Security & Spam


Verify Your Symantec SSL Certificates ASAP

The What: Website owners who use SSL certificates purchased from Symantec prior to June 1, 2016 will need to replace them soon, or site users will begin seeing the warning show below. This includes SSLs issued from companies owned by Symantec, including Thawte, Verisign, Equifax, GeoTrust, and RapidSSL. The When: ... More

Beware the Google Listing Scam

Perky voice on my phone today.... "Hi! This is Sarah, calling about your Google listing? I'm looking at my system here, and it still looks like your listing is incorrect. Correct listings mean you're much more likely to be ranked above your competition. So if you'll call me back at (1-800-number) and get me the correct ... More

Anthem Breach Affecting 2 Million Missouri Residents

Yes, another data breach, from another big company. In case you haven't figured this out by now, your personal identity data is no longer safe online. Think that's an overstatement?  Try this list on for size: Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield Target Niemann Marcus Michaels Dairy Queen UPS Home Depot Goodw... More

Online Safety Tips for Your Family

The latest issue of "In The Loop", from Sanford, Lea & Associates, has a terrific article on tips for keeping your family safe online.  Everyone is a computer user these days, from your child playing online games to grandma learning to use Facebook.  There are security and privacy concerns with any type of online ... More

eBay Hacked, So Time To Change Passwords… Again!

Yesterday, eBay reported that hackers had access to a stored password database sometime between February and March of this year. The company says no financial data was revealed — but it's urging its users to update the passwords on their accounts anyway. (And if you use the same password for other sites, change them as ... More

HeartBleed Vulnerability No Laughing Matter

By now you have probably heard about the HeartBleed security vulnerability -- news about this bug has been so widespread in the last few days that it even made the Tonight Show monologue.  But HeartBleed is no joke -- it is potentially the most serious issue to ever have affected the Internet. A quick technical ... More

WordPress

WordPress Brute Force Attack Underway

One of the largest distributed brute force attacks on WordPress installations ever seen is currently going on, as reported by Mark Maunder of Wordfence Security on his blog. You can read the full post here. The attempts at hacking are running 30 times more frequently than average. A brute force attack is when an ... More

‘Tis The Season… For Spam

It seems when the holiday season arrives every year, the usual trickle of spam email starts rising until it reaches a flood stage around Christmas.  Perhaps the spammers are playing on the "do good" feelings that come with the season, perhaps they're just trying to earn a little extra illicit cash to buy things for their ... More

Special Bulletin: Adobe Hacked

In case you were not aware of it, Adobe has confirmed the user account data of 2.9 million Adobe users has been breached. You can read the full story in the Washington Post, here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/technology/adobe-confirms-security-breach What does this mean for you?  Well, first the good ... More