit limit. Passwords for e-mail accounts fetch $20 while bank account numbers go for $10 – $1000.

One in six Britons open “Spam” e-mails, one in fifty click on the links in them!

Don’t be a victim!

Pinterest Hacking

In the interests of social media, I have dabbled, all be it very slightly in Pinterest.

I was most surprised to receive multiple notifications of interest in the boards/ pins over the weekend. In fact my e-mail account nearly had heart failure over the numbers. Not having been active on the account for a while I smelt a fish!!!

Upon inspection my account now contained many boards which I had not created nor pinned items to. I deleted all rogue boards, only to have more appear over the next few days. Good old Google search informed me of hackers accessing Pinterest and being responsible for these boards. I have now changed my password and we wait and see. So be warned if this happens to you.