Celebrities: How They Can Attack Your Computer With Viruses

Celebrities: How They Can Attack Your Computer With Viruses Photo credit: Don Hankins / Foter / CC BY The next time you search for your favorite celebrity online, you might want to think twice before clicking a link from a site you aren’t familiar with. That’s because some celebrities are more likely than others to link you to a website with spyware, malware or other viruses. According to McAfee, Jimmy Kimmel is the most dangerous celebrity to search for online. McAfee said Kimmel has a 19 percent chance of sending your computer to a site that could cause harm. Cyber-criminals use malware and spyware in an attempt to steal your…

Securing Mobile Device Data

Securing Mobile Device Data Between smartphones, laptops, USB drives and tablets, your data and personal information is often spread across multiple devices. This could put your privacy and company data at high risk. While mobile devices can store large amounts of data, they are often unprotected. They are also easy to lose or steal. According to CSOonline, mobile devices are just as much at risk as a PC and mobile operating systems like iOS and Android are targets. They recommend having anti-malware software installed and frequently updated on any device that is used to access the internet, or used for work. Mark Dryer, CEO of MDL Technologies, reminds mobile users…

PF Chang’s is Latest Victim of Data Breach

PF Chang’s is Latest Victim of Data Breach Data breaches have affected several major U.S. corporations recently, Target Corp., Michaels Stores Inc., Sally Beauty Holding Inc. and Neiman Marcus to name a few. PF Chang’s China Bistro Inc. can now be added to the list. The restaurant chain, based in Scottsdale, Arizona, has provided a list of 33 locations where credit and debit cards used may have had information stolen. The potentially stolen data includes the card number and possibly the cardholders name and/or the card’s expiration date. Mark Dryer, CEO of MDL Technology, an IT and managed services firm in Kansas City, said that companies need to make sure…

What You Need To Know About Computer Viruses:

What You Need To Know About Computer Viruses: ‘Virus’ is a blanket term typically used to reference computer malware. Malware simply stands for malicious software. Viruses and malware usually have two main functions: to spread and do cause damage or theft. They also possess the ability to avoid detection and replicate.   Hoax emails that warn about viruses are becoming increasingly popular. According to the University of Cambridge, emails such as these typically ask you to forward the “warning” to as many people as possible. Do not open or forward these, delete them. A study by toptenreviews revealed that 32% of the worlds computers were affected with some type of…

Sprint Accelerator’s Inaugural Demo Day Recap

Sprint Accelerator’s Inaugural Demo Day Recap A crowd gathered at  the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday, June 12, to see the 10 entrepreneurs taking part in Sprint’s Mobile Health Accelerator program. Though none of the 10 are originally from Kansas City, several are looking at making the city their new home. Sprint CEO, Dan Hesse, declared the initial run of the program a success and plans to repeat it again next year. More about demo day and the 10 entrepreneurial teams can be found by clicking here.

Cyber Security: What Does It Mean?

Cyber Security: What Does It Mean? Digital and cyber security is one of the most critical factors in any business. However, many small and medium sized businesses are unsure of what kind of security they need and what exactly they are protecting themselves from today. The fact is that all businesses should have basic security measures in place such as not sharing or displaying passwords and educating staff about how best to safeguard information when contractors or other non-staff are in the building. Furthermore, any business that handles the private information or financial records has a responsibility to protect its customers and staff from hackers and identity theft.   Kim…

How Five Security Ninjas Keep Their Passwords Secure

How Five Security Ninjas Keep Their Passwords Secure (Photo: Ars Technica) Computer users may think using long passwords will keep their data safe, but surprisingly, even those can be cracked by hackers. For businesses, especially those using the same password for every critical account, this can be frightening news. So what can individuals and companies do to protect their passwords and keep their data secure? Ars Technica tackled the question head-on by rounding up five “security ninjas,” elite security experts: Bruce Schneier, renowned cryptographer; Adriel T. Desautels, CEO of Netragard (a firm that gets paid to test companies’ security by hacking them); Jeremiah Grossman, CTO of WhiteHat Security; Jeffrey Goldberg,…