Ghostie’s Weekly Digest: FBI tells us to cover up our webcams, teen sues parents over Facebook pictures and more

The world of cybersecurity and online privacy has seen a lot of important updates this week. While some of them may seem like too small an effort for all that needs to be done on this front, they are a sign that things are going in the right direction. In spite of the fact that they may be taking the longest possible way there.

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FBI thinks that our webcams need to be covered up for fear of hackers

Earlier this year, when Mark Zuckerberg covered the webcam of his laptop, everyone thought he might be exaggerating a little bit. But the FBI appear to be on the same wavelength and have advised everyone to take this simple measure and thus avoid being spied on. According to FBI director James Comey, this is one of the “sensible things” that people can do.

We also think that it’s a good idea, since more primitive devices, such as children’s toys, have been known to spy on their owners through webcams & microphones.

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Popular children’s websites found guilty of tracking kids’ online activity

Speaking of children, sites like nickjr.com and barbie.com agreed to a $835,000 settlement and to change their practices, after being proven to track the kids’ internet actitivity. To our minds, this is quite a small sum to pay for such a sensitive issue, but it’s an important alarm signal.

Federal law demands that children are to be off-limits for advertising purposes and this is exactly what the above-mentioned did. They enabled third-party vendors, such as markerting and advertising companies to abusively use information about minors.

Teen sues parents for posting embarrassing childhood photos on Facebook

An 18-year-old Austrian woman is suing her parents for posting embarrassing childhood photos of her on Facebook without her consent.

The case is reported to be heard in November, and if the parents lose, this could have repercussions for Austrians and people from around the world who post countless images of their children on social media without their consent.

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University courses in cybersecurity are stirring interest among students

Universities in San Diego are reporting strong interest in the advanced courses they’ve begun offering in cybersecurity, as well as anti-terrorism issues. San Diego State University recently added 66 students to its Graduate Program in Homeland Security — twice the number it reported a year ago.

US markets are looking for cybesecurity experts

In the US, recent studies have found that there are 12 markets in demand for cybersecurity talent. In Dallas, for instance, 243 employers are competing for talent to fill a total of 776 jobs, according to the same report. Each position stays open for an average of 46 days.

The report also looked at salaries for the sector. In Dallas, the median salary for a position requiring cybersecurity expertise is $119,100 – compared to $106,800 in Austin and $152,800 in Washington D.C.

Sounds like the above-mentioned studies in the field could turn out to be quite profitable in the long run!

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Corina Dobre
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A professional wordsmith, Corina has improved her writing skills through extensive experiences in journalism, advertising and marketing. Curious by nature, she enjoys learning foreign languages and discovering everything, as well as everyone around her.

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