Links


Websites

Anti-Phishing Work Group

This workgroup is a coalition of both goverment, industry and global law enforcement agencies, whose major purpose is to unify and respond to cyber crime. This website offers information on cyber criminal activties worldwide and is a gateway for reporting phishing incidents. The APWG is also the co-founder of the STOP.THINK.CONNECT safety awareness program, which helps educate internet users on safe surfing and staying more secure online.

 

StaySafeOnline.Org

The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) created this website to educate and empower a digital society to use the Internet safely and securely at home, work and school. They also have a partnership with the STOP.THINK.CONNECT initiative. They offer similar education programs on the site and also host cyber security events, which focus on privacy and data protection.

 

Phishing.Org

This website promotes awareness concerning phishing activities and gives detailed information about the detection and prevention of phishing scams. It is a lot smaller than the other websites mentioned above, but it does outline very good indicators on the types of phishing scams one may encounter while surfing the World Wide Web.

 

SANS – Securing the Human

The SANS Institute was a cooperate institute dedicated to both research and education. This website was developed to train non-technical persons on security awareness with respect to cyber threats. SANS publishes a monthly security awareness newsletter called ‘OUCH!’, as well as provides training courses through this website with the focus on promoting security awareness for both technical and non-technical persons.

 

 

Blogs and Security News

DarkReading

This security news site and blog is the most trusted online community resource for cyber security information. They report on many issues, such as Attacks & Breaches, Application Security, Cloud Security, Data Leaks & Insider Threats, Endpoint Security & Privacy, Mobile Security, Network & Perimeter Security, Risk Management & Compliance, Security Management & Analytics, and Vulnerabilities and Threats. Even though they are heavily focused on Enterprise IT, they are a very good resource for cyber security news, as well as current trends in this field.

 

SANS Newsbites

This is a semi-weekly summary of computer security news articles that have been published by various news sites. If you are looking for a summary of cyber security news events, then this website is a good start. The summaries include an excerpt from the news event and a link to the news site.

 

Browsers

Mozilla Firefox

This is the Browser of Choice for the Club. The Mozilla community behind the development of this browser is very active in programs related to web development, Internet security and data privacy. The add-ons and themes enhance both the experience and security of this browser. Most importantly, this browser gives you the option to use your preferred search provider.

 

Google Chrome

This browser is famous for its speed while surfing the internet. Google has created a browser that combines speed and security. However, when it comes to privacy with searches, this browser is not as secure because Google records your searches through the various auto-complete and search bar functions. Like Firefox, there are add-ons for Chrome that can further enhance its security.

 

Apple Safari

This is Apple’s primary browser and if you own a Mac then you are very familiar with this browser. This browser is not as popular as Firefox and Chrome, but has made improvements over the years to compete in the browser market. It has a library of add-ons, but it is not as large as the ones for Firefox and Chrome.

 

Comodo Dragon

This is a browser based on Google’s Chromium browser code, but enhanced by Comodo for security. It is a very fast browser and provides privacy enhancements as well as customized plugins and add-ons.

 

Comodo IceDragon

This is a browser based on Mozilla’s Firefox browser code, but enhanced by Comodo for security. It is also a very fast and lightweight browser, which provides privacy enhancements, customized plugins and add-ons.

 

 

Browser Add-ons

Disconnect

This add-on is a powerful security tool that allows a person to surf the internet without being tracked or identified by government and/or corporations. It is a user friendly online privacy add-on, which assists with filtering of content and stops the tracking of your Internet activities.

 

HTTPS Everywhere

This is a extension that encrypts communications with major websites. This makes browsing more secure and ensures that communication between a user and the website is properly encrypted.

 

Ghostery

Very similar to Disconnect, this add-on allows a person the surf the internet without being tracked or identified. It is a powerful tool that shows the “invisible web” so that their users can make informed decisions as to which information they are willing to share while browsing the internet.

 

PrivDog

This extension makes sure that advertisers and social networks would not be able to record and analyze browsing habits and data. It is a very lightweight tool as compared to Disconnect and Ghostery. However, it is very user friendly because of its simple and has a easy-to-understand user interface.

 

 

Software

CCleaner

This tool deletes / cleans up various files and registry errors on Windows PCs so as to protect the user’s privacy and optimize their PC. It improves safe browsing and reduces the chances of errors and crashes. Additionally, the automated scanning process makes this software a very easy-to-use tool.

 

 

Virtual Private Network Service

These are two (2) freely available VPN services that allow safe and secure internet browsing. Learn more about VPNs here

FrootVPN

VPN Book

 

 

Developer Resources

PhishTank

This is a collaborative effort to track information about phishing on the internet. PhishTank provides an API for developers and researchers to use anti-phishing data in their applications.