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Back to School

BACK TO SCHOOL Back-to-school time is exciting for kids and parents alike. There is much to think about and anticipate when embarking on a new year and a new adventure. One crucial task you should be sure to tackle is protecting your online security. The need for tablet, laptop, and smartphone security is just as important as getting the right school supplies. Many of us at Layer 8 Security have kids and understand how easy it is to get caught [...]

Protecting Our Seniors from Scams: The Importance of Education and Awareness

Recently, a friend of mine called me with a problem: his elderly father in law that was living with him had his bank account hacked; nearly $10,000 had been stolen. Could we help? We couldn't retrieve the money, but we did take a look at his father's laptop. Sure enough, it was rife with malware and a key-logger had gotten his bank credentials. Unfortunately, our seniors are vulnerable to scams. These come both in the form of phishing emails or, [...]

Terms of Service and Privacy Policy Changes Making the News

Today, Snapchat, the popular social media mobile app that allows users to send instantly-destructible pictures and videos to friends, has been in the news (here, and here) because of recent changes to its Terms of Service (ToS) and Privacy Policy. Here are some key initial takeaways from this news event: Security changes matter to consumers -- and are getting due coverage. As a consumer, it's great to see these policy changes make the news. A couple years ago, it was unlikely that [...]

Why Ashley Madison Matters…To Everyone

Yes, there are no doubt some 36 million individuals who may be a bit uncomfortable currently, but the massive Ashley Madison hack ought to have a lot more people paying attention, for several reasons. For one thing, I've read the comments online, and so many people feel that this is justified, that neither Ashley Madison nor its customers deserve sympathy or leniency. Perhaps from a moral perspective that is true, but I am not the moral police and I won't [...]

IoT can help manufacturing, but does it make you less secure?

When companies began to embrace the idea and the tech behind the Internet of Things (IoT), one area that stood to benefit the most was, and is, the world of manufacturing. Anyplace that relies on efficient operations to keep things flowing, and does so using a litany of systems, lends itself well to the burgeoning world of IoT. Imagine if all of your numerous systems are becoming much more easy to network and thus control online-it would be a godsend [...]

Hackers For Hire

Don't laugh. It  may sound crazy, but there are actually online marketplaces, online, out in the open, where you can hire a hacker to meet your particular needs. Now, the guidelines seem to indicate that every request should be on the up and up, but taking a look around tells another tale on Hacker's List. (https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2015/01/19/hackers-for-hire-hackers-list-for-those-with-no-ethics-or-espionage-skills/) And keep in mind-this is only one website, out in the open. This does not take into account those more unsavory actors operating in [...]