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Apple Security Updates for December

Posted on by beltzer

Apple has released a series of security updates to address vulnerabilities in multiple software products in including iOS, watchOS, and Mac OS High Sierra. See this December 6 post on the Department of Homeland Security’s website for additional information and … Continue reading

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The Latest in the Debate over Social Media Privacy

Posted on by beltzer

Curious about where the personal information you post on Facebook is going? Check out this Sophos blog post for a quick take on continuing challenges to user privacy at Facebook. Continue reading

Posted in Privacy, Social Networking |

Resources for National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Posted on by mbordas

There are many ways you can protect yourself online, and October—National Cybersecurity Awareness Month—is the perfect time to learn about them. Continue reading

Posted in Education, Mobile Devices, Recommended Reading |

Getting Help Dealing with Identity Theft

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The Federal Trade Commission provides valuable information about how to report and recover from identity theft. Continue reading

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Malware Warnings: Fruitfly and Broadpwn

Posted on by mbordas

The malware program Fruitfly continues to affect Mac systems. Fruitfly, first discovered in early 2017, is particularly concerning because it gives hackers remote control over an infected computer, allowing them to access files, take webcam photos, and record screenshots and … Continue reading

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Phishing Warning (July 10)

Posted on by mbordas

Many users have reported receiving the following phish. If you have received the phish, do not reply or follow the link. If you have responded, clicked the link in the message, or entered any information on the linked Google Forms … Continue reading

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“Petya” Ransomware Warning

Posted on by mbordas

Earlier this week, a major cyberattack hit government agencies and businesses in Europe and around the world using a type of malware referred to as Petya. Petya is similar to the recent WannaCry attack in that it appears to infect computers with … Continue reading

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June Security Updates

Posted on by beltzer

Microsoft Microsoft recently released security updates for Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, Microsoft Windows, Silverlight, Skype for Business, and Adobe Flash Player. For more information about these updates, see the Microsoft Security Update Guide at portal.msrc.microsoft.com/en-us/security-guidance. Cisco Cisco recently released a security update … Continue reading

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May Security Updates

Posted on by mechling

Microsoft Microsoft recently released security updates for Internet Explorer, Edge, Windows, Office, Office Services and Web Apps, NET Framework, Adobe Flash Player, and Microsoft Malware Protection Engine. For more information about these updates, see the Microsoft Security Update Guide at https://portal.msrc.microsoft.com/en-us/security-guidance. Apple … Continue reading

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“Wanna Cry” Ransomware Warning

Posted on by mechling

A dangerous form of malware is circulating across the globe in the form of a PDF email attachment. Users who open the attachment are exposed to the “Wanna Cry” ransomware, which encrypts all the files on the target computer. Wanna … Continue reading

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