2019 New Years Resolutions

New Year’s Resolutions for 2019

With 2018 in the rear view mirror, it’s time to look ahead to 2019! And that means it’s time to make your New Year’s Resolutions! Sure, you’re going to join that gym and lose weight and quit smoking … yada, yada, yada. But what about your cyber goals for 2019? You do have them, right?? …

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How to Close Your Security Holes

It’s National Cybersecurity Awareness Month! One of the key themes this year is working together to improve our overall security. To that end, I’d like to focus on how you can close some common security holes in your life. Security types call this “reducing your attack surface”. One of the best ways to protect yourself …

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How to Prepare for a Power Outage

[updated Jan 2022 – see affiliate note at the right] Whether hurricane season or winter storms are on the horizon, it’s good to be prepared. So I’m going to share my personal checklist for preparing for the power outage that often accompanies a big storm, whether you’re expecting a hurricane, high winds or freezing rain. …

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Hacking a Network Using a Malicious Fax

If you have a combination printer/fax machine, your network is probably vulnerable to a single, malicious fax. A security research company named Check Point released a report last week that detailed how HP printers with built-in fax capability could be hacked by sending it a specially formatted fax. While the study focused on HP printers, …

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The “S” in IoT is for Security

The Internet of Things (IoT) promises all sorts of cool new features for our previously “dumb” devices, allowing them to be controlled from anywhere on the planet. But because the compete on cost, security is lax or nonexistent. If you’re going to bring these devices into your home, you need to keep them walled off.

It’s Time to Delete Facebook

Facebook, I’m breaking up with you… It’s not me… it’s you. In the last few weeks, Facebook has been rocked by one scandal after another. First the Cambridge Analytica thing, then the “Ugly Truth” memo, and then news that it’s been saving all your text messages and call info. But these are just the latest …

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Preventing Tax Return Fraud

Preventing Tax Return Fraud

It’s that time of year again: tax time! And that means it’s also high season for identity thieves and scammers. Millions of people are affected by fake tax return filings every year. And while we’re talking about tax return fraud, we should take the opportunity to discuss some other tax and Social Security scams, as …

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Data Privacy Checklist

[Updated: Feb 5, 2022] I’ve removed the introduction to this list. If you’re not already convinced that privacy is a basic human right and that we (as consumers and as citizens) need to actively demonstrate our desire for privacy, read this. Here’s your action plan for Data Privacy Week. You can probably do most of …

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