WhatsApp? What Else?

encryptionHappy Friday the 13th.  In honor of all the governmental and law enforcement agencies that want to deny the privacy and security of encrypted communications to the general public, today we will be looking at encrypted messaging apps for your smart phone.

When the bad guys can break into your digital assets and steal your information with impunity, encryption is a necessity.  Encryption is the lock on your data. I am a proponent ...

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The Aftermath of Apple vs. The FBI

applelogoAs we all know, Apple refused to assist the FBI in cracking the iPhone 5c of the San Bernardino “terrorist” killers. The FBI took Apple to court.  Then the FBI dropped the case after successfully hacking the phone.  Then they successfully hacked another phone in a different case in New York.  Information appeared linking Israeli mobile security firm Cellebrite to the successful breach of ...

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Security Problems with Short URLs

I never liked the shortened URLs provided by services such as TinyURL, Bit.Ly, Google, and Microsoft.  Part of my security mantra in every cybersecurity awareness training session I have given since I started training in 2002 is: never, ever click on a link in an email unless you know where it is going.  Most of the time you can see the actual destination URL of a hyperlink by simply hovering the cursor over the link until the tool ...

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What Happens When Your Website Gets Hijacked part 2

The fine people at WordFence Security have also recently published information on what happens when web sites get hijacked.  They gathered this information by surveying their client and blog readers.  The results are in the infographic below.

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Taking a site down or site defacement makes up 25% of the malicious actions, which I found surprising.  The other items on the list ...

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What Happens When Your Website Is Hijacked?

I don’t often re-post other people’s web content, but the video below from Sucuri is worth the look if you are interested in learning why an attacker would want your website, and what they could possibly do with it, how that affects your reputation, and most importantly, what you could do to prevent it in the first place.  If you have the time, take a look.  The running time is 25 minutes.  With the Q&A Session, it goes out to 40 ...

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Tax Dollars At Work – Good News For A Change

scalesThe US House of representatives passed the Email Privacy Act.  Finally the Congress passes a bill that actually protects the public from warrantless search and seizure of email records.   What makes this vote special is that it was unanimous – 419-to 0!  When does that ever happen?  Rarely, but considering this bill would protect our representatives too, maybe not all that surprising.

This bill ...

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Panama Papers Attackers Exploited WordPress Flaw

panama-papersWe have written before about the importance of properly securing your WordPress website.  According to a recent post on the WordFence blog, the Mossack Fonseca breach, commonly known as the “Panama Papers,” was apparently made possible by an unpatched WordPress plugin, and also a mail program that stored user credentials in plaintext..

This again reiterates the importance of keeping your WordPress version up to date (version 4.5 as of 4-16-2016), ...

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Best Data Security – Throw It Out!

databaseI read a couple of thought provoking articles recently on the subject of data security, and more directly, on how data destruction can serve to permanently “secure” the data that is destroyed.  One article appeared in the Wordfence security blog, and the other article from security and encryption guru Bruce Schneier on CNN.com.

The Wordfence article was looking at improving WordPress website security by removing unused items and information, things ...

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Google Says: Bet You Can’t Hack A Chromebook

google-logoWe have been recommending the Google Chromebook to our clients for use as a dedicated online banking system.  The reason we like this platform even more than a Linux LiveCD boot disk is that because the Chrome operating system simply supports the operation of the notebook itself, and the Chrome browser.  That’s it.  There is not a way to install any programs to a ...

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