The following social engineering scams were communicated among our clients recently, and we figured it would be beneficial to share these slides with everyone, to provide awareness of some common social engineering scams that you may be a target of.
Norton, a division of Symantec published a global study on public Wi-Fi use. Here's the link to the full study.
In the study, participants from the USA, UK, Australia, Canada, Japan, France, Germany, Brazil, and Mexico were questioned on their public wireless use habits. After reading the published results, the findings were shocking.
You are likely familiar with phone and email scams designed to manipulate you into providing personal information. From "You've won an all-inclusive vacation..." to "I'm calling from Visa to report suspicious activity on your credit card...", the methods of manipulation have become increasingly creative. While these scams annoy us in our personal lives, they pose a significant risk to businesses small and large.
Is your business vulnerable?
In the modern internet age, the number of software and web services we utilize has grown exponentially. We maintain multiple email accounts and computer logons, shop online at a multitude of stores, and live our lives plugged in and always on. Of course, with this trend comes a staggering amount of usernames and passwords. Trusted providers do all that is within their power to protect your identity and keep your information safe, however there is still a large amount of responsibility on the part of the individual to ensure private, personal information remains so.
Businesses have a higher security risk because many individuals share information and systems. Just as a chain is only as strong as its weakest link, corporate security is only as secure as its weakest point – and this point tends to be passwords and password management.
Password security facts
Methods of compromising passwords have grown increasingly efficient, and well known habits and trends allow malicious software or people to uncover your password. A few of these common facts can be used in algorithms to greatly reduce the amount of time required to crack a password.
- Numbers that are used in passwords are usually the numbers ‘1’ or ‘2’ and are placed at the end of the password
- Women frequently use personal names for passwords
- Men frequently use their hobbies for passwords
In order to increase your password security, follow a few of these recommendations when creating new passwords.
- Use substitutions like the number zero for the letter ‘O’ or ‘3’ for the letter ‘E’
- Make an acronym from a phrase: IwtT$4M (Remember as “I Went To The Store For Milk”)
- If you’re having trouble coming up with a strong password, use a free and trusted password generator
Avoid these common mistakes when creating and maintaining passwords.
- Don’t use the same passwords for multiple accounts
- Don’t use a password with personal information, such as birthday or name
- Don’t reuse the same password for at least a year
Security is LAN Solutions’ number one priority. Industry best practices and consistently evolving processes and procedures are necessary to ensure that both personal, and corporate information is safe and secure.
Password Facts: http://www.halock.com/blog/passwords-fascinating-facts/
Apple officially ending support for QuickTime for Windows
11 Years Since Initial Release
QuickTime 7.7.9 is still available for download through the Apple website, however users who wish to continue using the software do so at their own risk. According to Apple, "All current Windows web browsers support video without the need for browser plug-ins" which eliminates the need for QuickTime. The most recent security update released for QuickTime was January 7, 2016.
Since the January update, two critical vulnerabilities have been identified by Trend Micro. The security firm informed Apple in November of 2015, though at the time Apple said it had no plans to issue a patch. These vulnerabilities allow hackers to hijack QuickTime and inject malicious code and software onto your system, such as malware or viruses. It is recommended that any unnecessary installations of QuickTime be removed immediately. Here is a link to Apple's Official Removal Instructions
QuickTime Remains Supported on Mac
Users of Apple's Mac OS are not affected by this announcement. Apple has ceased only to update the Windows version of the product. This software will continue to be updated and Mac users have nothing to worry about.