Search this Blog

The Latest on Cybercrime - Ransomware, Hack Attacks and Massive Data Breaches

By Hector Cisneros
Courtesy of Pixabay

It seems like yesterday that I wrote, "The Latest Hack Attack - Equifax Breach Exposes 143 Million Americans".  However, soon after that article I wrote, "Massive Data Leak Exposes 340 Million Americans Personal Data - Now What!". In fact, when I searched our blog on the term "data breaches", 11 articles showed in the list.  If I added internet security and hacking, I'd get another two dozen more articles listed. We are a marketing company, so you are probably wondering why I'm writing about cybercrime and hacking. Well, the fact is this; cybercrime has a direct affect on the amount of trust consumers place in the internet. Without a high level of trust, people won't buy or use the internet for research and shopping. Without that trust, we as a marketing company would be out of business. In this episode of Working the Web to Win, we will explore the latest, data breaches, hack attacks and ransomware events taking place in the USA. We will also provide a list of resources to help you protect yourself from becoming a victim of cybercrime. So be ready to have your confidence shaken and then restored as we explore the latest  Cybercrrimes, including Ransomware exploits, Hack Attacks and Massive data Breaches that have taken place recently.

Privacy Lost! - The Piracy of Privacy Revisited - Now Everything is Listening in!

By Hector Cisneros
Courtesy of Wikipedia

In John Milton's Epic Poem, Paradise Lost, we see the dilemma that Adam and Eve found themselves in when they chose to partake of the forbidden fruit of the Tree of  Knowledge of Good and Evil. Mankind today has also found itself in an ethical dilemma where we have to choose between the convenience of using Artificial Intelligence to make life "easier and faster" at the cost of giving up our ability to live private lives without big brother listing in on our every word? Today we live in a world where every smart device tracks our movements, listens to what we say and records all of our actions with our families, friends and co-workers. In this episode of Working the Web to Win, we will discuss this dilemma and explore ways to recapture some of the privacy we have lost. So read on and tell all  your friends that all is not lost. There is still time to take back some of what has been given away.

The Internet of Things (IoT) Give Birth to Star Trek Like Healthcare

By Hector Cisneros
Courtesy of Flickr

If you ask the average person if they want to be healthy, live longer, be more active in their retirement years, you would get a big fat "YES", as the answer almost every time. What if you asked - If we could make going to the doctor for a check up - painless, quick, easy you would get a big fat "YES". But what if we said that we could gather all your health vitals remotely using a health scanner followed by a five minute video teleconference once a year, if no problems are found. Wouldn't that even be better. Again the answer would be a big fat "YES". 

So If I told you we have Star Trek like technology available now that could provide all your vital health information and could eliminate most doctor visits, what would you say? Most people would say, "You're kidding, right!". But I wouldn't be kidding! In this episode of Working the Web to Win, we will explore the exploding healthcare IoT (Internet of Things) industry that is making Star Trek like healthcare a reality for many consumers in the 21st Century. So read on about the rapidly evolving IoT of healthcare and how it will affect your personal health in the present if you so choose.

Terrorist Are Now Using Drones to Attack People and Infrastructure Targets

By Hector Cisneros

The first time we at Working the Web to Win took a real interest in Drone technology was in 2013. Back then it was exciting, held great promise and also cast a dark shadow. There were technological issues, licensing and cost questions and of course privacy concerns. Most worrisome for me was the possibility that these devices could be used as a deadly weapon for assassination and terrorism. In 2014, terrorism rose its ugly head in a big way as terrorist began to utilize the internet (especially social media) to spread the message of hate. Fast forward to 2019 and the reality of commercially available drones being used as weapons for assassination and terror is now a reality. In this episode of Working the Web to Win, we will cover many of the latest assassination and drone terrorist attack that have happened around the world. This is a very serious and important subject. Make sure you read and share this article with your friend, family and co-workers. This threat is here. 

How Smart is a Smart Home? Reprinted from Life Happens 365

Smart Homes are all the rage these days, but are the all they are cracked up to be? Can you actually do all the things the commercials say without things going haywire or worse?? Are they easily hacked? Can you protect your Smart House like a regular home? Our client Diane Tait from  A & B Insurance wrote this great article posted on her blog called Life Happens 365. We loved this article so much that we decided to reprint it in its entirety here on our blog and share it with all of our regular readers. So enjoy this article and then share it with your friends. Make sure you heed her warnings as well. At the end of the article we will supply some additional links to help with cyber security as well. So without any further Adu, read "How Smart is a Smart Home?".

