Three ways to get the best online network protection

Technology has changed the lifestyle of Americans and everywhere else around the world. But as people get to sit longer in front of their computers or chatting with colleagues or acquaintances on their smartphones, little do they know the risks involved in opening up a gateway for others to snoop in or worse, steal their identities without them knowing it. A couple of years back around 95% of networks were breached by hackers. These networks belonged to three of the top-ranking industries in the country, namely the government, technology, and retail networks. Around 43% of all cyber attacks occurred in small businesses, while 64% of all companies reported experiencing web-based intrusions from hackers. Phishing and social engineering attacks affected 62% of companies while malicious code and bot attacks hit around 59% of companies and 51% resulted in service decline due to fraud attacks. Since 2013, reports revealed that an average of 3,809,448 records was stolen from network breaches each day, which makes it an average of 158,727 per hour, 2,645 every minute and 44 in every second of the day. These attacks are often randomly aimed at IT consulting companies even just to prove a point that security systems are no match for hackers. Create complex passwords The first line of defense to secure your online profiles and networks is to constantly update passwords using a complex combination of characters, symbols, and numbers. Make sure the password you create is not related to any information that could be linked to your personal profile or confidential data. Practice safe surfing as well. Phishing websites often mask their malware with clickable links that could open your system to vulnerable attacks when you open or view it. Surf the internet using only trusted and recognizable sites to reduce the risk of getting your system infected. Make sure your online protection software is up to date Be mindful of boosting your network security or update your online protection regularly. It is critical that you make sure you are a step ahead of every new malicious software or coded program that could damage your system. Cloud service providers often include such options to facilitate over-the-air software or protection updates as part of their service to clients. A simple way to do it is to always run your online protection software update scans first thing when you turn on your device and before you start working on your computer. This ensures that your system has been updated and swiped clean of potential threats before you start working. Avoid suspicious online activities It often comes in a tempting notification or message from an unknown source, so make sure that you avoid accessing those links provided. Be wary of communication that you receive and always counter-check if a message is valid or not. Always err on the side of caution because it always pays to be prepared than not at all. Share this…FacebookGoogle+TwitterLinkedin

Mobile Security Authentication with Biometrics

Mobile security authentication is a hot topic. Most mobile devices are going to utilize a pin that is chosen by the user, which is going to be easy to break. Others utilize a code that they draw onto the screen in order to open their phone. However, most people will find that this form of authentication can easily be guessed by simply looking at the screen and the layout that is used. So how can mobile security authentication become safer and be better for mobile users? Enter biometric authentication. There is a huge push for this to become more standard in the mobile world. But, is this the best method for securing your phone? We are going to look at the good and bad points of this type of mobile security authentication. Biometrics: The Good Vs the Bad Biometrics can be anything from using a scan of your face to open the mobile phone, or it can even use your fingerprints. This means that there is only one person who can ultimately access your phone. Imagine if you were to lose your phone and were using these biometrics for security, no one would be able to access the vital information you may have on your phone. However, there is a downside to this as was proven when Google started with face identification for unlocking a mobile. Even a picture of the person’s face could allow this phone to be opened. Thus, it is clear that there is still some work to be done in order to make this an effective form of security. Fingerprint scanners is great, but there are always ways in which this can be beaten as well. This was proved by several researchers who were able to fool the biometric fingerprint scanner and log into someone else’s phone. Another aspect that needs to be considered is that if you are only using biometrics to log into accounts, mobile phones and the like, what happens when this is hacked? We can see that there is always a possibility that someone was able to get into these devices despite the biometrics being a bit stronger in the password department. This is just one thought that security researchers are trying to contemplate and fix before biometrics truly take over the mobile market. Are Biometrics the Future of Mobile Security Authentication? Despite the flaws that have been found with this form of authentication, it is still something that is being highly considered by mobile companies. After all, though it can be broken, the chances of this being broken are smaller than compared to the number of people who have had their personal pin hacked into. So, yes, we are going to see more mobile phones coming to the market with biometrics as a form of security for the mobile. The key is whether the general public is going to get on board with this new form of security. There are those who are all about this new form of security. However, there are just […]

