26 May 2020

Email Impostor Trickiness Lures HR Staff to Change ADP Payroll Direct Deposits

In these strange economic times, impostors have identified an overworked company department. With Human Resource (HR) departments handling a new onslaught of employee concerns and issues, staffing changes, and remote work policies, email imposters have inserted themselves stealthily into their world. And, they have struck gold! CAUTION: This is complex trickery that usually results in $8-$10K mis-wired. It may be too complex for Friday afternoon reading,... Read more...

01 May 2020

“You’re Fired!” Fake Termination Emails Proliferate in this Climate of Job Insecurity

It was only a matter of time. Fresh off their latest exploits at trying to phish for sensitive financial account information, scammers have set their sights on people’s actual jobs. With jobless claims now topping 30 million and the unemployment rate headed for new highs, cyber criminals now have fertile ground for a brazen new scam. It goes like this: You receive an email with an unsettling subject line, “Your accounts have been terminated”... Read more...

24 Apr 2020

Anatomy of Phishing in this Pandemic – Spearphising is Great, Whaling Best

If you have money, savvy phisherman and whalers will find you. With most of the world hunkered down working from home, normal processes are disrupted, so this is a target-rich environment for scammers. They are lurking. Beware! There are many people all over the world falling for these phishing lures. With the US Government doling out trillions of dollars, these phisherman see dollar signs, thinking about all of the money transfers that they can intercept... Read more...

22 Mar 2020

Today’s New Triple Play (without baseball)

Last week everything was as fancy as an iPhone 11. Being on a business conference call with the sounds of a baby happily chirping in the background was distracting. Those good old days (back in February) when anything less than elegance or perfection was disturbing. With today’s California lock down order of all citizens, the fifth largest economy in the world has nearly ground to a halt. Things will change. We are entering a time when businesspeople’s... Read more...

13 Mar 2020

Not Free Toilet Paper or Hand Sanitizer, but Something That May Help

Like you, our business team is hunkering down, working in their offices with closed doors or safely from home. This coronavirus looks like it is going to be very serious. After all, the last coronavirus pandemic (2009 H1N1) infected 1 in 5 people worldwide. No one wants to shake hands. While you might want to meet in person to help your clients, they don’t want to meet you (in person). Everyone is looking at each other like they are a carrier. But... Read more...

06 Mar 2020

Right Email, Wrong Recipient. No Problem. Recall.

The company travel agent, Leah, sometimes gets some really insightful inside information about her client company – sent to her accidentally. Fortunately, she is a trusted outside contractor and politely replies to her client, “I think you did not intend to send this to me.” Oops? All of that sensitive business information intended to go to Leah in accounting, instead went to the outside travel agent, Leah. What happened? Microsoft... Read more...

28 Feb 2020

Whale Eats Shark. Whale Eats Nurse. Whale Eats $1.2MM

Killer whales occasionally hunt sharks (read more). When they do, it can be ugly. In a recent whaling attack (This is not a nature article. We are referring to the very tricky type of email “spear-phishing” impostor email attack), the poser sent an email to one of the most famous sharks (from the Shark Tank TV show); an email with an invoice for a real estate renovation. There was no hack of an email account. There were no stolen passwords.... Read more...

24 Feb 2020

Have No Fear, High Tech Quarantines are Here!

If you are stuck on a cruise ship in the South China Sea, it might be a good time to fear the new coronavirus. But if you are living in a modern city, have no fear. High tech quarantines are here. Your government can impose (and enforce) quarantines on those who they think may be infected—and by remote control no less. If you sneeze too often with Alexa listening or Ring sees that you look a little feverish when you are entering your house (or you... Read more...

14 Feb 2020

“Juice Jacking” and Safe Charging

You’re a good soldier when it comes to keeping your info safe and secure: You encrypt your email (of course using RMail’s simple to use, award winning email encryption). You create a super long and complicated password that not even you can always remember. You take the time to clear your browser cookies on your mobile device. You never click links in email that can lead to scams. And, obviously, you read Tech Essentials weekly so you are... Read more...

13 Feb 2020

Iowa’s Shadowy Results (You Get What You Pay for with Tech)

The ‘results’ from the Iowa caucuses provided a teachable moment for anyone who uses technology, which is to say everyone who reads this article. In case you missed it, the final tally from the Iowa caucuses came 6 days after voting began, and there are still controversies about the results. This deprived any potential winner from a momentum surge. More importantly, it undermines faith in the democratic process and provides grist for conspiracy... Read more...