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A Huge Data Leak Exposed Your Personal Information

The most massive data leak that’s ever happened includes neatly bundled information for more than 1 billion people. Keep in mind that the estimated population of the United States is only 330 million. If you use email, you are probably exposed.

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773 Million Passwords Exposed – Were You Exposed?

Today Troy Hunt announced that a collection of 773 million usernames and passwords were released. This release of passwords, dubbed Collection #1, contains usernames and passwords

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Attackers are Targeting High Net Worth Individuals

An experienced high-level executive shared his concern about how attackers are investing more time targeting high net worth individuals.

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Happy Computer Security Day!

November 30th is Computer Security Day. Today is a great day to remind your team members to continue to be extra vigilant as they watch for spam email messages. 

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You Might Stop Receiving Essential Email Messages, and What to Do About It

If someone ever impersonates you via email, you may stop receiving legitimate email messages too. Computers belonging to people who received a fake email message may automatically send all new messages to the phony address instead of yours. Senders don’t realize what is happening, and you stop receiving essential email messages.

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Stealing Tesla Cars, and Stealing Your Network with Agent Tesla

The 3 minute Tesla car stealing video is fun, and keep reading the next paragraph about your organization’s security too.

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Can you Trust the Kindness of Tech Support Strangers?

If you place a call to tech support for your online accounting software or any program, and if the technical support representative on the phone asks you to download a diagnostic program to test your computer, think twice.

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The Insanity of Your Network – Storing Keys in the Same Place as Everyone Else

Imagine that you have a fleet of dozens of expensive vehicles, and you keep all of their keys in a locked cabinet. There is a master key that opens the cabinet. You assign your IT team

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Watch for Threatening Email Messages that Contain Your Actual Passwords

You may receive a threatening email message that shows you your actual username and password. The attacker may demand you pay them 2900, or some other significant amount. They threaten horrible things if you do not pay.

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Stop Hidden Attacks Buried in Email Attachments

When you receive an email attachment, even when you are expecting the document and know the sender, the attached file can be poisoned. 

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