Russian Hackers Amass One Billion Stolen Passwords — Make Sure Yours Aren’t Next


As last week’s QuickTip pointed out, many Americans are worried about information security and the safety of their online data. For good reason, too,  news that broke last Wednesday indicates: a Russian crime ring has stockpiled the largest known collection of stolen credentials — 1.2 billion username and password combinations and 542 million unique email addresses.

Who Can You Trust with Your Information? Recent Poll Says Not Many Institutions

No technology trend has been more ubiquitous lately than online security (or the lack thereof). With major corporations, social media sites, old cell phones, and even Internet browsers getting hacked left and right, Facebook announcing ramped-up plans to sell user information, and the separation between private and public life continuing to erode, can the public be blamed for losing trust in businesses and their ability to properly handle the data we hold sacrosanct?

A Gallup poll conducted in June delivered revealing results that nearly all of us can relate to (particularly the part about how, “In an increasingly insecure world, consumers need all the data security friends they can get”):

• 37% of the public reported that their trust in the companies they regularly do business with had “decreased a little” or “a lot” over the past year.

5 Methods for Taking Industry-Specific Compliance, Cybersecurity, and Technology Requirements Seriously


While all small businesses require solid IT support and smooth-running systems to achieve success, certain industries have bigger needs that require a more integrative relationship with their technology partner. Those in the financial, health care, legal, and other industries have seen their computer, network, and data requirements significantly enhanced over the last few years.

7 Data Loss Tips to Get You on the Road to Recovery


As of June 1st, hurricane season was officially upon us here in the East. For those that live far from us here the East Coast, remember that you’re not out of harm’s way, either — multiple tornados have affected the Midwest so far this spring, while wildfires in California and mudslides in Colorado have also claimed homes, lives, and the blood, sweat, and tears of our treasured first responders.

What the Mysterious Demise of TrueCrypt Means for Your Data


The IT security world reeled last week from the revelation that open-source encryption solution TrueCrypt is apparently no longer secure and will no longer be maintained. TrueCrypt was considered the gold standard in free, open-source encryption — NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden even raved about the software during a so-called CryptoParty in Hawaii in 2012 — so the abrupt announcement was particularly shocking.

Why Strong Passwords and Two-Factor Authentication Are So Important

Because of the Heartbleed vulnerability that rocked the online world last week, security should be top of mind for anyone who uses a computer. But changing your passwords for ALL online portals — the extent of the Heartbleed bug isn’t entirely known yet, and any password used on numerous sites could have been compromised — shouldn’t be the only critical action you undertake.