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Heartbleed May Be the Worst Security Hole The Internet Has Ever Seen
Friday, April 11, 2014 15:57

Tags: heartbleed | security hole | virus

Millions of passwords, credit card numbers and other personal information is at risk as a result of a major breakdown in Internet security.

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The Heartbleed virus allows hackers to exploit a flaw in the encryption software OpenSSL. 

 

OpenSSL encryption software is used by a majority of major websites and is designated by a small closed padlock symbol and “https” on Web browsers. 

 

When a secure connection is made between two computers, one computer may check if the other computer is available.  The computer would check by sending a small packet of data, called a heartbeat, which the other computer then confirms.  A hacker can use a fake packet of data, which tricks the computer into responding with data stored in its memory.  The hacker then has access to steal personal information such as credit card numbers and passwords. 

 

A patched version of OpenSSL has been released, now it is up to each site to apply this patch. 

 

Do not log into accounts from affected sites until you are sure the company has patched the problem. 

 

Once you have confirmation of the security patch you will need to change your password.

 

LastPass has created a tool that will check a site to see if it effected by this virus:

 

https://lastpass.com/heartbleed/

 

Read more for a list of sites that have been effected and have applied the security patch:

http://money.cnn.com/2014/04/10/technology/security/heartbleed-passwords/index.html?hpt=hp_bn5\

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How Much Is Everything On Your Computer Worth To You?
Wednesday, April 09, 2014 07:36

Tags: CryptoLocker | encryption | files | ransomware

Criminals behind a vicious virus, Cryptolocker, are betting between $300 and $2500.  With just one innocent click any one employee can cause the data for an entire company to be compromised.

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Cyber criminals are disguising this damaging virus inside a PDF that is attached to an email that appears to come from UPS or FedEx.  When the intended victim opens the attachment, Cryptolocker is instantly downloaded and installed on their computer.  Once on your computer all of your files are encrypted and held ransom until payment is received.  It is essentially extortion with all your personal documents, photos and files at risk. 

 

Unfortunately, once the encryption of the files occurs, decryption is not likely.  Paying these criminal will only encourage them to do further damage, plus there is no guarantee they will release your files back to you. 

 

Here are some tips on how you can protect yourself:

1.  Backup files – No system is completely secure.  Make sure your files your files are regularly backed up and stored in a safe place.  If your computer is compromised you will be able to still access your files.

 

2.  Use safe e-mail habits – Be wary of e-mail from senders you don’t know, and never download or open an attachment you are sure you know what it is and that it is safe.  You should be especially wary of unexpected email from postal/package services and dispute notifications.

 

3.  Up-to-date programs – Make sure your antivirus and operating system are up-to-date.  If you let these programs get out-of-date, criminals are more likely to infect your computer and use it to break into other computers.

 

Cryptolocker is not the only malicious virus out there.  Every day cyber criminals are coming up with new ways to steal our data.  By keeping your programs up-to-date and using safe web browsing and email habits you can limit the risk of catching one of these nasty viruses. 

 

Read more about Cryptolocker:

http://www.businessinsider.com/block-cryptolocker-virus-2014-1

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Cybersecurity Top Risk For Financial Firms
Tuesday, April 08, 2014 09:55

Tags: advisors | cybersecurity | data breach | FINRA | sec

The recent massive customer data breaches that have occurred at well-known retailers is causing the government and businesses to take a deeper look into cybersecurity.

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In February, Finra announced its plans to try and understand the dangers that lurk online for financial companies.  Finra will examine some of its member firms to see what precautions they are taking to protect themselves from online threats.  They will be surveying 20 firms and looking to review each of the firms’ cybersecurity preparation and supervision.

 

The SEC has also announced that it will be conducting cybersecurity examinations.  In a compliance conference the SEC informed its audience that they will be reviewing the resources that firms devote to information security, their policies for assessing, preventing and responding to attacks and their systems guarding against identity theft.

 

Cyber thieves are always looking for new ways to steal your information.  Just one wrong click could give a cybercriminal the key to all of your clients’ sensitive data.  As an advisor it is important for you to have a process in place to check for cyber threats and protect your data. 

 

Read more:

http://www.investmentnews.com/article/20140207/FREE/140209923

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Uber Is Launching An On-Demand Courier Service In Manhattan
Monday, April 07, 2014 20:47

Pretty much anyone who has used Uber to get a car has been impressed.

So it is worth noting that Uber the now moving into the messenger business in Manhattan.

The car service spread rapidly across the U.S. and globally, and it's a good bet the the courrier service will do the same. 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

Uber iUber is launching an on-demand courier service tomorrow (exclusive)
s launching an on-demand courier service tomorrow (exclusive)

 

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Which Is The Best Upgrade For You: Windows 7 Or Windows 8?
Thursday, April 03, 2014 15:20

Tags: Windows 7 | windows 8 | Windows XP

After nearly 13 years, Microsoft is calling an end to support for Windows XP on April 8.  This means a lot of people have a big decision to make.

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Without support or security updates your computer will be left vulnerable to cyber-attacks. 

 

This leads to the question “Is it better to upgrade to Windows 7 or Windows 8?”

 

Both Windows 7 & 8 are much more powerful operating systems than Windows XP.  They both have major advances in security.  Windows 7 is proven and offers you the familiarity of what we know and expect from Microsoft.  Windows 8 is new and exciting, with a brand new style.  The look and feel of Windows 8 is like nothing we have experience with Microsoft before.

 

The most important factor to consider when choosing your new operating system is compatibility. Before purchasing the upgraded system you need to check with the applications that are most important to you.

 

Ultimately the final decision needs to be made based on your applications and your personal preference.    

 

Read more:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?ie=UTF8&docId=1001064761

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