A gentle reminder never hurts; unless a site decides not to patch their vulnerabilities
Subject: General Tech | November 23, 2017 - 12:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: firefox, security
Firefox have come up with a very interesting idea, making use of the database at Have I Been Pwned to display an in-browser warning message when you visit a site which has suffered a data breach. This reminder may help with one of the largest problems with internet security; the limited amount of damage a company experiences when their customers data is stolen. When a major breach like the ones at Equifax, Yahoo or even that certain adultery site occur, they are covered in the news for a few days, maybe a week, and then everything goes back to normal for them as the vast majority of the population forgets it happened. With this add-in to Firefox there will be a constant reminder that breaches have occurred and that perhaps an alternative would be a better choice than to continue to work with a company that has allowed your data to be stolen. Since the courts do not seem interested in handing out prohibitive fines to businesses which fail to protect their customers data, this might be a way to convince them investing in security makes financial sense. Drop by Slashdot for a brief look at the plan.
"The alert also includes an input field. In the add-ons current version this field doesn't do anything, but we presume it's there to allow users to search and see if their data was exposed during that site's security breach. Troy Hunt, Have I Been Pwned's author has confirmed his official collaboration with Mozilla on this feature."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Startup Demonstrates ReRAM Retention, Endurance @ EE Times
- Black Friday: INQ's guide to the best deals, bargains and free stuff @ The Inquirer
- Guidemaster: Want an Alexa device? Here’s every Amazon Echo, compared @ Ars Technica
- 'We Are Disappointed': Tech Companies Speak Up Against the FCC's Plan To Kill Net Neutrality @ Slashdot
- Intel is dropping support for legacy BIOS @ The Inquirer
- The Official Project CARS 2 Demo Is Now Available @ TechARP
- Microsoft to run VMware on Azure, on bare metal. Repeat. Microsoft to run VMware on Azure. @ The Register
- KitGuru Reader Awards 2017 – Winners Announced!