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How a Firewall Helps Protect Your Systems

How a Firewall Helps Protect Your Systems

As the data that you store on your business’ computers is valuable, it is inherently a desirable target to cybercriminals and scammers alike. This means that it is in your best interest to have comprehensive protections in place to protect this data from their activities. Let’s go over exactly what a firewall is, and how they make up a critical portion of your business’ defenses.

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Facebook Privacy a Concern, Part III

Facebook Privacy a Concern, Part III

Most of us have a love-hate relationship with social media. A particularly controversial platform we discuss quite a bit on our blog is Facebook. Privacy is a monumental concern in the digital age, so today we thought we would go over settings you might not even realize are enabled on your Facebook profile. 

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Facebook Privacy a Concern, Part II

Facebook Privacy a Concern, Part II

If you haven’t read part one of our Facebook privacy blog, it wouldn’t hurt for you to go back and read that one first. Today, we will be building off of that blog, teaching people how to properly configure their accounts to give them the best chance to lock down their private information.

Of course, Facebook, being one of the predominant web-based services in the world, has a checkered history when it pertains to individual’s privacy. In fact, I think a fair share of its ongoing troubles when it comes to individual privacy have a lot to do with their overwhelming success.

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Facebook Privacy a Concern, Part I

Facebook Privacy a Concern, Part I

Would you consider Facebook to be popular? It’s an interesting question. It’s like asking people if they think McDonalds is popular. These days Facebook is used by one in every four people in the world, yet there are very few people that will actively come to the social media giant’s defense, let alone admit to spending nearly half of their time online on the site (either via an Internet browser or via an app).

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Former Fraudster Says to Stop Using Debit Cards

Former Fraudster Says to Stop Using Debit Cards

When over 16 million people are scammed out of over $16 billion, there’s likely some type of problem that needs to be addressed. Famous con artist, Frank Abagnale, the man immortalized in Steven Spielberg’s Catch Me If You Can, a movie that was based off his own memoir, has been working as a security consultant with the Federal Bureau of Investigation for over 45 years. In that time, he has become an expert in cybersecurity and fraud prevention.

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The Wild Ride That Is Data Privacy, Part II

The Wild Ride That Is Data Privacy, Part II

Earlier this week, we published the first part of our blog, “The Wild Ride That Is Data Privacy” where we went over the systems in place in society that are designed to put your privacy at risk. We continue the article today. Please visit our blog to re.

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The Wild Ride That Is Data Privacy, Part I

The Wild Ride That Is Data Privacy, Part I

Data Privacy is a huge topic these days. We often talk about data security when it comes to protecting your organization’s information, but we often don’t go into a lot of depth when it comes to protecting an individual’s information. It’s important to understand how personal information moves around, so you know what you are up against when it comes to protecting your privacy online. This post is going to be a bit of a deep rabbit hole, but I really want to shine some light on the subject for my readers.

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Google Location Services and How They Apply to the Average User

Google Location Services and How They Apply to the Average User

In the dog days of summer, the news media started running a story about how Google’s location tracking services continue to track people even after they order their mobile device’s OS to quit it. A researcher from Princeton proved these claims by traveling through New York and into New Jersey after turning location services off on for hi Android smartphones, only to be tracked through all the Interstate travel. We’ll take an in-depth look at why Google seemingly knows exactly where you are if you want them to or not.

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Taking a Look at Facebook’s Recent Controversies

Taking a Look at Facebook’s Recent Controversies

The past few years certainly haven’t been very good for Facebook. After going public in 2012, Facebook acquired several organizations and applications to make waves in the market. The company is now responsible for a considerable amount of data, which has led to several data breaches, exacerbating the media and creating skepticism toward the social media giant.

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Sexy Scam Relies on Your Belief that Someone Was Watching

Sexy Scam Relies on Your Belief that Someone Was Watching

Internet scams are major threats to individuals and business because all it takes is one wrong click of the mouse and a user is embroiled in an unenviable situation. One such scam that is happening today is designed to catch users with their pants down, so to speak.

