Top Cybersecurity Threats in 2015

penetration_test_436x270The cybersecurity threat surface is constantly changing.  Below are listed the top areas of concern among cybersecurity experts.  Some are new, and some have been around seemingly forever.

New Threats

  • Emerging technologies and the Internet of Things (IoT).  It seems that all of our new toys are Internet enabled in some way, and many of these devices present a new attack surface for cyber-criminals.  The ...
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Please Stop Falling For Tech Support Scams

STOP THE MADNESS!!  It drives me crazy when a client calls me AFTER spending an hour on the phone with some tech support scammer, and then thinks to call me after they have a problem “fixed” that they never had in the first place.

One of my clients recently fell for an interesting variation of the Tech Support Scam.  She did a Google search to find the HP technical support number, but the company she called, while at the top of ...

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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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Sunday Funnies: Bacon!

baconLoved this sign from Buzzfeed by way of Pinterest.

 

Made me think of my favorite Parks and Recreation quote:

“I enjoy government functions like I enjoy getting kicked in the nuggets with a steel toed boot. But this hotel always served bacon wrapped shrimp. That’s my number one favorite food wrapped around my number three favorite food. I’d go ...

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FBI Warns About IOT Vulnerabilities

IOTOne of the major trends in technology is the proliferation of smart devices, also known as the Internet of Things (IOT).   The FBI recently released a public service announcement titled “Internet of Things Poses Opportunites For Cyber Crime.”  More and more devices are are coming with software, processors and network capability, and connecting to our home and business ...

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Security Improved in IOS 9

applelogoApple introduced IOS 9 recently and it is full of security improvements that matter.  You should upgrade if you haven’t already.  They include:

  • Passcodes increased from 4 digit to 6 digit PINs, which is 10,000 time stronger.
  • Two-factor authentication (2FA) for supported devices. Not all are, which is too bad.
  • Changes to the Apple Store to key annoying app vendors from bombarding you with crossgrade ads on products ...
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Jeb Bush Defends NSA

jeb-bush-550Back on Sept 18 we criticized presidential candidate Jeb Bush, FBI Director James Comey, and other politicians for complaining that encryption was making it too hard to fight the “evil doers” and suggesting that some sort of “master key” or “backdoor” was needed by law enforcement and intelligence services to do their jobs.  We of course disagreed.

Around the same time that ...

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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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