Happy Independence Day

From Wikipedia:  During the American Revolution, the legal separation of the Thirteen Colonies from Great Britain in 1776 actually occurred on July 2, when the Second Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution of independence that had been proposed in June by Richard Henry Lee of Virginia declaring the United States independent from Great Britain rule.  After voting for independence, Congress turned its attention to the Declaration of Independence, ...

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Happy SysAdmin Day 2016

sysadmin-dayToday is the 17th anniversary of the first SysAdmin Day.  If you know a SysAdmin, who would be the person you call when your computer is on the fritz, today is the day to buy them a Hallmark card, New Egg gift card, Star Wars poster or paraphernalia, or a Raspberry Pi.  I am sure the electronic or the edible variety would both be enthusiastically received.

So give your computer tech ...

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Happy Independence Day

yorktown-surrenderTwo hundred and forty years ago a bunch of “terrorists” (one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter) signed the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and declared the founding of a new nation “conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.”

Not everybody in the colonies was in favor of the concept of independence.  There were many British born citizens of the colonies who we loyal ...

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Happy New Year!

janusHere at WyzGuys Cybersecurity we are unplugging a bit and taking today off from our usual post.  Here’s wishing you and yours a prosperous and happy new year in 2016.

I couldn’t let this post go out without this hilarious video from my friends at Sophos.  I don’t mean to offend – but you know who you are!

 

 

 

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Sunday Funnies: Sharks vs. Selfies

Darwinism in Action

xtreme-selfieMashable reported to wide popularity in September that in 2015, more people have died taking selfies than in shark attacks.  The score is Fatal Selfies 12 vs. Sharks 8.  Either way not a huge risk, something tells me that lightning strikes score higher (according to NOAA – 26) than either of these.  The reason this statistic is so popular is the same reason we find stories ...

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New Yahoo Email Needs No Password

YahooYahoo is introducing some enhancements to its email service, including actively replacing the traditional password with something more secure that a password alone, and easier than two factor authentication a la Google Authenticator.  The new Yahoo feature is called Yahoo Account Key and use a push notification to an email customer’s cell phone or smart watch to verify a user’s identity.

This feature is ...

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Wi-Fi Sense or Nonsense?

The newly released Windows 10 operating system comes with a feature called “Wi-Fi Sense” that I think is pretty questionable from a security standpoint.  The basic idea is that, under Windows 10, when you connect to a wireless network for the first time, you have an opportunity to “share” you new wireless connection with your family, friends, and coworkers. I consider this be to a security concern.  The problem as I see it is that you share your connection to ...

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How To Catch a Phish

No-PhishingThe number one method used by cyber-criminals to infect your PC with malware is the phishing email. Today we will show you how to check out suspicious emails yourself.   These cleverly designed emails encourage you to open an attachment or click on and website link in order to download and install their malicious applications and exploits.  I recently received the email below, and as an exercise, checked it out on ...

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