Another day, another cyber security threat… This latest vulnerability puts all supported releases of Microsoft Windows at risk. The recommendation is if you use Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows 8/8.1, Windows Server 2012/2012 R2, or Windows RT/RT 8.1, to get the patch using either Windows Update or download it directly from Microsoft’s Support site.
Ars Technicha has a comprehensive write up of the Windows bug. At this time there is no evidence that the bug has been exploited but now that it has been disclosed that could change quickly. Please be sure to update as soon as possible!
Learn more: https://support.microsoft.com/kb/2992611
It’s time to change your passwords. The recent data breach of Target’s customer information may have exposed sensitive information of as many as 110 million people. This is just the latest high profile company to be attacked by sophisticated hackers.
With so much data exposed, it has again become clear that no one should ever use “1223456” or “password” as a password. SplashData published its annual list of the worst online passwords and it is surprisingly similar to the year before. Unfortunately, rather than creating more original passwords, it appears that many people are just using longer chronological strings of numbers. If a “123456” password gets hacked, the solution is NOT to add a “7.”
The 10 worst passwords online are as follows:
Even high-level government offices have been caught using poor password selection. A recent Senate cyber security report detailed failures by federal officials to perform basic information security work such as installing security patches, updating anti-virus software, communicating on secure networks and requiring strong passwords.
It is critical for all of us to create more sophisticated passwords.
According to a recent report from the Pew Internet & American Life Project, 15% of American adults ages 18 and older do not use the Internet or email. This serves as a stark reminder that we cannot assume everyone has the same level of access or connectivity when it comes to modern forms of communication.
Of those respondents who do not use the Internet, 34% think the Internet is not relevant or interesting or it is something they do not want to use and/or have no need for. Less than one quarter of all non-users responded that they live in a household where someone else uses the Internet.
The survey conducted earlier this year used phone interviews with 2,252 adults who were 18 years old or older and cites a 95% confidence level that error attributable to sampling is plus or minus 2.3 percentage points.
While the survey does not indicate geographic locations of non-users, it does give a fairly clear description of the demographic groups most likely to be included. For example, non-users are more likely to be over the age of 65, live in a rural area and have limited education and income.
This information can be extremely beneficial for emergency managers who oversee populations that contain these types of demographics.