If you are going to browse the internet, it doesn’t matter if you are watching cat videos or checking email, there is always a security risk. For the majority of users, the browser that you use to access the internet is taken for granted and we trust, or assume, that they are automatically set to be secure. That is not the case.
Most browsers, by default, are set to be right in the middle of the road of security. So if you are wanting to make sure you are a little more secure while browsing, there are some recommended tweaks that you can make that will enhance your security. Now, the tweaks that I will be covering here are specific to Google’s Chrome browser but most browser have similar settings. Chrome is just a very popular browser and it’s one that I am very familiar with. Continue reading “How To: Increase Chrome’s Browser Security”
Acer has announced that for the last year, since May 12, 2015 to be exact, a group of hackers have been collecting information on their online customers. The information they were after includes online customer’s credit card numbers, expiration dates, three-digit security codes, names and addresses.
If you have shopped at Acer’s online store at any point between May 12, 2015 and April 28, 2016, or if you have had any information saved in an account with them, it is highly recommended that you cancel any cards that were associated and change your passwords.
Acer is currently doing everything they can to help their customers and notifying the ones that they know for sure have been affected. They are also working with outside security firms and law enforcement to try and find out who is behind the attack as well as improve their security.
One of the hot topics in security lately is Ransomware, and it doesn’t appear to be going away. In fact, new styles and versions are popping up almost every day.
In case you haven’t heard too much about it, Ransomware is a type of malware that uses various encryption methods to prevent access to your own files (documents, pictures, videos, etc.). After your files are encrypted a ransom note, or pop-up window, is displayed requiring payment in order to receive the decryption key so that you can regain access.. Typically it is downloaded as a file through spam or from a compromised website and occasionally through a vulnerability in the network or through an existing exploit-kit (another type of malware allowing access to your system).
Continue reading “Why you should care about Ransomware.”
Over the last few days a few high profile Twitter user accounts (Mark Zuckerberg, Keith Richards, Tame Impala, Drake, Tenacious D, & Evan Williams – founder of Twitter) had been compromised and at first this appeared to simply be isolated incidents. Late yesterday the news came out that this was no small incident. Apparently some 32 million Twitter accounts may have been compromised and are being sold on the “dark web.”
A hacker that calls themselves “Tessa88” has posted a large amount of Twitter data for sale. This data includes usernames, email addresses and passwords. The majority of the compromised accounts that are for sale appear to be Russian but 32 million is no small number. Chances are your account is okay but with this size of a data breach it certainly doesn’t hurt to change your password.
If you’d like to read a little more about this data breach then check out this link Here.
Wireless networks, or better known as WiFi. We all use them and love them and most of us probably wouldn’t even know what to do without them, but do you know how to make sure yours is properly secured? Most clients who I’ve spoken with have one, usually more, wireless networking device at home or in their office but the majority have done little to ensure that they are properly secured.
Continue reading “How and Why You Should Increase Your WiFi Security”