Popular file sharing and cloud storage service Dropbox has reportedly been hacked. 7 million account details are thought to have been stolen by the hackers..
If you use Dropbox, it’s worth logging on and changing your password. Also ensure that any other online services you use doesn’t have the same password set. If so, you should change that too.
Once you’ve set your new Dropbox password you should enable two factor authentication on your account. This will help prevent data loss should further attacks occur. Check out this link on how to do that https://www.dropbox.com/en/help/363
There’s nothing worse than the realisation you have had your prized possession stolen.. As technology moves on, our possessions are getting smaller, as they get smaller they are more and more tempting to would be thieves.
However it doesn’t just stop there! The sticky fingered pilferers will happily make away with what ever they can carry. Most of the time, there’s little beside due diligence that we can do to prevent the items from going “missing”. We can however, do all that is possible to try to aid your possessions safe return.
Keep it safe and Log it
Is not just a catchy expression, it’s the tag line for Immobilise – The UK property register. If you’ve not yet created an account, what are you waiting for?
Immobilise is the world’s largest FREE register of possession ownership details and together with its sister sites the Police’s NMPR (www.thenmpr.com ) and CheckMEND (www.checkmend.com ), forms a very effective tool in helping to reduce crime and repatriate recovered personal property to its rightful owners.
Registering your devices with the Immobilise service is simple, all you need to do is select your items category, complete it’s serial number and purchase details, then upload a copy of the items receipt.
Should the worst happen, you can logon to the immobilise site and mark your item as stolen. Then, should the item be recovered by the police they’ll be able to reunite it with its rightful owner.
If you’re like me you will be constantly worrying about your MacBook and what you would do if someone stole it. That’s where Orbicule’s Undercover comes in.
Over the many years of laptop thefts there has been many variations on the ‘phone home’ technology. One of the most early applications I can remember was called ‘ET Phone Home’ which literally dialled a preset telephone number every few hours from your computer. If the line was engaged then the app new it was still at home and all was well.. However with technology moving on the way it is doing, relying on the machines modem now would be madness.
Applications like Undercover use local wireless network access points and IP Address geo-locating to pin point your devices location with up to a 10 meter accuracy, but also cover the modem and bluetooth for any tethered connections!
However, now there are so many applications like this on the market, developers are always looking for that little bit extra. Undercover not only reports back to Orbicules online tracking website, but is capable of taking screenshots of the PC, taking shots from built in webcams, faking hardware failure and displaying messages on the screen offering finders fee’s etc.
Orbicule are confident that they will help local law enforcement find your stolen MacBook, so much so that they offer a money back guarantee if they don’t! So really, you have nothing to loose! $49/£31.75 is a small price to pay in my eyes.
If your worried about privacy and would rather not have an application reporting back your location constantly then Undercover is ideal, as it only starts reporting once you have notified Orbicule that it has been stolen!
Orbicule also offer an iPhone variant, so you can feel assured in the knowledge all of your tech is covered.