Archives for Accounts

Phishing with your email contacts as the bait

  A new phishing scam that involves the use of a person’s email contacts, has been observed via Google’s Gmail service.This phishing scam centers around the appearance of an email being sent by a familiar email contact.The catch is that the “familiar” contact’s account has been compromised and is being used maliciously. Within the email is a PDF attachment that appears to be legitimate. The malicious actor crafts the email around familiar context that would seemingly come from the user’s contact and uses that information to create a subject that is more likely to evoke the recipient’s trust. This cunning
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Get your two-step (verification) on

  Two step verification or Two-factor authentication (2FA), is an additional layer of protection beyond your password.  It decreases the risk of a hacker accessing your online accounts by combining your password (something you know) with a second factor such as a cell phone or tablet (something you own). Thankfully, a majority of the world’s commonly accessed websites have made 2FA readily available. It is highly recommended to use this feature but it’s up to you to activate it within your online account settings. With the recent breach that involved Yahoo and now McDonalds, turning on Two-factor authentication has never
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#youraccountmatters – 8 tips for online banking

  With the recent increase of new accounts being opened with black owned banks in support of the #bankblack and #blackmoneymatters initiative, online security should still be at the forefront when it comes to protecting your bank account. Here are 8 tips and questions to ask yourself in order to self educate in order to stay current with your bank’s online security practices. Understanding these methods of protection will prevent malicious activity that could be potentially targeted against your new (or current) bank account. 1 – Is the bank website set up with Secure Sockets Layer? For websites that deal
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Adultery, An elderly lady & me: The bad password that brought us together.

You cant make this stuff up…In this story i become a computer tech, cyber security analyst, counselor, private detective and an audience member of a bad reality show. A few months ago I was referred by a friend to an elderly woman who claimed she was being hacked and spied on. Immediately I wondered how does she know she is being hacked or even targeted? So many non-technical people use the word “hacker” as a noun to describe any type of computer issue that is out of their control. Anyway I ended up calling Mrs. X on a Sunday afternoon.
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Dear BFF’s, Princesses and Superheros – Hackers are your biggest fans

We have all seen the Facebook quizzes that flood our timelines. Which Disney character are you? Who is your true BFF?  What is your inner spirit animal? What is Superhero personality? Who is your soulmate? Well as 1 of many CyberSec superheros, CyberGent101 wants to help you out with something. Your longing to be a Disney character, Superhero, to release your inner spirit animal or finding out who your BFF is, maybe putting your personal data at risk. The video below gives some insight into what can occur if your data is stolen actually handed over via Facebook quizzes.  
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Secure your Selfies!!!

Instagram is in the process of rolling out its new security feature in its latest attempt to further protect you from hackers. With the latest update (to be rolled out in phases), Instagram will add two factor authentication to its app for better account protection. Two-factor authentication or 2FA adds a second level of authentication to an account log-in. Entering only your username and one password is considered a single-factor authentication. 2FA requires the a user to have two out of three types of credentials before being able to log into an account. Here are three types of 2FA: Something you know, such as a
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The worst passwords of 2015

According to Splash Data’s yearly “Worst passwords list” here are the most common passwords used in 2015: Rank      Password            Change from 2013 1              123456                 No Change 2              password            No Change 3              12345                  Up 17 4              12345678            Down 1 5              qwerty                 Down 1 6              123456789           No Change 7              1234                      Up 9 8              baseball               New 9              dragon            
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Up Your Password Game

Let’s be honest, how many of you reading this article currently uses a password containing variations of a relatives name, pets name, your address or even the word “password”. At this time I am encouraging you to change your password to something stronger. This article will encourage you to change your password to something that will make you feel more secure about your accounts (work or personal). Using a strong password can prevent someone from hacking into your account using password attack methods such as brute force or social engineering. Once a malicious actor (what we call hackers / attackers
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