Bye Bye Facebook

Posted: December 15th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: personal, privacy | Tags: , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

I will close my Facebook account for good on the 31st of December 2014. It is no secret that Facebook is bad for your personal information and ultimately leads to security problems (shameless promo of my own research e.g. 1,2,3). Originally I intended to close my account once I am done with my PhD. One year later it is finally time to say bye bye Facebook.

Some advice on saving your Facebook data before you close your account:

See you guys offline!
markus

*SNOOB might stop working soon, once Facebook rolls out the Graph 2.0 API.

Life as a post-doc

Posted: August 12th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: personal, security | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

Since I defended my PhD thesis in November 2013 I kept myself busy with writing grant proposals and also started to collaborate with the brilliant PhD students at SBA Research. One of our project proposals, on the practical usage of the TLS protocol (TLSip), has been accepted by FFG. I also started to as a lecturer at the University of Applied sciences at Sankt Pölten where I teach classes on UNIX hardening, software engineering and privacy enhancing technologies. This spring I helped to analyze the impact of the heartbleed bug on Austria. Next month I will present two papers at the SIN conference in Glasgow and attend the SysSec summer school on mobile malware.

 


ACM COSN at Northeastern

Posted: October 9th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: research, security | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

The last two days I attended the first conference on online social network. I was really amazed by how the well the conference was organized and the interesting crowd of researchers it attracted. Our paper on social networking apps, was among 3-4 papers related to security and privacy issues in online social networks. As of my presentation yesterday, I also made our AppInspect Project website publicly available.
Hope to post some pics from Boston soon, if I find time for some sightseeing.


Social Snapshot Pilot – Completed

Posted: May 30th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: random, research, security | Tags: , , , , , , | No Comments »

In the past six month 97 people participated in our social snapshot pilot survey. As of now, the pilot application is not available for public testing anymore. We are currently working an updated release of our social snapshot framework, with plenty of new functionality and performance improvements. So stay tuned for the upcoming release of our social network security and forensics framework.

Thank you so very much to everyone who gave our social snapshot framework a try!


Google+ and Diaspora: Secure Connection (HTTPS) per default

Posted: July 19th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: random, security | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

I recently got invited to Google+ and had a curious first look. Google+ seems to be enforcing HTTPS on all pages. Given the current Facebook security issue with HTTPS this is good news. Also had a look at diaspora*, which has some active development. First public community supported diaspora* pods, such as diasp.org or diasp.eu also seem to enforce HTTPS on all pages.

Bottomline

Regarding network security, there are now two good alternatives to Facebook:

https://plus.google.com/ (Open to everyone)

https://joindiaspora.com/ (Open to everyone)