Social engineering (SE) is the art of manipulating people so they give up confidential information. While the term itself is relatively new, the idea goes back to the beginning of time. Those who use social engineering online today are called phishers or scammers, and in the old days they would have simply been called con men.
What is the IT Security Poverty Line? It’s the place where your business has the minimally acceptable level of security needed to fend off an “opportunistic adversary”, which is basically a hacker who takes advantages of security weaknesses in a network. In 2014, 85% of cyberattacks were opportunistic.
Here are the “Worst Passwords of 2014” as determined by SplashData. They’re the 25 most common passwords found on the Internet – thus making them the “Worst Passwords” that could expose anybody who uses them to being hacked or having their identities stolen.
Your computer will not just “get infected” with ransomware, the malicious software that encrypts your files and requires a specified amount of money to unlock them. You have to click on something or open something (perhaps unintentionally) to activate the trigger. Last year, CryptoLocker ransomware got a lot of attention, and we’re now dealing with CryptoWall, which is a variant of CryptoLocker.
Some of the greatest threats to the IT security of your small business can come from you and your employees. This isn’t to say that we’re all lazy. Actually, it’s quite the opposite. Most of us simply don’t know the steps to take or think we’re too busy to deal with it, so we unintentionally risk exposing company data to people who could cause damage.
CryptoLocker is a ransomware program released in September, 2013 that currently targets Windows-based computers.