When it comes to phishing attacks, training is the ultimate protection.Phishing attacks happen every day. Fake e-mail, aggressive pop-ups and phone calls threatening IRS action confront us all. You and your end users cannot avoid them. You can, however, train them to become suspicious and avoid falling for phishing ...
August 20, 2017Mark Anthony Germanos
Do not let ransomware authors win.Ransomware is all over the news. A few months back, the Wannacry ransomware knocked out England's hospitals' computer networks. Staff told patients if they did not have an ...
July 28, 2017Mark Anthony Germanos
You do not need 2FA (2-factor authentication).2FA (2-factor authentication) helps improve your security and reduces your chance of becoming an identity theft victim. I have already written here why you should deploy 2FA. In this post, I shall play the Devil's Advocate. Don't do it.What happens if you don't ...
July 25, 2017Mark Anthony Germanos
2FA (2-factor authentication helps) protect your identity.You should deploy 2FA (2-factor authentication). This increases your security and reduces your chances of becoming an identity theft victim. Most services encourage 2FA and let you deploy it at no additional cost. I shall use Gmail in my example here.How it looks in ...
July 23, 2017Mark Anthony Germanos
2-factor authentication helps protect your identity.You should deploy 2-factor authentication. This increases your security and reduces your chances of becoming an identity theft victim. Most services encourage 2-factor authentication and let you deploy it at no additional cost.How it looks in real life.Daphne runs a dental office in Folsom, CA. ...
July 18, 2017Mark Anthony Germanos
2-factor authentication increases your security.You should use 2-factor authentication starting now. This is a mechanism, which is usually free, that increases your network security. According to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Simple_2FA, 2-factor authentication is "...a way of adding additional security on ...
July 17, 2017Mark Anthony Germanos
Ransomware could become a nonissue at a Folsom dental office.Daphne runs a dental office in Folsom. She gets scared every time she learns of ransomware, spyware and malware. "They're all challenging me and my ability to protect our client data. We're not the only dentist office in Folsom," she complains. ...
June 16, 2017Mark Anthony Germanos
Ransomware could become a nonissue.We survived last month's WannaCry Ransomware attack. WannaCry struck folks who avoided the most recent Microsoft security updates. They also previously clicked a phishing link. WannaCry encrypted files and demanded $300US in BitCoin to make them readable. Proactive users avoided this nonsense.Avoiding WannaCry....
June 13, 2017Mark Anthony Germanos
Wannacry, the worst ransomware in history, is preventable.Last week, the Wannacry ransomware infected 200,000 computers. It started infecting Britain's hospitals. We soon learned it was international. A client asked me about it.How to get infected.Here's what I wrote:...
May 18, 2017Mark Anthony Germanos
Ransomware strikes British hospitals.Friday's ransomware attack infected computer networks of at least 40 British National Health System hospitals. Administrators suspended non-emergency operations. They also are diverting ambulances.Mikko Hypponen, chief research officer at the ...
May 16, 2017Mark Anthony Germanos