If you’ve turned on the television at all in the last few years, you’ve no doubt encountered at least one show about forensics. However, one of the fields of forensics that is rarely depicted is the ever-growing field of digital forensics. In a world where we are more and more dependent on our technological devices, digital forensics is becoming ever more important.
What emotions do you feel when you see the Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Microsoft Edge logos? You might feel a sense of familiarity, comfort, or the sense that you are looking at something you are used to using.
Do you feel fear? If not, you probably should. In this post, I am going to be examining the data privacy issues of modern browsers and introduce alternative options that are focused on keeping you, and your data, safe.
Last week, I received an email from Google stating that my email and password had been leaked in a recent data breach. Like many people, I’m guilty of reusing the same password for multiple accounts, so the leak had compromised my information in a number of different locations. I was advised to change all of my passwords and to use different passwords for each of my important accounts.
For the last couple years, I have periodically heard the term “deepfake videos”, but prior to completing the research for this post, I didn’t know much about them. In fact, my knowledge of deepfake videos was limited to a few key facts that I’d heard repeated on the news and the internet: the average person can’t tell the difference between a real video and a deepfake video, anyone with a computer can make one, they will soon be everywhere, and they will definitely destabilize democracy.
On November 2, 1988, the Morris worm became one of the first large-scale attacks on the then-nascent Internet. Robert Morris, a Cornell student, had intended to write a program to measure the size of the Internet — but thanks to a bug, his program ended up shutting down thousands of computer systems.