October 24, 2016

Chipped Credit Cards: Why chip cards are safer than magnetic stripes on debit/credit cards

Since January 2016, a large number of retail companies that accept credit cards have made the switch to chip credit cards. The reason is because chipped credit cards are more secure. Chip cards are technically known as EMV cards, named for the 3 major credit companies that backed the development […]
October 17, 2016

Phishing Emails: How to Avoid the Hook When It Looks So Trustworthy

Phishing (pronounced “fishing”) is a term used to describe a certain type of identity theft. Criminals send out emails as bait for unsuspecting consumers designed to resemble popular or trustworthy sites and companies. The goal is to lure the victim into clicking a malicious link or opening an email attachment. […]
October 10, 2016

Thumbdrives: A bring-your-own device that we would rather be left at home!

You’ve seen them; those fun memory stick give-aways that are handed out and won at conferences and workshops. They come in all colors with unique designs, are sometimes branded with company logos, and often have specific data uploaded to them for the programs being presented. But do you know what’s really […]
October 3, 2016

Two-Factor Authentication: Is a six-digit code really safer than my special character password?

The simple answer is, “it can be,” but it isn’t really that simple. First, let’s analyze the “leet”-style password (for more information on leet or leetspeak, take a look at this article from Wikipedia). While this may seem like a fantastic way to obscure a standard password, hackers have been […]