Online banking is one of the most convenient way to transfer, withdraw or pay online today. however, it also opens an opportunity for criminals to hack accounts and personal information. The Minnesota Department of Commerce urges online bankers to follow these advices for a safer online banking. First, make sure that your bank uses a multifactor authentication, a method that requires users to type their passcodes twice or more to accessing an account. Use strong passwords, keep it safe, and make sure that your device is protected by an updated antivirus. Do not open unsolicited emails or answer calls that ask for your banking information. Regularly monitor your bank account and log out after every session.
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Experts from SDN Communication, Sioux Falls Police, and the Dakota State University, through a program at KELOLAND News offers free advice to keep small businesses safe from online hacking and other related incidents. The event aims to educate businesses about cyber security, threats, and other possible problems online.
The event is for free (with breakfast served) and will be held from 8 AM to 10 AM in Oct. 28 at the Avera Prairie Center in 1000 E. 23rd St., Sr. Coleman Room. Angela Kennecke will lead the premier of the event with simultaneous cast at KELOLAND News at 5 and 10.
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As trends change, so do hackers. Due to this fact, it’s no longer surprising to know that online threats also develop. One such threat is Adobe Flash. This program is on almost all computers and web browsers and it has recently become a favorite playground for hackers and cyber criminals. Certain security loopholes on Adobe Flash may allow hackers to download viruses or even gain remote access to your computer. The second biggest threat is Ransomware. It’s a virus, usually sent through mail that encrypts your data files and prevents you from gaining access unless you pay a ransom. Visit Kim Komando for more information about these threats.
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In the article “Experts bust Android security myths”, a group of experts has offered eight useful tips to IT users and administrators regarding online security. To strengthen security, one useful tip is to never root an android device. Rooting a device is equivalent to an alteration at the administrative level and this will make the device more vulnerable to malware. Another tip is to not focus solely on malware or overlook other security threats. Other threats as dangerous as malware that you also need to be cautious of include data harvesting, data exfiltration, poor encryption, mismanagement of passwords, and many others. Read the rest of the tips on CIO.
James Clapper, US spy chief, revealed of cyber threats!
A person that was said to be speaking for the Anonymous group has issued a warning video that circulated online about ‘going to war’ with the Singapore government after the latter changed its internet licensing rules, dated Nov. 1, 2013.
Intelligence agencies in the United States have put cyber attack from criminals and foreign governments at top priorities in terms of threat to the US. They recognize that such online assaults would undermine the national security and the economic competitiveness of the country, according to the Director of National Intelligence.
Based on a report issued by James Clapper’s office, Russia’s military was putting up a cyber command that would lead the attacks. In the report, North Korea, Iran and China are also leading threats.
But according to his testimony made to a congressional committee, he noted that he not anymore believed that the US faced its cyber Armageddon. He added that it is now less probable that the major infrastructures of the country, including its power grid and financial networks, would be disabled by the hackers.
Still, he warned that they foresee an ongoing series of what they call low-to-moderate cyber attack levels from a wide range of sources.
He also noted that he could see Russia as the greatest cyber threat for the US, which was more severe than what they previously considered. In November of last year, North Korea was accused as the country that was behind a large data theft from Sony Pictures. Finally, he added that profit-minded hackers and criminals also remain more active than ever.
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The Safer Internet Day celebrated last February 10, encourages everyone immersed and involved in the onlineworld to invest in a much safer environment in your online domain, not necessarily in software but in the little things that can make you and your information more secure as they are stored across the internet.
An ounce more of security can do loads for you especially now, that you are more vulnerable to cyber-attacks and threat. On your own volition, you can prevent this situations through doing small things such as a using a two-factor authentication system, regularly updating your browser and devices, using different passwords for everything, applying for a Google check-up every once in a while and using https domains every once in a while .
A recent study conducted by an IT performance management software vendor exposes that internal threats are just as concerning as external threats. Results include that the top concern for the federal IT agents were careless insiders followed by the general hacking community, this suggests that internal affairs are considered as more of a threat for the sample population. It is however also said that 26% of this total population consider insiders to be more damaging, the 37% more inclined to outsiders, and 38% for both. These are both unequal risks, but risks governing positions should consider spending more in regard to that high response to prevent damaging effects.
You could be getting more than you bargained for when you swipe your credit card this holiday shopping season, thanks to new malware that can skim credit card info from compromised point-of-sale (POS) systems.
First spotted by security firm Seculert, the malware dubbed “Dexter” is believed to have infected hundreds of POS systems in 40 countries worldwide in recent months. Companies targeted include retailers, hotel chains, restaurants, and private parking providers.
The US, the UK, and Canada top the list of countries where the malicious app has been found, accounting for 30 per cent, 19 per cent, and 9 per cent of the total number of affected systems, respectively.
Symantec found that the average number of security threats on religious sites was around 115, while adult sites only carried around 25 threats per site – a particularly notable discrepancy considering that there are vastly more pornographic sites than religious ones.
Also, only 2.4 percent of adult sites were found to be infected with malware, compared to 20 percent of blogs.
Internet security reports from companies that also sell anti-virus solutions should be taken with a pinch of salt, given the potential of conflict of interest, but Symantec’s authoritative findings are nevertheless interesting.