Sarasota, FL 34232
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Computer Services for home and small business, serving Sarasota, Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch, Venice, University Park, North Port, and the surrounding area.
Managed services for business including backups, security patches, malware prevention, virus removal, email & file servers, website creation, equipment purchasing, and hardware & maintenance support contracts.
Call and ask about our affordable rates, 941-681-8044.
We specialize in custom security audits with one or more of the following services:
- Penetration Tests
- Vulnerability Scans
- Software Audits
- Multi-factor authentication (MFA)
Security tests should be run by an outside consultancy so that independence and “outside eyes” can be weighed against internal IT support staff and users. These powerful tools used to monitor and improve the vulnerability of your network and business will keep your operation productive and profitable.
Call or visit our website for more information: http://ironsled.wix.com/xtechnologies
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A group of hackers gained access to more than 100,000 IRS user accounts, which contain sensitive personal data, the IRS announced in a statement Tuesday.
The hackers were able to access this data using some previously secured information, which made it easy for them to pass through multiple levels of security checks before stealing information like date of birth, address and Social Security Number.
While Americans are essentially required to trust certain government entities, like the IRS, with their personal data, there are some steps people can take to avoid having their identities stolen on a much smaller scale.
Check your monthly credit card and bank statements
One quick and obvious way to ensure people haven't gotten access to your accounts is to check your monthly bank statements and watch for unusual purchases that you did not make, The Wall Street Journal reported.
Request a credit check and verify the information listed there
The Wall Street Journal reports that everyone is entitled to a free credit report each year from Equifax, Experian or TransUnion. They advise requesting these reports and looking for information that doesn't fit your habits or things you have done.
Have virus protection installed on all your devices
Having computer viruses is one of the easiest ways to expose yourself to hackers. Have firewalls and virus protection that are up-to-date installed on all your devices.
Be aware of who you share your information with and how
The Federal Trade Commission advises consumers to be aware of what information they are giving out at all times. If a person or website requests a Social Security Number, think about how much the site should be trusted and why they need it. Don't overshare on social media either. These are easy ways for your information to fall into the wrong hands. Lastly, make sure you use a secure WiFi connection when transferring or submitting personal information and online banking.
Create strong passwords, even if they are harder to remember
The FTC suggests that rather than reusing passwords develop strong passwords, which are a mix of letters, numbers and symbols. Perhaps think of a phrase and then abbreviate it and add numbers to make it stronger — making it harder to remember but extra secure.
4.6 Million Scottrade accounts exposed by hackers. Russian pleads guilty in largest U.S. hacking scheme—more than 160 million accounts compromised. Experian data breach: 15 million T-Mobile customers at risk. And these cyber-terror headlines are just from the past two weeks.
So how safe is the average person's online information?
If consumers are only using a password to protect sensitive accounts, not very. Research conducted by Ponemon Institute for CNNMoney revealed almost half of America's adults were hacked in one year.
Passwords provide a false sense of security. Hackers and the tools they use are getting too smart. In addition to proliferating dictionary lists that contain more than one billion stolen passwords, hackers also use complex algorithms to probe random combinations of words and special characters during an attack.
"Today, nothing you do, no precaution you take, no long or random string of characters can stop a truly dedicated and devious individual from cracking your account," Matt Honan wrote in a piece titled "Kill the Password" for WIRED. It was published back in 2012.
CynoSure Prime, a password research collective, is on a mission to prove this very point. They've cracked the passwords of almost 12 million accounts from the infamous hack of adult site Ashley Madison. More revealing is the fact that they found less than 5 million unique passwords. This is why dictionary lists are so powerful in the hands of a hacker.
So how does the average person protect their online personal information?
Multi-factor authentication, also called MFA, makes it impossible for a hacker to compromise an account with just a user name and password. They can't do it. That's because MFA requires at least two of the following data points:
Something you know: a username and password
Something you have: a smart phone or token device
Something you are: biometrics
James Bond, "Mission Impossible", "The Bourne Identity" — they are all modern-day spy movies with MFA-challenged scenes because multiple forms of identification is the universal access standard for highly secure systems. What most people don't realize is that the same or similar levels of security can protect most of their personal information today.
MFA is not science fiction for the masses. It's here now. More than a growing reality, MFA is a necessity in a world terrorized by hackers.
The most common form of MFA requires a user to enter a special code sent via text message after signing in with their username and password. Without this additional code, access is denied. A hacker would need physical possession of the user's phone and their username and password to do any real damage.
Additional methods of MFA include smart phone apps that generate one-time verification codes (Google Authenticator, SecureAuth), apps that send push notifications to authorize a sign-in (Duo, Transakt), devices that can generate one-time verification codes (RSA SecurID, Yubikey), and fingerprint and smart card readers. The industry is in its infancy, so more biometric methods are on the way.
While MFA is a standard industry term, Google calls it "2-step verification," Wells Fargo calls it "advanced access" and PayPal calls it "security key." If that's not confusing enough, finding where to enable MFA on some sites is like searching for the lost Ark of the Covenant. When in doubt, contact support for the website in question.
The site Two Factor Auth offers a long list of websites that do and don't offer MFA. Surprisingly, there are a number of big-name corporations on this list that don't: Amazon, American Express, Citibank, U.S. Bank and more.
Not surprisingly, many Fortune 500 corporations that can't be named here for legal reasons already require MFA for employee accounts or are in a race to do so to stem the tide of major data breaches. No one wants to become the next Ashley Madison. And unless Russian roulette happens to be a favorite game, consumers should do the same thing.
Passwords are becoming antiquated. MFA or 2-step verification, on the other hand, is the best defense against a determined hacker. Don't be their next victim.
October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month.