Archives: 'IT Security'

Doug Bedell — July 8, 2020, 3:11 pm

‘Phishing’ E-Mails Need to be Trashed

We need to be wary of the veracity of e-mails we receive. In other words, don’t fall for phishing e=mails. They can be costly, the Hot for Security blog advises. “New research from German insurer HSB reveals an increase in suspicious emails targeting small businesses across the United States over the past year, the post […]

Doug Bedell — June 24, 2020, 12:35 pm

Digital Hazards of Working From Home – Hackers at the Ready

Think it’s safe to work from home? Maybe so, but precautions have to be taken against digital intruders. SecurityInfowatch makes this observation: “Many users have been surprised at how easy it is to work from home and keep in touch with colleagues and clients via applications like Zoom and Skype. “But many cybersecurity experts have […]

Doug Bedell — June 22, 2020, 2:29 pm

Like Web ‘Phishers’; They Could Be Costly…

The blog provides an update on trends in “phishing” attacks on possibly unsuspecting computer users. Phishing, a web security concern, occurs when an intruder “disguises oneself as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication”. “Sometimes,” advises the writer, “I notice spear phishing where the phishers appear to have done a bit of research, crafting […]

Doug Bedell — June 19, 2020, 10:43 am

…Computer Hackers Are Constant Foes

Be ever mindful of the possibility that your website or credit card are being hacked by intruders seeking your personal data, Tara Seals advises on “A new version of the IcedID banking trojan has debuted” she writes, “that notably embraces steganography – the practice of hiding code within images – in order to stealthily […]

Doug Bedell — June 17, 2020, 2:18 pm

Security Always Key In ‘Working From Home’ Trend

Another take on the Covid-19-prompted working from home trend, this from the InsiderPro blog: “Does moving more of the workforce permanently remote require remediation in the months to come? “The crisis has ‘appropriately proven to many executives they can run their companies from home,’ Davis says. Former Gartner analyst and global growth evangelist for Salesforce, […]

Doug Bedell — June 12, 2020, 7:14 pm

Cloud Computing Becoming a Security Necessity

With more office workers and others working from home – so-called remote workers – new cybersecurity threats arise for their employers, Security Infowatch notes. so they’re learning about basing their computer operations in the cloud – “cloud computing”. “In the past, companies traditionally relied upon an on-premise business model that required face-to-face interactions, Steve Lasky […]

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 — May 25, 2020, 12:00 pm

Switching to a Home Office? Don’t Forget Security

In this era of the Covid-19 virus, workplaces are changing – from office buildings to home offices. In many instances, that’s likely to last when the pandemic ends. On the IT Security Guru blog, the home office prospect is viewed in a U.S.-Europe perspective, with the trend appearing stronger in Europe. But half the U.S. […]

Doug Bedell — May 4, 2020, 4:01 pm

Web Security Risks of Working From Home

With many people working from home, the DarkReading blog advises that the security risks to their employers’ enterprises are rising. “‘It’s a massive challenge all of a sudden,’ says Stephen Boyer, co-founder and CTO at BitSight. Businesses accustomed to protecting 2,000 employees across three to four offices now have to secure the same workers in […]

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 […]