Wow, has it really been so long since our last post? As the bard said, “the cobbler’s kids have no shoes” and we have been busy building out sites and posting social media updates for our customers and neglected to keep ours updated. From here on out we will make an increased effort to post to more frequently and provide site visitors with news, and some tips and tricks.
The internet is becoming a very hostile place and you have probably seen articles on the web or stories in the news about sites being hacked and privacy compromised. From banks, to stores to government organizations the internet is full of targets for criminals to attack and try to steal information and spread infections.
In the residential computing world, cyber-thugs will attempt to blanket attack known systems with weaknesses (like free email services) and they don’t know, or care who you are personally. They are just trying to gain access to your computer or device and use them to infect others connected to you or people in your contacts list. These systems infected en’ masse will be called upon and used in other attacks at a later date, usually without the owners knowledge.
Over the course of the last six months there has been a rise in more targeted and personal attacks called “spear-fishing” where an email, facebook, linkedin account or other online system is compromised and then used to reach out to that individuals friends, colleagues and contacts to trick, defraud or infect them pretending to be the compromised person. In some cases these attackers do a great deal of research about the targeted individual in order to be more convincing to those in their digital rolodex. We have even seen public images “right-clicked” and saved to be used in creating dummy sites with a person’s real name and images from their legitimate profiles. This is why it’s important to turn on privacy settings and lock down any profile you have online so the general public cannot see or steal any of your information.
As always, we can help you out with any questions you might have and would be happy to run some scans on your machines and devices and install some preventative software. Stop by one of our locations and talk to a resident Geek-Genius today.
Stay safe out there.