Intense ‘Solar Storms’ Could Bring About the ‘Internet Apocalypse’

Solar flares — eruptions from the sun that send ripples off toward the magnetic field of the Earth — conjure images of disaster and science fiction films. Coronal mass ejections are tied to solar flares, large solar eruptions that are said to fuel most weather events in outer space. Think of them as huge gaseousContinue reading “Intense ‘Solar Storms’ Could Bring About the ‘Internet Apocalypse’”

The Government Warns Against ‘Lonely Heart’ Scams

You might receive regular emails, texts, or social media interactions claiming to be from a dating app or service. As with any interaction online, you have to be vigilant in case it’s a scam. The FBI is currently sending out a warning to the public that scams posing as potential online romantic connections are askingContinue reading “The Government Warns Against ‘Lonely Heart’ Scams”

Is Your Baby Monitor Safe From Hackers?

When it comes to common household devices that one has to assess for cybersecurity risk, you might want to prioritize your baby monitor. Recent headlines shed light on the reality that more than 83 million Internet-connected devices like DVRs, security cameras and baby monitors possess a serious security flaw. The internal vulnerability is found inContinue reading “Is Your Baby Monitor Safe From Hackers?”

Should Your C-Suite Make Cybersecurity a Bigger Priority?

When it comes to the very pressing threat of cybersecurity attacks — everything from attacks on the electrical grid to hospital systems — building a strong defense against hackers is a major priority for any company or government entity. Using just one example, a recent study from IBM reveals the cost of major data breachContinue reading “Should Your C-Suite Make Cybersecurity a Bigger Priority?”

Cybersecurity Leaders on How They Protect Their Data

A new survey of 125 data, privacy, and cybersecurity leaders shows how some of the top companies are approaching data protection. The global COVID-19 pandemic as well as ever-shifting technological norms and practices have caused the world’s top firms to jump-start their approach to safeguarding sensitive data, at a rate perhaps never seen before. AmongContinue reading “Cybersecurity Leaders on How They Protect Their Data”

What You Should Know About This Malware That Mimics the Netflix App

Binge-watching hours of one’s favorite programs on Netflix has become a signature form of escapism over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. The streaming service especially saw sharp increases in subscriptions during the early days of the global health crisis. Given Netflix’s popularity, it shouldn’t be a surprise that cybercriminals have taken advantage of theContinue reading “What You Should Know About This Malware That Mimics the Netflix App”

Avoid These Cybercrime Scams During Tax Season

It’s here again — tax season. The 2021 tax filing season began February 12, and Americans across the country are filling out paperwork, meeting with their accountants and getting their finances in order before the August 15 deadline. Complicating an already confusing filing process is the fact that this time of year brings about anContinue reading “Avoid These Cybercrime Scams During Tax Season”

How Safe are SMS Text Messages?

Many of us have used SMS (short message service) text messages before. These allow mobile devices to send back and forth short-form text messages, often as an authentication process to send you passcodes to accounts and services you’re trying to access. They can also be used to relay important announcements from companies and brands. WhileContinue reading “How Safe are SMS Text Messages?”

Why You Should Think Twice About Purchasing Smart Doorbells

We live in an era where most common appliances we know and take for granted are now “smart” and connected to the Internet. You might want to reconsider purchasing some that bring with them severe security vulnerabilities. Retailers like Walmart and Amazon are selling “smart doorbells” and other connected devices that bear serious security threatsContinue reading “Why You Should Think Twice About Purchasing Smart Doorbells”

The Massive SolarWinds Hack and What it Means for You

It’s considered one of the biggest, most wide-reaching hacks in American history — U.S. governmental agencies like the State, Treasury and Homeland Security Departments, private companies such as Microsoft and even the city network of Austin, Texas. All were the targets of a major security breach due to malware that infected the Orion software, aContinue reading “The Massive SolarWinds Hack and What it Means for You”