Internet Growth and You

Do you look at online security the same way you did 10 years ago – or even 2 years ago? Remember when you were little and your parents would put a book on your head as you stood in the door frame of the kitchen (stretching your neck as much as you could) to mark […]

Shellshock – The Bash Bug

Shellshock Bash Bug – What is it? Shellshock. It’s what the latest and greatest computer bug is being called. It’s a bug in the Bash shell – that impacts all UNIX-based systems, including Linux and Mac OS X. It also includes devices like WiFi routers and devices that have UNIX code and Bash installed. And […]

Back to School Do’s and Don’ts

Security is a habit Now that summer is coming to an end and the new school year is under way, it’s a great time for a quick refresher of a few good habits that will increase your kids’ online security. When they are small, we tell our kids not to talk to strangers. As they […]

The JPMorgan Chase Hack – 4 Things You Should Do Right Now

The latest news reported by The New York Times, Bloomberg and other channels is that JPMorgan Chase and several other as-yet-unspecified US banks have been hacked. The FBI and security firms are actively investigating. The motivation, as well as who is behind the attacks, is not yet certain, however, it is known that the hackers […]

Data Breach at SUPERVALU Retail Chain

Yet another retail chain has experienced a data breach that likely involved customer credit card data. In what they are calling a Criminal Computer Intrusion, Supervalu announced that a breach involving several of their chains occurred in the range of dates: June 22 through July 17. We’ll keep you Informed about the breach as information […]

Password Selection Rules: Corporate Edition

File Under: Funny CORPORATE DIRECTIVE NUMBER 88-570471 In order to increase the security of all company computing facilities, and to avoid the possibility of unauthorized use of these facilities, new rules are being put into effect concerning the selection of passwords. All users of computing facilities are instructed to change their passwords to conform to […]

Death by Passwords

Have you ever noticed that when you ask a friend how many passwords he or she has, the answer is almost always between 10 and 20? When you think about it, that really isn’t a lot, BUT they’ll go on to tell you how hard life is with all these passwords.* “So, how do you […]

Russian Security Breach Revealed: What It Is and What You Need to Do

The headline in The New York Times is daunting, “Russian Hacking Amass Over a Billion Internet Passwords”. Yes: BILLION! The story? It is being reported that a close knit group of Russian hackers have breached massive amounts of data. Here are the numbers: more than 420,000 websites have been harvested and data stolen from them, […]

I Know Where Your Cat Lives and More Than You’d Like Me to Know

The folks at Data Privacy Day recently brought a couple of great items to our attention: cats, students and sex, drugs and rock and roll, and metadata. Talk about great content for blogging! Let’s face it, baby boomers had it easy. Everyone was drinking in dorms, smoking, hanging out with all sorts of characters that […]

So far 375 million customer records compromised in 2014

We’ve reached the halfway point of the year and it’s a good time to evaluate the situation in data security so far in 2014. According to the numbers, the bad guys are having a bumper crop this year. The folks at Help Net Security have assembled their report for data breaches since January, and the […]