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  • The best part of a major data breach is that it serves as a cautionary tale for the rest of us. We get to learn everything that Equifax (hopefully) learned, without having to go through a class-action lawsuit. The bigger the hack, the bigger the wake-up call. Pretty much every company in the Fortune 500 has suffered some sort of public data breach in recent years. It’s enough to keep IT managers up at night. If you’re second-guessing your own data security, feel free to check out UpStack’s data center comparison resources to see how you might improve your data protection. With that in mind, here are some very expensive mistakes that other companies have learned. People are Still the Problem It’s maddening that your company can invest ungodly sums of money in hiring the best IT staff and building a secure infrastructure… only to see it all undone by a single employee opening a phishing email. Verizon recently released a very insightful report on trends in data security, and their data shows that phishing is still the most popular cause of data breaches. Denial-of-Service attacks (DoS), data loss, C2, and misdelivery caused more security incidents, as a whole. However, phishing remains the most popular entry point for breaches. Their data also revealed that the higher up the employee, the more likely they are to be targeted, with C-Suite executives being 12 times more likely to be attacked than other employees. And email was still used in 90% of reported attacks. The Cloud is Still Vulnerable Capital One suffered a massive breach that compromised the data belonging to about 106 million of their customers. As bad as that sounds, things may have been considerably worse if the hacker didn’t take the time to post about her exploits online. Many experts...
  • Finding the best home security cameras is not easy but you can find a lot of information online which can help you make a good decision for yourself. There are plenty of them in the market, which can be confusing, especially when you don’t understand the technicalities they come with. There are a lot of things to understand before selecting the ideal security camera system for your home. Home security cameras are an essential concern for every homeowner. They provide the much-needed peace of mind, especially when you are away from home. Burglars can shy away from breaking into your home because of the great technology of home security systems. How Do You Choose the Best Security Camera? Many home security cameras have offered the same functionalities, but their performance differs with each model. Some have improved features than others. Here are some of the features that can help you choose the best home security camera: Environmental Monitoring The best home security cameras should help you beyond home security monitoring. You can find those with advanced features such as: Temperature Monitoring – Some cameras can help to monitor the home’s indoor temperature for dips and spikes when the temperature drops outside the defined range. Humidity Tracking – They can track the relative humidity within the home. This will help reduce problems of mold growth, static electricity, and sinus irritation. Air Quality Tracking – The cameras can help to track pollutants such as carbon monoxide and cooking odors. Although they may not identify the pollutants, the fact is that they will alert you of an abnormality in the quality of air around the home. However, this is not a reason to substitute such cameras with carbon monoxide and smoke detectors. Video Recording and Facial Recognition Security cameras can cover every event...
  • Modern security for businesses means something different than it did in previous generations, which relied on things like CCTV cameras, alarms, guard dogs and locked doors. While there’s still a role for ensuring physical security in a facility, one of the main things for a company to protect is their data. Cyber criminals don’t need physical access to cause you serious operational and financial harm. While the surge of stories about high profile corporations and prominent political parties getting hacked may reasonably make a person think that only world’s biggest movers and shakers have something to worry about, cyber criminals like smaller targets too, specifically because they have less time and money to devote to security. If you have a business in 2019, it’s important to have 2019 security. For the ultimate in protection, you need the latest encryption. Background on Encryption Some technology offers a bit of encryption, such as in messaging. But nothing is more secure than an encrypted messaging platform for your business made by turning a normal phone into a device with end-to-end encrypted technology. Company email presents the most common opening cyber criminals use to get inside your private messages. Once inside, they can obtain ultra sensitive information such as banking information or passwords you have to other accounts. Encryption is what prevents hackers from decrypting these private messages, so they can’t further penetrate your private data. The point is to have more than just encrypted messaging; the fullest security you can get is a device that is specifically designed to have integrated end-to-end encrypted messaging protocol. This higher level of protection is like the difference between something being fully waterproof, and being merely water resistant. Up to Spec Tech Most people are not IT experts, so the advanced details of how encryption really works...
  • What do you know about the malware and protection against it? Malware, that is also known as Malicious Software are constantly on the rise are directed towards accessing data on your computer and other mobile devices. There are several different types of malware that includes spyware, viruses, ransomware, adware, worms, and others. Each one of these malware has different capabilities, from keeping track of your online activities to slowing down your personal devices completely, they can create havoc on your system if you do not keep them protected. The best malware software 2019 can help you achieve your protection and to keep your data and privacy protected. Let us look into more detail, how a malware can affect your PC. Effects of Malware on your PC and other Mobile Devices Following are some of the most common effects of malware on your personal computers and other mobile devices. It can cause your computer to slow down and can make it unstable. Certain codes and scripts can cause your computer to crash down. If it is infected by a worm, the connection to the internet slows down as the worm is constantly looking for another computer online to infect. If it is infected by spyware, it has the ability to record the keys that you press on your personal computer and then creates a text file, which can be sent to the hacker. It has the ability to take control of your internet browser and thus redirect to your unwanted websites continuously. It can be used to steal your personal information like passwords, credit card details stored on your system and then send it to cybercriminals. Protection against Malware In order to make sure that none of the things listed above happens to you or your computer, it is imperative to...
