Archives for Technology

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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CyberGent 101 Career Chronicles: Facing Failure

Aside from the cyber security information and tips, I also want to share my career journey through a series of post I will call CyberGent 101: Career Chronicles. These posts will highlight my failures, progression, understanding and moments of clarity . Hopefully these posts provide insight and inspiration to someone who needs to keep pushing, fight through any obstacle while keeping the end goal in mind. I did. Mentee becomes Mentor Last Thursday I received a call from a guy named Frank. Frank was referred to me by one of my mentors. Frank was looking for some IT advice. He recently graduated from
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CyberGent101 TechSplanation – Process Explorer + Virus Total

Do you ever hear your computer’s fan spin up randomly? This kind of activity can be related to several things such as a process running for a recently opened application, scheduled virus scan or even a virus trying to execute an attack your PC. One program that I use to check my computer’s processes is called Process Explorer. Process Explorer is a combination of task manager and system monitor for Microsoft Windows. PE provides the functionality of Windows Task Manager along with other features for gathering information about processes running behind the scenes. The feature I want to mention today is Virus Total’s integration with Process Explorer. Virus
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The Miami CHEAT – Two man team using a skimming device

Recently security cameras at a Miami Beach gas station caught a man in the act of skimming. Within a few seconds he is able to perform this low level hack. The man next to him appears to distract the clerk while he quickly places a credit card skimmer over the credit card payment terminal. They probably hyped themselves up in the car to do this listening to Junior M.A.F.I.A.’s “Get Money” What is Skimming? Skimming is an act of using a hacking device (skimmer) to illegally collect data from the magnetic stripe of a debit, credit or ATM card. Skimming devices are placed over
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CyberGent101 TechSplanation – 64 Bit Google Chrome

This is a first in a series called TechSplanations that will be geared to different security solutions for your computer use. Today’s featured software is the 64-bit version of Google Chrome. Chrome has grown pretty popular among users that browse the internet on a daily basis. Chrome is lightweight, speedy and easy on the eyes. I like the fact that the address bar doubles up as google search, it speeds up my research process. Why get the 64-Bit version of Chrome? For Speed: 64-bit processors are faster than their comparable 32-bit versions. Performance tests have been ran by Google in which they saw average of
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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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I too used to be a Cable-holic, An ode to my fellow cable-holics

Every once in awhile when I scroll my Facebook timeline I see people complaining about their cable bill, weird fees and the hundreds of channels they don’t even watch. So I’m writing about my deliverance from cable in hopes of helping someone cut the cord and join the revolution (and save $$$). Up until July of 2013, I was a cable-holic. Addicted to DVR-ing, OnDemand and access to many channels. I slowly began to realize that I had hundreds of channels (most of which I did not watch), decent speed internet and a land line phone I did not use. I
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