Keeping Your Accounts Offline Is Not More Secure

You think you are the clever one because you never use the Internet for online banking, online shopping, or managing accounts like your retirement account, gas and electric utilities, telephone, cell phone, and Internet.  Open a Facebook account?  Never!  You think you are safer from account hijacking and identity theft because you never set up any online accounts.  If you don’t have it, they can’t hack it – right?  Wrong!

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SIM Swap Fraud Is Growing

In the middle of the day your cell phone mysteriously goes dead.  Later on, when you call the cell phone carrier, you find out that someone else pretending to be you has visited a store and claimed to have lost your phone.  Customer service agents moved your mobile number to a new SIM card on a new phone, and using your phone and other personal information gathered earlier through phishing scams ...

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Replacing Passwords and Pins with Icons

We have discussed the sorry state of passwords in many recent articles.  There is an alternative to passwords and pins that may be coming to a smartphone near you.  It is called SemanticLock and it uses emoji-like icons to unlock your smartphone.

Most smartphones go unsecured mainly because most people find it difficult to enter a password using the on-screen keyboard.  4 to 6 digit numeric PINs are slightly ...

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Weekend Update

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


Extortion Phish: Your Password is XXXX

One of my IT associates got an email that had one of her actual passwords in it, and threatened to reveal information unless she paid a ransom in Bitcoin.  This seems to be getting a lot of traction, so beware.  Do not pay the extortion demand. First, this is a scam.  They got ...

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Where Does Cell Phone Location Data Go?

Have you ever wondered what happens to the location information your smartphone is collecting about you?  Who has access to that information, and for what purpose?  As it turns out, as told in a recent report by Brian Krebs, this information is available to pretty much anybody.

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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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Weekend Update

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


 Second company claims it can unlock iPhone X

A tiny US company called Grayshift is reportedly quietly touting software it claims can unlock Apple’s flagship handsets, the iPhone X and 8.


How women are helping to fight ...

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USB Exploits Pose Security Threats

Often when I am writing about cybersecurity, the situation seems worse than ever.  But its not more dangerous than its ever been, it dangerous in ways that its never been.

A team of Israeli researchers have cataloged 29 different USB exploits and attacks.  These attacks can come disguised as a smartphone charger connection, or may come hidden on a USB thumb drive.  Plugging an unknown ...

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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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