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You have surely heard of Instagram, the photo sharing social network, but what about “Finstagram?” If you are like most parents, you have rules about the social media practices of your kids. However, once you learn about Finstagram, those might all go out the window.
When you ... Views:18
Gone are the days when social media is only used to share what you had for dinner or announcing to the world that you are headed to the gym. But social media has become a platform for any and everyone to say what’s on their mind, and sometimes that’s great, but all too often it ... Views:31
K-12 schools, colleges, and universities are attractive targets for hackers. Their networks contain an enormous amount of identifying information on staff members, students, and students’ families, including names, birth dates, addresses, Social Security numbers, and even health records. ... Views:53
Online shopping is booming, but customers will shun ecommerce if they do not feel their data is secure.
Just as “Video Killed the Radio Star,” ecommerce is making shopping malls go the way of the horse and buggy. In 2016, consumers reported making 51% of their purchases online, up from 48% in ... Views:73
The NSA isn’t the only Washington organization being embarrassed by a data breach. The sorry state of cyber security in America has taken center stage in this year’s presidential election. In June, it was discovered that Russian cyber criminals had managed to hack the Democratic National ... Views:41
Cyber criminals don’t care who they hurt. This was made obvious during the rash of ransomware attacks on healthcare facilities this year, where hackers locked down electronic health records systems, putting patients at grave risk. There is great concern that the proliferation of Internet of ... Views:44
To those of us consider Tom Cruise the movie star of our day or even Grunge as the music we grew up with, looking at millennials, and the way they view life, is fascinating. These “kids” or young adults, many are brilliant. They really do define “disruption”.
However, ... Views:33
As 2016 comes to an end, we look back at six of the year’s worst data breaches and what went wrong.
It seems like not a day went by this year without reports of yet another major data breach, or two or three data breaches. From healthcare to fast food to adult entertainment, no industry was ... Views:94
While healthcare providers and healthcare industry vendors cannot afford to ignore HIPAA compliance, a new threat emerged in 2016 and has only gotten bigger in the past year: ransomware attacks on hospitals and healthcare providers that are not seeking to breach patient information but instead ... Views:47
Confused about PCI DSS compliance and what your business needs to do to comply with it? This article will explain PCI DSS and the importance of complying with this important information security standard.
What is PCI DSS?
PCI DSS stands for the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security ... Views:68
Confused about HIPAA and whether your business must comply with it? This article will explain HIPAA and the importance of complying with this complex federal law.
What is HIPAA?
HIPAA is the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, which was signed into law by President ... Views:70
Don’t let your business get caught on a spear phisher’s hook.
Like regular phishing, spear phishing involves sending legitimate-looking but fraudulent emails asking users to provide sensitive information and/or initiate wire transfers. However, while regular phishing emails are sent out en ... Views:55
New York State Cyber Security Law Heavy on GRC and Proactive Cyber Security
The first phase of the New York state cyber security regulations, which apply to insurance companies, banks, and other financial institutions operating within the state, went into effect at the beginning of March. ... Views:113
Despite the escalating intensity and frequency of cyber attacks, fewer than 1/3 of U.S. businesses have purchased cyber insurance policies. A recent report by Deloitte provides insight into why organizations are deciding to go without cyber coverage, as well as why many insurers are hesitant to ... Views:66
Don’t depend on a cyber insurance policy to cover your losses after a ransomware attack.
Hackers have discovered that there’s fast, easy money in holding enterprise systems hostage, especially in industries that process and store highly sensitive data, such as education and healthcare. The ... Views:73
Internet-connected smart toys, a popular holiday gift item, have vulnerabilities that put both children and parents at risk of data breaches and identity theft.
