Weekend Update

A quick Saturday digest of cybersecurity news articles from other sources.


 Falling Chinese Space Station

Sometime around April 3—give or take about a week—China’s 9.5-ton Tiangong-1 space station will fall out of orbit and enter Earth’s atmosphere. While media reports for the last few months have hyped the “uncontrolled” de-orbit as ...

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Tomorrow is World Backup Day

Which means we all get into our cars and spend the day driving in reverse?  Not quite.  What this means for some of your that today is the day you quit kicking that can down the road and set up a data backup for your systems.  Hardware, software, cloud – pick your poison and set it up.

For those of you who are already using a backup solution, today would be a ...

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What Security Advice Do The Experts Offer?

I recently read an article from Heimdal Security about online safety.  In this article Heimdal had asked 18 experts in the field of cybersecurity for their top 3 ideas about how to stay secure.  The contributors included top cybersecurity professionals from several anti-malware companies, security bloggers, and cybersecurity industry professionals.  The original article is here.

What I found interesting were the ...

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Remote Desktop Protocol Attacks Against Windows Servers

Thanks to Datarecovery.com, for alerting us to this issue.  They have seen a high number RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol) attacks lately. Generally, these attacks are targeting Microsoft Windows-based servers, where port 3389 has been left open.

The attacker scans for open port 3389, and then uses a password dictionary attack to break the server password. Once the password is found, the attacker can exploit the server or sell access to the server ...

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Smartphones Need Security Too

When a smartphone is stolen, it is a disaster.  You have just given the keys to your online life, your email, social media accounts, and credit cards you have synced with an app.  If you have the new smart locks on your home or office, you also gave them literal keys, the ability to open those locks.  If you have live camera feeds ...

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Ransomware is not Dead Yet

Toward the end of last year I made a pair of bold predictions.  The first, that ransomware exploits would start declining, because anti-malware software companies were bringing products online that would prevent the encryption from taking place.  The second, there would be an increase in Business Email Compromise (BEC) exploits, as cyber-criminals turned to new income streams.  I was only half right.

BEC exploits have increased, because the potential returns are so ...

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Backup Options for WordPress Websites

On Wednesday we discussed the importance of backing up your website as part of a larger cybersecurity strategy.  Today we are going to look at feature considerations for you as you decide which backup plugin is right for you.

Personally, I have used both Backup WordPress and Updraft Plus, and I have been satisfied with both of them.  When you search for backup plugins, ...

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Protecting Your Professional Reputation

Controlling your professional information can mean managing the information you disclose on professional networking sites such as LinkedIn.  It can also mean protecting the client and employee information you have gathered through your employment.   It may mean securing your computer network from outside and inside attackers, or your website from compromise.  It may mean properly securing online assets such ...

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