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Microsoft Discontinues Support For SHA-1

By Vigilize - Last updated: Monday, March 4, 2019

Known to be vulnerable since 2005, the algorithm will be phased out over the next several months… An article review. Things can move slowly in the world of cryptography, and for evidence of that one needs to look no further than SHA-1–the hash algorithm introduced in 1995, found to be vulnerable to attack in 2005 […]


New Exploits Turn ATM Hacking Into a Game

By Vigilize - Last updated: Monday, February 25, 2019

Hackers are getting unusually creative in their attacks… An article review. One drawback of limiting the scope of our annual review articles (the M-7, T-7 and R-7) to seven items is that we don’t always get to include every subject we’d like to. Luckily we had our friend Wes Pollard to point out a great […]


Can We Trust Our Technology?

By Vigilize - Last updated: Monday, February 4, 2019

A new exploit involving Apple’s FaceTime is a reminder that our gadgets can be turned against us… An article review. Our regular readers know that we usually try to avoid reporting on current events, but this latest exploit really caught our attention! In short, it is possible to activate the microphone or camera on an […]


Data For Sale: How Anyone Can Locate Your Phone

By Vigilize - Last updated: Monday, January 21, 2019

Third party ‘location brokers’ are reselling data from carriers, and there may not be much you can do about it. An Article Review. For many years it has been common knowledge that your cell phone’s physical location can be identified–signal triangulation, GPS and even nearby wifi networks can be used by your cell phone company, […]


R-7 – The Top Seven Risks – 2019

By Dan Hadaway - Last updated: Monday, January 7, 2019

Another one of those Dan’s New Leaf Posts, meant to inspire thought about IT Governance . . . . When Dan presents audit reports to boards of directors, he also talks to the board about the top risks the institution is facing. Since 2006, Dan has been compiling a list of the “top seven risks […]


Legacy Devices Pose A Security Risk

By Vigilize - Last updated: Monday, November 19, 2018

Devices like fax machines and copiers are often classified as office supplies and slip past IT scrutiny… An article review. Despite all the advances in technology, most offices still generate large volumes of printed documents, and the devices used to produce and process those documents could expose you to more risk than you’d think. A […]


FTC Releases New Cybersecurity Guide

By Vigilize - Last updated: Monday, November 5, 2018

Focused on small businesses, the guide covers twelve topics you need to know to be secure… An article review. While there are many resources concerning cybersecurity out there, it can sometimes be difficult to find information tailored for smaller organizations instead of consumers or large enterprises. Luckily the FTC realizes that the bad guys aren’t […]


Coders’ Rights: Protecting Security Researchers

By Vigilize - Last updated: Monday, October 22, 2018

We rely on them to keep our systems safe, but who is protecting the security researchers? An article review. Over the past few decades there have been a number of laws and regulations enacted with the goal of improving computer security, but due to the way many of them have been written they could be […]


The Risk of Convenience

By Vigilize - Last updated: Thursday, August 16, 2018

Consolidating passwords and other account information can save time, but expose you to risk… An article review. Given the amount of account related information that the average person is expected to keep track of–such as account numbers, passwords, PINs and secret questions–it’s no wonder that a convenience like the Fuze Card was such a success […]


The 12 Billion Dollar Scam

By Vigilize - Last updated: Sunday, July 22, 2018

New FBI statistics suggest compromised business email accounts have led to over 12 billion dollars in losses since 2013… An article review. So much attention has been paid to ransomware, botnets and other relatively recent developments that it’s easy to forget about some of the older threats that are still out there claiming victims. Our […]