How Secure Are Mobile Payment Apps Anyway?

The latest trend in the card payment universe are the mobile payment apps that let you use a smart watch or smartphone in place of a credit card.  Just how secure are these payment systems?  One of my regular readers, Eric Morley, owner of Big Frog Custom T-Shirts in Woodbury, MN, asked me that question via LinkedIn, and I thought it was a great idea for an article.  ...

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Credit Card Fraud Hit 33 Million Americans in 2017

If you were hit with credit card fraud this year, you are not alone.  15% of Americans surveyed by CompareCards, a LendingTree subsidiary, reported they had been victimized in 2017.  Fraud can happen without losing your card.  While card companies and banks are more alert to fraud than ever, cardholders are often the first to discover the fraudulent use of their card.

The two main types of card fraud ...

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Password Spraying is a New Type of Brute Force Attack

Password spraying is a new password exploit that is being used effectively against larger networks.  It’s become enough of a problem to merit an alert from US-CERT entitled TA18-086A: Brute Force Attacks Conducted by Cyber ActorsHere’s how it works.

Typically, in a traditional brute-force password attack, the password cracking software runs a long list of every possible password against a system.  In ...

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Advanced Website Security

Over the last couple of weeks we have been taking a deeper dive into website security.  If you have been using our articles to improve the security of your website, we are gratified.

Today we are adding some advanced security techniques to your defensive arsenal.  Many of these solutions are specific to WordPress websites, but there are some that apply more globally.  Some of these ideas may require some outside professional help ...

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Why Would Someone Hijack My Website?

If you own a small business, you have a website.  Would you be surprised to learn that your site is a top target of cyber-criminals?  Most people believe their business is too small and insignificant to be interesting to attackers, but your website is valuable to them precisely because it is small.

What makes a small business website an attractive target?   It is ...

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Securing Facebook

In the aftermath of the recent stories about how the personal information of 50 million Facebook users was acquired and misused by the Trump Presidential campaign, many people are wondering whether they should delete their Facebook account.  Others are just looking to see how they can more tightly secure their Facebook account from this sort of abuse.  Fortunately, securing Facebook is relatively easy.

  • Open your Facebook home page, and click on the ...
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Something You Are: Typing Cadence

What would it be like if you could identify yourself and authenticate your account by the way you type?  A Romanian company, TypingDNA, has created a Chrome extension that does just that.

I am a big advocate of two-factor authentication, but there are some problems.  One of the three types of authentication is biometrics, which is “something you are.”  NIST, in SP 800-63B states ...

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