STOTW – Lock Your Workstation

It is never a good idea to leave your workstation or laptop unattended while logged in. A good safety habit to get into is to “lock” your computer while you are away from your desk. Simply press the CTRL + ALT + DEL keys, then click on the Lock this computer option. Alternatively, you can press the […]

STOTW – Malvertising

Malvertising is a recently coined word for malicious advertising. Malvertising makes use of advertising channels found on many legitimate sites to embed malicious code in advertisements. Sites compromised with malvertising can lead to drive-by downloads where malicious programs are installed on the unsuspecting user’s computer. Such malware can include Trojan programs used to steal credit card and […]

STOTW – Drive-by Downloads

The “drive-by download” is an insidious means by which malware can end up on your computer. You don’t actually have to click on anything for malicious software like fake anti-virus programs to download and install on your PC or laptop. Merely visiting a compromised website can be all it takes to end up with malware on your […]

STOTW – Malware By the Numbers

How many new samples of malware appear daily worldwide?  You may be surprised.  According to security vendor, Kaspersky Lab, almost 200,000. Did you guess correctly?  If not, don’t worry.  You’re in good company.  The majority of people have no idea how much new malware is being released every single day. That’s more than 8,000 per hour.  […]


In December 2010, Canada passed CASL, the new Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation.  Now in force since July 1, 2014, this new law prohibits: Sending of commercial electronic messages (CEMs) without the express consent of the recipient Alteration of transmission data which causes a message to be sent to a different destination without prior consent Installation of […]

STOTW – Two-Factor Authentication

Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and most recently, Twitter are offering two-factor authentication. What is this?  Two-factor authentication goes beyond just a password and requires an additional piece of privileged information. This could be something you know and/or something you have, and/or something you are (i.e. a fingerprint) Using Microsoft as an example, you can opt for their two-factor […]

STOTW – More on SMS Spam

SMS or text message spam is a growing trend. If you are a recipient of text spam, treat it like email spam. If you don’t recognize the sender, it’s best to simply delete the message. If you open the message, never click on any embedded links as this could lead to your phone becoming infected with malware. Some […]


We have all experienced email spam, but what about text spam? While text or SMS spam is not a common occurrence right now, it is a growing trend. Thanks to unlimited texting plans offered by some carriers, spammers are taking advantage and are launching SMS spam campaigns that are beginning to impact users. What can you […]

STOTW – Beware of QR Codes

You have probably seen them: Those strangely marked squares that keep popping up on TV or in print media. Known as QR (Quick Response) codes, they are the equivalent of bar codes. QR codes typically contain URL information.  When scanned by a special app on a smartphone or tablet device, the user will be taken to […]

STOTW – Worst Passwords List

SplashData recently published a list of the worst passwords for 2013. The top 10 include: 123456 password 12345678 qwerty abc123 123456789 111111 1234567 iloveyou adobe123 Recognize any of these?  Are you protecting your valuable information with one of these? Remember: hackers know about this list, too.