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If you have an email address, it is very likely you have received spam of some type. In fact, if you have not received many of these, it would be quite a shock and many would like to know the secret. Most of us have received multiple requests asking us …

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The following email entitled “Your Online Access has been Disabled” has been identified as a phishing scam. If you receive an email like this, do not click any of the links found within the email, just delete it from your inbox. SDFCU values your security and would never send you …

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If you haven’t shut off your Android™ smart phone in a while, you may want to do that. When you do, take out the battery and re-insert it.  There is a new type of malware that makes the phone look as if it is shutting down, but …

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Web browsing is one of the top ways that computers become infected with malware today.  With that in mind it is easy to understand why organizations continue to focus their attention on web browsing security.  One of the biggest mistakes that employees make when it comes to web browsing is …

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We have a lot of passwords these days used for everything from online magazine subscriptions to logging in to check our healthcare information. We trust many others with sensitive information and the only thing between us and that information is often, only a password. Protecting that information is critical. Following …

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So is a strong password that important?  Should we use passphrases?  Do passwords really get cracked? YES, YES and YES. There are many techniques for obtaining passwords and over the years, these have become moresophisticated. The top methods for cracking passwords, in no particular order are brute force attacks, rainbow …

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The IRS was recently hit by hackers, compromising personal information for hundreds of thousands of taxpayers. It’s not the first time the IRS has been used to illegally obtain sensitive data from unknowing consumers. One effective scam, Impersonating IRS agents, is gaining in popularity among cybercriminals because it works …

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When you take a moment to count the number of internet-connected devices in your home, the tally may surprise you. There are smart TVs, routers, computers, tablets, smartphones, smart thermostats and refrigerators, security systems, and even toilets that can be flushed from afar. All of those devices are a …

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Last year, TurboTax was involved in a tax time incident and this year, it’s TaxAct. The maker of the tax filing software learned late last year that some of its customers’ accounts (less than .25%) were accessed and information such as social security numbers, names, addresses, bank account information …

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Brown University email account holders may be being targeted in a massive phishing campaign. Kaspersky Labs reported receiving email messages from Brown University “NO REPLY” senders that request the recipient to verify their Google Accounts. More on why that isn’t so strange later. Phishing itself is not new and …

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