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?”
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”
January 6, 2021 — it is now a day that lives in infamy in the United States. It’s a day that saw an unprecedented riot occur at the U.S. Capitol, with what started as a protest against the certification of the 2020 Electoral College results turn into what’s been deemed a violent insurrection. So far,Continue reading “What Does the Riot at the Capitol Mean for Your Security Concerns in 2021?”
As we near the end of 2020, leaders and in all sectors — from politics to the financial world to the media to healthcare — are taking stock of what influenced their bottom line, what drove the markets and what shaped the world over the past 12 months. While COVID-19 has clearly been the drivingContinue reading “Global Family Offices Say Cybersecurity is Chief Concern”
We all know how crucial it is for you and your business that you stay abreast of proper cybersecurity protocols. It is necessary for your safety as well as that of your employees and clients. Beyond that, have you thought of cybersecurity as a central issue of branding? If your company has been the victimContinue reading “Why Cybersecurity is Important for Your Brand’s Image”
This year has certainly been unprecedented — from political debates to natural disasters to the global COVID-19 pandemic. Central to it all has been how we interact with technology, how it is at the center of day-to-day life and how proper cybersecurity practices are necessary in keeping ourselves and others safe. Now, 2020 is beingContinue reading “Why 2020 Has Been a Bad Year for Cybersecurity”
Anyone who has any kind of smartphone, a Mac or a Dell computer knows that updating your device’s operating system is part of the regular routine. Periodically, your device will receive a notification that a software update is ready. Why is it necessary to click “download?” Not only does it ensure your computer or phoneContinue reading “Why It’s Important You Update Your Device’s Operating System”
Since COVID began, cyclists have increased everywhere. Many prefer to ride bikes to work instead of using public transportation. Others find cycling an enjoyable way to get exercise and fresh air. Here are some of the best tips for staying safe on two wheels, from SF Weekly. 1. Wear a face mask Wearing the rightContinue reading “COVID-19 Safety Tips for Cyclists”
The National Cyber Awareness System (NCAS), part of the Department of Homeland Security, is America’s first cohesive national cybersecurity system for identifying, analyzing, and prioritizing emerging vulnerabilities and threats.
According to NCAS, identity theft is on the rise during this period of COVID-19. It provides these guidelines for minimizing your risk:
Do business with reputable companies – Before providing any personal or financial information, make sure that you are interacting with a reputable, established company. Some attackers may try to trick you by creating malicious web sites that appear to be legitimate, so you should verify the legitimacy before supplying any information. (See Avoiding Social Engineering for more information.)
Smartphones — over the past decade, they have become an indispensable tool of daily life. We use these pocket-size computers for everything. This has always made them a top target for cybercriminals.
Given that we use our phones for sensitive transactions, like online banking, or something seemingly more innocuous like social media, which can accidentally make our most private information vulnerable, it is important to stay safe when using your phone. Iovation reports that in 2019, 59 percent of “risky transactions” in North America transpired on mobile devices. They found that telecommunications is the industry that sees the most mobile fraud, at 75 percent. The previous year, gambling was the most targeted industry, at 60 percent.