There’s a new strain of the “Rapid Ransomware” making the rounds, and because of how it’s being transmitted, it’s destined to have a higher than average rate of infection.  The new strain was first discovered by Derek Knight. It is disturbing because it claims to come from the IRS, and will feature subject lines like […]

Last year, Apple had to fix a “special character” bug in their Message app that was more of an annoyance than anything.  This year, a new special character bug has been found, but this one is much more serious and could allow an attacker to crash your phone and block access to a variety of […]

Google is poised to make an important change to its Chrome browser beginning in July 2018. Here’s the summary from Emily Schechter, the Google Chrome Security Product Manager: “For the past several years, we’ve moved toward a more secure web by strongly advocating that sites adopt HTTPS encryption, and within the last year, we’ve also […]

Image theft is one of the biggest problems on the internet.  If you’re a photographer, you’ve almost certainly lost money because people find your work online and make a copy of it rather than paying for the right to use it. Unfortunately, Google has made that incredibly easy to do, but that’s changing.  Until recently, […]

Hackers are picky about their victims.  They’ll target just about any group or organization, including the 2018 Olympics. Cisco’s Talos Group recently identified a new strain of malware they’ve dubbed “Olympic Destroyer” which is wreaking havoc in Pyeong Chang’s computer networks and causing downtime to internal WiFi and television systems. This has impacted the games’ […]

There are big changes coming to MS Office which you need to be aware of, given how widely used “Office” is in most companies. First, the headline change:  When MS Office 2019 is released, it will only run on Windows 10.  If you’ve still got machines on older operating systems, and you want to keep […]

Do you own a smart TV?  More than half of all television sales in the US last year were smart TVs, so chances are decent that you own one.  If you do, be aware that it may be collecting far more data about you than you think. Recall that last year, Samsung, (one of the […]

That smartwatch you’re wearing might save your life.  Literally. A new study conducted by the University of California San Francisco, and a healthcare startup called Cardiogram revealed that smartwatches and other wearables were able to detect diabetes in previously diagnosed patients an impressive 85 percent of the time. The study monitored health statistics of more […]

On February 2, Tavis Ormandy, a researcher on Google’s Project Zero team discovered a critical flaw in the popular online grammar checking app, “Grammarly.”  Tens of millions of users make regular use of the app to improve the quality of their writing.  The bug allowed a hacker to steal a Grammarly user’s authentication token and […]

Menlo Security just released their third annual “State of the Web” report and it’s not pretty.  The headline finding is that 42% of the top 100,000 sites as ranked by Alexa are more dangerous than you think.   The report defines a risky site as one that meets one of three criteria: The site, or […]