Cyber Security

The Equifax Breach: Why We Need to Better Protect Ourselves

Oftentimes, we take for granted our cybersecurity, so much so that we continue our digital routine without fear of consequence. The problem is, however, the more lax we get the more scammers are atuned to our follies. One might ask what this has to do with the Equifax breach. It has a lot to do [...]

October 13th, 2017|Cyber Security, Internet security|

5 Ways to Safeguard your Identity Online

Your identity online is every bit as important as it in the physical world. Because of that, there are safeguarding measures that you should follow to ensure your identity is safe and secure. Today, scammers don’t care who you are – they just want your identity and your money. Beyond that, they are some of the hardest people to catch and track. There are several scams that span cyberspace and our the physical world too. […]

September 10th, 2017|Cyber Security, Internet scam, Internet security, Web Security|

How to Protect Yourself from the Google Docs Scam

A new relentless scam is flooding the Internet, this time taking the form of a Google doc. Many of us have received an invitation to collaborate on a work or to share documents with, but this new scam is anything but a collaboration. It is an elaborate phishing scam that is aimed at getting your passwords, social security numbers or any other personally identifying information. There is a good possibility that the person sending you a Google doc or sheets invite knows how the system works. One of the safest safeguards you can implement is to ask the person who sent the invite (assuming you know them in some way).  Chances are if you are not at work or part of an organization that requires you to share information and documentation, then it is probably a scam. […]

May 31st, 2017|Cyber Security, Internet scam, Web Security|

Christmas Time is Here…And so are the Scams

Christmas time is supposed to be a time for festive gatherings, reunions, fellowship and more. The problem is this is a time of year many scammers will be out in full force. This year, they are using Facebook to work their way through the system. Undoubtedly, if you have been on Facebook recently, you have seen pages pop up to do gift exchanges. Sounds fun, right? Problem is these are effectively pyramid schemes. […]

December 22nd, 2016|Cyber Security, Internet scam, Post-Tax season scams, Web Security|

Are you being targeted for a cybercrime?

Undoubtedly, you have heard about the recent Yahoo security breach. Yahoo estimates that 500 million accounts were stolen, “in what may be the largest cybersecurity breach ever.” (CNN Money) The information stolen include email addresses, phone numbers, passwords and unencrypted security questions and answers. There is a measure of comfort in that financial data and information linked to bank accounts were not breached. That fact, however, still does not diminish that the breaches are still happening worldwide through a wide array of cybercrimes and scams. There is an important lesson to learn, it is important for everyone to be vigilant in reviewing all accounts, whether they are banking accounts, social media or email accounts. It is especially important to change passwords and security questions often. It can sometimes become a daunting task to keep passwords updated frequently, but the small investment of time can pay off in the future. […]

Why Millenials are Susceptible to Scams

New studies show that millenials are the most susceptible to phone and Internet scams. The common assumption was that the elderly generations would be most susceptible. Despite growing up in a digital world, millenials fall into the digital traps more often. While it is true that adults over the age of 55 get more calls from phony charities and tax scammers, millenials often end up losing more of their money – or in some cases their identity. […]

Remote Access – A New Old Scam

When it comes to scams, people will find ways to accomplish their end game. Remote access to your computer or laptop is one scheme that seemingly is more common and even more nefarious than some forms of viruses. With the right kind of software and tools, hackers can easily remote into your computer for vital information. It can start off in many ways. One way is hackers who will remote in on your webcam and verbally assault you or threaten you unless you give them money. Another, and perhaps the most common hackers gain remote access is by you giving them permission. […]

April 13th, 2016|Cyber Security, Internet scam, Remote Access, Web Security|

Had your website for too long? Think about redesigning it.

If you have had your website for too long, you might want to think about getting it redesigned. As technology and coding changes throughout time, your website may not be up to date on key items such as security. Newer technology changes the way websites look and “act”, giving your site more flexibility. Do you remember what a website (any website) looked like 10 years ago? Now, compare that site today. The difference is markedly different. Here are some examples of major reasons why your website may need a redesign. […]

August 30th, 2015|Cyber Security, Web Design, Weblog, Website redesign|

Website Vulnerability Assessment – You Can’t Afford Not To Do It

Every year, hacking costs the American economy $100 billion. In a recent attack, hackers, operating under the ISIS name hacked into the WordPress sites of several businesses. Hackers often don’t have a specific agenda in mind, but they do like to disrupt the organization in any way. Often, hackers do not need much to get into a website. In cases of the WordPress hack, hackers utilized a plugin vulnerability. Small points of entry can cause maximum damage. For small business owners, they are at a higher risk. In 2013, small businesses were targeted in approximately 30 percent of all cyberattacks. As bleak of an outlook as that sounds, cyberattacks can be avoided with the right kind of protection and knowledge of how the hackers think. […]

Beware of Scam Artists Early in Storm Season

After round one of storms that barreled through Oklahoma May 6th, Attorney General Scott Pruitt warned that there would be the potential for scam artists to work their trade in the days following a disaster. Year after year, these scams evolve even taking more of an online component with them. If you or someone you know was effected by the storm, be on the lookout for scams taking place in your own neighborhood. Here are some things to look out for so you can avoid being scammed. […]

May 7th, 2015|Cyber Security, Web Security, Weblog|