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Password security done right by LivingSocial

Accept it; cyber-attacks are happening to your company too. 

passwordYou may have seen in the news that LivingSocial recently experienced a cyber-attack where 50 million customers’ name, email address and password were exposed.  While that news typically makes the headlines, what is not being emphasized is everything that LivingSocial did right to safeguard their customer’s personal data.


Accept it; cyber-attacks are happening to your company too.  The hacker’s strategy is to prey on the psychology of employees.  Spear phishing, watering hole attacks, social media and poisoned SEO sites s are just some of the weapons of choice.  According to Symantec, businesses in 2012 with 2,500 or fewer employees were the targets of 50 percent of the attacks, and those businesses with fewer than 250 employees accounted for 31 percent of the attacks.  Here are some other 2012 statistics to confirm the statement that, “there are two types of businesses, those that have been hacked and those that don’t know it yet:” Read More→

Bogus Purchase Receipts In Your Email Box

Bogus Purchase Receipts in Your Email Box by Dovell Bonnett | Access-Smart.comAs we do more online business and commerce, we expect to receive a receipt for our purchases: Amazon, iTunes, etc.

Online thieves and spammers know this too and they are spamming us with bogus receipts with a high dollar amount just to catch your attention. A key clue that it is a scam is when you move your mouse cursor over the link, if you don’t recognize the web address displayed then odds are it is a phishing email. Don’t fall for the scam and certainly don’t click on the links.

Here are some tips to protect you: Read More→

How to Detect a Phishing Email

I recently received an email that looked like Microsoft was doing a campaign on its 25-year anniversary of Excel. If I would submit an article of my best Excel story, according to the email, I could win an X-Box.

My first thought was, “Has it really been 25-years and, boy do I have some great stories.” But looking over the email, something just didn’t seem right. Was this a phishing email? So here is my quick and easy test to determine if the email is a scam aimed at getting you to involuntarily give up your login and password information. Read More→