Smart toys, which connect to the internet and offer children a personalized, interactive play experience, were a very popular gift ... Views:67
K-12 school systems, colleges, and universities are being increasingly targeted by hackers, yet education cyber security is as woefully lacking as other industries, as these recent incidents illustrate:
• In November 2016, Columbia County School District in Georgia admitted to a breach of ... Views:94
Doxware Leaks Your Private Data if You Don’t Pay the Ransom
Ransomware began grabbing headlines about a year ago, after Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center paid hackers thousands of dollars in ransom after it got locked out of its systems. This large payday apparently encouraged hackers to ... Views:47
If you are like most people, when you think of burglars, you think that it “won’t happen to me.” But, it very well could happen to you, because it happens each and every day across the country. I have taken some time to gather some recent real-life stories that will not only ... Views:36
The internet is a beautiful place. It is the way we communicate, the way we create, and the biggest business platform that has ever been generated. However, it is also a hazard, as anyone can put anything on it, and it’s extremely difficult to tell fact from fiction…especially if ... Views:29
In June, 2015, it was revealed by an anonymous source that the Office of Personnel Management was hacked. This office, which administers civil service, is believed to have been the target of the Chinese government. This is one of the largest hacks in history involving a federal ... Views:32
If you employ remote workers, your IT staff has a unique challenge keeping your organization safe. Fortunately, using a combination of best practices for cybersecurity, user awareness campaigns, and a strong policy will help to keep data safe.
New advances in mobile technology and networking ... Views:58
The smallest of tasks in our daily lives are continuously depending on the internet; from switching on our lights, closing and opening our gates and doors, or even switching on your cooker to start the process of cooking a meal before you get home from work.
Those are the simple things, not ... Views:123
There are a number of misconceptions about cybercrime and those who engage in it. To a cybercriminal, there is no target that is special unless they have a grudge or beef with a particular entity, and as a rule, they will often cast their net wide and then move to attack the easiest prey they ... Views:47
Back in August, 2016, Kala Brown and Charles Carver arrived to a 100-acre property in South Carolina for a cleaning job. Charles Carver never made it off the property, and Kala Brown spent more than two months in a metal shipping container, allegedly held captive by Todd Christopher ... Views:73
Smart home systems refer to a variety of different and overlapping electrical and wireless systems that will enable a smart home or a smart house to function as a combined whole unit.
Central to understanding the nature of the systems is an understanding of the basis of what a smart home is ... Views:125
According to a new study, genetics and evolution have made an impact on the murderous behavior of the human species. However, becoming civilized has tamed some of these instincts.
Scientists have looked at the homicide rate of more than 1,000 species that kill their own, and noticed that ... Views:51
In late 2016, a huge data breach occurred. More than 412 million accounts were affected when hackers got into FriendFinder Networks.
According to sources, approximately a million of those accounts had the password ‘123456,’ and approximately 100,000 has the password that was ... Views:45
It doesn’t matter who you are or where you live, your home is at risk of being burglarized. According to numerous studies, in the US alone, a burglary occurs about once every 18 seconds, which equates to about 5,000 a day.
Fortunately, you can secure your home or business against ... Views:58
A Massachusetts man is on trial. His crime? Stalking. But, it’s probably not what you think. The 48-year-old was chatting and sharing photos with a 16-year-old girl, and these chats and photos were “sexual in nature.” The pair met on social media, and when the girl asked to ... Views:62
This post isn’t exactly a “how to” but if your current employment isn’t bringing in the bacon, I’m sure your criminal mind can figure it out. In the biggest digital advertising fraud in the history of the U.S., it was recently found that a group of hackers is ... Views:79
It can be truly terrifying to fall through ice on a frozen lake, but if you remain calm, it can save your life. Most people don’t realize that you have more time than you think, according to experts. This is due to the concept of thermoregulation and how your body deals with the shocking ... Views:86
Burglars love doors, because that’s their No. 1 way of gaining entry to a house. When thinking of ways to make your home safer, you should really home in on your doors.