Glibc Bug Could Be a Security Threat to You

Glibc is one of the newest bugs on the market that is affecting computers, apps and devices that are all connected to the Internet. This new bug was found by Google security researchers. The actual bug is a flaw in the code, allowing it to affect those who are using devices that could be affected. Who is Affected with Glibc? The expanse of Glibc is not truly known yet. However, there are several devices that could be affected. The main vulnerability are those devices that are running the Linux operating system. This means that surveillance cameras, servers, internet capable devices and wireless routes could all be affected. In addition, those smart washers on the market running the Linux system could be affected as well. According to Seven Murdoch, a security researcher at UCL: “SOMETIMES BABY CAMERAS RUN LINUX AS WELL, AND THEY’RE SOMETIMES CONNECTED TO THE INTERNET. THERE HAS BEEN CONCERN THAT THESE HAD SECURITY VULNERABILITIES THAT WOULD ALLOW PEOPLE TO ACCESS THEM. THIS IS ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF THOSE VULNERABILITIES.” Basically, any type of device or platform built using the Python, PHO or Ruby on Rails programming could be affected. Services that could be affected are numerous. But, just a few examples include Dropbox, Facebook, and Twitter. The good news is that those who are using Windows or OS X are not affected. Fighting Back The Glibc bug has been acknowledged, and patches have been dispensed to help deal with this security threat. This does mean that in order to protect yourself, you are going to want to ensure that you are downloaded all the security updates for the device that you are using. What is surprising many people is that Google researchers are finding that people were aware of this bug in July of 2015, yet it is just now becoming a cause for concern.  Google also discovered that this flaw has been seen in code that is dating back to 2008. It is more important than ever that people are updating their devices with the latest security updates. Otherwise, they do run the risk of becoming infected with this bug. Share this…FacebookGoogle+TwitterLinkedin

Mobile Security Authentication with Biometrics

Mobile security authentication is a hot topic. Most mobile devices are going to utilize a pin that is chosen by the user, which is going to be easy to break. Others utilize a code that they draw onto the screen in order to open their phone. However, most people will find that this form of authentication can easily be guessed by simply looking at the screen and the layout that is used. So how can mobile security authentication become safer and be better for mobile users? Enter biometric authentication. There is a huge push for this to become more standard in the mobile world. But, is this the best method for securing your phone? We are going to look at the good and bad points of this type of mobile security authentication. Biometrics: The Good Vs the Bad Biometrics can be anything from using a scan of your face to open the mobile phone, or it can even use your fingerprints. This means that there is only one person who can ultimately access your phone. Imagine if you were to lose your phone and were using these biometrics for security, no one would be able to access the vital information you may have on your phone. However, there is a downside to this as was proven when Google started with face identification for unlocking a mobile. Even a picture of the person’s face could allow this phone to be opened. Thus, it is clear that there is still some work to be done in order to make this an effective form of security. Fingerprint scanners is great, but there are always ways in which this can be beaten as well. This was proved by several researchers who were able to fool the biometric fingerprint scanner and log into someone else’s phone. Another aspect that needs to be considered is that if you are only using biometrics to log into accounts, mobile phones and the like, what happens when this is hacked? We can see that there is always a possibility that someone was able to get into these devices despite the biometrics being a bit stronger in the password department. This is just one thought that security researchers are trying to contemplate and fix before biometrics truly take over the mobile market. Are Biometrics the Future of Mobile Security Authentication? Despite the flaws that have been found with this form of authentication, it is still something that is being highly considered by mobile companies. After all, though it can be broken, the chances of this being broken are smaller than compared to the number of people who have had their personal pin hacked into. So, yes, we are going to see more mobile phones coming to the market with biometrics as a form of security for the mobile. The key is whether the general public is going to get on board with this new form of security. There are those who are all about this new form of security. However, there are just […]

