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By: V_S | July 08, 2017

Basically, Smishing is Phishing (like you get in your email), except it's on your Smartphone through SMS Text messages. The word itself is a mashup of SMS and Phishing, as you can see better when it's displayed like this: SMiShing.

Smishing is dangerous, as a text sent to your phone implies legitimacy. No longer is the case. With all of the (known) website breaches in the last 10 years, it's more than likely that your personal information (and cell number) are known to people wanting to take your money, identity, and other malicious things. Nowadays people store information about their family, friends, business relations, etc., so any one who has your information on any breached or hacked account/service, so your information is probably alre...

By: V_S | June 01, 2017

A must read for everyone, although some mitigation options listed are quite expensive and others only possible in highly-managed Enterprise environments. 

Full SEI Article - 

https://insights.sei.cmu.edu/sei_blog/2017/05/ransomware-best-practices-for-prevention-and-response.html 

By: V_S | May 30, 2017

Identity theft, or identity fraud, is a crime that can have substantial financial and emotional consequences. Take precautions with personal information. If you become a victim, act immediately to minimize the damage.


By: V_S | May 30, 2017

Do not give sensitive information to others unless you are sure that they are indeed who they claim to be and that they should have access to the information.


By: V_S | May 30, 2017

Because of its popularity, the internet has become an ideal target for advertising. As a result, spyware, or adware, has become increasingly prevalent. When troubleshooting problems with your computer, you may discover that the source of the problem is spyware software that has been installed on your machine without your knowledge.


By: V_S | May 30, 2017

While email attachments are a popular and convenient way to send documents, they are also a common source of viruses. Use caution when opening attachments, even if they appear to have been sent by someone you know.


By: V_S | May 30, 2017

When vendors become aware of vulnerabilities in their products, they often issue patches to fix the problem. Make sure to apply relevant patches to your computer as soon as possible so that your system is protected.


By: V_S | May 30, 2017

Explore the resources in this section to learn more about cybersecurity and to better secure your home and small-business networks - Provided by US-CERT:


While it helps to have a grasp of the basics, when it comes to the protection and security of your equipment and data, the basics aren't typically sufficient. For professional help implementing any protection or security solutions, feel free to get in touch with us.

By: V_S | May 30, 2017

Alerts provide timely information about current security issues, vulnerabilities, and exploits - Provided by US-CERT:


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By: V_S | May 30, 2017

Tips describe and offer advice about common security issues for non-technical computer users - Provided by US-CERT:


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