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Cloudflare’s new DNS service

Are you looking for a free way to speed up your internet and gain some extra privacy in the process? Keep reading, because Cloudflare (the Web Performance & Security Company) is offering a free new DNS service. And it helped me improve the speed of my DNS lookups. What is DNS? DNS is short for Domain Name System. It is an internet protocol that allows user systems to use domain names/URLs to … [Read more...]

Three Steps to Develop a Holistic Help Desk Optimization Strategy

IT help desks often focus on metrics and efficiency, which makes sense. When problems arise, quick solutions to restore business productivity are essential. It’s easy to fall into the trap of zeroing in on numbers, but the problem is that you’ll lose track of bigger picture goals. It’s key to make sure that your efficiency goals don’t prevent you from delivering the best possible solutions and … [Read more...]

TLS 1.3 is nearly here

TLS stands for “Transport Layer Security” and it’s rather important. Why’s that? Oh, I’m glad you asked. Here’s me, yelling my password across the office to you: “PASSWORD!!!” You heard me loud and clear, right? But so did basically anyone else nearby. Now let’s work in a little TLS love and attention, and yell again: “Large pile of … [Read more...]

DDoS attacks are growing: What can businesses do?

Depending on the type and size of your organization, a DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attack can be anything from a small nuisance to something that can break your revenue stream and damage it permanently. A DDoS attack can cripple some online businesses for a period of time long enough to set them back considerably, or even put them out of business completely for the length of the attack … [Read more...]

A cure for the common cold call: freeze them out

The phone rings and it’s a number I don’t recognize. That’s enough to bring my mood down a few degrees. It shouldn’t, but unfortunately experience has taught me that at least 95 percent of the calls from numbers that are “private” or that I don’t have an account name stored for on my phone are so-called cold calls. A cold call is an unsolicited visit or telephone call made by someone trying … [Read more...]

How artificial intelligence and machine learning will impact cybersecurity

Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) are hot topics in technology. New use cases and applications are discussed daily—from search results recommendations to smart cars. But what are cybersecurity organizations doing with this tech? What does it take to render additional security out of AI? And how do AI and ML change the way we fight cybercrime? Both AI and ML are already being … [Read more...]

Deepfakes FakeApp tool (briefly) includes cryptominer

A few weeks ago, we took a look at a forum dedicated to Deepfake clips where the site was pushing Coinhive mining scripts in the website’s HTML code. As it turns out, there’s been another mining blow-out in the form of one of the apps used to make the fakes. That’s right—a tool designed to push CPU/GPU hard in order to create movie files also wanted you to push the GPU that much … [Read more...]

Bank robbers 2.0: digital thievery and stolen cryptocoins

Imagine running down the street (and away from law enforcement) with 2,000 pounds of gold bars. Or 1,450 pounds in $100 bills. With both of these physical currencies amounting to roughly US$64 million, you’d be making quite a steal…if you could get away with it. That’s exactly what the next generation of thieves—bank robbers 2.0—did in December 2017, when they stole more than $60 … [Read more...]

Overnight Cybersecurity: Trump nominates official to lead DHS cyber office | Feds eye cryptocurrency regs | Dems want 'immediate' briefings on election cybersecurity

Welcome to OVERNIGHT CYBERSECURITY, your daily rundown of the biggest news in the world of hacking and data privacy. We're here to connect the dots as leaders in government, policy and industry try to counter the rise in cyber threats. What lies... … [Read more...]

Senators demand answers from CFPB on Equifax probe

More than 30 senators are asking the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) for details about their investigation into last year’s massive Equifax data breach following reports the agency has been dragging its feet on the probe.The group, led... … [Read more...]