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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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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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Slow Internet?? No Internet??

You are not the only one. The internet is currently in the middle of a cyber attack. Dyn.com, a popular dynmic DNS provider and provider of commercial managed DNS services is currently experiencing a massive DDoS attack. As a result, many sites that are using Dyn.com’s services are experiencing issues. Affected are not just home/hobby sites that traditionally use dynamic DNS services, but also large “name brand” sites that use Dyn.com’s managed DNS service. For example Twitter, Spotify, Etsry, Github and others (domains

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Yahoo Update

It has been confirmed that Yahoo has had a breach of 500 million accounts. So what should you do if you have a Yahoo account? First and foremost, you’ll want to change your password immediately. All Yahoo account holders should also change their security questions and answers. Follow this link to see how it happened, if your account was compromised, and what you should do to fix it. https://help.yahoo.com/kb/account/SLN27925.html?impressions=true  

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Yahoo Potential Breach

Preliminary account said 200 million accounts, but have now moved to 500 million. The information could include names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth and hashed passwords but might not include unprotected passwords, payment card data or bank account information, the tech giant said. We suggest if you have a Yahoo account to change your password now. Stay tuned… http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/yahoo-hack-attack-500-million-users-state-sponsored-latest-a7323971.html  

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Why you should use a Password Manager

Password Managers are great tools to keep all your passwords secure. There are a few reasons you should utilize a password manager. They ensure all your passwords are unique. This helps prevent password reuse and prevents the compromise of site A effecting Site B (example: Your Facebook password being compromised does not lead to your email being compromised). They ensure all your passwords are strong. They automatically generate strong passwords based on pre-defined rules. A strong password should be of

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NIST’s new password rules

What’s new ? Favor the user. In other words, we need to stop asking users to do things that aren’t actually improving security. Much research has gone into the efficacy of many of our so-called “best practices” and it turns out they don’t help enough to be worth the pain they cause. Size matters. At least it does when it comes to passwords. NIST’s new guidelines say you need a minimum of 8 characters. Check new passwords against a dictionary of known-bad choices.

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Hotel chain breach

Another hotel chain has been breached through malware on their payment terminals. What does this mean for you? Anyone who has stayed at their locations may have their credit/debit cards compromised. The time frame for the breach is from February 2016 to July 2016. Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants has hotels throughout the entire United States. Below is a link to their compromised locations. If you have traveled at all in that time period, please check to see if where you stayed is

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Over 60 Million Dropbox Accounts Compromised

If you have a Dropbox account you might want to consider updating your password and enabling multi-factor authentication if you haven’t already. You can use this site to verify if your credentials were compromised. https://haveibeenpwned.com/ as they already have the 60 Million records in there database. Reports indicate the breach could date back to 2012. References: a. https://www.troyhunt.com/the-dropbox-hack-is-real/ b. http://motherboard.vice.com/read/hackers-stole-over-60-million-dropbox-accounts

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