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May 20
2015

Things You should and shouldn't do on Public Wi-Fi

Posted by Robert Siciliano in Wifi security , wifi hacking , WIFI , public WIFI

Robert Siciliano

Public Wi-Fi is the location where you can get online: airport, airplane, coffee house, hotel, motel and more. Many people don’t give this a second thought, unaware of how risky this really is.

May 13
2015

How Hackers use LinkedIn to Scam

Posted by Robert Siciliano in social media scams , online scams , linkedin scam

Robert Siciliano

Hackers love LinkedIn because it links them in—straight through the portal of the targeted company. Geez, how much easier could this be, what with all the publically-exposed e-mail addresses of key players (and also worker bees) in big companies that someone wants to hack.

May 12
2015

How Employers or Parents Spy

Posted by Robert Siciliano in cyberbullying , Cyber Security , cyber fraud , cyber crime

Robert Siciliano

Disgruntled employees act out in lots of ways. A guy I knew who hated his boss “played” on his work computer all day. The computer was strictly for constructing company graphics. But he installed all kinds of games and wasted lots of time. His boss never knew he blew off half the day.

May 06
2015

Consumers sacrificing Privacy for Convenience

Posted by Robert Siciliano in privacy and security , online privacy , data privacy , consumer privacy

Robert Siciliano

It’s hard to believe that, according to a recent poll from the Pew Research Center, most Americans aren’t too upset that the government can track their e-mails and phone calls. There’s too much of a blasé attitude, it seems, with people thinking, “I don’t care if I’m monitored; I have nothing to hide.”

May 05
2015

Beware every time the Phone rings

Posted by Robert Siciliano in scammer , IRS

Robert Siciliano

Don’t assume you’ll never be targeted by phone scammers just because you don’t have a cell phone; they continue to feast on landline users, especially those over 50.

May 04
2015

3 Ways We are Tricked into Cyber Attacks

Posted by Robert Siciliano in Online Security , hacked , Cyber Security , cyber fraud , cyber crime

Robert Siciliano

So just how are hackers able to penetrate all these huge businesses? Look no further than employee behavior—not an inside job, but innocent employees being tricked by the hacker.

Apr 26
2015

5 Online Security Tips You need to know

Posted by Robert Siciliano in password , Online Security , online safety , Malware , Cloud

Robert Siciliano

It’s up to the potential victim—the user—YOU—to make your computer or smartphone very difficult for Joe Hackster to infiltrate.

Apr 21
2015

Lost your Master Password, do This

Posted by Robert Siciliano in password security , password manager , master password

Robert Siciliano

You have a master password, from your password manager, for 28 accounts. Life has been so easy since!

Apr 20
2015

What is a Virus?

Posted by Robert Siciliano in Worms , viruses , trojan , Spyware

Robert Siciliano

Have you ever had the chicken pox? This common childhood illness has another name—the varicella zoster virus. Like all viruses, varicella replicates itself, spreading though the body, and eventually appearing as itchy red blisters all over the body. But the virus doesn’t stop there; it can spread to other people through physical contact and through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It’s not a very fun illness to have.

Apr 19
2015

Keyloggers log wirelessly

Posted by Robert Siciliano in password security , Online Security , keylogger

Robert Siciliano

Gee, it sounds like something out of one of those 1970s TV shows about government spies, but it’s reality: Plug this little thing into a wall socket and it records the keystrokes of a person nearby typing into a Microsoft wireless keyboard. The little gadget sends the information back to the gadget’s owner over the Internet.

Apr 18
2015

4 Tips for Spring Cleaning Your Digital Life

Posted by Robert Siciliano in privacy policy , password security , Online Security , data security , data privacy

Robert Siciliano

Spring is in the air (if you’re in the northern hemisphere) and it’s traditionally a time to clean every nook and cranny and get rid of excess stuff in your house. But it’s also a good time to clean up your digital life. Just like your house, your digital life needs a good cleaning once in a while, but sometimes this can seem like a daunting task, so here’s some tips for you to get started.

Apr 15
2015

Identity Theft Protection 101

Posted by Robert Siciliano in identity theft protection , Identity theft , identity protection , identity fraud

Robert Siciliano

What’s it called if, for example, someone runs up your credit card line without your permission? Identity theft. ID theft isn’t necessarily someone going around impersonating you. But it is considered someone taking over your accounts.

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