Security

How to Protect Yourself from Data Breach

How To Protect Yourself From Data Breach

So we're just coming off the worst data breach in US history, the Equifax data breach. In computer servicing, we see this all too often. This is how to protect yourself from data breach. So this is the first thing we tell clients in our Boston computer service shop: get a strong password! Because 81% of hacking breaches start with weak passwords [like 1234567, password, baseball]. That's up from 50% just two years ago. Hackers love to take advantage of [...]

Equifax Leaders

Equifax Leaders Resign in Disgrace

The Equifax breach will go down as one of the worst security breaches in US history. I say that because they leaked everything, from credit/debit card numbers, to SSN's (social security numbers), even where your kids attend school. But it's not just customers that suffer. Equifax leaders resign in disgrace. First you have CIO (chief information officer) David Webb. He left, but his replacement is Mark Rohrwasser, at Equifax for a little over a year. Then there is CSO (chief [...]

The Equifax Breach

The Equifax Breach: The Worst One Yet?

This could be the worst security breach ever! "But you always say that!", some people in our Boston computer service shop tell me. I often say that because they're getting worse and worse. Also, hackers are getting better at it. Then there is The Equifax breach: Is this the worst one yet? First of all, the Equifax breach affected 143 million Americans. That's over 40% of the entire population. Do you think the numbers are bad? Then think about what [...]

Nude Celebrity Photos

Nude Celebrity Photos Are Leaked…Again

So today is 'The Fappening' day. They call it this because three years ago, hackers broke in many celebrities' iCloud accounts. Then, they blasted their most intimate photos online for the world to see. But today, they're at it again. Nude celebrity photos are leaked...again. Several reports say hackers leaked new nude photos of A-listers. Such celebrities include Tiger Woods, Kristen Stewart, Miley Cyrus and Lindsey Vonn. However, guess who many believe the culprit to be? The suspect website is...wait [...]

SonicSpy Spyware

SonicSpy On Android: This is a Consumer Alert

The past week was very busy for America, from worries about North Korea to riots in Charlottesville, Virginia. But hackers were busy too. I say this because they infected the Android/Google store with SonicSpy. SonicSpy on Android: This is a consumer alert. So why is SonicSpy so dangerous? Because it records your calls and text messages. It can also send calls, send messages, and monitor records at the hackers' request. In fact, it can perform 73 different tasks; all these [...]

Cyber Crimes

Cyber Crimes Are A Major Fear

So I read this interesting chart. What are your greatest fears? ISIS and other terrorist groups came in at number one. Then came climate change. But the third has to do with a huge tech threat: cyberattacks. Cyber crimes are a major fear. And this is a global fear, not just a US one. In fact, 51% of people surveyed said cyber crimes are a major threat to humanity. In some countries, it's higher. For example, in Japan, it's the [...]

Trump and Putin vs Cyber Hacking

Trump and Putin vs Cyber Hacking: Can It Happen?

American President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin met this past weekend. Yes, they did discuss cyber security, although they mostly talked about election fraud. But don't expect some cyber security alliance anytime soon. Trump and Putin vs Cyber Hacking: can it happen? I guess not. Because hours after this meeting, Trump backfired. He tweeted this cyber security unit can't happen. However, Trump does want to continue working with Putin. But I doubt cyber security is going to be [...]

Most Secure Nations

Most Secure Nations: Who Wins Cyber Security War?

Cyber security is a major issue for nations around the world. But if it's not, it should be. However, some nations are doing better than others. Most secure nations: Who wins cyber security war? So apparently, Singapore is winning. According to the UN and their ITU (International Telecommunications Union), Singapore has the best way to beat cyber crooks. My fellow Americans, don't feel bad. The USA ranks second in fighting cyber crime. But others in the top 10 might surprise [...]

The Patya Ransomware Attack

The Patya Ransomware Attack: What We Know

Yesterday, I talked about a dangerous ransomware. The attack hit around the world, but hit Russia and Ukraine really hard. However, don't think it's over. I don't believe it is. The Patya ransomware attack: What we know. So first of all, we know the name of the attack. They call it Patya. There was some confusion about that when I reported it 24 hours ago. There are similarities to the WannaCry of May 2017 attack. But here is what makes [...]

Worse Than Wannacry

Worse Than Wannacry: Super Cyber Attack Hits Globe

Remember the Wannacry virus last month? You should because it almost crippled Great Britain's medical industry. It got IT services, too.  But yesterday, something worse hit Europe. Worse than Wannacry: Super cyber attack hits globe. Ukraine got the worst of it. The virus hit over countless computers. Banks failed. The ATM's stopped working. Also, Ukraine government systems took a blow. So did Ukaraine's major media stations, like  Channel 24. In fact, cyber attackers broadcast messages like, "Nobody can recover your [...]

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