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Public Charging Stations and The Risks

"Even though public charging stations offer peace of mind to smartphone users while they are out and about, they bring out several vulnerabilities in your phone that greedy hackers are itching to exploit.” More

Crooks Want Your Credit Card Rewards

"Points and miles thefts can easily go unnoticed. For the most part, keeping an eye on your points and miles is up to you. Protect your rewards with these helpful hints on how to stay on top of this trend.” More

Before You Use That Free WiFi, Take Note

"Data sent through public Wi-Fi can easily be intercepted. If the device or computer is not protected by an effective security product, the risks are even greater. Here are some useful tips from experts.” More

How to Check If You've Been Hacked

"How are you supposed to protect your passwords and login information when they are being stolen from enormous company databases that you have no control over? The best way is to check if your security has been compromised ASAP so you can take personal action, which is precisely where data breach detection websites come into play." More

The Things Kids Hide Online

"Frank conversations about dangers that await online will help kids to navigate stormy waters of the Internet and avoid situations when they would need their parents’ help. Three-fourths of children acknowledged that if their parents talk to them about dangers on the Internet more often, it would certainly help them to stay safe in the Internet." More

Free Windows 10 Upgrades to End in July

“Have you upgraded your Windows 7 or 8/8.1 computer to Windows 10 yet? If not, and you think you would like to, your chance to do so for free is about to expire. The potentially bad news is those who miss the deadline will be required to shell out more than $100 to do so down the road.” More

Prilock’s Tip of the Month

Just How Secure Is Your Gated Community?

Some, if not all, of those gate admittance community features are connected online. This means they can probably be hacked.

One criminal has already discovered how to exploit this issue, and is taking advantage of a person's lax nature and lack of additional securing of their home or apartment.

Be proactive, and keep your home secure no matter what additional protection may be offered.

Read the Story Here

Free Software

HotSpot Shield- Public Wi-Fi Protection

Protect your identity and sensitive data at public Wi-Fi hotspots with Hotspot Shield VPN. A VPN means a Virtual Private Network, basically helping you stay anonymous and encrypted while surfing. Although it's not foolproof, it's certainly a level of base protection.

Find Out More Here

 Things to Think About

Avoid Ransomware

U.S. businesses and consumers have experienced more than $18 million in losses this year stemming from a single strain of ransomware called CryptoWall, according to the FBI. There are hundreds of other versions and thousands of cases not reported so understand this is a HUGE problem.

In a nutshell here’s what you should do to protect yourself from ransomware:

  • Follow all cyber best practices, don’t click links or open attachments you are not expecting
  • Keep your operating system and programs updated with the latest security patches
  • Don’t use your administrator account for everyday tasks
  • Keep an offsite backup of your critical systems. Check with the vendor on versioning to make sure you don’t accidentally overwrite your backup with infected files

Check out the Prilock Website for more tips and tricks to stay safe online

 Breaking News

Recent Breaches Even though there is no evidence that the attacker has actually stolen or misused any information, the organization warned users to change their passwords

MySpace and Tumblr: 360 million Myspace users and 64 million Tumblr passwords and information stolen in 2013 are now up for sale

LinkedIn: Data was stolen during the LinkedIn breach of 2012, but it just went up for sale this month

ADP: Payroll giant ADP has suffered a security breach in which hackers have stolen tax and salary information

Noodles and Company: Currently investigating some unusual activity reported to us Tuesday, May 16, 2016 by our credit card processor.

Equifax: Thieves were able to access W-2 data merely by entering at Equifax’s portal the employee’s default PIN code, exposing 431,000 Kroger employees

Neopets: Tens of millions of user accounts from virtual pets community Neopets have allegedly been hacked and traded on the dark web

Cool Stuff

The Pilot- Translating Earpiece

At the convergence of wearable technology and machine translation, the Pilot is the world’s first smart earpiece which translates between users speaking different languages.

The retail price for the Pilot is expected to be $249 to $299. You can expect delivery as early as Christmas, but the company warns fulfilling orders could take until next spring.


Must-Have App

Bark- Keeps Kids Safe Online, With Privacy

What do you do to keep your children safe online? Bark is unlike traditional “parental control” software or net nanny-type watchdog applications.

Bark’s goal is to strike the correct balance between respecting a child’s right to privacy and protecting them from online predators and cyberbullying, while also looking out for issues like sexting or mental health concerns.

More Information Here

This Month’s Top Phishing Attack Emails to Look Out for

Scam Internet Security Ads and Emails

The scam starts with an ad for an Internet security company. You click on the ad to sign up. You pay the fees and your computers, tablets and smartphones are protected against malware, ransomware and other cyberattacks. Or so you think.

Don't click on the ad: Find the company's website first and sign up there, or call the phone number on the site. Be on the lookout for this phone number (800) 277-6232, which has appeared on most fake ads

Rio Olympics as Bait

Users may receive a phishing or malicious email, they might click a phishing link or advertising banner, or they might use a search tool and choose a fake website selling tickets, for example.

Phish websites imitating ticket sale services have turned out to be the most effective of all the scams directed towards innocent users until now.

Prilock Security Newsletter June 2016
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