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Doug Bedell — June 10, 2020, 10:11 am

Microsoft Hustling to Keep Windows Secure

Brian Krebs advises that Microsoft continues to hustle to keep its Windows operating system secure. On June 9, “Microsoft released software patches to plug at least 129 security holes in its Windows operating systems and supported software, by some accounts a record number of fixes in one go for the software giant,” Krebs advises. He […]

Doug Bedell — June 8, 2020, 5:51 pm

Hackers Are Off to the Presidential Election Races

In security terms, the 2020 presidential election in November figures to be a raucous brawl. Iran and China have already been targeting the Trump a/or Biden campaigns, the Ars Technica blog advises. “State-backed hackers from Iran and China recently targeted the presidential campaigns of Republican President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden, a Google threat […]

Doug Bedell — May 20, 2020, 5:33 pm

Hackers Turn Wearable Fitness Devices Into a Security Threat

Security Infowatch provides a warning about a security threat to business networks from wearable fitness devices. “In truth, the potential risks of these devices go far beyond the privacy intrusion they represent for the everyday consumer. They also present a major source of vulnerability for business and corporate networks.” “The threat that wearable fitness devices […]

Doug Bedell — April 29, 2020, 1:49 pm

Security Scams: Score One for AARP

AARP, the American Association of Retired Persons, is exposing an email extortion scam that can rattle the sensibilities of people old enough, indeed, to use email. “Extortion scammers,” AARP explains, “have a valuable scare tactic at their disposal: They show in their messages that they know a password you’ve used for online accounts. They claim […]

Doug Bedell — April 10, 2020, 3:22 pm

While We’re Not at Our Workplaces, More on Zoom

The remarkable videoconferencing service Zoom has been introduced to its own issues during the weeks offices have been shut down because of the COVID-19 outbreak. Here, SecurityInfoWatch reports on “a flaw in a feature marketed specifically as a way to make meetings more secure.” Oh dear. “Zoom said Wednesday (April 8) it had fixed a […]

Doug Bedell — March 2, 2020, 12:07 pm

Cyber Attacks Continuing Virtually Unabated

In terms of computer (“cyber”) security, the bad guys are still winning, Security reports. “Whether it’s a major metropolitan city’s computer networks being crippled by ransomware (Atlanta, Baltimore, New Orleans, etc.),” writes Joel Griffin on Infowatch “or the personal information of a hotel chain’s guests being pilfered in a massive data breach, the attacks […]

Doug Bedell — January 24, 2020, 11:07 am

Church Security Needs to Be Taken Seriously, Not Casually

Church security gets little formal attention, but it should, advises Tony Kooser on the Security website. “First,” Kooser, President of Full Armor Strategic Solutions, writes, “where does a church find their security applicants? Most church security teams are comprised predominantly of volunteers. While it is possible to attract members with some form of experience, the […]

Doug Bedell — January 6, 2020, 4:42 pm

How the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security Sees the Iranian Threat

On Saturday, Jan. 4, Acting U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F. Wolf issued a National Terrorism Advisory System Bulletin “pertaining to the changing threat landscape following the successful U.S.-led airstrike in Iraq that eliminated Qaseem Soleimani, the head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force, a U.S.-designated Foreign Terrorist Organization.” “At this time we […]

Doug Bedell — December 23, 2019, 4:18 pm

Know Your Organization – What Hackers Might Want to Hit

Know your organization. What are your most valuable online assets? Know these things and you can better plan to protect them. That’s today’s message from, and it’s a timely one. “It is critical,” writes Dr. Kevin Harris, of American Military University, “that leaders determine what organizational assets are the most valuable and thus what […]

Doug Bedell — October 23, 2019, 2:30 pm

Around Digital Devices, Don’t Be a ‘Creeper’ or ‘Peeker’ exposes an inclination we’re all aware of, but wouldn’t admit to – “creeping” on PC screens and “peeking” at documents found in printer trays. Curiosity gets the best of us digitally, as well as in other ways. A survey commissioned by Hewlett-Packard as part of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month confirmed our computer quirks. It […]