Android Security Bulletin August 2019: What you need to know

Another month is here, and Android finds itself with a mixture of critical and high vulnerabilities. Image: Jack Wallen Were it not for third-party components, the August Android Security Bulletin would have been the first report to be released with only a single critical vulnerability found. However, with the inclusion of Broadcom and Qualcomm components, there are seven in total.  More about cybersecurity Let’s take a look at the critical…

August 22, 2019
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Android 10: Cheat sheet

Android 10’s features will transform some phones into more user-friendly, customizable, and secure environments. Here’s what developers, businesses, and users need to know about Google’s Android 10.0. Android is still the most widely-used platform around the globe. With a market share that hasn’t shifted much since the last iteration (approximately 81.7% around the release of Android Pie), Google has a strong grip on the mobile sector. With the release of…

August 22, 2019
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Why hackers still impersonate Microsoft more than any other company

Microsoft, PayPal, and Facebook are the top brands hackers attempt to copy in phishing attacks, according to Vade Secure. For five quarters in a row, Microsoft has topped the list of brands that hackers impersonate the most in phishing attack attempts, according to Vade Secure’s Phishers’ Favorites report for Q2 2019, released Thursday. Over the course of Q2, Vade Secure’s artificial intelligence (AI)-based engine detected 20,217 unique Microsoft phishing URLs—an…

August 22, 2019
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How to protect yourself and your organization against digital identity fraud

Captured through malware and sold on the Dark Web, the “digital fingerprints” of your web browsing can be used to impersonate your identity online, as described in a new report from IntSights. Cybercriminals use a variety of tricks to try to steal and use your personal information for financial gain and other reasons. Your online passwords, your credit card numbers, your social security number, your bank account numbers, and other…

August 21, 2019
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Famous con man turned cybersecurity expert urges credit freezing

Con man turned Leonardo DiCaprio movie character turned cybersecurity expert, Frank Abagnale, talks with TechRepublic’s Karen Roby about the steps people can take to protect their identity. In part two of TechRepublic’s four-part series “Mastermind con man behind Catch Me If You Can talks cybersecurity,” TechRepublic’s Karen Roby sat down with Frank Abagnale, the famous con man turned FBI Academy instructor, who inspired the Leonardo DiCaprio character in the movie…

August 19, 2019
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Data breaches increased 54% in 2019 so far

More than 3,800 data breaches have hit organizations in 2019, according to Risk Based Security. The year 2019 is shaping up to be a landmark one for data breaches, as it has seen over 3,800 breaches—a 50% or greater increase over the last four years, according to a report published by Risk Based Security on Wednesday. “Between 2015 and 2018, the variation in the number of reported breaches was less…

August 15, 2019
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Why 2-factor authentication isn’t foolproof

Breaches happen—even with 2-factor authentication. Learn how to protect your organization from security breaches. I’ve worked with two-factor authentication (2FA) for years, primarily using VPN connections and access to highly secure systems. It works via a something-you-have-plus-something-you-know mechanism whereby users enter a pin/password followed by the numbers displayed on a secure token device.  More about cybersecurity The goal is to make it impossible for attackers to access secured systems and…

August 15, 2019
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Famous con man Frank Abagnale: Crime is 4,000 times easier today

Frank Abagnale, the real life inspiration behind the Spielberg hit movie, “Catch Me If You Can” talks to TechRepublic’s Karen Roby about cybersecurity, passwords and where executives go wrong. In part one of TechRepublic’s four-part series “Mastermind con man behind Catch Me If You Can talks cybersecurity” TechRepublic’s Karen Roby sat down with Frank Abagnale, the famous con man turned FBI Academy instructor, who inspired the Leonardo DiCaprio character in…

August 13, 2019
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How to automatically deny UAC elevation requests in Windows 10

To install an app in Windows 10, standard level users are prompted for elevated credentials. With a few tweaks, you can change that behavior to deny such requests. Image: anyaberkut, Getty Images/iStockphoto For a standard level user of Microsoft Windows 10, any attempt to run or install an application requiring elevated or administrative privileges will be met with a prompt from the User Access Control (UAC) system. The user will…

August 9, 2019
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