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09Jul2019

Who’s in Your Electronic Wallet?

Complacency is likely to be the greatest threat to your online security. The FBI recently reported that the padlock icon and HTTPS:// in a website cannot be trusted all the time in letting you know a site is safe. With the cost of SSL-TSL certificates falling, it’s cheap for crooks to set up malware sites
  • 9 Jul, 2019
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • anti-virus, fbi, https:, Malware, online safety, secure sites, security, ssl, Symantec, tsl,
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14May2019

DIY and a Scam

When one of our clients decided to add a Wi-Fi extender in a home office, she contacted a phone number that purported to be a helpline from the manufacturer. It wasn’t, and it opened up a door for someone to gain access to sensitive information. We’re certainly not opposed to any of our clients buying
  • 14 May, 2019
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • customer service, cyber scam, online safety,
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09Apr2019

Rule Your Email

We recently had to help a client resolve a rules-based email hack. It seems that hackers were able to change the rules in the email system to forward email to their own site and respond – and they could activate or deactivate the rule at will. The problem showed up when our client’s clients were
  • 9 Apr, 2019
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • data secutiry, email hack, email rules, online safety, strong passwords,
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13Nov2018

Using Alternatives to Passwords

We have harped…and harped ad infinitum…about having strong passwords simply because those strings of upper- and lower-case letters, numbers and special characters offered the best chances of staying ahead of the hackers. But we’ve always reminded you that something better is needed because the bad guys have a vested interest in developing better systems to
  • 13 Nov, 2018
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • Azure AD Conditional Access, biometrics, cybercrime, cybersecurity, data security, hardware tokens, MFA, Microsoft, multi-factor authentication, one-time codes, online safety, password-less, risk management, strong passwords,
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13Nov2018

Hack Attack Continues vs. Businesses and People

While government-sponsored hacking and disinformation makes big news, don’t take your eye your eye off the ball when it comes to protecting your personal and corporate data. A report from a consulting firm, Positive Technologies, painted a dark, dark picture, saying the second quarter of 2018 showed a 47 percent increase over 2017. You need
  • 13 Nov, 2018
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • credential compromise, data security, DDoS, hacking, Malware, online safety, risk management, security, social engineering, web attacks,
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11Sep2018

Password Agony; No Ecstasy

Passwords are a total pain. Upper- and lower-case letters, numbers and special characters in one password are likely unbreakable over the course of a lifetime. But just to be safe, you’re required to change them periodically – without repeating one you’ve previously used for a website. And if you go to extremes, well, it is
  • 11 Sep, 2018
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • cybercrime, cybersecurity, data security, online safety, privacy, risk management, security, spoofing, strong passwords,
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14Aug2018

Airports, Wi-Fi and VPNs

Since most of us fly in and out of Newark Liberty International Airport, you might want to know that it’s ranked fifth on one list of airports where your phone is mostly likely to be hacked. Setting up a VPN (virtual private network) might not be your answer, either, because they are not always as
  • 14 Aug, 2018
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • cybercrime, cybersecurity, data security, online safety, privacy, risk management, security,
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14Aug2018

Tech Preps for Trips

For all the acclaim that Israel gets for technology, I was shocked at how slow the wi-fi service was while we visited there. With all the advanced security systems in place and all the tech startups and established R&D places there, I was expecting blazing internet service. Instead, I found internet service was based on
  • 14 Aug, 2018
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • Android, Apple, iPhone, online safety, risk management,
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12Jun2018

SSL Certificates for Websites

When it comes to the security of your business website, size does NOT matter. Your business most likely either houses some bit of information about clients or customers or has access to information. That makes you a target for hackers. It also makes you a target for a Google search engine flag to warn that
  • 12 Jun, 2018
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • https:, online safety, secure sites, security, ssl,
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12Jun2018

Advice from the FBI

If you’re a longtime client or reader of Technology Update, you can say the FBI has either listened to us or validated us with its recent call to restart your routers. Our national law enforcement agency says that routers can be vulnerable to hackers, and one of your best defenses is to restart them. There’s
  • 12 Jun, 2018
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • cybercrime, cybersecurity, data security, Malware, online safety, privacy, risk management, security,
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