10 Things I know about… Security Precautions

By Michelle Drolet . 20 Feb 2017

10) Change your password. If you’ve been using the same password for a long time, then it’s time to change it. You should not only change your passwords regularly but not use the same one for every app or website. Try to use more than 13 characters. 9) Turn off wireless connections. When you aren’t … Continue reading 10 Things I know about… Security Precautions

LinkedIn Data Breach Still Causing Problems

By Michelle Drolet . 21 Jun 2016

Failing to take basic security precautions with website passwords puts your data at risk   Do you remember back in 2012 when LinkedIn was hacked? Around 6.5 million user passwords were posted on a Russian blog. There was a mandatory password reset for affected users, and LinkedIn released a statement advising people to enable two-step … Continue reading LinkedIn Data Breach Still Causing Problems

10 Things I Know About… Ransomware Protection

By Michelle Drolet . 11 May 2016

10. Backup files every night. If you can access yesterday’s files, then there is no need to pay to unlock them today. 9. Patch automatically. Make sure operating systems software on all devices (phones, tablets, laptops) and browsers are patched automatically with security updates. 8. Update software. Make sure your endpoints and network devices are … Continue reading 10 Things I Know About… Ransomware Protection

Another Successful Information Security Summit

By Michelle Drolet . 19 Jun 2015

Once again, the Information Security Summit hosted by Towerwall and MassBay was a resounding success. Hundreds of attendees and vendors participated in  diverse data security panels and networked with industry leaders and peers. The Summit opened with Michelle Drolet, CEO of Towerwall, and Shamsi Moussav, Computer Science Professor at MassBay Community College, presenting scholarships to … Continue reading Another Successful Information Security Summit

Shellshock , The Latest Mac OSX and Linux Vulnerabilty—

By Michelle Drolet . 29 Sep 2014

By: Solange_Desc1 Security researchers have discovered a new software bug known as the “Bash Bug” or “Shellshock,” or to those more technically “in-the-know” as GNU Bash Remote Code Execution Vulnerability (CVE-2014-6271)(link is external). This bug, more correctly termed, ‘vulnerability’, potentially allows attackers to gain control over targeted computers. The bug is present in a piece of computer … Continue reading Shellshock , The Latest Mac OSX and Linux Vulnerabilty—

1.2 billion logins scooped up by CyberVor hacking crew – what you need to do

By Michelle Drolet . 7 Aug 2014

Towerwall Application Security Alert Vol 13.73 Hackers have amassed a vast collection of stolen data, including 1.2 billion unique username/password pairs, by compromising over 420,000 websites using SQL injection techniques. Researchers monitored the gang for over seven months, thought to be “fewer than a dozen men in their 20s who know one another personally” based in … Continue reading 1.2 billion logins scooped up by CyberVor hacking crew – what you need to do

Towerwall Application Security Alert Vol 13.73

By Michelle Drolet . 6 Aug 2014

1.2 billion logins scooped up by CyberVor hacking crew – what you need to do   Hackers have amassed a vast collection of stolen data, including 1.2 billion unique username/password pairs, by compromising over 420,000 websites using SQL injection techniques. Researchers monitored the gang for over seven months, thought to be “fewer than a dozen men … Continue reading Towerwall Application Security Alert Vol 13.73

Cork That App or Face Attack

By Michelle Drolet . 1 Aug 2014

Despite all the news about hackers infiltrating major corporations, most businesses continue to leave themselves woefully unprotected. Some surveys estimate more than 70% of businesses perform vulnerability tests on less than 10% of their cloud, mobile and web applications. A majority also confess they have been hacked at least once in the last two years. … Continue reading Cork That App or Face Attack

10 Things I Know About … Passwords

By Michelle Drolet . 6 Jan 2014

10. Be clever Create passwords from easy-to-remember sentences, such as < Patriots Win the Super Bowl>, using the first letter of each word and adding numbers and special characters at the beginning or end. (e.g., <12=PwtSB!>) 9. Create a management system Consider creating one, very strong password and appending it with identifiers, such as <!Kr0y-W3n$TOM> … Continue reading 10 Things I Know About … Passwords

10 Things I Know About… Mobile Security

By Michelle Drolet . 5 Aug 2013

10. Malware Is On The Rise The threat of malware on mobile platforms is growing steadily as more cybercriminals target mobile devices in increasingly sophisticated ways. 9. BYOD Is A Challenge There are obvious benefits to the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) trend, but it also creates IT challenges and exposes your company to new … Continue reading 10 Things I Know About… Mobile Security

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