Stories by Robert Lemos

The 3-step plan to make your website harder to hack

When a big website like Lenovo's gets hacked, it's news. But most such attacks take place under the radar, at smaller sites lacking the skills or time to protect themselves. Take the legions of Wordpress-based sites, which got a rude awakening last year when many thousands of them were hacked.

Robert Lemos | 10 Jul | Read more

NFC security: 3 ways to avoid being hacked

Here's what to keep in mind as near-field communications (NFC), the technology that allows Apple iPhone users to tap and pay, takes off. By the end of 2015, more than a billion phones will have the capability to use the wireless protocol to exchange data, and applications beyond payments will become common.

Robert Lemos | 27 Jun | Read more

Internet of Things security check: How 3 smart devices can be dumb about the risks

Internet of Things security is no longer a foggy future issue, as more and more such devices enter the market--and our lives. From self-parking cars to home automation systems to wearable smart devices, analysts currently estimate that some 50 billion to 200 billion devices could be connected to the Internet in 2020. Google CEO Eric Schmidt told world leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, in January, "there will be so many sensors, so many devices, that you won't even sense it, it will be all around you," he said. "It will be part of your presence all the time."

Robert Lemos | 19 Feb | Read more

Many pcAnywhere systems still sitting ducks

Despite warnings from security software maker Symantec not to connect its pcAnywhere remote-access software to the Internet, more than 140,000 computers appear to remain configured to allow direct connections from the Internet, thereby putting them at risk.

Robert Lemos | 31 Jan | Read more