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Your Software, such as CCleaner, May Have Backdoors

Can you trust programs you download? Millions of users, including outsourced computer firms, use a program called CCleaner on their own and on customers’ computers. CCleaner just announced that some of its software was compromised and has been stealing data from users’ computers. Continue reading ‘Your Software, such as CCleaner, May Have Backdoors’


Credit Monitoring is Not Enough – You Must Place Credit Freezes to Protect Yourself

Regarding the Equifax breach, the breach affects about half of America’s population, so take action. Experts agree that one of the best things you can do to protect yourself is to place a credit freeze on your credit reports. Continue reading ‘Credit Monitoring is Not Enough – You Must Place Credit Freezes to Protect Yourself’


Make Life Easier – Go Back to Easy Passwords

NIST, the National Institute of Standards and Technology in the US, is releasing new password standards that make passwords so much easier… Continue reading ‘Make Life Easier – Go Back to Easy Passwords’


Recover Quickly if Ransomware Attacks at Remote Worker and Home Computers

Ransomware is a common problem. If an attacker encrypts all your files and demands that you pay ransom to unlock your files, you will want to be able to recover quickly. Regular backups are not enough. Continue reading ‘Recover Quickly if Ransomware Attacks at Remote Worker and Home Computers’


Patching – 10 Steps to Seal the Holes in Your Armor

You’ve likely heard of the massive ransomware attack that has taken down so many organizations, including hospitals, around the world. The ransomware appears to have exploited a bug for which Microsoft released a fix a little over a month ago. Follow these 10 steps to help protect your organization from this, and from future attacks: Continue reading ‘Patching – 10 Steps to Seal the Holes in Your Armor’


The Google Scam Shows How, If someone You Know Gets Hacked, it can Make You Look Bad Too.

The Google scam: If anyone receives an email that contains a link to Google Doc, do not click on the link. Even if the email appears to be from someone they know and trust. Google did not get hacked, but someone else who has your email address in their contact list probably did. Anyone who clicked on that link needs to go to https://myaccount.google dot com/permissions and remove the one called Google Docs

This kind of stuff happens all the time, not just to Google, but to other unsuspecting people.

If someone receives an email that appears to have been sent by you, and the email contains a malicious link, lots of people would think it was your fault. There is a good chance that you did not get hacked, just like Google did not get hacked, but you may get blamed anyway. What probably happened is that one of your friends, or at least someone who has you in their contact list, got hacked. Then the attacker chose to send the malicious message, that appeared to be from you, to all the other contacts stored in that person’s contact list.

Spread the word encouraging the people you know to be sure they are secure, since, if someone you know gets hacked, it can make you look bad too.

And, tell others that, when they receive a malicious email message that appears to be from someone they know, that person they know may not have been hacked.

For your own protection, forward this message to everyone who may have you in their address book.


Attackers Are Using Mobile Devices as a Bridge into Your Network

A newly discovered virus, called Milky Door, permits attackers to connect to your organization’s network through apps on mobile devices. The users have no idea their mobile device is being used in this way. Continue reading ‘Attackers Are Using Mobile Devices as a Bridge into Your Network’


Alert Your IT Team – Urgent Patch for Network Servers

Many organizations use VMware to host their servers. VMware has released an urgent update they label as Continue reading ‘Alert Your IT Team – Urgent Patch for Network Servers’


Alert – A Popular Password Manager Has Serious Security Flaw Right Now

A password manager company announced that there is a vulnerability that could allow attackers to gather stored passwords. Continue reading ‘Alert – A Popular Password Manager Has Serious Security Flaw Right Now’