National Cyber Security Awareness Month

 Did you know that October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month? I know the month of October is almost over. It is never to late to take a look and make it tougher to be the result of a successful cyber attack.

Since 2004, the month of October is meant for all of us to take take and evaluation our own cyber security practices. New and diverse threats create the demand that we adjust our practices when it comes to this.

I remember a time when we worked to make a computer network secure from an attack. Today, security professionals work to make the attacker’s job as difficult as possible. We have learned there is not totally security computer or network anymore. 

It wasn’t too long ago when ransomware was encrypting data leaving city governments, hospitals, and business paralyzed for periods of time. We have made progress overcoming those threats.

This year, phishing attacks targeted at specific individuals are the main threat. These attacks require a little different approach in deterring their effectiveness.

For the remainder of this month, I have three questions for you. Take those questions and answers to your IT personnel, and to your mid and upper level managers. This will make an attack on your computer and network more difficult for hackers.

  1. Do you have a Cyber Incident Response Plan?
  2. Does you and your company/family walk through it every six months?
  3. Does everyone in your company/family know what to do when they suspect a cyber incident?

If you noticed in two fo the three questions, I put company/family. It is not just departments, divisions, and whole companies should have their members trained. Every household should have every member aware and know what to do and who to report it to.

I repeat a very important part of keeping the wolf outside is knowing what to do and having the decision makers aware of the incident.

For more information

Go to National Cyber Security Awareness Month you can go to their website by clicking on the link or email me at

Blessed are the Flexible

Blessed Are the Flexible

for they can be bent



How does my attitude affect my cyber and data security!

Anyone who has worked around any computer over the ten years knows that change happens in tech faster than death or taxes. Inside any programmer, hardware developer, or any support person has built into their DNA.

That chromoson cluter is what gives that individual is called Flexiblity. The building blocks of that unique chromoson is patience. This is needed for when things don’t go right. Stepping back examining the situration finding the root cause and then make changes. Hopefully, after not to many test runs the end result has been accomplished.

I cannot think of one project or job that did not require change, or adjustments either at the beginning or some where along the path to completion. And there has been a few needed changes to be made after I thought the job was done. 

I have found the attitude I approach those changes and/or adjustments will reflex upon how quickly and smoothly the job gets finished. In addition, the whole team’s attitude toward change will be seen my the customer. That obervation will affect future work from that customer and his recommendation of your work. 

Beta Testers Wanted

Soon To Be Launched Website

I have a soon to be launched website. It has been a long time in coming. Budget is very thin.

I am looking for is someone preferable one to kick the tires.

  • Find broken links
  • Find mis-spellings
  • Check general usablity desktop, tablet and mobile
  • Fill out questionaire as to you findings.
  • I would like you to live in or around Boise Idaho and the Treasure Valley, but not required.

In exchange you will get

  • Experience at beta testing and my recomendation for other beta test gigs.
  • Posted on here as beta tester (braging rights)
  • Free access to the websites launch party.
  • Special discounts on computer and website services, software and hardware for 1 year.

The time involved depends upon you. The more details and constructive suggestions does take more time. It will help everyone around.

If you are still intersted email me by clicking on the contact link here

Make sure you put beta in the subject line, so I can get prompt attention.

How Danagerous is Your Email

The Most Dangerous Place On Your Computer Is Your Email Inbox

If I wanted to put a keylogger, ransomware or any other malware on someone’s computer, send the malware in an email. That email would either have an PDF attachment waiting for you to open it. I might even send you an email where inside it has a link for you to click. Once you click on it the malware is downloaded and installed on your computer.

If I was really ambitious, I would make the email look as if it was from your bank or insurance company. That email would inform you of a data breech and you need to reset your password by clicking on the link.

That link would take you to a look-a-like website. At that website you can enter in your current login user name and password, then prompt you to put in a new secure password. After you were done I would proceed to take over those accounts from you.

I have just given you prime examples of how easy to create “Phishing” emails. Since the second paragraph was more point to the recipient of the email, it could be called a “Spear Phishing” email. Spear Phishing emails take a little more work.

These types of emails are called “Phishing” because they put out something attractive for you to bit into.

I want to give you just three alarming numbers to show you how common these danagerous emails are getting to your email inbox.

  1. The Digital Guardian states that 91% of all cyber attacks start with phishing emails.
  2. In October 2018, Application Threat Intelligence reported phishing fraud jumped 50%
  3. According to the SANS Institute, 95% of all attacks on enterprise networks are the result of successful spear phishing.

What can be done you ask?

  1. Don’t take any email at face value. Call the person or company where the email says it is from. Verify they sent that specific email.
  2. Don’t click on links. Type in the website address yourself. Then verify the website you typed in is what showing in your browsers address bar.
  3. Don’t open email attachments for questionable or unverifiable sources.

Internet Crime Complaint Center

Report a Cyber Crime

Cybercriminals are just like bullies, if they can keep you paralyzed fear to the point where you do nothing they have won. Even the idea if you are complaining; nothing will be done. They will win.

Frustration arises when you call the local police statiion to complain about having your hard earned money stolen. Because it was done through an online website you get passed on. Then you call the local District Attoney’s office, They say they could not help you. You reach out to the FBI. You have to travel 200 miles to talk to agents in charge of cyber crime.

I was raised with the movies of the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s  where if you were wrong there were good guys like Marshall Dillion and Palidan to help right the wrong.

We do have a place to go to right those who wrong us through the internet. It is the Internet Crime Complaint Center. Use it is there for you and me.


Fake News,Bots, and So Much Noise – What is Real?

Fake News,Bots, and So Much Noise – What is Real?

There is so much finger pointing and so many accusations among politicians and those who have a public facing career. It can get overwhelming to read, hear and watch. Many people I know have told me they have stopped watching any news programs because it’s depressing. Others have been plowing through it in a state of confusion.


A group out of UC Berkeley has come up with a way to help us filter out the garbage from what is real in what we read. They’ve come up with three apps that each perform a specific task. They are available within a main website called RoBhat Labs.


Botcheck is used to learn if a Twitter account is a political propaganda bot.

For those who haven’t noticed, there are a bunch of little programs floating around the internet. They post text and media – just like a human would on Twitter and Facebook, as well as some other social media. The automation of bots can radically affect search engine rankings and public opinion. It’s very scary that their lies or misinformation can convince people that they are truthful or honest.   


SurfSafe offers a unique approach. Rather than telling you what news sources are honest, biased or fake, you pick the news source you want checked and then the app identifies its validity. You have the option to continue reading those sources or not.  (Before using the app, you can read the explanation of how it works.)


NewsBot is an app that lets you see all your Facebook messages and which way they are leaning, politically. It first prompts you to sign into Facebook Messenger, then it begins to scan.


I’m glad that, with all the stuff that is flying around Facebook, Twitter and even traditional news sources, there is a service that can identify the fake news for me.


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