  • Vehicle trackers are becoming increasingly popular. Since they first reached the marketplace in the late 20th century, businesses and individuals have been turning to them more and more as a way of protecting their mobile assets. While it is true that GPS trackers are most commonly associated with the monitoring of the location of a vehicle, they also have a number of other different features that can be really helpful as well. Here we have put together just 5 things you may not know about GPS Car Trackers. 1. Installing GPS Trackers If you think that installing GPS tracking on your car is complicated, or that it will take a long time then think again. Many people are, in fact, put off GPS tracking devices because they believe that they will take too long to install. Where you install your GPS tracking device does depend on a few things. Obviously, you want the device to be discreet so that potential thieves do not see it. You will also need to ensure that it is installed where interference from other equipment will not present an issue. Fortunately, trackers are now much smaller than they were making all of this much more manageable. If you don’t feel that installing your tracker is something that you can do, there are companies that can do it for you. 2. They Are Very Accurate Another thing that really surprises people about modern GPS Tracking devices is just how accurate they are. Most of the GPS devices that you can purchase for your car are accurate to within just three metres. This really allows users to gain relatively precise location information. Obviously, there are exceptions. In low-accuracy areas, you can get negatively affected results. However, modern technology is such that it has evolved to ensure both...
  • May 13, 2019

    How to Make Your Smart Home Safe

    Smart technology promises to make your life better — and in many ways, it does. If you have a network of smart devices throughout your home, you can control your environment with your voice, doing everything from changing the music to raising the lights to locking the doors and more. However, smart technology almost certainly also makes your life less secure. From the first releases of smart devices earlier this decade to now, the tools have been found to be riddled with vulnerabilities that hackers can easily identify and exploit. If you want to avoid giving someone else control of your home, here’s how to make your smart tech safe. Understand How Hackers Get in and What Hackers Want The best defense is a good defense, but you can only defend against digital attacks when you know where they are coming from. Cybercriminals tend to attack consumers like you in the easiest way possible; because your home network has only a limited amount of value — unlike corporate targets which can contain multitudes of prized data — attackers don’t want to waste too much time trying to hack into your system. As a result, the ways hackers get in are relatively predictable, even when you factor in new technology like smart devices. Here are the most common ways attackers infiltrate your network: Using known vulnerabilities. Over time, all software develops security gaps that hackers can exploit. IoT devices are particularly guilty of entering the market riddled with security issues. Many smart tools’ vulnerabilities are published online, for any fool to see and take advantage of. Connecting to your network. Having unsecured Wi-Fi might be convenient for you — but it is also convenient for attackers, who can detect your signal from the street and gain access to all your devices....
  • If you follow social media and social media antics then you know how invasive each of these media platforms is. But recently, this intrusion of privacy reached a new low when Facebook was found asking new users for their password to their email accounts. When the users clicked upon an email verification link, some new Facebook users were asked for their private email password – one of the first “DON’T’s” covered in cybersecurity. Why do we need to safeguard our privacy? Surveillance is now the daily reality of our lives. Privacy is in danger because organizations and governments across the world no longer think of it as an intrinsic right. Right from your web browser to mobile devices, and IoT products – almost every digital touchpoint has the potential to obliterate your privacy and security. And as recent news has shown, you cannot trust vendors, applications and social media sites to safeguard your data. Having “nothing to hide” is no longer a good enough reason. Everyone must do whatever they can to protect their personal data and privacy. You deserve to be safe and secure online. Here are some steps you can take to be protected and safe online: Data Management is the core of privacy While data may be a vague concept and may mean different things to different people, here is a good start to break down different sets of data to examine how each aspect is relevant to your security. PERSONALLY, IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION Personally, Identifiable Information is also known as PII and includes things physical home address, email id, birthdate, phone numbers, marital status, Social Security numbers or National Insurance numbers. This can also include information relating to your medical status, family members, employment and education. This type of data, when lost in various kinds of breaches...
  • There many reasons why you might want to know more about a specific address. Maybe you want to know who lives there or find out more about someone who may have lived there in the past. Perhaps it’s for sale and you want more information about the property than was given to you by the real estate listing you found. An online directory can tell you just about everything you could ever want to know, up to and including the following. 1. Information About the Residents Whether you’re looking for the skinny on a new neighbor who just moved in or need to know who might have owned your home before you did, a reverse address lookup can definitely help. A few keystrokes are all it takes to see who’s currently connected to that address, as well as who might have been associated with it in the past. You can then perform additional searches on each of those individuals if you still have questions. 2. Current Telephone Numbers If you just need to know how to get in touch with the people at a given address, you can do a phone lookup by address. You’ll instantly be presented with any current telephone numbers associated with that property. You can also do additional people searches on the individuals you’d like to reach to potentially uncover personal phone numbers or other avenues by which you could get in touch.  3. Real Estate Information Sometimes you need additional information on a specific address because you’re thinking of moving there or purchasing that property. A reverse address lookup makes it easy to find out just about anything you might need to know. For instance, most searches will yield details on the property’s legal description, the current estimated value of the property, and any past sales records associated with the address....