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November 26, 2014  5:13 PM

Video anatomy of a Windows support scam

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun
Security

Here is an excellent video by Carey Holzman that shows an actual support scam telephone call. Mr. Holzman toys with the scammer, but you can see how it all develops. I had a client who actually fell for one of these, but when he caught on and refused to pay, the scammer deleted all of his files....

November 23, 2014  7:04 PM

Does cell phone encryption hinder law enforcement?

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun
FBI, Mobile encryption, NSA, privacy, Security

encryptionAccording to The Intercept, if...


November 23, 2014  12:06 AM

Solution: Hacking Skills Challenge – Realistic 1

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun
cybersecurity, Hacking, Security

In this post, you were given a challenge to hack a band review site and move your friend’s band, Raging Inferno to the top of the list. Did you figure it out? No? Well, here's how it's...


November 21, 2014  5:07 PM

Making Hard (drive) Decisions – Data Security and Storage

Jeff Cutler Jeff Cutler Profile: Jeff Cutler
cloud, Data, IT, Security, Storage

My photos are important to me. We’ve covered that in past columns here on ITKE and I’ll probably talk about it again in the future. To keep these images safe, I’ve employed a set of steps that are logical, unobtrusive and practical. But they’re driving me mad.

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November 10, 2014  4:09 PM

Your Online Self and Your Real Identity – Security Strategy 101

Jeff Cutler Jeff Cutler Profile: Jeff Cutler
Data, Internet, IT, Security, Web

Can people find you?

I’m still listed in many online repositories with a beeper number I had in college. Yes, I had a beeper in college because I couldn’t afford a cell phone and I was a bike messenger. But both those intriguing tidbits are better saved for...


November 10, 2014  2:03 PM

The Home Depot stolen emails are already spawning scams

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun
Inheritance, Scam emails, Security

And so it begins. Here's a link to a WCNC (Charlotte, NC) news story about how scammers are using the emails from the Home Depot breach in an inheritance scam:

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November 10, 2014  12:45 AM

Home Depot announces 53 million email addresses stolen

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun
Security

According to CNET: "An investigation of what may be the world's largest credit card breach reveals hackers didn't just grab 56 million credit card numbers -- they stole tens of millions of email addresses, too."

Both my wife's and mine are among them. My wife got this email on Friday and...


November 8, 2014  11:29 PM

Security is more attitude than technology

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun
Security

There is certainly a lot of technology associated with security. We have firewalls, anti-virus, malware blockers, intrusion detection/prevention systems, security badge access systems, alarm systems, and you-name-it. And most of that is adequate most of the time. But the wrong attitude about...


October 31, 2014  7:52 PM

Security Need Not Be Scary – Happy Halloween!

Jeff Cutler Jeff Cutler Profile: Jeff Cutler
Data, IT, Security

We all have habits when it comes to accessing and sharing our data. And some of these habits have scary consequences...which is especially poignant as we wait for little creatures to come asking to get treats or tricks at our door this Halloween night.

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October 23, 2014  2:34 PM

Protecting Your Data in Any Storm

Jeff Cutler Jeff Cutler Profile: Jeff Cutler
Data, IT, Security

Luckily we still have power as I write today’s column. The winds have been gusting to about 55MPH and the rain is lashing the windows of my office. In some ways, it’s akin to being at sea without the added fear that we might capsize. Regardless, the power and Internet are still up...


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