1. THE DARK WEB

    What exactly is the “Dark Web”? Is it a dank, gloomy, scary place where giant, hairy tarantulas hang out? If so, I’m leaving town! In actuality, the Dark Web refers to a collection of websites that can’t be reached by traditional search engines – the areas you and I can’t typically access via Google, Yahoo, or Bing. The area we surf is considered the “Surface Web,” which embodies o…Read More

  2. FAKE NEWS VIDEOS

    The internet is being increasingly populated with false, misleading, manipulated videos, spread by politicians and advocacy groups as well as regular Joes. Video footage is being altered three main ways: either by being taken out of context, deceptively edited, or deliberately altered. Here’s a breakdown on these misleading practices to help you better determine whether what you’re looking at …Read More

  3. GIVE CHROME THE BOOT

    When you open Chrome to surf the Web, do you have any idea what or who’s looking back at you? If you peer under the hood of Google Chrome, you’ll discover shopping, news, and government sites quietly tagging your browser to let a few thousand friends in the form of ad and data companies ride shotgun while you click around the Web. Seen from the inside, Google’s Chrome browser resembles snoop…Read More

  4. RESETTING YOUR ADVERTISING IDENTIFIER

    Your smartphone contains a trove of information advertisers utilize to build a custom profile of your daily phone usage. Your profile contains information on where you’ve been, what you’ve been looking at, and what you’ve been clicking on. Advertisers then push targeted ads based on your perceived interests. Do you want advertisers collecting this information about you? If not, you have the …Read More

  5. SIGNIFICANT LOCATIONS

    Your iPhone tracks every place you visit. It knows where you are and it remembers where you’ve been. It keeps a record of frequently visited places and uses the data to make location-based suggestions. It can even determine whether you drove or walked to a location (see figure at left). This data is supposedly encrypted and stored on your phone – not collected by Apple. But is this really nece…Read More

  6. KEEPASS PASSWORD SAFE

    What is KeePass? These days, you need to remember a million passwords. You need a password for the Windows network logon, your e-mail account, your website's FTP password, your bank account, and other online passwords - the list is endless. Also, you’re advised to use different passwords for each account. If you use the same password for everything and someone gets ahold of it, you have a proble…Read More

  7. HAVE YOU BEEN PWNED?

    Have any of your on-line accounts been compromised in a data “breach” or “paste”? How do you know? How do you find out? First of all, let’s define the terms. A “breach” is an incident where data is inadvertently exposed in a vulnerable system due to security flaws or weaknesses. A “paste” is information that has been “pasted” to a publicly facing website designed to share the…Read More

  8. BOMB THREAT HOAX

    Dozens of businesses across the country received an e-mailed bomb threat this afternoon, prompting evacuations and building sweeps. Threats were received in Seattle, San Francisco, New York, Miami, and Washington, DC, among other locations. The threat’s originating IP address (194.58.58.54) comes from Moscow, Russia. Here is the verbiage included in the threat: “Hello. My man has hidden an exp…Read More

  9. MOBILE BANK FRAUD

    Banking transactions are normally secure, even when you use a mobile device – that is, unless you're on public WIFI, as a close friend recently found out the hard way. Whilst in downtown Seattle and realizing they needed to transfer some money between bank accounts, they completed the transaction on their cell phone app using what they thought was their wireless data connection. Upon completing …Read More

  10. And the Password Is…

    In this day and age, we all know it's not safe to use only one password for all our accounts, because if someone diabolical gets a hold of it – we're hosed. Really hosed. So we're prompted to create and remember a unique password for what seems like a million different websites – one to log onto our PC; one to access our e-mail; one to access our bank account; one to access each social media a…Read More