Nov 26, 2019

Venmo security: Peer-to-peer payment apps are riskier than you think

By | November 26th, 2019|Security & Pop Culture, Security Awareness Fails, Tips and Tricks|

Sending money to your friends is now as simple as tapping a button on your phone. It’s so easy, in fact, that mobile payment services such as Venmo have turned the experience into social media. When you pay your buddy for the hot dog and Pepsi he bought for you [...]

Oct 01, 2019

Welcome to National Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2019 #BeCyberSmart

By | October 1st, 2019|Security Awareness 101, Security Awareness Fails, Security Awareness Programs|

It's October, which means National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) is upon us. The Security Awareness Company is once again partnering with to bring you as many resources as we can this month. NCSAM began in 2003 as an initiative to help Americans avoid common pitfalls in the cybersecurity world. [...]

Sep 13, 2019

How to stay safe on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and more

By | September 13th, 2019|Ask The Experts, Kids and Security, Miscellaneous, Security Awareness 101, Security Awareness Fails, Tips and Tricks|

In case you haven’t offered up enough of your personal information to Facebook, the social media giant recently announced a new tool for data mining: Facebook Dating.  It’s the latest from a company that is admittedly useful as a means of communication, but disappointingly useless as a protector against privacy [...]

Aug 22, 2019

Gambling on football? There are major security risks involved

By | August 22nd, 2019|Miscellaneous, Security & Pop Culture, Security Awareness 101, Security Awareness Fails, Tips and Tricks|

The college football season kicks off this week, which means tens of millions of fans can breathe easy after a long dry spell. Inevitably, a sizable portion of them will wager money on the outcomes of specific games, as well as their favorite teams’ and players’ fates. Sports Business Journal [...]

Aug 15, 2019

Flight Info: Keep It Private, Or Risk Your Safety

By | August 15th, 2019|Security Awareness 101, Security Awareness Fails, Tips and Tricks|

If you're an avid Twitter user, you see the same interaction play out again and again. A disgruntled traveler is fed up with their airline service — maybe there's a flight delay; maybe there's an out-of-line employee — and they take their beef public. "Hey, @SouthwestAir," the user might write, [...]

Aug 06, 2019

Romance Scam: Beware of Your Internet Soulmate

By | August 6th, 2019|Security Awareness 101, Security Awareness Fails|

So, you went looking for love online, and now you've found "the one." Congratulations! We assume you've done your due diligence. Confirmed this person's identity. Looked at your relationship through a critical lens, at least for the sake of avoiding a romance scam. Wait... you've never heard of a romance [...]

Nov 06, 2017

President Trump’s Twitter Account and Lessons in Privileged Access

By | November 6th, 2017|Ask The Experts, Security Awareness 101, Security Awareness Fails|

The concept of privileged access to data and resources became a national headline when President Trump’s Twitter account was deactivated by a departing Twitter employee. The unauthorized account closure was first noticed when followers saw his Twitter page declare, “Sorry, that page doesn't exist!”. What happened to Trump’s Twitter account? [...]

May 05, 2016

Your Password Sucks

By | May 5th, 2016|Security Awareness 101, Security Awareness Fails|

You know what’s scary? This list of commonly used passwords in 2015. It’s ignorant. It’s lazy. It’s irresponsible. Your passwords, of course, weren’t listed because you are a smart, security aware individual who is reading this for the sheer enjoyment and celebration of a day dedicated to the cause of [...]

Mar 03, 2016

Snapchat Falls Victim to Phishing Scam, Compromises Employees’ Identities

By | March 3rd, 2016|Security & Pop Culture, Security Awareness Fails|

Snapchat, a mobile video app known for self-destructing messages, self-destructed with a security breach last Friday. According to their February 28th blog entry: “Snapchat’s payroll department was targeted by an isolated email phishing scam in which a scammer impersonated our Chief Executive Officer and asked for employee payroll information.” Details [...]

Feb 03, 2016

Scam Alert: “Help! I had an Easter disaster in the Philippines.”

By | February 3rd, 2016|Security Awareness 101, Security Awareness Fails|

This story comes from a SAC staffer: Last spring, I received an email from a friend with the subject, “Help! I had an Easter disaster.” The subject seemed suspicious, and normally I wouldn’t even open an email with a subject like this, but the scammer who sent it used email [...]

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