11 Oct 2019

The FBI Wants You to Stop Inadvertently Giving Criminals Money

The FBI Elegantly Asks You to Stop Sending Money to Internet Criminals. We are now in the 16th annual National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, a collaborative effort by the US Government and participating industry groups to educate all computer users enough so that they stop clicking those pesky links that download viruses and stop sending personal, health, employment, and tax information unencrypted. What else do they suggest you stop doing? The FBI,... Read more...

04 Oct 2019

Beware of Hollywood Sim Swappers, the New Posers

Hollywood Sim Swappers are the New Posers. Your mobile phone is often the second key to your life. When you forget your password at key accounts like your email or bank, you may be prompted to enter a code that appears by text message to your phone. Perfect security, multi-factor authentication. But what if you are targeted and someone can access your phone? As we have seen, today’s internet criminals are savvy enough to make some investments... Read more...

27 Sep 2019

Now ‘Tis the Season for Security Autumnation

Autumn May Bring Digital Serenity with Security Autumnation. Over the last year, while the user experience for technology has been progressively becoming simpler, the jobs of the business owner, IT director, and privacy and compliance officers have been progressively becoming more complex. Far more complex. Europe recently introduced the most aggressive data privacy laws ever imagined. Data privacy treaties have been scrapped for new ones, the latest... Read more...

20 Sep 2019

Big Brother has Built Geofences to Control Behavior, Tesla Drivers Beware

City Hall Can Now Control Your Location. The Snowden revelations opened the general public’s eyes to the (alleged) eavesdropping by the NSA and other government organizations. The Hong Kong protests showed the world how today’s mass video surveillance uses facial recognition to identify the location of people (for example, who is protesting what and when). City traffic light cameras send you nice pictures of yourself in the intersection... Read more...

06 Sep 2019

End of Summer Phishing, Hooks Office 365 Users.

The phishermen are getting smarter, using better lures to catch ever smarter phish (in this case, you, as an Office 365, OneDrive, SharePoint, or Dropbox user). Armed with better grammar and embedding your company name and email address within the email and images, and further, using authentic OneDrive or Dropbox URLs to link to, these latest scammers are luring users into providing their username and passwords to the scammers. And, considering many... Read more...

25 Jul 2019

Equifax’s $10 Billion Bet. You Really Don’t Care (Enough to Do Something)

With so many big-name data breaches in recent times, your eyes may have glossed over the recent Equifax consumer data breach settlement. The numbers were big, 147 million consumers had their sensitive information exposed. The penalty, $700 million (or about $5 per person). Source: New York Times, Krebs. Factored into this amount are ways in which consumers can request extra perks, compensation for time spent dealing with the breach and worry about... Read more...

04 Jul 2019

Independence Day – The Good Old Days When Only the NSA Read your Email

This time of year, we usually find ourselves reflecting on the great freedoms we enjoy as Americans, thanks to the bravery of our founding fathers and the militia men and women of that era. Several years ago, we reported an analysis of the alleged revelations made public by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, as a foreshadow of a rising threat to the Constitution which was put in place to protect these freedoms, including 4th Amendment protection from... Read more...

17 Jun 2019

Do Recommendation Engines Make us Simpler Minded?

Recommendation engines operate behind the scenes everywhere, to make life a little more enjoyable, simpler, and more relevant. But do these make us all narrower minded? YouTube, Netflix, Google Search, Apple News, Facebook feeds, Pinterest posts; these services are all focused on increasing user engagement. More engagement means more reliance on their platforms and ultimately more profits. How do they increase user engagement? They use advanced technologies... Read more...

22 Apr 2019

Not All Email Tracking is Created Equal

If you are sending a zillion newsletter or marketing emails, sure, email marketing platforms make it easy to manage your email list; and many do provide some basic tracking information. But how reliable is this information? Should it be relied on important business email or important notifications? No. Why not? First, many of these email marketing platforms base their tracking on whether images in the email where displayed or not. If you are sending... Read more...

07 Dec 2018

Not All TLS is Created Equal

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Many, many software service sales professionals throw around security phrases to make cyber security sound simple. Today, as technologies advance and threats get ever more sophisticated, encrypting email for privacy compliance is not getting simpler. The devil (hacker) is in the details. Here, we will try to (in a simple manner) decipher a commonly referred to catch all for security, TLS, and explain why the details are important. “Not all TLS is... Read more...

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