Yesterday's phishing attempt. Yesterday morning, someone sent me a phishing attempt. According to Wikipedia, “phishing is the attempt to obtain sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details (and, indirectly, money), often for malicious reasons, by ...
May 9, 2017Mark Anthony Germanos
BitLocker = ? I am glad you asked. BitLocker is Microsoft's hard drive encrypting tool. You enable it on the hard drives residing in your computer or on external drives you attach with a USB cable. This is included in Microsoft Windows 7 and Windows 10 Professional. There is no cost. I am ...
May 7, 2017Mark Anthony Germanos
Watch out for phishing attacks. Yes, you read that right. You have to be street smart and watch for phishing attempts. These are attempts to gain your website credentials at a fake site. They are more common than ever. Perhaps you've seen e-mail asking you to verify your Amazon, PayPal or ...
April 16, 2017Mark Anthony Germanos
You have secure data. How secure is it? Your workday may be done. However, thousands of people can access your secure data all night long. Outsiders and insiders both are a risk. Some of history's worst attacks were conducted by insiders. To maintain access control and secure your data, you have ...
April 13, 2017Mark Anthony Germanos
Revisit Your cybersecurity resolutions. Yes, yes, yes, I know. It's not January 1st anymore. I agree. Regardless, you should look at your cybersecurity policies and ask if a) they are up to date, and b) if you're meeting them. This includes interviewing your IT department. They may see your ...
April 11, 2017Mark Anthony Germanos
Network security is an investment. Network security is not cheap. You already knew that. Individual solutions are becoming more costly. Inexpensive open source alternatives struggle to keep up. Compliance and quality assurance costs are rising annually. The total cost of cyber crime is reaching unprecedented levels, averaging $15 Million per year ...
April 9, 2017Mark Anthony Germanos
Hackers are targeting you and your data. Hackers attack daily. Most hacker attacks are not news headlines anymore. Hackers continue to gain access to valuable data and personal information daily. They target both private companies and government agencies. The good news is, most companies have begun to take security seriously. Therefore, ...
April 6, 2017Mark Anthony Germanos
Manage your Internet Domains before they get hijacked. Last week, a business owner walked up to me and said, “I think I need your help. Someone called me and offered me my Internet domains for $5,000. I am not receiving any e-mail and the web site you visit while trying to ...
December 30, 2016Mark Anthony Germanos
Phishing…yes or no? This morning, I received a rather suspicious e-mail allegedly from Amazon.com. This looked like an order confirmation for a TV someone purchased and shipped to Alabama. Upon inspection, I learned this was a phishing attempt. I deleted the fraudulent message. I want to show how to identify a phishing ...
September 2, 2016Mark Anthony Germanos
Reduce interest-based ads’ effectiveness. Anybody out there tired of online ads that pull you away from your work? Same here. Online marketers track your web surfing habits. They then use that information to create interest-based ads they feel will appeal to you. I am showing two ads that appeal to me, ...
June 13, 2016Mark Anthony Germanos