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Apr 28
2016

Yes, Macs Can get Malware

Posted by Robert Siciliano in Untagged 

Robert Siciliano

So Macs can be infected with malware. Who would have ever thought? The malware at issue here is the dreaded ransomware. Ransomware scrambles up your files, and the hacker at the helm says he’ll give you the cyber “key” in exchange for a handsome payment.

Apr 25
2016

What's the best Antivirus for You?

Posted by Robert Siciliano in Virus , Online Security , antivirus

Robert Siciliano

There are so many things to consider when it’s time to purchase antivirus software, but don’t let all the options overwhelm you. Take your time and don’t get too fixated on every little detail. Some systems will definitely conform more to your needs than others. But many people simply go with what seems to be the most popular or reputable antivirus company.

Apr 20
2016

Three Quarters of a Billion Records breached

Posted by Robert Siciliano in online privacy , data theft , data breach

Robert Siciliano

Last year, says the security firm Gemalto, over 700 million records were breached. Or, to put it another way, this translates to two million stolen or lost records every day.

Apr 19
2016

Security Appreciation lacking

Posted by Administrator in phishing , Online Security , online scams , online safety , cybersecurity

Administrator

What’s it gonna take for companies to crack down on their cybersecurity? What’s holding them back? Why do we keep hearing about one company data breach after another?

Apr 14
2016

I want a Cell Phone Jammer

Posted by Robert Siciliano in mobile spam , mobile risks , mobile privacy , mobile phone security

Robert Siciliano
ell, we certainly can’t blame Dennis Nicholl for breaking the law. Frankly, had I been nearby him when he did it, I would have kept silent and let him continue breaking the law—unless, of course, I was engaged in some loud, planet-moving discussion with a world leader.

Nicholl, 63, was recently on a Chicago subway train. He brought with him a cell phone jammer. Unfortunately for Nicholl that day, Keegan Goudie was on the same train. Goudie is a blogger, noticed the infraction and began blogging about it. One thing led to another and Nicholl ended up being charged with the unlawful interference with a public utility.

Apr 13
2016

Look out for Shipping E-mail Phishing Scams

Posted by Robert Siciliano in Untagged 

Robert Siciliano

Stop clicking on e-mails about your package delivery! Scam, scam, scam! Look, it’s simple:

Apr 11
2016

Shred your Boarding Pass

Posted by Robert Siciliano in Untagged 

Robert Siciliano

Apparently there are people who take pictures of their airplane boarding pass…and post it online. I’m dead serious. I’ve heard of toddlers getting excited over scraps of paper, but full-grown adults posting images of their boarding pass online? Don’t get me started.

Apr 08
2016

IRS Identity Theft Prevention Tool hacked

Posted by Robert Siciliano in Untagged 

Robert Siciliano

The Identity Protection PIN tool on the IRS.gov site has been temporarily suspended—because it was recently hacked into. The tool provides retrieval of forgotten or lost IP PINs to users who want an extra layer of protection against identity theft.

Apr 06
2016

Change Passwords or not; that is the Question

Posted by Jessica Hurley in Untagged 

Jessica Hurley

We’re told to change our passwords often to minimize getting hacked. Now we’re told this is a bad thing.

Mar 22
2016

Protect Yourself from Phishing

Posted by Robert Siciliano in phishing scams , Phishing email , phishing alert , phishing

Robert Siciliano

Everyone has received very obvious “phishing” e-mails: Messages in your in-box that have outrageous subject lines like “Your Account Will Be Suspended,” or, “You Won!”

Mar 21
2016

Three ways to beef up security when backing up to the cloud

Posted by Robert Siciliano in data security , data privacy , data breach , Cloud

Robert Siciliano

Disasters happen every day. Crashing hard drives, failing storage devices and even burglaries could have a significant negative impact on your business, especially if that data is lost forever. You can avoid these problems by backing up your data.

Mar 09
2016

How to prevent IRS scams

Posted by Robert Siciliano in scam , IRS Scams , IRS

Robert Siciliano

Once a thief knows your Social Security number…you’re at very high risk for having your identity stolen.

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