Email might seem trivial to some people, but if you are active in using the internet to bank, shop, conduct research, ship items, sell items at auction, and a myriad of other activities your life revolves around email. If a hacker were able to take over your email account they could reset passwords to all of your online accounts and determine what your security question answers are based on the interests the hacker would discover in the content of your emails. It’s important to have application based two-factor authentication, not email or SMS (text message). If you are unsure about what you should do in the event your email account is taken over by a hacker, check here. (more…)
A computer virus is a malicious software program loaded onto a user’s computer without the user’s knowledge and performs malicious actions. In more technical terms, a computer virus is a type of malicious code or program written to alter the way a computer operates. A virus operates by inserting or attaching itself to a legitimate program or document that supports macros (software code inside of a Word document) to execute its code. In the process, a virus has the potential to cause unexpected or damaging effects, such as harming the system software by corrupting or destroying data. (more…)
I often hear people say that they don’t understand why a hacker would be interested in their computer and subsequent life. When you consider how much you do on your computer, it becomes clear that the value of your computer lies in the life you have built over your lifetime. This image shows you what a hacker can do with your computer. (more…)
What is Equifax? It’s a consumer credit reporting agency. Recently, on September 18, 2017, Equifax noticed it was a victim to what turned out to be one of the largest security breaches in history, and in early March it had begun “notifying a small number of outsiders and banking customers” about this attack.
Equifax was warned months before the breach about vulnerabilities (more…)
Briggs and Stratton, a maker of gasoline engines for outdoor power equipment, were breached and client information was stolen.
NATURE OF THE BREACH
Briggs and Stratton experienced a malware attack(software that is intended to damage or disable computers and computer systems) on Briggs’ computer systems at its Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Munnsville, New York locations that potentially compromised information from approximately July 25, 2017, to July 28, 2017. Briggs became aware of this incident on July 25, 2017, and took extreme steps to both contain and thoroughly investigate the attack. Although Briggs has no evidence of misuse of the stolen information, they notified individuals out of an abundance of caution. The malware, by its nature, could have allowed a third party to access, use, and disclose individuals’ account-related, human resources, and health plan information as listed on the sample copy of the notice enclosed, the public letter says. (more…)