Solid wood door without a window (ideally with solid wood core)
Top flight deadbolt (ideally two)
Reinforced frame ... Views:81
According to a recent study, online security for most people is too bothersome. The US National Institute of Standards and Technology published the study, which shows that most people who use the internet have just given up and don’t follow the advice given to them about online ... Views:71
If you have a cell phone, and you use it in any way associated with accessing online accounts (and many do), you are putting yourself at risk of getting hacked. With only a phone number and a bit of information, which is easy to get through social engineering, a hacker can break into your ... Views:115
Teenagers across the country are falling into drug dealing, theft, and prostitution in order to eat. This, according to a recent study, which found that poverty has been increasing throughout the U.S.
Researchers at the Urban Institute in Washington, D.C. have taken a close look at the ... Views:58
Fake news is a problem that is taking the internet by storm, and it ran rampant during the 2016 Presidential Election. In fact, many believe that fake news stories had a strong impact on the outcome of the election. In a survey following the election by the Pew Research Center, a whopping 64 ... Views:111
Think about hackers breaking into accounts. If you think they need top-notch computer skills, you would be wrong. These days, instead of requiring skills behind a keyboard, hackers generally rely on strategy…specifically a strategy called social engineering. This means that hackers ... Views:101
Small businesses are hardly immune to attacks by hackers.
The illusion of low attack risks comes from the publicity that only huge corporations get when they are breached, like Target, Sony and Anthem. These are giants, so of course it makes headline news.
But when a “ma and pa” ... Views:111
Leave personal details off your Facebook page.
Does the whole world—or even your private circle, many of whom you haven’t seen in person for years, or even at all—have to know you’re laid up from hernia surgery (i.e., vulnerable, defenseless)?
Try this experiment for ... Views:101
Recently, says a report at wired.com, it’s been unveiled that the obscure Israel-based NSO Group has been selling spyware delivered to smartphones through vulnerabilities in Apple’s iOS operating system.
“Pegasus” spyware can put a surveillance out on nearly everything ... Views:111
You shouldn’t leave any digital trace of yourself after you leave a job. Hopefully, you’ll be leaving voluntarily and thus have the time to first make backups before you delete anything. This may seem easy, but you need to take inventory to make sure you get EVERYTHING.
Note: make ... Views:95
#1. Keep everything up to date. You know those annoying popups telling you updates are available? Do you ever click out of them? Don’t. Always update at the time these appear.
#2. Two-step verification. Two-step verification or authentication should be set up for all your accounts that ... Views:120
Who needs a hanger to steal a car when you can use a laptop? Despite today’s vehicles having far more sophisticated security protection, thieves can still break in—like the two crooks who stole at least 30 Dodge and Jeep vehicles…with just a laptop computer.
In Houston, ... Views:105
As long as humans sit at computer screens, there will always be infected computers. There’s just no end to people being duped into clicking links that download viruses.
A report at theregister.co.uk explains how subjects, unaware they were guinea pigs, fell for a phishing ... Views:105
If the super big wigs could get their social media accounts hacked, you can too. If you can believe it, the Twitter accounts of the following were recently hacked:
Google CEO Sundar Pichai
Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer
Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe
Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey
Shouldn’t ... Views:113
If you were to design the ultimate security system for a house, what would you focus on? These days, many people would immediately think in terms of the most technologically advanced alarm system—one that’s voice activated, detects motion anywhere, can be remotely controlled and ... Views:108
Trick e-mail = fraudulent wire transfer = hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars stolen.
That’s what’s happening with business executives in select industries (e.g., chemical operations, manufacturing), says a report at threatpost.com, citing a finding from Dell ... Views:98
One reason to go wireless is obvious: Who wants all sorts of wires built under their house, which requires more than just the abilities of a recreational DIY enthusiast, like the old fashioned home security systems required? Not only is this a hairy, time consuming installation project, but a ... Views:119
Lesson learned: If you run a fast-food restaurant or any company for that matter, you’d better treat your employees right. After all, they have a legal right to tweet all they want about you.
A Chipotle Mexican Grill in Havertown, PA, had a ban in place: Employees are prohibited from ... Views:130