STOTW – Encryption

When you store critical or confidential information, you should protect it via encryption. This is especially so if this data is stored on portable devices like laptops, USB sticks, or even smartphones. Good encryption software is readily available.  For example, VeraCrypt, is easy to install and use.  Best of all, it’s free! VeraCrypt gives you […]

STOTW – Shoulder Surfing

Ahh!  Surfing.  Riding the magic wave.  Grabbing some big air.  Hanging on for dear life. . .no not that kind of surfing.  This is about another type of surfing. “Shoulder surfing” happens when someone is looking over your shoulder while you are at your computer. For obvious reasons, this can become a real security issue […]

STOTW – Updating AV Software

An overwhelming number of new viruses and other malware are being created and released on a daily basis. With over 500,000 new samples of malware or variants detected each day, it is little wonder that malware has grown exponentially during the last few years. Having a good anti-virus/malware program protecting your computer is very important. […]

STOTW – Following Email Links

Clicking on links in unsolicited email is like accepting candy from strangers. Phishing attacks largely rely on luring people to follow links that lead them to malicious or compromised sites. Often, an unfortunate consequence of clicking on these links is the downloading and installation of malicious software such as Trojans and worms – all without […]

STOTW – Storing Data Safely

Do you have files and data that are saved locally on your computer? You will want to get into the habit of saving critical data and documents to your network drive (assuming you have one available to you). Why? If your desktop PC dies, or your laptop is stolen, any locally stored information will be […]

STOTW – Personal Information

Always be careful about where you post personally identifiable information (PII). PII can include your: Full Name Address Date of Birth S.I.N. Credit Card #s Malicious individuals are continually on the lookout for this type of information in order to steal your identity. Places where you might post personal info include: “Profile Assistant” Programs Web […]

STOTW – Lock Your Computer

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 […]

STOTW – Top 5 Online Safety Tips

It is good idea to review online safety practices from time to time.  ZDNET recently published their top 5 tips for a safer online experience. Patch, patch, patch—make sure security patches are up to date Use unique, not just strong passwords for online accounts Whenever possible, enable two-factor authentication—a growing number of sites like Twitter […]

STOTW – Malware on the Rise

Are you hoping malware is going away?  Unfortunately, nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, the volume of malware is increasing at an alarming rate. SC Magazine writer Ashley Carmen cites the recent Check Point “2015 Security Report,” which shows that malware strains increased 71% in 2014 over the previous year. In 2013, 83 million […]

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 […]