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...

04 Feb 2020

Whaling Redux: Insurers Don’t Cover Whale Attacks

Given the popularity of our piece on whaling last week, we thought we’d follow this up by looking back on a piece we ran in the early days of whaling about a fake CEO email that cost a company nearly half a million dollars (Tech Essentials recommended reading). In this case, criminals impersonating the CEO of Houston-based Ameriforge Group convinced the company’s accountant to wire $480,000 to a bank in China (Source). Yes, this was textbook... Read more...