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 ...

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 ...

A Surprising Ransomware Statistic

Update (August 18, 2016). We just assisted a company with a ransomware attack. Check out our “Lessons Learned“. Security Magazine recently reported that 40% of businesses had experienced a ransomware attack in the last 12 months. Even worse is the fact that a third of those businesses lost revenue, and 20% experienced a complete business ...

Tech Tip Podcast Episode 9: Fighting The Browser Wars

What’s the best browser for YOU? IE? Chrome? Firefox? or (ooh) EDGE? This week we’ll take a quick look at the current state of browsers and help you decide which one – or ones – are right for you. Google Chrome Privacy Notice Choose Your (chrome) Privacy Settings Digital Trends’ “Battle of the Best Browsers” ...

Tech Tip Podcast Episode 7: It’s Time To Dump Windows XP

We know you love Windows XP. We still see it in many of your businesses. But it’s time to let it go. Here are some reasons to upgrade your XP systems, and some things to think about when you do. Links Failed Windows 3.1 system blamed for shutting down Paris airport Home Depot, Target breaches ...

Tech Tip Podcast Episode 6: Don’t Get Caught In Phishing Scams

This week we’ll talk about phishing, what it is and how to avoid it. We’ll give you five questions you can use to avoid getting caught in a phishing scam.     Questions or comments? Email podcast[at]shoestringnetworks.com David ScottNetwork ninja, dad, husband, rugby player. I help you secure your digital stuff.https://www.shoestringnetworks.com/david-scott/

Tech Tip Podcast Episode 5: The Best Smartphone For Your Business

This week we’re taking a look at smartphones in your small business. Which one is best for you, and why? Which smartphone is the most secure? We’ll give you our recommendation.   Links to help you secure your smartphone: Securing your Android Tip Sheet – our “best practices” for securing your Android device. download (pdf) ...

Tech Tip Podcast Episode 4: What Kind of Antivirus Should I Use?

This week we answer the question “What kind of antivirus should I use?”. And the answer might surprise you. Links to help you with patching your software: Windows Update – http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-vista/install-windows-updates Adobe Flash – http://www.welivesecurity.com/2014/10/31/how-to-update-adobe-flash/ Adobe Reader – https://helpx.adobe.com/acrobat/kb/install-updates-reader-acrobat.html Sun Java – https://www.java.com/en/download/help/java_update.xml Questions or comments? Email podcast[at]shoestringnetworks.com David ScottNetwork ninja, dad, husband, rugby player. ...

Tech Tip Podcast Episode 3: Two-Factor Authentication

This week we wrap up our series on passwords and account security.  We introduce you to “two-factor authentication” and how you can use it to lock down your critical accounts.   Links in this week’s show: https://twofactorauth.org/ – This organization lists common sites that support (or don’t support) two-factor authentication https://goo.gl/sFb2VT – This link will take you to ...