Tip of the Week

Tip of the Week: Simple Steps for Router Security in Your Home

27 July in Tip of the Week, Tip of the Week: Security Consulting

In most home networks, the router is your primary defense against hackers gaining access to all the internet-connected devices in your home. Unfortunately, many top brand Wi-Fi routers are easily hacked. You should be concerned — set up your wi-fi properly. Home routers use WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup). This is wireless networking that makes connections between a router and a wireless device faster. It is protected by a seven-digit PIN and a final checksum digit. This PIN is found on...

Tip of the Week: Ransomeware Make You WannaCry

01 June in Tip of the Week, Tip of the Week Corporate Security

The threats posed by ransomware continue to increase as does their sophistication and complexity. Ransomware is a malicious piece of software that once it gets into your computing device will begin encrypting your files so you can no longer access them without the password or passphrase to decrypt them. The creators of these programs then demand payment before releasing these needed codes. The damage caused by these incidents can be quite traumatic. Losses due to work stoppages or time spent trying to...

Tip of the Week: Inside the Mind of a Burglar – Steps to Keep You Safe

26 May in Tip of the Week, Tip of the Week Corporate Security, Tip of the Week Personal Safety

A Video, ‘Inside the Mind of a Thief | Burglar Confessions’, was released by the Allen, Texas Police Department. It's an interview with a career burglar who spent over 20 years breaking into hundreds of homes and describes how he conducted his crimes. The following list emerges from the interview with important crime prevention tips to keep you from becoming a victim: 1. Alarm signs promoting a wireless capability would be a total deterrence. Warning signs for dogs and alarm systems would make him take notice but...

Tip of the Week: Repeal of Privacy Regulations for Internet Providers – How to protect yourself

14 April in Tip of the Week, Tip of the Week Corporate Security, Tip of the Week Personal Safety, Tip of the Week: Security Consulting

Recently repealed privacy regulations have stripped away some controls placed on Internet Service Providers (ISPs) governing their use of your search information. Your internet browsing habits reveal your interests, topics researched, and virtually everything you do on the internet including when you do it. The removal of privacy regulations make it legal for ISPs to “monetize” this information and sell it to marketing companies. Advertisers can then market specific products directly to you as you browse the web. Although annoying, discovery of your personal browsing habits...

Tip of the Week: Taxpayers Beware! Avoiding Online Scams When Filing Tax Returns

10 April in Tip of the Week, Tip of the Week Corporate Security, Tip of the Week Personal Safety

Tax season becomes a holiday of criminal mischief for cyber criminals and scammers who are seeking to steal your identity and hard earned cash. According to a recent IRS tax scams consumer alert, “The IRS saw an approximate 400 percent surge in phishing and malware incidents in the 2016 tax season.” The most important advice is to stay vigilant and remember that the IRS doesn’t initiate contact with taxpayers by email, text messages or social media channels to request personal or financial information....

Tip of the Week: Cyber Security Predictions for 2017

04 January in Tip of the Week, Tip of the Week Business Continuity Planning, Tip of the Week Corporate Security, Tip of the Week: Security Consulting

The year 2016 saw the Russian hacking scandal, data breaches of major stores and credit card companies, theft of digital health care records and a 400% increase in ransomware attacks on large and small businesses and government entities. Industry experts expect 2017 to surpass last year’s number of attacks and data breaches. As we move into 2017, cyber security will be a top international security priority for governments, business, and industry. With more devices and technologies coming into play, the challenge to keep data and...