Advertising firm Epsilon recently was the victim of a cyber attack. The company has reported that their mailing lists may have been compromised in this attack. Meaning criminals may now have access to millions of personal email addresses and what companies they do business with. Continue reading
Cyber criminals are always looking for new ways to target and exploit unsuspecting victims. Some criminals use phishers which are fraudulent web sites or emails that trick unsuspecting victims into providing sensitive financial information. Each year during tax season, be on the lookout for unusual emails that appear to be from the IRS.
Find out more about IRS Phishers here.
On December 11th, 2010 the blog Gawker was attacked by cyber criminals who were able to penetrate Gawker’s systems and steal their subscriber’s user names and passwords. The following day, criminals posted this information on the internet, posting over a million usernames and passwords. Many individuals used the same user name and password on the Gawker site as they did on consumer email, banking and other platforms. Hackers began using the posted information to begin randomly checking the compromised usernames and passwords on popular social networking, banking and internet service provider log in sites.
While it is easier to utilize just one user name and password for all of your online activity, this increases your online risk if your online credentials end up in the hands of a criminal. EarthLink recommends using a unique user name and passwords for all sites you use on the web.
Other security tips include:
There’s no doubt that Wi-Fi technology can be considered a great convenience. It allows us to do pretty much anything we can do while plugged into a wired network at home, work, or school. Have you ever wondered, though, just how secure that network may be? If you haven’t, you probably should, or at least be aware of some things you can do to help protect yourself while connected to a Wi-Fi network.