Weekend Update

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

Back-to-School Cyber Safety

08/10/2018 08:25 AM EDT  

Original release date: August 10, 2018

As summer break ends, many students will return to school with mobile devices, such as smart phones, tablets, and laptops. Although these devices can help students with their schoolwork and stay in touch with family and friends, there are risks associated with using them. However, there are simple steps that can help keep students stay safe while using their mobile devices and getting online.  NCCIC suggests reviewing the following tips and resources for information to keep students cyber safe:

Top 5 things to know about FIDO

As we have said before, the password by itself is basically useless.  FIDO is the pathway to nixing passwords. Tom Merritt explains why, because of the FIDO project, this dream is not only possible but getting closer.  Authentication that can’t be stolen from someone else’s web server!

Death to Robocalls?  Your Google phone will soon screen nuisance calls

Google is reportedly adding a new feature to its phone app that will breathe a sigh of relief to beleaguered phone users everywhere: Built-in screening for nuisance callers.

What sensitive data is lurking on your old SD card?

SD cards – those tiny devices that go into your camera or tablet – may be small, but they can hold a lot of revealing information.  Proper data erasure is important.

Work At Home Scam Gone Bad – Woman scams scammer, incriminates self in the process

“This is SO NOT my ripped-off laptop,” the scammer must have thought when the scammer-scammer sent a package of magazines instead.

Top 5: Ways to protect your privacy

Laws like Europe’s GDPR are trying to give the user more control, but you can take matters into your own hands.

Google bans Android miners from Play Store

Google has cracked down on apps that mine for cryptocurrency, banning them entirely from its official Google Play Store



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Cybersecurity analyst, pen-tester, trainer, and speaker. Serving small business owners in the St Paul, Minneapolis, and western Wisconsin area since 2001. Cybersecurity and hacking have been a passion of mine since I entered the computer and networking business in 2000. I hold several cybersecurity certifications including Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Advanced Security Pratitioner (CASP), and Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH). Other computer industry certifications include A+, Network+ and Microsoft Certified System Engineer (MCSE). As Cybersecurity Analyst at The WyzCo Group, I help our clients experience high levels of security on their computers, networks, and websites. In addition to consulting on security products and services, we also conduct security audits, vulnerability assessments and full penetration tests. We also work with companies and organizations that need to certify compliance with regulations such as PCI-DSS (credit card processing), HIPAA/HITECH (medical records), and GLBA. We also provide Cybersecurity Awareness Training for clients and their employees. I am a frequent speakers at cybersecurity conferences such as the Minnesota Bloggers Conference, Secure360 Security Conference, the (ISC)2 World Congress, and the ISSA International Conference, and many local community organizations, Chambers of Commerce, SCORE, and several school districts. I have been blogging on cybersecurity since 2008.
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