Hackers will do anything to hack your network, steal money, or gain access to sensitive data. Hackers are also incredibly lazy. While they could compete with you in single cybersecurity combat; your firewalls vs their blackhat skills, they’d rathe take the coward’s way and trick an employee into breaching security for them.
This is known as a social engineering hack; When a hacker uses phone, email, or chat to fool an employee into using their own access to expose the network to malware, wire money, or send over sensitive information. The reason it works is beacuse hackers are good at coming up with a con-artists’s line that convinces staff members that they are legitmate despite any warning signs.
The best defense against this type of attack is to know what’s coming. not only that clicking links and doing unconfirmed favors is bad, but the types of lines that hackers use and why they have worked in the past. So let’s dive right into the psychology and methods of the social hacker. Continue Reading
Phishing and other related forms of socially engineered hacking are among the biggest realistic threats to business data security. No matter how cutting-edge your firewall and virus scanning software may be, one employee checking their email or responding to a customer service ticket can still ‘invite’ ransomware and worse onto your internal business network by accident.
Social engineering hacks rely on causing the ‘human error’ factor of security breaches. They trick people using fake domain names, fake accounts that look like trusted contacts, and fake scenarios that fool or scare targets into clicking on an infected link or sharing sensitive information. This means that it is vital for every employee of every modern company to understand how social engineering hacks work and take steps to active avoid getting phished. Continue Reading
While many things change online, there will always be scams you need to watch out for. If you want to enjoy the best of modern technology you need to take cyber security very seriously. Scammers will look for any way to separate you from your money. When you know what they’re up to you can usually avoid their nefarious schemes. Here are some of the top scams to avoid in 2019. Continue Reading
We hear many stories of how companies in the midst of a digital transformation are changing their business models. They may even have an executive strategy session or a series of sessions in order to identify all places in the organization where there should be digital improvements. They may even have vigorous debates about the best ways to eliminate legacy systems that are not bringing the company into the present digital age. A company’s leaders are painfully aware that a digital transformation is a journey that must include leveraging their current IT capabilities to keep up with consumer demands. Going fully digital creates a great deal of pressure on any executive team, and one of the biggest reasons is because of the high costs associated with adopting new technologies so as to complete the total transformation. Continue Reading
With all of the news about hacking, you would think people would be more worried about their own personal electronic devices being hacked. But, most of us don’t think what we have is important enough for someone to hack. It is important to consider securing your own devices, because while you might not have national security issues on your computer, you do have important passwords and identity information that is stored. Businesses are already on the lookout for cyber attacks, and work to protect proprietary information. Shouldn’t you do the same for your home? Continue Reading
Most phishing email goes after mass targets. It’s not particularly well-crafted, but the senders expect that if they hit enough mailboxes, some victims will open the attachment or visit the malicious website. A growing portion, though, targets specific companies or individuals with carefully crafted messages. It’s called spearphishing. When it’s aimed at high-profile individuals or large assets, it’s also called whaling — going after really big fish. (All right, a whale isn’t really a fish.) Continue Reading
Welcome back to the second half of our two-part series on when and why your business should be using encryption. If you joined us last time, you’ve probably started to realize just how useful encryption is and that it can be applied to anything you’d like to keep safe from hackers, whether or not they make it past your firewall. In the first half, we covered encrypting client payment data at every stage and began to talk about the risk of identity theft if hackers get ahold of either client or employee personal information. Let’s pick back up where we left off at storing personal information once you’ve collected it. Continue Reading
Every modern company with a few computers and a business network are aware of the dangers of hackers and security breaches. When a hacker gets their grubby fingers on private information stored by your company, they can do a lot of damage. Customer information can be used for payment scams or identity theft while sensitive business information can be used against you on the market or leaked to your competitors to great detriment. Every business strives to keep their security systems as close to the cutting-edge and maximum protection as possible but, let’s face it, every now and then someone gets hacked. Whether it was a failure on their part or a particular moment of inspiration from the hacker, when your network has been breached, you absolutely must have a backup plan. Continue Reading
The massive data breach at Facebook has been a hot topic in the news lately, and you may be wondering if your data was affected and if your personal information is secure online. The data breach, which happened when the political research firm Cambridge Analytica obtained the data of 87 million users, affected people around the globe. If your privacy and security is important to you, read on to learn more about how you can tell if your data was compromised, and what you can do to prevent future risks. Continue Reading
There are a lot of different kinds of malware out there and most of it is relatively harmless. There are the adware types that cause a bunch of unwanted advertisements to pop up on your screen infection occurs, botnets that use some of your resources to send spam emails or contribute to DDOS-ing a targeted website, and the ‘fake tech support’ that, hilariously enough, informs you that your computer has been infected with malware. However, it’s been a long time since malware was a laughing matter. Over time, hackers realized they could make money by stealing credit card numbers banking login information and it occurred to some bright cyber-criminal that they could simply and openly extort their victims. Thus the birth of ransomware. Continue Reading