Category: Security

Family Security – Life360

When it comes on your family’s security, there are many things that you can look at to keep them safe.  Today, I’m going to take a look at an app that my family uses that has been very helpful in keeping us connected with one another.  Today, we’re going to look at the Life360 app […]

phishing attempts

Phishing Attempts from Friends: What to do

This morning I received a phishing attempt from a person I know, albeit not very well.  Martha is a church friend, someone that I’ve met on a handful of occasions, but not one that I would expect to receive email from that wasn’t directly related to a project at church.  This morning, though, I received […]

Breaking News: Yahoo! Data Breach

Breaking News out of Yahoo! The company confirms that as many as 500 million data accounts were breached by a hacker in a huge data breach.  Information obtained through the data breach may have included names, email addresses, dates of birth, telephone numbers, and possibly even encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers.  Yahoo! believes […]

Update your iOS device to 9.3.5 today!

Today Apple announced an important update to their iOS software that is found on iPhone and iPad devices. This update is in response to a hacking incident whereby an attacker could remotely turn on your microphone and record your conversations without your knowledge. This is an extremely important update for obvious reasons, and I urge […]

email

How email hacks teach us what email is used for.

How email hacks teach us what email is used for. Email hacks have been around for quite a while.  Take a look at these dates. January 2012: Rupert Murdoch’s News International admits they hacked emails as well as phones. February 2013: Former President George H. W. Bush’s personal email account was hacked. 2010 – 2014: […]

Text Message

Alert: Phishing Attacks via Text Message

Today I received a very unusual text message.  In the message, I was notified that my “account” was disabled, and that I should go to the link in the text message to unblock the account.  Just like any email phishing attempt, there are things here that you can decipher to give you clues about the […]

Watch Out for Pokemon Go Scams!

Pokemon Go is seemingly all the rage since it’s release this week, but beware – there is a great risk in spending all your time with this game and losing track of your surroundings in the process. There have been reports of robberies in the St. Louis area, reports of two men falling off a […]

Beware of Phony Tech Support!

Yesterday I received from the North Carolina Department of Justice Alert mailing list a warning — to beware of phony tech support.  The ruse is elaborate and devious, and can cost you hundreds, even thousands, of dollars if you fall victim.  Here’s the email I received: Phony tech support and overpayment: two scams in one […]