Q: What is NIST 800-171, and why is it so important?

Q: What is NIST 800-171, and why is it so important?

A: The NIST SP 800-171 is a best-practices form, something like a checklist on steroids. It is created and produced by NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology), one of the two federal teams charged with helping to ensure cybersecurity. The other is...

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How to Secure Your Web Browsing

How to Secure Your Web Browsing

For most of us, almost all of our time on the computer is spent on a web browser. This time is so very valuable to advertisers, that Google paid Apple $9,000,000,000 (yes, 9 Billion dollars) a year just so that Google is the default search engine for Apple Safari. Why...

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Q: Why does my IT support not want me to run updates?

Q: Why does my IT support not want me to run updates?

A: Although I can't speak specifically as to why your IT support doesn't want you to run updates, I can give reasons why MintzIT restricts clients from doing so. Spoiler alert... It's not because we are power-mad admins trying to keep the end-user under our boot!...

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Q: How can I prevent my Yahoo e-mail from being hacked?

Q: How can I prevent my Yahoo e-mail from being hacked?

A: There are a number of standard steps to take regardless of your email provider: Use a strong password. The current recommendation is a minimum of 15 characters, in a password that is unique and not used with any other of your websites or services. Add 2-Factor...

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Android App Data Harvesting “Out of Control”

Android App Data Harvesting “Out of Control”

A new report from The Department of Computer Science, University of Oxford, released 20101018, finds that data harvesting by Android apps is epidemic. Almost 1,000,000 Android apps from the US and UK Google Play stores were analyzed. It was found that 88.4% shared...

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Practical Paranoia iOS 12 Security Essentials Released!

Practical Paranoia iOS 12 Security Essentials Released!

Apple released iOS 12 this month–the most advanced mobile operating system ever. It is recommended that all iPhone and iPad users upgrade to take advantage of all the new features, including: 50-200% performance improvement FaceTime now supports video and audio with...

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Danger Awaits Your Computer, Hiding In That Thumb Drive

Danger Awaits Your Computer, Hiding In That Thumb Drive

THE HIDDEN DANGER You know that thumb drive sitting by your computer? That one a friend handed to you, or a client shipped to you, or maybe you found it in the parking lot. Yes, that one. The one you probably already connected to your computer–without realizing the...

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New Google Chrome 70 will break 1000+ sites

New Google Chrome 70 will break 1000+ sites

On or around October 16, 2018, the new Chrome 70 will arrive. if you currently have Chrome installed, it will automatically update. Core to the new Chrome is an upgrade to security. Specifically, Chrome will no longer trust HTTPS certificates issues by Symantec prior...

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Q: Is an up-to-date Mac computer immune to hacking?

Q: Is an up-to-date Mac computer immune to hacking?

A: The operating system (I’m assuming this is what you are updating) is only one small piece of the cybersecurity puzzle. Yes, OS updates are primarily about patching vulnerabilities within the OS, but focusing only on this is like locking only your front door when...

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Q: Do websites hold onto your login password information?

Q: Do websites hold onto your login password information?

A: Yes, otherwise they would not be able to authenticate your password on the next visit. A quality site will store your password in an encrypted format, so if the site is compromised and the password database accessed, it is if no use. Unfortunately, this is by no...

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