Weekend Update

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


70k minimum wage has been a profound success and failure – two years later

Tech company Gravity Payments instituted a $70 K minimum wage two years ago.  It has long been my personal contention that the drop in real starting wages (against inflation) coupled with crushing ...

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Smartphones Need Security Too

When a smartphone is stolen, it is a disaster.  You have just given the keys to your online life, your email, social media accounts, and credit cards you have synced with an app.  If you have the new smart locks on your home or office, you also gave them literal keys, the ability to open those locks.  If you have live camera feeds ...

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Linksys Wireless Routers Have Security Vulnerabilities

Research firm IOActive recently released a an article that revealed some serious security deficiencies on popular Linksys Smart Wi-Fi products.  They have notified Linksys, and Linksys is working on the firmware upgrades that will be necessary to fix these issue, and they have issued a security advisory.

Among the vulnerabilities discovered:

  • Unauthenticated attacker can create a denial-of-service ...
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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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Perils From The Edge – A Solution

turris-onamiaThere is a small company in the Czech Republic called Turris that developed a home and small office wireless router that may be the most secure small router available.  That is – when it’s available in April.  Right now its an Indegogo project.  You can pre-order it now for about $200.

This is an open-source project running OpenWrt.  According to the manufacturer, the router will be available in several ...

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Good Question

free-wifiMy Facebook friend Jeff Wegge asked:  “Security question Bob. Is the hotspot on my mobile verizon phone any more secure than public Wi-Fi?”

This is a most excellent question! Generally speaking, the mobile hotspot will be more secure for two reasons The first is that only you are likely to be using it, unless you explicitly shared the SSID (network name) and passphrase with someone else. The second reason is ...

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Guest WiFi for Employee Devices

guest-wifiWe have two important dynamics that are having huge negative repercussions to network security in most businesses.  These are hitting small businesses harder than large ones, where some of these issues are governed by corporate policy.  But policy is not preventing these trends very well.

The first issue is the desire of employees to keep up on their personal email and social network accounts ...

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D-Link Wireless Routers Need Security Update

D-LinkAre you using a D-Link wireless router in your home or business, D-Link has released a firmware upgrade for several popular router models to fix a security vulnerability that would allow remote access and DNS spoofing.  By changing the DNS settings on a router, an attacker can forward your traffic to a proxy server where your communications could be monitored for useful content, as well as redirecting your to malware-laden websites, ...

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