Weekly Tech Tidbit – Cyber Safety for Students

This week’s Tech Tidbit is shorter on my thoughts and words since the attached link below contains lots of reading on its own.

For the start of the new school year the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), part of the US Dept of Homeland Security’s National Cyber Awareness System put out a nice document with a collection of information and tool kits all based around Cyber Safety for Students.

Weekly Tech Tidbit – Rethinking SSLs

We harp on the fact that if you have *ANY* VPN, or remote access capabilities into your district, you *MUST* use a commercial SSL certificate and not a self-signed SSL - no exceptions.

However, an area of growing frustration is that many current browsers are starting to give warnings about whether or not you should trust a legitimate, non-infected, web site that doesn't have an SSL.

Many of you have heard me say time and again, "if we ask the end user a question, we have failed".   This is the latest iteration of that edict.

Weekly Tech Tidbit – Where oh where is my data really going?????

One of the key features of the newest firewalls and intrusion protection systems (IPS) has been the addition of something called GeoBlocking. This feature allows the administrator to shut down traffic to or from specific countries or regions of the world and your local network regardless of any other firewall permissions in place.

WordPress Releases Security Update

WordPress versions prior to 4.7.5 are affected by multiple vulnerabilities. A remote attacker could exploit some of these vulnerabilities to take control of an affected website.

Users and administrators are encouraged to review the WordPress Security Release and upgrade to WordPress 4.7.5.

You can read about it here.

3 ways to improve your company’s website

How’s your website doing? For a lot of business owners, the answer is simply up and running. While having a website is a good start, it must also be appealing to visitors. A poorly designed website can drive away both potential and current customers who don’t want to be associated with a brand that doesn’t […]

Google Tests New Login Option

It seems Google is taking the issue of online security increasingly serious as they have recently unveiled their latest attempt to stem the tide of phishing. Trialing a password-free login option, they also aim to curb the dangers caused by ineffective and over simplified passwords – something that every small and medium sized business needs […]