Podcast: Social Engineering: Are You the Weakest Link in Your Security?

Social engineering attacks manipulate users into giving up information wanted by the hackers. They often involve email or other communication to invoke urgency, fear or other emotions in the victim, leading them to reveal sensitive information, click a malicious link, or open a malicious file. Because social engineering involves a…

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Is Your Kid a Hacker?

If your child spends most of their free time alone with their computer, seems to know more than they should about other family members, has multiple accounts you cannot access and their computer is full of encrypted files, they may be a talented computer whiz kid with a bright future…

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Leaked NSA Tools Infect Computers Worldwide

Hacking group The Shadow Brokers has leaked more than a gigabyte worth of weaponized software exploits stolen from the United States National Security Agency (NSA). This toolkit gives anyone, even those without sophisticated technical knowledge, the technology to potentially compromise systems around the world. The Shadow Brokers had attempted to…

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Pacemaker Data Used to Convict Arsonist

Anyone who watches police procedurals on television is aware that law enforcement often uses data from cell phones and electronic toll tags to verify a suspect’s movements and actions. With the advent of smart devices there is much more data available, and law enforcement is using it to help identify…

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A New Kind of Phishing Scam

In a typical phishing attack, users are tricked into keying in their passwords or other sensitive data on fake websites. However, the recent Google Docs phishing scam used OAuth, meaning that users didn’t have to enter any information to give the bad guys access to their email accounts. What is…

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Watch Out for Unclaimed Property Scams

The letter seems to promise good news. It says the state is holding money that belongs to you, and all you have to do to claim it is send your personal information or pay a fee. Although it appears to be legitimate, the letter may be from fraudsters looking to…

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Do We Over-Monitor Our Kids, Just Because We Can?

“We are tracking our children’s every move, and they can feel it,” says lawyer and educator Elizabeth Small in the Washington Post. Small’s concern is that children do not have a space that is private, where every moment of their lives is not monitored and shared by parents, teachers and…

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Trends in Ransomware in 2017

Ransomware is malicious software that blocks access to files on a device or a network until a cash ransom is paid. It can happen to any system in an instant, and both businesses and consumers have been attacked. In this interview, we discuss what ransomware is and how it gets…

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How to Spot a Fake Facebook Account (and What To Do About It)

Social media is helpful for keeping up with friends and family members, but it is also useful for scammers who want to take advantage of our friends and family members. The way this type of scam typically works is that the bad guy sets up a profile using a real…

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Have Chips Made Our Credit Cards More Secure, or Less Secure?

The introduction of chip cards, also known as EMV cards (named for the three companies that developed the standard: Europay, MasterCard and Visa), was supposed to curtail fraudulent credit card use; however, credit card fraud losses in the U.S. have actually increased since their introduction. In this article, we will…

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FEATURED PODCAST: SOCIAL ENGINEERING: ARE YOU THE WEAKEST LINK IN YOUR SECURITY?

Social engineering attacks manipulate users into giving up information wanted by the hackers. They often involve email or other communication to invoke urgency, fear or other emotions in the victim, leading them to reveal sensitive information, click a malicious link, or open a malicious file. Because social engineering involves a human element, it can be difficult to prevent these kinds of attacks. The best hope of protecting yourself, your family and your company from social engineering attacks is to be aware of how they work and educate yourself and other users on how to avoid becoming a victim. In this interview, we discuss how to recognize a possible social engineering scam and how to deal with them.

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