Smartphone and Tablet Security Solutions

smartphone-securityOn Wednesday we discussed the many, many ways your smartphone is vulnerable to attack.  Today we will look at solutions.  Smart mobile devices need to be secured just as you would a laptop or desktop computer  The small size and easy portability of smartphones and tablets make them easier to steal or lose.  Some of our recommendations:

  • Record the electronic serial number (ESN) of your phone or tablet. This is information you will ...
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Your Smartphone and Tablet Need Security Too

phone-thiefMobile smart devices have all the capabilities of a laptop or computer.  What this means from a cybersecurity perspective is that they are every bit as vulnerable as a laptop or desktop computer.  The fact that they are small makes them easy for a thief to slip in a pocket or backpack and carry away, along with your personal information, contacts, pictures, geo-location history, and a raft of critical and revealing information.

In ...

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Does Windows 10 Violate HIPAA, GLBA, and SOX?

Win10-securityMicrosoft has made Windows 10 one of the most highly personalized and cloud integrated operating systems ever, and this may introduce new security risks into using your computer.  They do this by keeping track of what you do, where you go an the Internet, and what you are typing.  This is how features such as Cortana get to know your preferences, and begin to make suggestions.  Microsoft says this information is scrubbed ...

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Bing Bans Online Tech Support Ads

call center_sI am always mystified when clients of mine fall for fake tech support phone calls or browser pop-ups.  Didn’t their Mom tell them not to talk to strangers?  After all, they are my clients, shouldn’t they be calling me FIRST?

Naked Security reported on May 13th that Microsoft’s search service, Bing, will no longer accept advertising for online tech support companies.  This is good news for everyone except the legitimate computer support ...

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Does Your Computer Have A Malware Infection? – Part 2

malwareOn Wednesday we looked at the obvious, visual symptoms of a malware infection.  Today we will explore some changes in performance that can indicate that your computer is infected.

Performance Symptoms

Most malware writers are NOT interested in giving you easy visual clues, but the malware will create additional activity on your system that can tip you off to an infection.

  • Constantly Flashing Hard Drive Light – If the hard drive activity light is constantly ...
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Does Your Computer Have A Malware Infection?

malwareToday we are going to look at the symptoms that your computer may be displaying that are indications of a malware infection.

Visual Symptoms

These are signs that you will see on your computer display, and are the most obvious symptoms.

  • Ransomware  – The last stage of a ransomware or cryptoware infection is the prominent display of instructions on how to pay the attackers to get your decryption key
  • Fake Security Pop-Up – I haven’t ...
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Important Alert for Lenovo Owners

Lenovo-logoA rare Tuesday post, but this is too important to wait.  If you own a Lenovo computer, you need to uninstall the Lenovo Accelerator application.  A recent security advisory from Lenovo reveals that the Accelerator application can allow an attacker to access Lenovo computers

“A vulnerability was identified in the Lenovo Accelerator Application software which could lead to exploitation by an attacker with ...

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How Did They Take Over My Computer?

Computer breaches can happen many ways, but the two most common are stolen credentials, and phishing emails.  Credentials, your user name and password, sometimes are stolen from a web server breach, and then sold online on the criminal marketplaces.  Or sometimes you are tricked into giving them up on clever fake websites.  Phishing is one way that credentials are stolen.  The links in phishing emails often will direct the unwary user to the fake web page with the helpful web ...

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