Internet Connected Toys: A New Worry for Parents

Parents have a new worry when it comes to the Internet and their kids…Internet-connected toys. These toys rely on the Internet in some form or another in order to function. But, what makes these toys safe? Are they safe for your children to utilize? This is just a few of the questions that are being asked by parents throughout the world who have purchased these toys for their children. Security with Internet Connected Toys Officially, there have been no parents who have found that these toys have been hacked. However, this does not mean that it couldn’t happen. In fact, experts are promising that it will happen. Rapid7 Inc, is a cybersecurity firm that is based in Boston, who has done studies on several of the toys that are coming connected to the internet. Toys that were included in this study included: Fisher Price Smart Toy HereO, a smartwatch that tracks children In both of the cases, these toys failed to safeguard the information of the children who are playing with these toys. With the hereO, it was found that a child’s location was easily found. These flaws were reported to the manufacturers of these toys, and they were immediately corrected, which is the good news. However, it brings about concerns about the various other toys on the market that could be endangering children. What can Parents do? Luckily, manufacturers are making sure that their toys are now passing these types of tests. However, this goes to show that there are dangers everywhere when it comes to Internet connected toys. It is vital that children be told internet safety rules, and that you are protecting your private connections at home. This may mean utilizing a VPN for all the devices that are accessing the Internet at home for stricter security. However, for these toys, that is not possible, yet. With tablets and other devices that children may be using, it is possible to get a more secure connection with a VPN. For example, utilizing HideMyAss on your child’s tablet can offer a better sense of protection. However, for the most part, parents need to ensure that they are educating their children on the dangers and they know what type of information they are giving out to the world. Share this…FacebookGoogle+TwitterLinkedin

Common Online Scams

The online community is full of scams that can affect anyone. Many times, those who are not prepared are going to be those who are affected. The effects of these scams can be long. After all, most of these online scams are aimed at gaining your money, your information or some other material that would be damaging to your life. The best offense against these online scams is to know what they are. Email Scams to Watch out For There are several online scams that are found via email. For those who regularly check their emails, they are going to want to be aware of these so that they do not become a victim: Foreign Lottery Scam: This scam is very common. You will receive an email that looks legitimate stating that you have won a foreign lottery. What can you do? Delete the email and do not click or reply to the email. If you seriously want to search into the lottery, then google the lottery, chances are it does not exist. The Survey Scam: You will receive an email telling you that you have been chosen to participate in a survey that may be concerning a hot topic issue. For your time, you may even be compensated. However, once you click on this you could be allowing malware to infect your system. Unless you have requested to be put on survey lists, then watch out, this is just another online scam that is trying to victimize you Nigerian Check Scam: This was a scam that has been around for several years. You are going to receive an email stating that this royal aristocrat is going to give you a sum of money for cashing a check for them. All they need is your account number to make this work. The next thing you know; your account has been wiped! Social Networking Scams Thanks to the age of social media, email scams are not the only types of online scams that people need to be aware of. The Quiz Scam: For those who are Facebook users, chances are you have seen those quizzes that ask you take these in order to find out what favorite book character you are. Or even seen your friends take these quizzes and invite you to participate. However, did you know that not only could these quizzes be infiltrating your social media account and seeing what you do, but it can also be charging you a fee. Many of these quizzes are going to require your cell phone number in order to patriciate. Chances are, you are going to see a charge on your next cell phone bill for this quiz. The Photo Scam: This scam is one that many people are aware of, as several social media feeds have warned of it. In this scam, you may receive a message from a “friend” whose account has been hacked, with a link stating that this is a naked picture of you. Of course, you […]

