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Fixing Consumer IoT Sales

What Is The Issue? For years we have been hearing that the Internet of Things (IoT) will take over every aspect of our lives.  The main point of focus has been our homes which, by this time, were going to be completely automated, highly-responsive,...

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Cryptocurrency Fiasco

DNS...Seriously? The gist of "safe" crypto exchanges is supposed to be the validation of a given transaction by more than the two parties involved in the transfer of information.  Depending on the cryptocurrency involved, this type of effort...

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Spectre & Meltdown: The Fix

A Cloudy Problem Spectre and Meltdown are not really a massive concern for home computers - sure it is an exploit but unlikely to be used.  The actual problem is focused on the world of virtualization and, in that regard, cloud-based EVERYTHING is open and...

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Patches Will Not Work

Seriously, Another Band-Aid? By now everybody has heard of the massive flaw that impacts Apple, Microsoft and everybody else using an Intel chip.  The exploit is huge, the solution will slow down computers by up to 30% and we do not know when the...

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2FA – Protect Your Apps!

You Need 2FA Two Factor Authentication (or 2FA) is the term given to those text messages with codes that you have to enter when logging in to a growing number of sites.  If you have not already done so, you need to enable this feature EVERYWHERE. The...

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The Dreaded GDPR

The Dreaded What Now? This time of year is great for reading the litany of articles predicting the new year.  I especially love the articles that say we will be hacked more - that is akin to saying that the Patriots will probably win the Superbowl or the...

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Deadly Physical Malware

Ransomware Is The New Endgame We are now seeing the reality of a new wave of hacker activity devoted to shutting down largescale targets for ransom.  A few weeks ago it was a county in North Carolina, this week it is one in California.  While those attacks...

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Finally

Feeling The Heat Finally, after all of our consumer pain, companies are feeling the heat.  From being forced to pay massive settlements to entire C-Suites being fired, corporations are starting to experience the same digital misery most consumers have...

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ATMs Hacked

Withdrawal Fees? Today an article revealed that hackers are stealing money directly from ATM machines and, better yet, nobody can stop these attacks as they spread across the world.  For those following these types of events, this is just another failing...

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Security Is An Ecosystem…Not A Product

BitCoin Hacked! Today another major hack occurred with intruders obtained $75M in bitcoin from a cryptocurrency exchange in Slovenia.  This is actually not the first BitCoin hack, nor is it even the biggest attack on cryptocurrency.  At the same time, we...

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And It Begins

Do You Believe Us Now? A while ago, we blogged about the real threat hackers posed and yet we heard nothing back.  We warned you then that simply grabbing data or shutting down a service provider was not the true threat.  We tried to explain that cities...

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Stopping Malware

The Hard Way I was discussing malware with a couple of experts last week and they immediately focused on how to prevent malware from being downloaded and how to detect malware in an operating system.  This is the classic approach that I often refer to as...

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Let’s Talk Services

That Scarecrow Is Screwed A recent report came out that talks about banks being in deep trouble as hackers are getting serious about accessing their systems.  This follows on the heels of a report that our energy grid has been compromised.  Everything in...

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Do Something!

Another Day Another Disaster Now it is Uber that has released critical information to the world.  They join a long list of major data breaches that are "hugely concerning" and "very bad" and "<Insert Nonsense PR Words Here>". The reality is that...

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Configuration Is Security

Another MS Security Nightmare In a recent article, it was discovered that the way Microsoft installs applications in Windows makes those applications relatively easy to hack.  While it is amusing (terrifying?) that yet another massive security hole in...

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Right…And So Very Wrong

It Starts Out Good... A new report from the NSA discusses how more and more sophisticated attacks are ramping up and how more nations and large entities are amassing resources against our online world.  This is all true, if not understated, and the focus...

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MS Mess

Smart Edge Devices...Wrong Model Microsoft has released it's Azure IoT Edge software bundle that supposedly enables edge-based computing.  While Microsoft has been moving more and more towards the IoT with great results (see Windows Core), this effort is...

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It Is Not Just Security

Our Infrastructure Is Screwed News flash, we are ripe for the picking as not one agency is our government is properly protected against cyberattacks. Whether the attacks take us to the dark ages or cost over a trillion dollars, the fact is that we are...

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