Ransomware – Locker Sleeper variant activated on May 25 2015

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A new variant of Ransomeware lies dormant until triggered by an activation date as described below http://www.networkworld.com/article/2927212/security0/new-sleeper-locker-ransomware-laid-dormant-on-infected-pcs-until-this-week-report-says.html Dubbed Locker, this ‘sleeper’ ransomware had laid dormant on infected devices until those behind the scam activated it earlier this week. A new strain of ransomware that had laid dormant on infected devices suddenly “woke up” at midnight […]

Smartphone Privacy – Lookout security 2015 research report

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Lookout security performed an excellent study on privacy in mobile computing recently.  Also seven best practices for improved protection are shared below https://www.lookout.com/resources/reports/mobile-privacy-iq Lookout’s Mobile Privacy IQ study, a survey of smartphone owners in the United States, examines data-based trends about our privacy mindsets and how they inform our perceptions, behaviors, and feelings toward privacy […]

Facebook – Profile photo best practices to safeguard privacy

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Facebook recently changed privacy policies to allow more detail to be shown than just the 180×180 sized user profile photo. CNET offers an overview of recent changes, plus best practices to safeguard privacy. http://www.cnet.com/how-to/how-to-protect-your-facebook-profile-picture/ No matter how securely you’ve locked down your Facebook account, you can’t make your profile pic and cover photo private. Whatever […]

Windows 10 – Security updates move to daily basis rather than once per month

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Windows 10 will feature DAILY security patches anytime during the month, rather than the traditional Patch Tuesday update process. http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/05/04/microsoft_windows_10_updates/ Ignite 2015 Microsoft has shown off some of the new security mechanisms embedded in Windows 10, and revealed a change to its software updates. Windows supremo Terry Myerson reckons the revised security patch rollout – […]

Two Factor Authentication – Challenges and new approaches for 2015

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The challenges of security authentication controls are discussed in informative article.  A new approach ties in smartphone ownership with a tap to “okay” access rather than to key a 2nd one-time password to make approach easier for end user  http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2484693,00.asp One problem with passwords for security is that the bad guys can guess simple passwords, […]

Facebook – WhatsAPP may allow business messaging directly to users

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Facebook recently purchased the popular smart phone messaging company WhatsAPP.  It may allow business to directly send special messages and discounts to Facebook customers http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/facebook-may-let-businesses-contact-you-on-whatsapp.html/ Last year, Facebook purchased the massively popular messenger application WhatsApp for $21.8 billion. Under the site’s ownership, the app’s user base has continued to grow at a rapid rate, going from 600 million users last August to 800 million now. However, the […]

Leadership – Success achieved through Lessons Learned approach

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John Maxwell’s leadership blog features key tactics to learn from our mistakes and improve during future endeavors http://www.johnmaxwell.com/blog/what-successful-people-know-about-winning If you’re going to lose—and you are because everyone does—then why not turn it into a gain? How do you do that? By learning from it. A loss isn’t totally a loss if you learn something as […]


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