USB cable connecting to a USB port on a laptop computer.
Cyber Security

USB Can Be Dangerous

The USB ports on your computer are dangerous! Did you know that? Maybe not – but let’s go through the potential threats in depth. USB ports have been around for a long time – and just about every computer has them. They can be used for a variety of devices – thumb drives or flash drives, keyboards, mice, web cams, and much, much more. The USB (or Universal Serial Bus) port was a big hit when first introduced. There’s a few reasons for that. The USB port is very versatile. It can provide power to devices – which is great for flash drives and small portable hard drives – or even a mini fan! They can transfer data signals. And they are part of a “bus” -which means they can pass on data from another USB device. USB is very friendly to computer users – but the original designers did not foresee how these devices might be abused by hackers and cyber criminals. USB – Power Surge The ability of a USB port to power small devices is very handy. [Read More…]

Passwords are a pain - but a good password that you don't reuse across services is a security essential.
Cyber Security

Ten Tips for Keeping Your Laptop Secure

Let’s talk about keeping your laptop (or notebook computer) secure. Why is this important? There are a couple of reasons – but in a nutshell laptops are more prone to theft, loss, and damage. Why? Because they are portable, unlike a desktop computer. That means they are much, much more likely to be stolen (like at the airport, cafe, or from your vehicle. They are more prone to be dropped and damaged – because you move them around a lot. Lastly, I can’t say I’ve never lost a computer before – but it’s at least theoretically possible with some of the very small notebook computers available now. Tip #1: You Must Use A Strong Login Password Some computers operating systems, such as MacOS, allow you to have an “automatic login”. And in some cases people pick really weak, easy to guess passwords. Anyone out there using “password”? Yes, people really do that – you know who you are. The problem with this is that your laptop when unattended can easily be accessed by someone else. And from there, they can [Read More…]

Cyber Security for your Home PC
Cyber Security

Cyber Security for your Home PC

In this article we’re going to talk about cyber security essentials for your home PC (or Mac). Unfortunately, there are more threats than ever to your home computer. And this goes double if it’s a shared PC used by multiple family members. We’re going to give you the info on essential best practices and security tips. Tip #1: Use Common Sense The most important security tool is located between your ears – use your brain. You have to think twice before you click a link in a suspicious email – or open a shady website. Everyone with an email inbox is bombarded with phishing emails and other security threats every day – and some of them are very convincing. But, if in doubt – delete it – don’t read it. Here’s an example. The IRS will not contact you via email for any reason – so ignore any sort of emails like that. Tip #2: Use a Malware Scanner Nearly everyone is familiar with anti-virus programs. And quite frankly, Windows 10 has a pretty good anti-virus program built right in [Read More…]