Do you use public WiFi with your laptop or mobile device? Many people do. It’s important to understand that public places are prime targets for attackers. There are many types of attacks that can happen in public, while most are technical, some are as simple as looking over your shoulder.
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Week 1 of NCSAM starts at home, with the topic “Make Your Home a Haven for Online Safety”. The overarching theme of the month is “Our Shared Responsibility”. Like most people I care deeply for my family, not to mention I have two tiny humans that run around eating everything in sight (unless they “don’t want that”) and leaving a general disaster wherever they walk; I love them, as father of the household their safety and well being are my primary missions in life, and I thought I would share how I try to keep my household cyber-safe…. [Read More]
NGFW or UTM: A necessity in the modern workplace.
Next Generation Firewalls (NGFW) or Unified Threat Management (UTM) are a must have in today’s ever connected business’, ok, but what does that mean? NGFW is a fancy way of saying “a firewall solution that has modern filtering, detection, and encryption capabilities”; UTM extends those capabilities to a “unified” experience, many times through cloud-based services. Imagine the internet as an ocean of data that is “pouring” into your computers, servers and network infrastructure. Think of the firewall as a dam that is holding back that flow of data; all the “modern capabilities” are valves along the wall that allow you to get just the data you want. If you do not have a modern firewall you are swimming with sharks. Per the FBI the average cyber-attack goes “14 months” without being noticed;… [Read More]
Update, Update, Update.
Yet another “ransomware” is running rampant in Europe (primarily the Ukraine) , and it can be avoided with windows updates; that’s it. Petya-Mischa/notPetya/Nyetya whatever they are calling now, is based off of the same exploit Wannacry/Wannacrypt took advantage of, EternalBlue. This time the attack has become more potent, instead of encrypting specific files it encrypts your MFT (Master File Table). Basically it renders your operating system useless, and the ransom is in bitcoin (about $300). According to this Forbes.com article, as of June 27, 2017 only 22 payments had been made. The really bad news here is that the email account linked to the ransomware has been shut down and there is no way of getting your files back apart from a restore. If you do not have backups of your data, it is gone; sounds like a waste of money to me . Unless you have been living under a rock,… [Read More]