How to Protect your Wireless Network with VPN

Sitting in your living room, connecting your tablet to the wireless connection throughout your home, is a privilege for many people. There are those who have to go to public Wi-Fi location in order to get fast running Internet. However, are you being safe with your wireless network? It is simple enough for your neighbor, a person driving past or the like to take notice of your wireless network. Most devices will catch onto the signal of a Wi-Fi connection, whether this is public or private. The person can then choose to connect into this connection and access the Internet. For those who have their own network, they often state that they are protected with a password to access their network. However, how strong is your password? You can access Tips for Creating a Strong Password via our Security Guide to help with choosing a password, but is a password enough? The answer is no, not with the number of hacker and online criminals who are ready to jump at the next unsuspecting person as their victim. Though your physical network can be protected with a password, there are other methods for these criminals to access your network. How a VPN Protects Your Wireless Network? Even when you are connected to your personal network via your own Internet, what you are doing online can be seen by someone if they hack into your connection. From here, these online criminals can: Read your emails that you send Hack into social media accounts Look at banking information In addition, when you are online, without a VPN, your Internet provider can also look at what you are doing online. These internet providers will know what websites you visit, what you are downloading, what you may be watching online, and the like. It makes many people uncomfortable knowing that anyone can see what they are doing online, and that is why they turn to a VPN for protection. A VPN is going to offer protection in a way that most people are grateful for. They are going to find that they can get online, and not worry about someone accessing their files, monitoring what they do or the like. What a VPN Does A VPN is going to offer protection. For one, when you connect to your connection, then connect to your VPN, what you do online is going to be hidden. You are also going to find that you can access information from other countries via a VPN, if you choose to use a server that is located in that country. Hackers and online criminals cannot gain access to you since they cannot pinpoint your IP address. This is the main way in which these criminals are able to do this, your IP address through the Internet service provider is the one key that these criminals need, and with a VPN this changes and becomes hidden. What VPN Should You Consider for a Wireless Network? There are several VPN’s on the market, as this is an ever […]

Cyber Threats with IoT Devices: A New Worry

Cyber threats are becoming more common place and IoT devices are not immune to these threats. However, when most people think of the threats that are out there, they are thinking about email hacks, social media hacks, and even ransomware. However, that is just the small list. Recently, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced guidelines that are meant to help it IoT devices. These are devices that are connected to the hospital and other health care organizations. These new guidelines showcase just how serious these internet threats are becoming in real life. FDA Stance on Cyber Threats The threat that these IoT devices have is not something that is new. Several security experts have warned that certain medical devices such as a heart monitor, or the like, could be hacked by hackers. In the event that this device was hacked it could work improperly, resulting in the death or serious illness of a patient, or it could be used as a catalyst for a hacker to get vital private information on all patients within that medical facility. The FDA has announced: “CYBERSECURITY THREATS TO MEDICAL DEVICES ARE A GROWING CONCERN. THE EXPLOITATION OF CYBERSECURITY VULNERABILITIES PRESENTS A POTENTIAL RISK TO THE SAFETY AND THE EFFECTIVENESS OF MEDICAL DEVICES.” It can now be said that the FDA is taking a stronger stance on cyber security, as it should have been done when these devices first started entering onto the market. Guidelines for IoT Devices The new guidelines for IoT devices can be found via the FDA, here. However, here are a few of the more interesting guidelines: Each device will have to go through a premarket screening, where changes will need to be implemented if there are problems found. Each threat needs to be looked at in terms of how vulnerable this makes a person, and the impact that this threat could have on a patient. When a company has to remedy cybersecurity threats for a device, this process must be documented for reference. The new guidelines for the IoT devices in the market, are meant to help ensure that each patient who utilizes these are safe. Most patients who are breached or who have a cyber threat, are never aware of this, as it is unlike your home network being breached. Cyber security is something that every person should be worried about. The number of cyber threats are increasing on a daily basis, with new approaches to attacks being developing throughout the year. For those who are worried about their home network, they can utilize a VPN as a way to protect this even further. The Best VPN Reviews can help in discovering which VPN will fit your home needs. IoT users will want to ensure that the manufacturer of the device they utilize is taking whatever necessary steps to prevent cyber security. This is something that you will need to talk with your doctor, as well as stay updated on the latest threats to these devices and if you could be compromised. If […]

