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“Back to basics” as courier scammers skip fake fees and missed deliveries

Sophos Naked Security - Blog - 10 hours 14 min ago
"Stop. Think. Connect." Say those words aloud - and please pronounce the pauses prescribed by the periods!

Securely Disposing Mobile Devices

Do you plan on giving away or selling one of your older mobile devices? Make sure you wipe or reset your device before disposing of it. If you don't, the next person who owns it will have access to all of your accounts and personal information.

Virtual Private Networks

Security Awareness Tip of the Day (SANS) - Fri, 09/17/2021 - 00:00
Virtual Private Networks (VPN) create encrypted tunnels when you connect to the Internet. They are a fantastic way to protect your privacy and data, especially when traveling and connecting to untrusted or unknown networks, such as at hotels or coffee shops. Use a VPN whenever possible, both for work and personal use.

OMIGOD, an exploitable hole in Microsoft open source code!

Sophos Naked Security - Blog - Thu, 09/16/2021 - 10:55
Got Linux? Here's a bug you weren't expecting, in software you might not even know you have.

S3 Ep50: Two 0-days plus another 0-day plus a fast food bug [Podcast]

Sophos Naked Security - Blog - Wed, 09/15/2021 - 10:31
Bugs! So many bugs! Latest episode - listen now...

Search Yourself Online

Security Awareness Tip of the Day (SANS) - Wed, 09/15/2021 - 00:00
Ever wonder just how much information is publicly available about you? Ever wonder how cyber criminals harvest information and customize attacks for their victims? The technique is called Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) and it is far simpler and more powerful than you think.

Apple products vulnerable to FORCEDENTRY zero-day attack – patch now!

Sophos Naked Security - Blog - Mon, 09/13/2021 - 19:45
Double trouble: two zero-days, patched in the same emergency update. So please don't delay - patch today!

Serious Security: How to make sure you don’t miss bug reports!

Sophos Naked Security - Blog - Mon, 09/13/2021 - 11:59
Hey, let's create a text file that lists our security contacts! We'll call it... security DOT txt.

Social Media Privacy Settings

Security Awareness Tip of the Day (SANS) - Fri, 09/10/2021 - 00:00
Privacy settings on social networks can be confusing to configure and change often. Ultimately, if you do not want your parents or boss reading one of your posts, do not post the message or photo.

Windows zero-day MSHTML attack – how not to get booby trapped!

Sophos Naked Security - Blog - Wed, 09/08/2021 - 11:40
Zero-day bug in MSHTML, the "mini-Internet Explorer" component of Windows, triggered by booby trapped Office files.

Phone Call Attacks

Security Awareness Tip of the Day (SANS) - Tue, 09/07/2021 - 00:00
More and more scams and attacks are happening over the phone. Whenever you get an urgent phone call pressuring you to do something (such as a caller pretending to be the tax department or Microsoft Tech Support), be very suspicious. It's most likely a scammer trying to trick you out of money or pressure you into making a mistake. Protect yourself, simply hang up the phone or tell the person you can't help them. You are not being rude, the person on the other line is trying to take advantage of you.

Poisoned proxy PACs! The NPM package with a network-wide security hole…

Sophos Naked Security - Blog - Mon, 09/06/2021 - 10:28
3,000,000 downloads a week... if only they'd read the fastitidous manual!

Pwned! The home security system that can be hacked with your email address

Sophos Naked Security - Blog - Thu, 09/02/2021 - 11:57
The alarm system that can be turned off with your email address.

Bluetooth

Security Awareness Tip of the Day (SANS) - Tue, 08/31/2021 - 00:00
Turn off Bluetooth if you are not using it on your computer or mobile device. Not only does this make it more secure, but it also saves battery life.

Big bad decryption bug in OpenSSL – but no cause for alarm

Sophos Naked Security - Blog - Thu, 08/26/2021 - 20:03
The buggy code's in there, alright. Fortunately, it's hard to get OpenSSL to use it even if you want to, which mitigates the risk.

Shopping Online

Security Awareness Tip of the Day (SANS) - Wed, 08/25/2021 - 00:00
When shopping online, always use your credit cards instead of a debit card. If any fraud happens, it is far easier to recover your money from a credit card transaction. Gift cards and one-time-use credit card numbers are even more secure.

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