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If you have been one of the estimated hundreds of thousands of victims of a ransomware attack, you know how frustrating it can be. Even if you have followed good security practices and backed up your important files, doing that can also take time and increase your heart rate. Now …

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Malware is just as a real threat to individuals as it is to financial institutions or any organization with sensitive data. Short for “malicious software,” malware spreads through home computers and other electronic devices like wild fire. Stealing passwords and personal information and hijacking browsers is typical of most malware …

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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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