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Watch Out for Phish on Your Phone

Posted on by mbordas

Like many people, you’re probably more relaxed about tapping links on your phone than you should be. Hackers and criminals know that you’re more likely to fall for a phish on a mobile device. According to (, the rate … Continue reading

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Is Your Facebook Account Protected by Two-Factor Authentication?

Posted on by mechling

If you’re not using two-factor authentication on your Facebook account, you should be. Continue reading

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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

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Privacy and Personal Assistant Devices

Posted on by tzuchinc

Voice-activated personal assistants such as Google Home, Amazon Echo, Apple’s Siri, and Microsoft’s Cortana are on the rise. While these smart devices bring convenience, they may also bring privacy concerns Continue reading

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Apple Releases Security Updates

Posted on by mechling

Apple has released multiple updates to address vulnerabilities in tvOS, iOS, watchOS, OS X El Capitan, Safari, and iTunes. Products and applications with new security updates available for download include: Apple TV iPhone iPod touch iPad OS X El Capitain Safari iTunes for … Continue reading

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Using Personal Hotspots

Posted on by mbordas

Many smartphones and cellular modems have the ability to act as personal Wi-Fi hotspots, allowing you to connect laptops and other devices to the internet through a cellular connection. Before activating a personal hotspot, however, you should take care to … Continue reading

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Apple iOS Update

Posted on by mbordas

Apple yesterday released an update to its mobile operating system, iOS 6.1.3.  The update addresses a recently discovered vulnerability that could allow someone to bypass an iPhone or iPad’s passcode, and access data such as contact lists and voicemails.  You … Continue reading

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This Week in Security

Posted on by mbordas

Twitter announced today that it has discovered unauthorized attempts to access user data, including usernames, email addresses and passwords.  The attackers may have gained access to information on approximately 250,000 users.  Twitter has reset the passwords of affected users, and … Continue reading

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FCC’s Smartphone Security Checker

Posted on by mbordas

Smartphones provide access to a great many services, from email to social networking to online banking.  With all the personal and financial information accessible by modern smartphones, mobile security is more important now than ever. To help smartphone users protect … Continue reading

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Securing Your Mobile Device

Posted on by beltzer

With the number of tablets and smartphones in the world on the rise, they are becoming the target of an increasing number of security threats. Below are some links that describe the most common security concerns for mobile devices and … Continue reading

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