I’m sure this isn’t the first time you’ve heard how important it is to use secure passwords online. But here we are in 2018 and “123456” was still the most hacked password of last year. With all the recent security breaches large companies have dealt with, it’s easy to see how anyone could have their online security compromised. That’s why it is so important to create strong, unique passwords for all your online accounts. Nobody wants to have their personal data stolen, or be the reason their company's data is held for a sizable ransom. So why are so many still risking their security by clinging to weak passwords? Let's look at some common reasons and introduce some solutions.
This year certainly started off with a bang in the world of tech security. It’s not very often that in this day and age, a processor flaw becomes a substantial headline for mainstream news outlets. But when it impacts basically every computer or smartphone made in the past 15 years and could negatively affect billions of tech users, that’s kind of a big deal. Essentially, in the drive to create faster technology, some design decisions were made that unknowingly left our devices vulnerable to attack. However, do keep in mind, that even though Spectre and Meltdown have such a wide-spread possibility to cause harm, thus far there have been no known malicious exploits of these vulnerabilities.
You may recall a plethora of headlines and news stories hyping the severity of computer viruses in the late 80's and early 90's. At this point, viruses seem more like an accepted risk you agree to when you own a computer, than the fuel for a big, scandalous headline. Most basic computer users understand that they need some form of Antivirus and to stay away from dicey websites. But with criminal programmers and hackers coming up with new, more aggressive code all the time, is that true today?
When diving into the world of computer safety, a bunch of technical terms start getting thrown around. To most, the term virus has become more of an overarching idea that it is the cause for any malfunction or breakdown your computer incurs, despite its actual definition.
When mailing a check, you would never use a skimpy envelope that's easy to read through. You would spring for a sturdy security envelope with the blue, patterned lining that shields the contents from any snooping opportunists. Why not take the same precaution when sending confidential information via email? With so many opportunities for someone to steal your data online, how can you keep your information safe?
Email encryption is a good place to start. In essence, once you hit send on an encrypted email it becomes an indecipherable mess of jumbled letters and numbers that can only be decoded by the key you share with your chosen recipient.
If you were to sell your company tomorrow, what exactly would you pass on to a buyer? More than just a company name on a building; You have records, contracts, contacts, financial data and more that go into making your business unique and valuable. It takes an incredible amount of time to acquire, develop and build that network of information. If disaster struck and your computer crashed, how long would it take you to get all that information back? Your data is one thing you should never gamble with.
Hackers spend their days finding ways into your devices and accounts in order to obtain credit cards, passwords, social security numbers, and basically everything you wouldn’t want to share with a complete stranger. Also you have unscrupulous hackers that are constantly attempting trick you so that they can lock up you data and hold it hostage for a ransom. Having a plan in place BEFORE your information is stolen is the best way to outsmart a hacker.
A massive ransomware attack has hit businesses around the world, causing major companies to shut down their computer systems. Researchers are still investigating the software behind the attack, warning that it's more sophisticated than the WannaCry worm that struck hundreds of thousands of computers across the globe last month.
Most people heard about the new ransomware outbreak that disrupted systems worldwide in May known as WannaCryptor (otherwise known as WannaCry or Wcrypt). However, while most of us recognize its name, we don't know what it is, nor how to prevent ransomware in general. Here is a bit more information about both!
What is WannaCry?
WannaCry attacked at least 75,000 PCs within 24 hours effecting hospitals, schools, and offices worldwide. WannaCry used a flaw in Microsoft’s software found by the National Security Agency, which was consequently leaked to hackers and used to rapidly
How is it even possible for someone to steal your identity? Unfortunately, today, it is easy for a criminal to obtain your personal information. After your identity is stolen, not only can the criminal steal your money, they can apply for mortgages, file false medical claims, open lines of credit for fictitious businesses, and so much more. What can you do to protect yourself? Read on...
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