Weekend Vulnerability and Patch Report, December 4, 2016

Important Security Updates
Dropbox: Dropbox has released version 15.4.22 for its file hosting program. Updates are available at Dropbox’s website. [See Citadel’s warning below]

Google Chrome: Google has released Google Chrome version 55.0.2883.75. Updates are available from within the browser or from Google Chrome’s website.

Cyber Security News of the Week, November 27, 2016

Individuals at Risk
Identity Theft
Michigan State University confirms data breach of server containing 400,000 student, staff records: Michigan State University is confirming that someone breached a database containing 4000 student records. WXYZ, November 18, 2016
Cyber Privacy
Navy Reports Data Breach After HP Laptop Compromised: The US Navy is warning more than 130,000 sailors of a data breach, after a laptop belonging to an employee of Navy contractor Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. was compromised.

Cybersecurity News of the Week, November 20, 2016

Individuals at Risk
Cyber Privacy
Firefox Focus: Private iOS browsing made easy: Mozilla has released Firefox Focus, an iOS app that lets you browse the Internet without having to worry who’s tracking your online activity. HelpNetSecurity, November 18, 2016

Signal encryption app sees 400 percent boost after election: The co-founder of Open Whisper Systems says installations of its app have increased four-fold since November 8. CNet, November 18, 2016

8 Public Sources Holding ‘Private’ Information: Personal information used for nefarious purposes can be found all over the web – from genealogy sites to public records and social media.

Cybersecurity News of the Week, November 13, 2016

Individuals at Risk
Cyber Update
Patch Tuesday, 2016 U.S. Election Edition: Let’s get this out of the way up front: Having “2016 election” in the headline above is probably the only reason anyone might read this story today. It remains unclear whether Republicans and Democrats can patch things up after a bruising and divisive election, but thanks to a special Election Day Patch Tuesday hundreds of millions of Adobe and Microsoft users have some more immediate patching to do.

Make Your Smartphone Secure

We focus a lot on network and computer security.  But what should you be doing to keep your smartphone secure?

New smartphones may cost $700 or more, but that is nothing compared to the value of the data stored on your phone.  Identity theft alone will cost you more than $1500 and a huge amount of time to fix.