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How Do You Know if a Website is Really Safe?

How Do You Know if a Website is Really Safe?

When browsing the web you have probably noticed that many sites have a padlock next to the browser’s address bar. This indicates that the website has been issued a security certificate. If you click on the padlock, you can verify that the website connection is secure and view the source of the certificate. You might […]

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Malicious Microsoft Office Files on Rise, Ransomware Up

Malicious Microsoft Office Files on Rise, Ransomware Up

SonicWall has published the mid-year update to its 2020 Cyber Threat Report, highlighting increases in ransomware, opportunistic use of the COVID-19 pandemic, systemic weaknesses and growing reliance on Microsoft Office files by cybercriminals. The report analyzes threat intelligence data gathered from 1.1 million sensors in over 215 countries and territories. Download the full mid-year update […]

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Global Password Analysis Reveals Predictable Patterns

Global Password Analysis Reveals Predictable Patterns

Ata Hakcil, a Turkish computer engineer and researcher, accessed 1 billion login credentials leaked online and analyzed 170 million of them to study password trends. The results are quite revealing, and may prompt many Internet users to pay more attention to how they choose passwords to protect their most sensitive information. Among Hakcil’s “cool” stats […]

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School Systems Have More to Worry About than Just COVID

School Systems Have More to Worry About than Just COVID

The resurgence of COVID-19 poses a challenge to school systems planning to reopen in the fall. But this may not be the only concern facing school administrators… The FBI recently issued a nationwide Private Industry Notification (PIN) alert to K-12 schools, warning that cyber criminals will be trying to spread file-encrypting ransomware by exploiting security […]

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Email Spam Still Most Common Way of Spreading Malware

Email Spam Still Most Common Way of Spreading Malware

Online criminals have gotten savvier but they’re still relying on the same old tricks they’ve been using for decades. Research by the Helsinki-based cyber security firm F-Secure shows spam remains the most common method of spreading malicious URLs, scams and malware more than 40 years after the first email spam was sent. “Email spam is […]

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Senate Committee Threatens Internet Privacy Protections of all Americans

Senate Committee Threatens Internet Privacy Protections of all Americans

The Senate Judiciary Committee is conducting hearings on a bill that would strong arm companies that use encryption into altering their technologies to make them “subpoena compatible.” Under the proposed legislation – Eliminating Abusive and Rampant Neglect of Interactive Technologies (EARN IT) – Internet technology companies would be forced to hand over user information upon […]

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Conference Hacking During Pandemic on the Rise – and a Crime

Conference Hacking During Pandemic on the Rise – and a Crime

As the country finds new ways of communicating during the COVID-19 pandemic, many people have turned to online conferencing platforms like Zoom to stay in touch with family and friends, as well as colleagues at remote work locations, while sheltering in place. Zoom Bombing Zoom claims 200 million daily users worldwide, but according to the […]

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The Continuing Android Security Conundrum

The Continuing Android Security Conundrum

How long do Android smartphones and tablets continue to receive security updates after they’re purchased? The answer: two years. And that’s assuming the device was purchased when it was first released. Even security updates for Google’s own Pixel devices max out at three years. Since many users hang on to their Android devices for much […]

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FBI Releases 2019 Internet Crime Report

FBI Releases 2019 Internet Crime Report

The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) has released its year-end 2019 Internet Crime Report, which includes information from 467,361 complaints of suspected Internet crime, with reported losses in excess of $3.5 billion. Among the most common crime types reported by victims in 2019 were Business Email Compromise (BEC), Tech Support Fraud, and extortion via […]

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