Your Laser Printer/Copier Hides Metadata on Your Document

Some people know that larger laser jet copiers and printers contain a hard drive that stores an image of everything that was printed or copied, and that these images can be used forensically to find the source of a document.  Did you know that color laser printers and copiers print tiny invisible dots of information on each sheet of paper that passes through ...

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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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Great Advice for IT and Web Design Freelancers

According to Quora, “The term freelance (noun) was coined by Sir Walter Scott in Ivanhoe (1820). It literally stands for a free lance, signifying a medieval mercenary whose lance is currently not engaged in war and therefore free for being dispatched.”  So if you are a freelancer, you are sort of a hired gun, like Richard Boone was as Paladin in the 1957-1963 TV series Have Gun – ...

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Tomorrow is System Administrator Appreciation Day

July 27, 2018 – 19th Annual

Your network is secure, your computer is up and running, and your printer is jam-free. Why? Because you’ve got an awesome sysadmin (or maybe a whole IT department) keeping your business up and running. So say IT loud; say IT proud …

Happy SysAdmin Day!

Wait… what exactly is SysAdmin Day? Oh, it’s only the single greatest 24 hours on the planet… and pretty much the most important holiday of the year. It’s also ...

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WPA3 Encryption to Improve Wi-Fi Security

With the expanded use of wireless networks connecting business computers, home computers, smartphone and tablets, and the ever expanding list of smart IoT devices, strong wireless network security is more important than ever.  Fortunately there is a new wireless security protocol, WPA3, that will fix some of the weaknesses inherent in the current standard, WPA2.

Wireless security is all about ...

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How to Read Your Credit Report

Since the Equifax breach, we have all become painfully aware that our personal credit information is in the wild.  Identity theft is something that could happen to any of us.  Even the FBI, in a recently released report, says, “Given the hacks we’ve seen in recent years, there are few people who haven’t had their identity stolen.”

There is little any of us can do about the information disclosures ...

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Weekend Update

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


NCCIC Webinar Series on Russian Government Cyber Activity

07/19/2018 05:08 PM EDT   Original release date: July 19, 2018

NCCIC will conduct a series of webinars on Russian government cyber activity against critical infrastructure (as detailed in NCCIC Alert TA18-074A), which will feature ...

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