Security

Stop Passing the Hoax and Check Your Privacy

Recycling can be good but not if it’s a hoax. Every couple of years we see an old hoax come back, updated as needed, and people continue to believe it and share it on their social media sites. 

I’ve seen several posts on my Facebook Timeline from others “warning” friends that Facebook will make ALL you posts public even deleted ones. The first thing to know, if it sounds unbelievable then it’s probably unbelievable. The other facts, Facebook is a business and publicly traded stock. As a business thier product is you and your information; and it’s used to target paid advertisements at you.  Also, they won’t do anything to jeopardize the value of the stock. They have enough access to your information which you give them everytime you post, they don’t need to bring up your past.

So, if you feel that you have something so incredible that just has to be shared on your social media, take a couple of minutes and research it. 

Now about your privacy. Today is a good time to review your privacy settings and learn what happens to your data when you post and share on your Facebook Timeline. 

To access your settings: “Click in the upper-right corner of your Facebook page. Select Settings from the dropdown menu. Select Privacy on the left. Click a setting (ex: Who can see your future posts?) to edit it.”

For more information visit Facebook’s Help Center. 

https://www.facebook.com/help/193677450678703

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Tuesday Tip – Ransomeware

Tuesday Tip – Ransomeware

Today’s tip deals with one of the most devious and current computer threats – Ransomeware. By definition it’s “a type of malicious software designed to block access to a computer system until a sum of money is paid.” The majority of these attacks go after small to medium sized business, ones that most likly have inadequate security measures in place, and have the necessity to pay the ransome demands. Below is a link to an article by Malwarebytes about how to deal with Ransomeware. It’s a long read, so even a scan of the article will give you info to help defend yourself. 

https://blog.malwarebytes.com/101/2016/03/how-to-beat-ransomware-prevent-dont-react/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social

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Critical iOS Update Released

Critical iOS Update Released

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Apple released an out of cycle update for all iOS devices late this afternoon (Aug 25, 2016). The update closes 3 vulnerabilities that allows an attacker to open a device often known as “Jailbreak”, and perform whatever actions they deem.

It’s being reported the vulnerability named “Trident” has been used by some governments to spy on targeted people and groups. In order for the exploit to be launched, a user must be social engineered or tricked into clicking a link that will execute the attack without the user even knowing it just occurred.

This update 9.3.5, should be installed immediately. You can do so via download thru iTunes or over the air on your iPhone or iPad. On your iPhone/iPad go to “Settings” – “General” – “Software Update”. As allows, make sure to perform a back up prior to updating.

Read more about the vulnerability here: https://threatpost.com/emergency-ios-update-patches-zero-days-used-by-government-spyware/120158/

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What’s Your Password…Manager

What’s Your Password…Manager

password_stickiesIf you are reading this, then you are on the internet;  if you are on the internet then you probably have multiple accounts that require a username and password.

 The average user has 60 online accounts, 5 social media accounts, 4  financial accounts, 2 email accounts, and numerous one-time use accounts. Here’s the bad part; the average number of passwords used for all online accounts, 2. Here’s how it gets worse, the average user doesn’t use a complex password, and the password will more than likely fall into the top 10 worse passwords list.

By now you should be asking yourself “What do I need to do to become better at managing passwords?” Well just in time for your needs; I’ll start a series of short posts about how to use Password Managers, Password Generators, and best practices for one-time use accounts.

The best part, I’ll be give away a one year subscription to Password Manager tool.

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Tax Awareness Week and Tip #4 of 5

Tax Awareness Week and Tip #4 of 5

Tax Awareness WeekTax Identity Theft Awareness Week Tip #4: Here are some other tips to lessen the chance you’ll be a victim of tax identity theft:
• Always protect your Social Security number or Medicare card number: don’t give it out unless you have to, and always ask why it’s needed, how it’s going to be used, and how it will be stored.
• Shred old taxes returns you’re no longer required to keep, as well as draft returns, extra copies, and calculation sheets.
• Ask for recommendations and research tax preparers before you turn your personal information over to them.

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Tax Awareness Week and Tip #3 of 5

Tax Awareness Week and Tip #3 of 5

Tax Awareness WeekTax Identity Theft Awareness Week Tip #3: Have you heard about IRS imposters? Tax scammers posing as the IRS call and say you owe taxes, and threaten to arrest you if you don’t pay right away. They might know all or part of your Social Security number, and they can rig caller ID to make it look like the IRS is calling. Before you can investigate, they tell you to put the money on a prepaid debit card and tell them the card number. The IRS won’t ask you to pay with prepaid debit cards or wire transfers, and won’t ask for a credit card number over the phone. If the IRS needs to contact you, they will first do it by mail. If you have any doubts, call the IRS directly. Learn more at ftc.gov/taxidtheft and irs.gov/identitytheft.

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