IRS – ISC warning for 2018 Tax Phishing scams

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While it is early in the tax season, the SANS ISC warns of dangers in responding to email messages (as IRS always uses US postal mail for official business). Scammers have found it advantegous to file fake returns very early in the tax season to obtain refund monies, well before many folks normally file. https://isc.sans.edu/forums/diary/Tax+Phishing+Time/23295/ […]

Malware – 2,000 Word Press sites infected with keylogger JAN-2018

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Using special JavaScript injection on Word Press sites with weaker controls, over 2,000 infections were noted in following article.  Website ADMINS should strengthen security and users should exercise caution even when visiting legitimate sites that might seem safe.  https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2018/01/more-than-2000-wordpress-websites-are-infected-with-a-keylogger/ More than 2,000 websites running the open source WordPress content management system are infected with malware, […]

Apple iOS 11.3 – Seven features in new version

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Apple iOS 11.3 addresses recent battery issues & will be introduced during spring 2018.  This article shares 7 key features in the new version: https://www.cnet.com/news/ios-11-3-best-new-features-iphone-ipad/ iOS 11.3, the latest version of Apple’s iPhone and iPad operating system, is coming this spring — and it’ll offer more features than you might expect from a “.3” release. […]

Facebook – Features more Local News starting JAN-2017

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Facebook will shift the from its mostly national news focus to also feature more local new stories, as documented below https://www.pcmag.com/news/358848/facebook-to-push-more-local-news-into-your-feed On Monday, Zuckerberg indicated that national issues can become divisive and problematic to building communities through the social networking service.  Move over national news. High school sports, arts, and local happenings around your neighborhood will […]

Facebook Security – 7 Privacy Principles for 2018

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Facebook has just issued a list of 7 Privacy Principles to commemorate “Data Privacy” day on FEB 28th.  Giving You More Control of Your Privacy on Facebook Facebook’s Privacy Principles – Facebook was built to bring people closer together.  It’s important that you have choices when it comes to how your data is used. These […]

Mobile Phone Technology – Samsung Galaxy S9 early preview

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Some early previews of the new Samsung Galaxy S9 model are starting to circulate prior to the official announcement on Feb. 25th. Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ could feature Intelligent Scan, 3D stickers, and Tag shot camera mode We already know what the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ look like, their specs, and other […]

IRS – How to prevent TAX Fraud in 2018

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US CERT is sharing IRS theme of “Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week”.  One new tip for 2018 is that W2 forms now contain a new code that can be optionally used with electronic filers.  These 3 links below contain a # of beneficial tips to help prevent tax filers from fraud.  https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2018/01/29/Tax-Identity-Theft-Awareness-Week NCCIC/US-CERT encourages consumers to […]

Leadership – Five steps to build trust in the workplace during 2018

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The John Maxwell leadership training center shares an excellent article in looking ahead to challenges of 2018.  This article offers 5 techniques for trust-building within the workplace http://johnmaxwellcompany.com/blog/how-to-build-trust-in-the-workplace The importance of trust between you and your leaders cannot be overstated. Leaders can cultivate a high-trust culture or create culture of distrust that increases tension, puts […]

Malware – Recent YouTube ads infected with Cryptocurrency Mining code

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As extensive computing power is required to harvest cryptocurrency using complex algorithms, a recent malware trend has been to link computers visiting a website into the process.  While most of the malware agents have likely been removed, users must remain careful at all times while online. https://www.androidheadlines.com/2018/01/cryptocurrency-mining-ads-sighted-on-youtube-report.html Video giant YouTube is the latest site to […]

Microsoft Security — OOB Windows Update to fix recent Intel Spectre issues

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A Microsoft Security out of band release for Windows Update has been just issued.  It is designed to fix recent Intel Spectre issues https://www.pcworld.com/article/3251825/security/microsofts-issues-another-emergency-windows-patch-to-pull-intels-buggy-spectre-fix.html   If you’ve noticed any unexpected reboots or PC instability as a result of the recent Spectre patches, there’s a solution: Microsoft has issued an emergency Windows patch that rolls back the recent Spectre […]


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