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Free tools to support cyber security efforts

More cyber security freebies than you knew existed.

There are more free information security tools out there than you can highlight with a fist full of whiteboard pointers. While many are trial ware-based enticements designed to lure decision makers to purchase the pricey premium counterparts of these freebies, many are full-blown utilities. A few important categories include threat intelligence tools, tools to build security in during the development stage, penetration testers, and forensics tools.  (click on the picture above for the full story)


How Android and iOS devices are REALLY hacked.

 Amid all the fear and hype generated over the past few days as a result of Wikileaks and its precipitous Vault 7 dump, one fact was crystal clear: People have no idea what hacking an Android smartphone or an iPhone means or what it entails.

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IRS: security over accessibility?


“. . . National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson expressed concerns that the new features would block honest taxpayers. The IRS has now confirmed that the revamped tool requires an email address, multifactor authentication via text messages and specific financial information such as credit card or loan numbers”

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Change your passwords…. Really, Change Today!

WSJ HeatbleedOn Monday, security researchers found an issue so scary they called it “Heartbleed.” It’s a flaw in an encryption tool used by about two-thirds of Internet servers that could be exploited to leak your login names and passwords.

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Sure signs you’re hacked . . . .

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“The hope of an anti-malware program that can perfectly detect malware and malicious hacking is pure folly. Keep an eye out for the common signs and symptoms of your computer being hacked as outlined above. And if you are risk-adverse, as I am, always perform a complete computer restore with the event of a breach. Because once your computer has been compromised, the bad guys can do anything and hide anywhere.”

Sure sign of system compromise No. 1:

Fake antivirus messages

Sure sign of system compromise No. 2:

Unwanted browser toolbars

Sure sign of system compromise No. 3:

Redirected Internet searches

Sure sign of system compromise No. 4:

Frequent random popups

Sure sign of system compromise No. 5:

Your friends receive fake emails from your email account

Sure sign of system compromise No. 6:

Your online passwords suddenly change

Sure sign of system compromise No. 7:

Unexpected software installs

Sure sign of system compromise No. 8:

Your mouse moves between programs and makes correct selections

Sure sign of system compromise No. 9:

Your antimalware software, Task Manager, or Registry Editor is disabled and can’t be restarted

Sure sign of system compromise No. 10:

Your bank account is missing money

Sure sign of system compromise No. 11:

You get calls from stores about nonpayment of shipped goods

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