Equifax Breach Exposes Multiple Failures

Equifax Headquarters

In the latest of what can only be described as a pandemic of data breaches, Equifax has admitted, belatedly, that they failed to properly protect the personal financial data of 143 million Americans, 400,000 Britons, and 100,000 Canadians.

When will these companies begin to take the security of our data seriously?

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Website Relaunched

We turned the key on our new site today.  I've written before about the issues I have with Wix and, with my subscription there expired, it was time to pull the plug.  Our content is not yet fully migrated and that will take some time.  I'm rather enjoying learning WordPress and Thrive Architect so please check back occasionally to see what's happening here.

Breach at Yahoo

In the largest data breach yet reported, 500 million accounts have been compromised at Yahoo. If you have a Yahoo account, you’re probably affected. If you use your Yahoo password on any other sites, change them now. We highly recommend the use of a password manager and a different password for every site you visit.

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Stock Photos: A Fool’s Game?

So, you’ve carefully crafted your message and are searching for just the right image to complement your prose. If you’re like most, you’ll turn to one of the many stock photo houses where you can pay anywhere from nothing to thousands of dollars for the perfect image. But, even after you pay, how can you be certain you have the right to use the image you’ve purchased? You can’t. And that’s a problem.

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Cryptolocker Malware

Over the past few weeks a particularly nasty piece of malware has begun attacking Windows PCs around the globe. Employing a public/private key pair, this malware encrypts data files (some reports say system files as well) on a user’s PC before presenting a demand of $300US ransom for the decryption key.
Several victims have reported successfully recovering their files after paying the ransom but, as of this writing, the command and control centre has been taken offline and this option is no longer available. The nature of malware suggests that this stunt will soon be replicated.

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