What to Do When Hit by Ransomware

Ransomware is becoming just as common as malware, and it is targeting many companies and individuals. This is the option for hackers who are looking to make money off of the trouble they inflict. So what can you do if you are hit by ransomware? Pay the Ransom: The Old Method One option that was being used by the FBI was to pay the ransom. However, the FBI has recently retracted this method of beating ransomware. FBI Ransomware professionals once stated that in order to get your files and information back, the fastest method was to simply pay the hackers what they were wanting. In the end, this was costing individuals and companies anywhere from $200 to $10,000, depending upon the amount of information, as well as the importance of this information that was stolen. From the time period of April 2014 to June of 2015, ransomware from hackers made the hackers around $18 million. The problem with this method is that can you be for certain that hackers are going to give you back the information that they have stolen? This is a fear of many, and now why the FBI ransomware professionals are advising that people not pay the fee that hackers are demanding. Ransomware Decryption Removal The FBI Ransomware infection is one that is installed on your computer, that simply locks you out of your computer unless you pay a random of around $100 or $200 for access again. This type of infection is very common. It installs on the computer once you visit a website that is infected. The next time that you log onto your computer, you will see the information that you are locked out unless you pay the ransom. The good news is that you can remove this type of infection on your own. Here are the steps: Start the computer in Network Safe Mode Once prompted, login with the current user account, the one that is infected Once online, download and safe the Bitdefender Trojan.Ransom.IcePol generic removal tool. It can be found here Save this file, and then open it Once opened, start the scan and wait for the tool to finish Reboot your PC as normal, and the infection should be removed Ransomware Protection The real way to deal with getting hit by ransomware, is to have some sort of protection in place. Here are the tips for ransomware protection: Use antivirus software Use a firewall Enable a popup blocker Back up the content on your computer in the event that you do get attacked by ransomware so that you do not lose everything Do not click on advertisements, emails or attachments that you do not recognize Avoid suspicious websites If you do get attacked, be sure that you file a report with the local FBI field office so that they are aware of this attack. The FBI is always compiling data on these attacks, so that they can warn the general public about this risk. For other helpful tips on securing your online activity, […]

Encryption Issue with Dropbox: Find an Alternative

When looking at your privacy online, one of the largest platforms that people are using these days are those cloud services that allow them to store information such as Dropbox. Dropbox is a huge client for these types of services, and more and more people are using this. The secure Dropbox company is valued at over 10 billion USD currently, and is continuing to grow. One of the attractive features about Dropbox is that it is simple to set up and even easier to use. However, despite this fact, there is still a love/hate relationship with Dropbox that has many people looking for alternatives. The good news is that there are several encrypted drobox alternatives. All of which are going to help you to either avoid using Dropbox, or they are going to allow you to encrypt Dropbox so that you know your information is safe while it is being stored here.  Dropbox basically holds the information that you give them, the files, folders, and so forth. However, they really do not encrypt this information as much as many people would like, making it simple for someone to gain access to these files. Your Encrypted Dropbox Alternative #1: Sync.com This is a drobox alternative free that is going to be used for those who are using Windows and Mac. They offer 6 GB of storage for free, allowing you to have all the space that you may need.  A few highlights about this service: They utilize a 256 bit AES encryption All passwords are maintained as 2048 bit RSA private keys #2: Apps for Encryption Protection on Dropbox There are several apps that you can use that work in conjunction with Dropbox as a method to keep your information private and secure. A few of these apps include: Boxcryptor Viivo Both of which work with Dropbox to encrypt the files that you choose, allowing you to have more protection on the files that you choose. #3: Sookasa.com With this app, you are creating a separate folder in Dropbox or Google drive. All of the information that is placed in this folder is going to be encrypted. This is free for those who are using this for personal use. Why You Need an Encrypted Dropbox Alternative? Though Dropbox may be a great invention in terms of storing your information and files online, it is lacking security. We all realize just how important encryption is, especially after seeing the number of attacks that are happening throughout the world. An encrypted file is much harder, if not impossible, for a hacker to get access to. For those who use Dropbox on a professional level, the information that they store needs to be protected, not only for their sake but for the sake of those whom they are working with. For those who are serious about encryption, these dropbox alternatives and apps that work with Dropbox are the best option that you have. To even further protect yourself while online, consider a VPN to help encrypt your […]