What the Heck is Zero-Trust Security?

Have you ever wondered why the state of cybersecurity is so screwed up?  Why is it so easy for bad actors and cyber-criminals to hijack systems and steal information?  Would you be surprised to learn the answer is because we designed it that way?  Computers, networks, operating systems and software were designed to work together as easily as possible, and were inherently  “trusted” by each other.  In the beginning, most systems ...

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Failures in Encryption – IronPhone

Netherlands security company Black Box Security was raided by the Dutch Police and shuttered on suspicion of money laundering and operating a criminal enterprise.  Black Box was the inventor of the Iron Phone and the Iron Chat app.  Together, they were supposed to provide an unbreakable encrypted chat service.  This service became a popular favorite among cyber and other criminals.

According to ...

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Securing the Domain Name Service

One of the most important systems that makes the Internet easy to use has absolutely no security in its current form.  This means that your Internet service provider (and some others) can easily see every website that you visit. (Since  you have “nothing to hide” this should not be a problem, right?)

DNS or the Domain Name System is the networking protocol that finds websites and resources on the ...

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Weekend Update

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


Porn-warning security scam hooks you up to “Apple Care”

It’s a toll free “Apple Care” number, meaning that in theory it shouldn’t cost you a thing – so what’s the harm in calling just in case?


Extortionist lawyer pleads guilty to creating porn honeypot

These guys give lawyers a bad name, if that isn’t an oxymoron.  ...

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Best Web Browsers for Private or Anonymous Browsing part 2

In our last post we kicked off a review of web browsers and other services that provide improved security, privacy protection, and anonymity when traveling on the web.  Today we wrap up our report.  The last three items in our list are not technically a browser, but provide unique solutions to privacy and anonymity that we thought were worthy of inclusion..

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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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Tales from the Crypt – Part 2

What devices are targeted for crypto-jacking and how can you protect yourself and your business from the problems and losses associated with crypto-jacking?  Yesterday we learned about crypto-currency, crypto-mining, and crypto-jacking.  Today we will learn how to secure our computers, devices, and networks from this new exploit.

Target devices.  Really, any device with a network connection and a CPU is vulnerable to ...

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Tales from the Crypt – Part 1

Tales from the Crypt was the name of a series of E.C. Comics in the 1950s.  They were the inspiration for a TV show of the same name that ran for 7 seasons and 93 episodes on HBO from 1989 to 1996.  In 2018, the new tales of the crypt involve weird sounding terms such as crypto-currency, crypto-mining, and crypto-jacking.  Today ...

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Using a Password Manager to Improve Password Security

Two weeks ago when we started this series on password security, we revealed some sad statistics.  60% of people use the same password on multiple accounts.  The average person has 26 password protected accounts, but only used 5 passwords across those accounts.  And 85% of people keep track of passwords through memorization.

People reuse passwords just because it is easier.  I get it, I have over 100 password protected accounts (not 26) and it is not possible for me to keep ...

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