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What’s the deal with LifeLock?

I often get questions from friends and family about LifeLock, an identity theft protection service - what it's all about, whether I use it (I don't), how effective the LifeLock services are, etc. Ironically, about a week and a half ago, LifeLock agreed to pay $100 million (see here) for allegedly breaching a FTC order by: "Failing to establish and maintain a comprehensive security program to protect its customers' sensitive personal information, including Credit Card, Social Security, and bank account [...]

A Reminder On The Danger Of An Inside Job

If you haven't heard this before, then get ready to hear it a lot more now. While outsider threats can be and are a big deal, and obviously a major concern, one of the biggest areas of risk for ANY company is and will be it's internal resources. Put another way, you have to be as careful about those who you give access to, as you are with those who don't have access to your network and corporate resources. Just [...]

Serious iOS messaging bug can crash your iPhone

Everyone who uses an Apple device should be on the lookout for a new threat that can crash/reboot your device.  Users of Apple’s desktop and mobile operating systems are experiencing crashing computers, phones, and tablets across the internet.  This is caused by a bug in Apple's rendering engine of Arabic text when a message gets shortened. The text that will cause this can be seen in the image below: By the time you’ve received the malicious text, it’s probably too late. [...]

Malware… for humans?

Imagine going to your general practitioner's office for an annual physical. Your doctor checks your blood pressure, your heart rate, your temperature. Your doctor likely quizzes you about your diet, exercise, smoking habits, whether your artificial body parts are up-to-date with the latest patches. Wait. What? As if we didn't have enough devices to stay on top of. The benefits of treating chronic conditions with medical devices, such as a pacemaker or an artificial pancreas, are recognized; however, keeping those [...]

Can A Good Defense Include…Offense?

When defending one's network resources, things like firewalls and other security appliances are envisioned. Putting walls up, both physical and virtual, to keep the bad guys out-that's the name of the game, right? What if it wasn't? People, and businesses, are hacked with regularity. Some hacks are harmless, some random person just probing things but without malicious intent. Others are testing and probing defenses, searching for a soft spot to exploit. And sometimes, you get the Sony hack that we've [...]