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



About the Author:

Cybersecurity analyst, pen-tester, trainer, and speaker. Owner of the WyzCo Group Inc. In addition to consulting on security products and services, Bob also conducts security audits, compliance audits, vulnerability assessments and penetration tests. Bob also teaches Cybersecurity Awareness Training classes. Bob works as an instruction for CompTIA’s non-profit IT-Ready Program in the Twin Cities. IT-Ready is a tuition free 8-week program designed to teach students of all ages the fundamentals of IT support to prepare them for an entry level position in Information Technology Support. Graduates of the classes take the exams to become CompTIA A+ certified. Bob is a frequent speaker at conferences such as the Minnesota Bloggers Conference, Secure360 Security Conference2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, the (ISC)2 World Congress 2016, and the ISSA International Conference 2017, and many local community organizations, including Chambers of Commerce, SCORE, and several school districts. Bob has been blogging on cybersecurity since 2006 at http://wyzguyscybersecurity.com
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