Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Keep an eye open for this new scam technique...

  Watch out for this one, folks. Just got this in my email - and unsubscribing in the way highlighted (highlight added by me) would be EXACTLY what they want you to do!

Monday, October 3, 2016

Why I use iPhone, and Why I Hope the Google Pixel will Change That

      I've mentioned in my previous post,"Are Updates Actually Important?" that my mobile platform of choice (currently) is iOS - limiting my options to iPhone and iPad - no Motos or Galaxies for me.
Not that I don't want them - it's a side-effect of knowing the huge security disadvantage of Android that caused me to recently switch to an iPhone.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Yahoo breached! What you need to do

Yahoo announced that 500 million of their accounts were hacked and are sold by internet criminals. Bad guys are going to use this information in a variety of ways. For instance, they will send phishing emails claiming you need to change your Yahoo account, looking just like the real ones.   Here is what I suggest you do right away:
  • Open your browser and go to Yahoo. Do not use a link in any email. Reset your password and make it a strong, complex password or rather a pass-phrase. 
  • If you were using that same password on multiple websites, you need to stop that right now. Using the same password all over the place is an invitation to get hacked. If you did use your Yahoo passwords on other sites, go to those sites and change the password there too. Also change the security questions and make the answer something non-obvious.
  • Use a free password manager that can generate hard-to-hack passwords, keep and remember them for you.
  • Watch out for any phishing emails that relate to Yahoo in any way and ask for information.
  • Now would also be a good time to use Yahoo Account Key, a simple authentication tool that eliminates the need to use a password altogether.

Thanks to the lads and ladies at KnowBe4 for this great information!

Need help with any of this? Reach out to me by submitting a ticket HERE.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Are updates actually important?


    Yes, yes they are. Let’s just get that straight right off the bat. Software updates for anything connecting to the Internet are increasingly crucial as digital thieves find more and more lucrative ways to steal your Greenbacks and ruin your life. Here's a real-life example of how that could happen.

    What’s that? Priceless family photos? Let me lock down your computer with a virus that uses high-grade encryption – and hold your files at ransom until you pay up.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Are Chromebooks Viable?

When I mentioned getting a Chromebook, I was asked to test it with work applications to check viability. Here are my findings.