By Diane Tait

Image courtesy Public Domain Pictures
You may have noticed that technology is invading everything these days. Late model automobiles aren’t so much cars anymore as they are computers with four tires and a steering wheel.  Smartphones are 10% telephone and 90 % computer.  The computer that took man to the Moon had about as much computing power as that in your car’s digital key fob. The bottom line is  almost everything these days is Internet enabled.  That includes many of the devices in your home. 

Apple Vs Android Phones - a 180 Day Comparison of which is easiest to use.

By Hector Cisneros
Courtesy of Flickr

I have been hearing the argument about who has the best smartphone since Apple released its first iPhone in 2007. Smartphone users are very passionate about their phones. They argue about which is the fastest, the most secure, the thinnest, which has the best picture and features. You name it, smartphone users argue about it. In this episode of Working the Web to Win, I will relay my 3 month experience of using and carrying both an Android and an Apple smartphone at the same time to evaluate what I think is the best of these systems. So read on and see some of my surprising findings as I tell you about my experiences carrying and using both an Android and Apple smartphone simultaneously for the last four months.

Bulletproofing Your Digital Domain (Reprinted from Small Business Group)

We often write about hack attacks, hackers, cyber criminals and cyber security. This episode is from one of our clients (Small Business Groups) who published this article on how to protect your digital assets and cyber security. We think you will enjoy it because it's factual and get straight to the point with regards to the risk that all business have when using digital assets like websites, video channels and social media pages. Small Business Groups blog offer a good selection of great articles covering Business management and account tips. If your looking for good advice on how to improve your business, their blog is a good place to start. You can also contact them for a FREE Consultation there as well. So enjoy their article and make sure you share it with your friends, I know I will.

By Ben Kinsey

Image courtesy wikimedia
In my previous blog, I detailed all the ways in which online reviews and ratings can make or break a business.  This week I’d like to delve into the other dangers that lurk just below the surface of your digital domain. Specifically, I’d like you to take a hard look at the part of your business that resides in Cyberspace.  You know, your website, landing pages, blog, in-house server and social sites. The problem with many business owners is that they don’t have a handle on just how vulnerable their digital assets are.  While most business owners would never think of heading home after the day is done without first locking their office, many leave their digital domain woefully ill-equipped to deal with hackers, industrial espionage or disgruntled employees.  As I pointed out in my last blog, if you don’t police and secure your digital assets, it’s quite possible that some fine day you may arrive at the office to find your business in serious financial straits.  

Our top 12 reasons why mobile computing rules the world

By Hector Cisneros
Courtesy of PxHere

Would it be great if you could find a marketplace that is huge, easily accessed, is global and has a infinite variety of customers to choose from? There is such a fantastic place, it's called the internet and the bulk of the customers are mobile! That is one of the main reasons mobile computing king? But to fully understand the answer to this question, we need to take a look back in time to where it all began, followed by a peak of where mobile is going. In this episode of Working the Web to Win, we will explore how the mobile revolution has affected our personal and business lives.  We will provide our top 12 reasons why mobile computing rules our digital world and predict where we are going next on this great adventure. Read on and share this article with your friends as we show the top 12 reasons why mobile computing rules the world.

Are Windows 10 Updates Causing More Problems than they Fix?

By Hector Cisneros
Courtesy of  Wikimedia Commons

Last week I spent 2 hours waiting for my Windows 10 computer to complete an update after I got into my office. I don't know about you, but I hate waiting on my computer to start up, much less waiting two hours for an update to complete. For me, time is the most precious commodity in the universe, and wasting time on unnecessary updates just makes me mad. Now don't get me wrong, I want to install all bug fixes and security updates, but not at the expense of my most valuable and productive morning time. Many might tell you to schedule your updates for later, but the fact is that if you're your computer is not running Windows 10 Pro, you don't always have a choice of whether the update is downloaded and installed. To make matters worse, some updates break your system forcing you to wait through the rollback process. God forbid that  a critical failure takes place and you have to reinstall your entire system (OS and apps)! In this episode of Working the Web to Win, we will address the current problems that Windows 10 updates are causing for its user base. We will include links to many articles that discuss the  problems occurring along with in-depth workarounds to help fix Windows 10 update issues. So read on and get some relief from the constant drudgery (some would say hell) of Windows 10 updates.