After the AlphaBay/Hansa Shutdowns, Other Markets are Booming

By | August 1st, 2017|The Dark Web|

Last month, we reflected on the takedown of two popular dark web marketplaces, AlphaBay and Hansa. With more than 200,000 users and $1 billion in illicit sales, AlphaBay’s dismantling was celebrated as a landmark victory against cyber crime and a testament to the power of global government collaboration. Both sites, accessible through the Tor network, [...]

The AlphaBay and Hansa Takedowns: Good News, but More to the Story

By | July 20th, 2017|Industry News, The Dark Web|

The takedown of two popular dark web marketplaces is making headlines around the world today. The US, Europol and the Netherlands announced that after a global law enforcement operation, AlphaBay, a site with more than 200,000 users and $1 billion in illicit sales, has been shut down. Following AlphaBay’s takedown on July 4th, Europol reported [...]

All Eyes on Encryption: Diving Into IBM’s New Mainframe

By | July 18th, 2017|Data Breaches, Industry News|

Image courtesy of IBM. IBM just released IBM Z, a new mainframe that reportedly can run more than 12 billion encrypted transactions per day – a staggering 18 times faster than any other platform. Since encryption is difficult to do at scale, IBM hopes this mainframe will help banks, healthcare providers, government agencies [...]

Tips for Maintaining a Healthy Credit Score

By | July 17th, 2017|Credit Education|

Credit scores play a critical role in most of life’s major financial decisions. They can determine if you qualify for a loan and many affect the interest rates applied to that loan. They’re also a factor in approving new credit cards and home rental applications. In general, higher credit scores indicate a lower risk for [...]

Spotting Travel Scams

By | July 10th, 2017|Malware and Scams|

Summer vacation is prime time for identity theft and fraud. We recently shared tips to help consumers stay secure and keep a relaxing trip from turning into a headache. But what about the risks before you’ve stepped out the door? Travel scams are among the most popular online threats facing consumers. According to a recent [...]

Updates and Lessons From the Petya Ransomware Attack

By | June 29th, 2017|Online Safety|

Another ransomware attack was identified Tuesday and is affecting critical infrastructure providers across the globe. The ransomware, called GoldenEye, is a new strain of the Petya ransomware. GoldenEye is especially vicious as it does more than simply encrypt files – it also encrypts hard drives by overwriting the master reboot record. This prevents the computer [...]

What’s Really Behind Those IoT Threats

By | June 15th, 2017|Online Safety, Uncategorized|

In the last few years, consumers have met advancements in the Internet of Things (IoT) with equal parts excitement and fear. We’ve come a long way from 2015’s Jeep hacking demonstration, perhaps the first “mainstream” story that sparked fear in consumers, but also helped them connect the dots around how IoT may directly impact their [...]

Summer Break: Staying Secure On Vacation

By | June 9th, 2017|Online Safety|

With the summer months upon us, the thrill of escape is constantly on our minds. Whether it’s an international getaway, a road trip, a visit to the beach, or another destination, summer is synonymous with travel. Perhaps you’ve already made some vacation plans of your own this summer. While it’s great to get out and [...]

5 Mistakes In Your BYOD Policy

By | June 6th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies are designed to promote flexibility and collaboration for employees, help companies cut hardware and service costs, and are quickly becoming standard in today’s workforce. In fact, over half of U.S. companies recently reported that they allow the use of personal devices for work purposes. While there are many benefits to BYOD, it’s [...]

Public Wi-Fi: Avoid It Like The Plague

By | June 5th, 2017|Online Safety|

According to the Identity Theft Resource Center, 76% of consumers are aware that using free public Wi-Fi can lead to identity theft. However, people are still three times more likely to connect to a public Wi-Fi hotspot if it’s free to use. Public Wi-Fi allows anyone within a specified area to potentially access or read [...]

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