Mid-March 2021, Google made an update available for its Chrome web browser in order to address five security flaws, one of which was a zero-day vulnerability. A zero-day vulnerability means that hackers are finding and taking advantage of the vulnerability before Google had a chance to find and fix it themselves. With Chrome being one… Continue reading Browser Security – Make sure you don’t fall victim to the new Chrome/Chromium vulnerability
The IRS began processing 2020 federal tax returns on Friday, February 12, 2021, and with the COVID-19 pandemic persisting it is no surprise that more tax returns are expected to be filed electronically in 2021 than ever before. While a jump in the number of tax returns filed electronically isn’t a bad thing, there is… Continue reading Taxin’ and Relaxin’
Tips for safe online shopping during the Christmas season and all year long. Online Christmas shopping has been growing in popularity for years. Enter a global pandemic, and expectations can only be that the number of online shoppers will increase this holiday season. At the same time, you don’t have to scan the news for… Continue reading On the First Day of Christmas My Computer Gave to Me… a Virus After My Shopping Spree.
Contrary to popular belief, phones are susceptible to malicious apps just like desktop computers. In recent weeks there have been dozens of phone apps that have been rejected by the Google Play Store and Apple App Store, but not before they were available for download and use by thousands of people. Not to mention, if… Continue reading Phone Apps Are Not All Created Equal
Getting our kids ready for school in the morning these last few weeks probably looks different than it did last year. After breakfast my kids go to what used to be a guest room to turn on their laptops at their new Ikea desks and start class. It’s a big leap from the car pool… Continue reading Our So Called Virtual Life
Since COVID-19 was first on the news there has been an increasing number of online threats on the subject. Almost every week since April the most common phishing emails have had something to do with COVID-19. These threats come in the form of email attachments, links to fake online COVID maps, and links to phone… Continue reading Cyber COVID Threats
On July 15, 2020, more than one Twitter employee was targeted by cyber-attacks. These attacks were successful in acquiring the user name and password of an undisclosed number of employees at Twitter. The Twitter employees’ credentials were used to access several of Twitter’s internal systems including getting through Twitter’s two factor authentication protection. As of… Continue reading So, Twitter had a week.
TikTok is a Chinese video-sharing social networking service owned by a Beijing-based internet technology company. It is used to create short dance, lip-sync, comedy, and talent videos. A giant portion of TikTok users are aged between 16 and 24. If you haven’t heard of the app, we promise your children have. As of June 2020 TikTok, had… Continue reading We need to talk about TikTok
Most people are of the mindset that, “I’m not doing anything wrong so I don’t have anything to hide.” Cyber criminals make a living from that particular mindset. Average social websites people frequent today have stockpiles of information about their users. This mountain of freely available data is at most just one friend request away.… Continue reading No Privacy Without Security
Remote workers, students, and folks practicing social distancing are becoming more common as we try to quarantine COVID-19 out of existence. People new to working, studying, and spending abnormally large amounts of time at home may get distracted more than their office/classroom counterparts, mixing work and personal emails, texts, and calls. It is easy to… Continue reading Protect yourself at home.