What You Don’t Know CAN Hurt You; Find Out What’s On Your Network

“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.” – Sun Tzo, The Art ...

New Global Ransomware Attack

New Global Ransomware Attack
If you haven’t heard yet, there’s yet another global ransomware attack spreading around the globe. As of right now (1:40 pm CST) there doesn’t seem to be a consensus on what type of ransomware it is. Some are claiming it’s a modified version of the Petya ransomware strain, yet others are saying it’s a new ...

Gmail Authentication Icon: Do you know about this Google Labs Tool?

Gmail Authentication Icon: Do you know about this Google Labs Tool?
Gmail has a nifty security tool in its lab section called “Authentication icon for verified senders.” Currently, some of the most common, high-profile vendors use it, such a PayPal, Google, Facebook, Twitter, eBay, and others. If you get an email from one of these domains, it will have a “key” icon attached to it and ...

Keep Yourself Safe On Public WiFi

Keep Yourself Safe On Public WiFi
At Shoestring Networks, we’re all about “securing your digital stuff”. There are lots of ways for your information to “leak”: hacked websites, poor passwords, careless hardware policies to name a few. But a common way you may be giving out personal, banking, or business-related data is by simply using the WiFi at your local coffee ...

Update LastPass Now

Update LastPass Now
If you’ve followed us for very long, you know we think password managers are a smart move. Rather than reusing passwords among sites, or picking terribly simple passwords, or writing them down, allowing a password manager to generate and store your passwords and passphrases is a win. You probably also know that we like LastPass. ...

Ransomware Tools To The Rescue!

Ransomware Tools To The Rescue!
We’ve blogged and podcasted about Ransomware many, many, times here at Shoestring Networks. As far as I’m concerned, ransomware is the story of 2016. Just two weeks ago, the San Francisco transit system was brought down by ransomware demanding payment of over $73,0001. A month ago (November 2016) the UK’s National Health System was attacked, forcing ...

Evil Twin Wi-Fi Hotspots—Danger Lurks

Evil Twin Wi-Fi Hotspots—Danger Lurks
What Are Evil Twin Hotspots Evil Twin hotspots are rogue Wi-Fi hotspots that are created and used for deception and harvesting users’ private information. One the of the main security dangers when using open/public Wi-Fi is the Evil Twin. Think of it this way, in addition to the Wi-Fi access point that you regularly use ...

How To: Update Sun Java

How To: Update Sun Java
Like Adobe Flash Player, Sun’s Java development environment helps super-charge web pages and create applications for everything from copy machines to smart phones. But Java is like Flash in another way; it’s an incredibly bug-ridden security hole. It was once popular to install it “just in case” you needed it on your computer. But what ...

Privacy Policies—A Review Of DuckDuckGo

Privacy Policies—A Review Of DuckDuckGo
Issues With Search Engine Privacy Policies For those of us that live in a land of liberties, few are more precious to us than privacy. As the Internet became the most common way of connecting to society, it also opened privacy challenges that still exist. Even though most Internet users are aware of the privacy issues, ...

How To: Update Adobe Flash Player

How To: Update Adobe Flash Player
If you’ve followed us on Twitter or Facebook for very long, you’ve probably seen something like this: Flash, for all it’s usefulness as a way to do cool stuff on the web, has revealed itself to be full of bugs. Just last week we had an out-of-cycle update released because an exploit was found in ...