Thursday, November 29, 2012

EFF Demystifies E-Book Readers Data Tracking

The EFF just posted a great breakdown of various E-book readers and their tracking/data collection policies. This summary addresses items such as:

Can they (the manufacturer) keep track of searches for books?
Do they keep a record of book purchases?  
With whom can they share the information collected in non-aggregated form?

I certainly commend the EFF for pulling together this information.  However, I'd really like to see user and industry expectations progress to the point where this kind of data is considered a requirement and is clearly provided by the manufacturer whenever  an e-book reader is launched.

From the article
Unfortunately, unpacking the tracking and data-sharing practices of different e-reader platforms is far from simple. It can require reading through stacked license agreements and privacy policies for devices, software platforms, and e-book stores.
Lastly, data rights on e-book readers is not just a topic for privacy enthusiasts. We've seen real world actions that are surprising to say the least.   For example, the 2009 incident where Amazon suddenly removed George Orwell's "1984" and "animal farm" from many users' kindle devices. 

-Michael Coates - @_mwc

Thursday, November 8, 2012

4 OWASP Videos You Should Watch

Curious about OWASP? Want to learn more?  Here's a few quick videos about OWASP and a video from the OWASP AppSecTutorial series.


-Michael Coates - @_mwc

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Web Security Training with OWASP ZAP

Just a few weeks back I presented at Beaver Bar Camp in Corvalis, Portland.  I provided an introduction to web security with OWASP Broken Web App VM and OWASP ZAP.  Students learned about common application security vulnerabilities and secure design patterns.

The training lab included the following components and I distributed it to students via USB drives:

Slides and setup instructions are available at the following link:

-Michael Coates - @_mwc

Monday, November 5, 2012

HTTP Strict Transport Security - Growing Support

HTTP Strict Transport Security will soon be taken to a new level within Mozilla Firefox
Read more about HSTS preloading from this article by David Keeler.

If you're unfamiliar about HSTS then you should definitely watch this short video from OWASP on the benefits.  This video is from the OWASP AppSec Video Tutorial Series

-Michael Coates - @_mwc