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? pic.twitter.com/6FZBWhswoI [...]

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 [...]

Dec 17, 2015

The Death Star’s Single Point of Failure

By | December 17th, 2015|Security & Pop Culture, Security Awareness Fails|

The Death Star was designed to be the ultimate weapon; virtually indestructible. Surely, no one would figure out how to blow it up from a tiny little exhaust port. This thermal exhaust port is the perfect example of a Single Point of Failure.   A Single Point of Failure is [...]

Dec 10, 2015

Palpatine: The Insider Threat

By | December 10th, 2015|Security & Pop Culture, Security Awareness Fails|

#spoilers (If you haven’t seen them by now, I don’t know what to do with you.)   Episode I: We all know that politicians are evil, manipulative, scum bags. Well, most of them are, but Palpatine takes it to a whole new level with his machinations. Palpatine is what we [...]

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