Cyber-security Highlights – July 31

Every Monday we bring you a review of the previous week’s hottest cyber-security and on-line privacy news articles.

Here at IronSocket, we work to continually raise awareness of the threats that we as individuals face in our connected lives. We are 100% committed to helping our customers stay safe and secure while on-line, both through our VPN and proxy services as well as through education.

Here are the top articles we have plucked from last week’s news tsunami.

 

Staying Cyber-safe on Your Holiday

Planning on doing some traveling this season?  Beware the public wi-fi my child.  The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!   Here are three very good and very quick pieces of advice to heed while on the road, whether around the globe or just down to your corner coffee shop.

https://tech.co/cyber-tips-summer-vacation-2017-07

 

No, seriously!  Really beware of unprotected public wi-fi!

This article is about a hacker group that specifically targets hotel wi-fi.  It serves very well to illustrate the first line of cyber-defense must be your brain.

http://bgr.com/2017/07/23/hotel-wi-fi-malware-darkhotel-inexsmar-hacks/

 

Make Your Connected Life Easier with a Password Manager

Don’t let the hair of the guy in the video distract you.  There is an important and useful message here.  I’ve tried several password managers and without any doubt, my personal favorite is LastPass.  The right password manager can take almost all the hassle out of logging in to accounts across multiple devices.

https://www.theverge.com/2017/7/24/15921282/best-password-manager-1password-lastpass-dashlane-how-to

 

Time Flies Like an Arrow.  FruitFly likes an Apple (Macintosh)

And FruitFly likes to watch.  But who is behind this disturbing malware?  Is it a single organization or are more than one involved?  It’s good to keep your anti-malware up-to-date.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/thomasbrewster/2017/07/24/apple-mac-malware-fruitfly-infects-americans/#518cad55ce53

 

It’s nothing personal.  It’s only business.

At one end of the spectrum are the lone-wolf hackers.  At the other end are governmental cyber-warfare units.  And in the burgeoning middle are the people running their dark web operations as a for-profit business, selling and supporting products and services.

https://www.cso.com.au/article/625105/changing-motivations-made-profit-minded-hackers-clear-present-danger/

 

That’s all for this week. As always, if you have any questions or comments, don’t hesitate to write to us. We’re here to help you stay safe, secure, and protected while online.

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