Ellen MessmerSenior Editor, Network World, Network World

Ellen Messmer is a senior editor at Network World. She covers news and technology trends related to information security.

Steve Wozniak

Woz recalls his hacking pranks and online shenanigans

In his keynote address at a security conference, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak admitted he has enjoyed many adventures in hacking often for the sake of pranks, especially in his college days and the early years of working on computers and the Internet.

Symantec's new encryption options for Apple mobile devices, Dropbox file-sharing

Symantec this week announced two new data encryption options, one that is file-based encryption for use with Dropbox, and the second that works as an extension to the Apple iOS mail client to encrypt and decrypt documents.

iPad management, security crucial in hospital tablet roll out

Tablets, especially iPads, have become a way of life at the University of California, Irvine Medical Center, which now issues the tablets to incoming medical students.

Apple security guru lays out iPad, iPhone crypto architecture at Black Hat

A top Apple security guru presented an in-depth view into the security architecture for iOS, the basis of iPhones and iPad tablets, underscoring the complex certificate-based encryption framework Apple has adopted.

Report: Google, FTC near deal on Safari privacy violation

Google is close to a deal with the Federal Trade Commission to pay a record fine of $22.5 million related to violating the privacy of millions of Apple Safari users.

New Mexico State Police rolling out smartphone project

Law enforcement officers in New Mexico may soon be able to get important data -- such as criminal histories and license plate registrations -- directly through iOS and Android phones.


Gartner: Macs invading the enterprise

Look out, information technology managers: The era of "keep Macs out" is coming to an end.


Can Apple iOS devices gain confidence of IT security pros?

There's great enthusiasm for using iPhones and iPads in the workplace, but experts interviewed by Network World say Apple's limited transparency about security issues can make enterprise adoption problematic.

Key hole

Consumer Reports: Anti-malware freeware for Windows and Mac is effective

In what could be regarded as a controversial test of anti-malware effectiveness, the influential Consumer Reports publication in its June issue gives its main recommendation to anti-malware freeware for protecting Windows and Mac computers.


RSA teams to bolster security for Apple, Google, RIM devices

RSA, the security division of EMC, plans to collaborate with several mobile and virtualization platform vendors to integrate RSA two-factor authentication and risk-detection technologies.

The BYOD struggle: From writing custom apps to defining security

Companies are grappling with the question of whether and how to let employees use their own smartphones and tablets at work even as a huge push is being made to set up internal "app stores" of approved and custom-built corporate mobile apps.

Google, Microsoft, Facebook, others team up to eliminate phishing

Industry heavyweights Google, PayPal, Microsoft and AOL, along with 11 other companies, are aiming to eradicate phishing through technology.

Key hole

Researchers discover keyboard keylogger attack via iPhone

A research team from the Georgia Institute of Technology says it has discovered a keyboard keylogger attack that can be done through a compromised iPhone. The same type of attack can be performed with other smartphones as well.

Apple plugs phishing hole on developer website

The hacker group that flagged a vulnerability on an Apple development website that could have led to phishing attacks against Mac OS X and iOS says that Apple has fixed the problem.

Hacker group warns Apple of phishing threat to iOS, Mac developers

Apple's website for Mac OS X, iPhone and iPad developers has a vulnerability that could lead to phishing attacks, according to YGN Ethical Hacker Group.