Posts Categorized: Security

Secondary Security Settings for Safety

Last week I received word (from my mother of all people) that my personal email account was spamming my contacts. Not exactly great news when the majority of your contacts are people you’ve spoken with solely on a professional level. As a security measure, I immediately changed my password to the most random thing I could think… Read more »

Update for Adobe Flash Required to Prevent Attacks

Adobe has posted an emergency security bulletin recommending that users update their Flash Players immediately, citing that a failure to update will leave systems open to potential attacks. According to officials at Adobe, “this vulnerability could allow an attacker to remotely take control of the affected system.” Users of Windows, Macintosh, and Linux operating systems… Read more »

Microsoft Extends Security Updates for Windows XP

Microsoft has announced that it will continue to provide updates to its security products for Windows XP users through July 14, 2015. Previously, the company said all updates would halt when technical support officially ends for XP on April 8, 2014. This means that Microsoft will be providing security updates for XP another 15 months!… Read more »

Which Browser is Best for Business?

It’s a tough question: Which of the many available internet browsers is the best for business? Well, to begin answering that we need to look first at what features and functions are most important to you and your business. Here’s 3 things to consider when choosing a browser: Will it sync? Perhaps the most important… Read more »

Are SD Cards a Security Threat for Businesses?

SD and microSD cards provide flash memory storage for things like digital cameras, smartphones, and tablets. And as with anything used to store important data on a mobile device, there’s concern about how easy they are to hack, or worse to corrupt with malware. But according to Samuel Bucholtz, cofounder of Casaba, a security analysis… Read more »

Mail Services Close Amid Fear of Government Interferrence

Two encrypted email services, Lavabit and Silent Mail, shut down last week due to fears of customer data falling into the hands of authorities. The closure of Lavabit, which had been used by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, was followed quickly by Silent Circle’s announcement to end its encrypted email service, Silent Mail. An imposed legal… Read more »

5 Tips on How to Improve Network Security

With recent news of attacks on sites such as Wells Fargo and Twitter, improving network security should be a top priority for any company. And when you’re a small business, such an attack could mean the difference between staying afloat and not. So – how should you go about improving network security around the office?… Read more »

Using Two-factor Authentication to Secure Your Accounts

For the better part of a year now, Ripplers have been urging our clients and friends to consider using two-factor authentication for things like their Google accounts, password managers and social media sites. Evernote, LinkedIn and Twitter just joined the two-factor party, and Facebook has had some form of it since 2011. With 2FA becoming… Read more »