Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. –Nelson Mandela

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With the current estimated cost of Cybercrime being over $4 billion a year, the importance of your awareness is no joke.  Keeping your assets safe starts with you – and knowing what you’re dealing with is key. I just read a few articles that really opened my eyes to the importance of understanding just how complex hacker’s threats are these …

Internet Battleground

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It seems every day that world news is full of more examples of growing tensions on the international stage.  After the news last fall of Russian bomber jets flying over the Baltic and North Seas and on down to the Coast of Portugal, plus suspected Russian sub sightings near the Swedish capital of Stockholm—all on top of the tensions around …

Be careful, even when gaming (playing video games)

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Something very interesting (not in a good way) happened to me recently, and I felt like I should share it with everyone. I was at home on my PlayStation 4, when all of a sudden I received a message from EA sports. They make the Madden football game that I have been playing for twenty-five plus years, so needless to …

What DOOM on a printer means to you

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Last week, a UK security blogger posted a detailed article describing how he used a vulnerability in a Canon Pixma MFP to run the 90’s video game DOOM on the printer’s color interface.  http://www.contextis.co.uk/resources/blog/hacking-canon-pixma-printers-doomed-encryption/  That alone—getting the game working on a printer, famous for being ubiquitous in its time—is quite the accomplishment.  While the blogger was brief in the technical …

Hacking your home alarm system

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Those of you who have wireless home alarm systems should definitely read this article by Wired. To sum up the article, it would seem that it’s pretty easy to hack many wireless home alarms. The hacker can cause false alarms or can entirely disable the system. This simple hack requires semi-close proximity (within the neighborhood or up to 250 yards away). …

More Password Scares!

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The latest scare occurred when Hold Security dropped the news that a Russian gang has stolen more than a billion email account credentials. We don’t know a lot of details about where these credentials come from or who has been compromised. However, it is a great reminder once again that we need to make good passwords and change them regularly. …

The fine line of security

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As security experts, Network People engineers are often presented with the difficult task of finding the best and most secure business solution for our customers. Such solutions are always governed by their effect on the end user—the person on the touch screen or keyboard. Here is a diagram to better illustrate this point: [Note: Functionality refers to how software programs …

Scams don’t stop when you walk away from your keyboard

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We live in a dishonest world.  People will lie to your face without blinking an eye, if they can get something out of it.  Sometimes they just do it for the thrill of it.  And we know this.  We especially see this on our computers, where all it takes to lie is to type something.  They don’t even have to …

Cell Phone Privacy and the Law

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Imagine this scenario:  You’re pulled over for a traffic violation, but you are arrested or are taken to the station for further questioning.  In the process, your personal belongings—including your mobile device—become confiscated. Whether your situation is serious or minor, your cell phone will expose your life. Most of us are aware that anything you put on the internet is …

Is Antivirus Dead?

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Perhaps you heard the news this past weekend quoting Symantec’s vice president, Brian Dye, as saying that antivirus software is effectively “dead.”  Confused just a bit by this gentleman’s statement?  I was. His statement was also a bit troubling to me, for several reasons. It could be easily misconstrued to mean their product is no longer good to use, and/or …