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Password Security Needs to Be a Priority

Password Security Needs to Be a Priority

Passwords are everywhere. It seems that every account requires a password, in addition to the devices we use to access these accounts. This is a good thing, as it only helps to increase security - assuming that the password is strong. After all, a password that anyone can guess can hardly be called a password at all.

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Your Computer Might Be Sharing Data with its Manufacturer

Your Computer Might Be Sharing Data with its Manufacturer

It is our hope that you are aware of how much of a risk spyware can pose to your business. Your business generates, collects, and leverages truly considerable amounts of data each day that is intended for your business only. While spyware that is introduced by a hacker is clearly a bad thing, what if the manufacturer of the device installed a program that pulled data from your machine?

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Why Boarding Pass Selfies Are A Really Bad Idea

Why Boarding Pass Selfies Are A Really Bad Idea
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Too often, the desire to share an exciting travel destination with the world overrides any security or safety concerns one might have. Even people who are traveling for business will use social media to document their trip as a method of promoting their attendance at the event over social media. This includes photographing and sharing proprietary documents, like boarding passes and passports.

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These Companies Provide A Benchmark For Password Strength

These Companies Provide A Benchmark For Password Strength

We are never shy about insisting that certain standards are met when devising passwords, but many major companies are seemingly far less worried about password security than we are. A recent study conducted by the password manager developer Dashlane paints a troubling picture of the state of password security, providing anecdotal evidence in the form of some very well-known and trusted companies scoring at the low end of the password security spectrum.

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Keep Your Guard Up Against VoIP Fraud

Keep Your Guard Up Against VoIP Fraud

As with all innovative technology, there is only a certain amount of time you’ll have until someone inevitably finds ways to exploit it. One such exploitation of a common technology that has flown under the radar and avoided widespread knowledge by users is VoIP fraud. VoIP fraud is no different than other cybercrime - the exploitation of a network or data to procure ill-gotten gains.

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New Device Fits Awkwardly on Your Face, But Has a Super-Practical Purpose

New Device Fits Awkwardly on Your Face, But Has a Super-Practical Purpose

What’s your strategy for talking on your cell phone in public? Do you excuse yourself to a room with fewer people? Do you try to talk as quietly as you can in order to prevent eavesdropping? Or do you blab away for all to hear? Thanks to a new product called Hushme, you’ve got another option--but be warned, it will turn some heads.

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Latest Major Retailer Hack: 223 Brooks Brothers Stores

Latest Major Retailer Hack: 223 Brooks Brothers Stores

The oldest retailer in the United States disclosed that they had malware installed in their point-of-sale systems that was stealing their customer’s data for a year. 223 Brooks Brothers locations in the United States and its territories were affected by this attack.

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Researchers Find 23 IoT Device Manufacturers' Lack of Security Disturbing

Researchers Find 23 IoT Device Manufacturers' Lack of Security Disturbing

At the recent DEF CON security conference in Las Vegas, hackers taking part in the IoT Village tested the security of a variety of Internet-of-Things devices that are widely available to consumers. They found dozens of vulnerabilities, reinforcing the idea that IoT-device manufacturers need to do a better job securing their products.

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Hackers Get Saucy With Arby’s and Steal 355,000 Credit Card Numbers

Hackers Get Saucy With Arby’s and Steal 355,000 Credit Card Numbers

Arby’s is at work mending fences with its customers after it was discovered that hundreds of its restaurants had been host to malware that stole data from customer credit and debit cards for an undisclosed amount of time. Reported numbers vary, but through a point-of-sale attack, the cyber criminal(s) responsible managed to extract anywhere from 335,000 to 355,000 debit and credit cards over four months.

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Study Shows More Universities Need to Study Up When it Comes to Cyber Security

Study Shows More Universities Need to Study Up When it Comes to Cyber Security

There’s no denying that education, whether through a professional or autodidactic medium, is important in cybersecurity. While it’s not always the case, organizations like to hire people with a formal education. The problem in this case is that most educational institutions do little to foster an understanding of actual cybersecurity.

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