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ATM Skimming Devices

If you ever get money out of an ATM or pay at the pump, you should incorporate checking the card slot or the keypad for a skimmer into your routine. Krebs on Security provides a quick education on skimmers. These types of devices have been as close as Aberdeen. Consider them everywhere. Article: https://krebsonsecurity.com/2017/03/why-i-always-tug-on-the-atm/   

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CIA Hacks Released. What does it mean for you?

This week, WikiLeaks dumped thousands of files documenting hacking tools used by the C.I.A. One of the examples is how to turn 2013 model Samsung smart TV’s into listening devices. The list of covert listening devices doesn’t end there. Other brands named were Apple’s iPhone, Google’s Android, and Microsoft Windows. Essentially, this dump of CIA’s hacks has given the blueprints to every hacker in world on how to hack those particular models/companies. Wait, don’t I have a Windows computer in

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IRS SCAM

Scammers are at it again. As usual, they are utilizing tax season and IRS threats to try to give out your personal information. Here is a screen shot of the email. There are multiple mistakes that are in this email. The biggest red flag is the fact that the IRS is emailing you. The IRS will NEVER initiate contact with you via email. Other flags are the atrocious grammar and random capitalization of words. Keep vigilant!!!

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Send over the W-2’s

It’s TAX TIME!!! With that comes tax fraud. We have seen phishing emails that seem to come from the boss of the company requesting all of the W-2’s be sent to them.  This is a scam. If you do get a request like this and you suspect that is it a fraud, call the individual to see if it is legit. Don’t email. Stay vigilant!

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Do you use a Netgear Router for work or home use?

An article was released yesterday that Netgear routers have a security flaw that should be addressed. If users have their remote management activated (it is off by default) the router can be accessed and hijacked remotely. Long story short, your router password can be easily retrieved by someone else. There are 31 models affected by this security flaw. To see the models affected, follow this link.

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Patch Tuesday

  As you may know, Microsoft releases their updates on the second Tuesday on each month. It is very critical for businesses and home users alike to assure the success of these updates. These updates are patches to security flaws within their software (Windows, Adobe, Flash, Google, and Java). Long story short, these are the holes that hackers are using to get into computers and networks. When releasing these patches, they are shutting the doors so hackers can’t access your

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Yahoo Breach

Yahoo has been awarded the gold medal for the largest breach in history at 1 BILLION.  Oh, they also hold the silver medal too from a couple months ago with a half Billion of users compromised. This is a good time to change your Yahoo password and enable 2 step authentication on all of your accounts. The breached users haven’t been added yet, but when they do you can see if your email was one of the victims at https://haveibeenpwned.com/  If you

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Size Matters: Password Length vs. Average Time to Crack.

Reminder to always choose a secure password. Use a minimum length of at least 12. You can test out your password at https://howsecureismypassword.net/ 

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Gift Cards

Gift cards are a great idea for that person that is hard to buy for. However, they are a great way for cyber criminals to make some fast, easy money. Typically, what happens is you can buy a $50.00 gift card for $20.00. It sounds too good to be true! Well, it probably is. If you are wanting to buy gift cards, buy them directly from the official retailer and not a third party site like EBAY. If you go

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Cyber Monday

With Black Friday behind us, we move on to Cyber Monday. There are precautions you should take if you are participating in online shopping today. For instance, do not use the same password for your Amazon account and your online banking account. See the full list here.

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