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Decoding Security 114: Spring Cleaning

Gearing up for another annual spring cleaning? Add a digital deep clean to your to-do list! Our hosts, Jessica Ortega and Ramuel Gall, share easy and valuable tips for conducting a digital spring clean of your website and everyday devices. With their help, you’ll be able to spring into the rest of the year with updated and more secure devices!

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Decoding Security 113: What A Disaster

The 2018 Winter Olympics got off to a shaky start this year thanks to a cyberattack. The attack took down the official Olympics website, preventing access to tickets, thus preventing many ticket holders from attending the opening ceremonies. This kind of cyberattack could happen to any size organization at any time. In fact, it could happen to any person at any time. Cybercriminals often hack into individuals’ personal computers, allowing them access to private online assets, like family photos. No matter who you are, it’s important to put together an incident response plan (IRP) to protect your information should a crisis occur. In this week’s episode, our hosts share a few simple steps that anyone can take to create a response plan.


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Decoding Security 112: Back Up or Pay Up – Dissecting Ransomware

A few cybercriminals recently hit the jackpot – literally. “Jackpotting,” a hack that forces ATMs to dispense large amounts of cash on demand, hit the cybercrime scene in a big way, with six reported cases in the United States during the last week of January alone. In other cybersecurity news, exercise tracking app Strava and its public heatmap of user activity raised serious privacy concerns this week. A sharp-eyed student noticed that small, secluded areas of high Strava activity in countries like Syria, Afghanistan, and Somalia could potentially indicate the locations of several US military bases.

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Decoding Security 111: Email Security Mistakes

Looking for a date in time for Valentine’s Day? If you’re using Tinder, be careful when swiping right. Cybersecurity researchers discovered security flaws in the popular dating app that could allow hackers to discover users’ private data and personal preferences, like the photos of users they’ve swiped right or left on. In other cybersecurity news, a cybercrime “conglomerate” named Zirconium has been found responsible for the largest malvertising operation of 2017. Using a network of 28 fake ad agencies, Zirconium strategically placed ads that led users to malicious websites pushing scams or fake software updates. The campaigns were so successful – and so sneaky – that they generated 1 billion ad views in 2017.

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Decoding Security 110: It’s A Matter of Trust

We’re just days into 2018 and cybersecurity already has its first major headline of the year: Meltdown and Spectre. By exploiting common features found in modern microprocessors, cybercriminals have been able to use the attacks known as “Meltdown” and “Spectre” to steal sensitive information from any computer, device, and even the cloud. We’ll walk you through how and why Meltdown and Spectre happened, and which security patches are already available.

We’ll also provide an overview of the principle of least privilege, the concept of restricting user permissions as a preemptive security measure. Join our hosts, security analysts Jessica Ortega and Ramuel Gall, as they provide important tips that everyone, from parents to CTOs, can use to protect themselves from the cybersecurity risks caused by human error.

Want to learn more about how both businesses and individuals can improve their cybersecurity savvy? Check out our past podcasts on endpoint and website security or social media security. For more Decoding Security, subscribe on YouTube, iTunes, or Google Play!

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Decoding Security 109: New Year’s Resolutions

If your New Year’s resolution is to protect yourself from cyberattacks, you’re in luck! This week on Decoding Security, security analysts Jessica Ortega and Ramuel Gall share their predictions for the top cybercrime trends in 2018. Our hosts also identify ways you can arm yourself against these ever-evolving threats. We don’t want to give away their predictions, but we’ll give you a hint: if your holiday gifts included a digital assistant like Amazon Alexa or Google Home, be sure to tune in!

We’ll also catch you up on the latest cybersecurity news, including the 25 Worst Passwords of 2017 and a leaky server that exposed 300,000 email addresses and login credentials from

Happy New Year from SiteLock and Decoding Security! Our New Year’s resolution is to continue to bring you a fun and informative podcast, so make sure you keep up by subscribing on YouTube,  iTunes, or Google Play!

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Decoding Security 108: 2017 – The Year Everyone Got Hacked

2017 was a big year for malware, hacks, and data breaches. Voting machines proved to be easily hackable, Uber was caught paying off cybercriminals, and of course, Equifax experienced a breach that affected 140 million Americans. On the latest episode of Decoding Security, security analysts Jessica Ortega, Ramuel Gall, and producer/security analyst Topher Tebow count down the top ten cybersecurity issues of the past year.

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Decoding Security 107: Your Episode Title is the Last 4 of Your Social + Your Mother’s Maiden Name

Whether it’s a photo that should have never been posted or an angry Facebook rant, it’s not uncommon to see others oversharing on the internet. But did you know that what you post on social media can make your profile a gold mine of information that can be used against you? Cybercriminals can easily build profiles and create targeted attacks, such as a personalized phishing scam, simply based on information about a person or business found freely online.  SiteLock Security Analysts Jessica Ortega and Ramuel Gall discuss the little-known dangers of social media and what individuals and businesses can do to stay safe.

Also in this episode, our security experts discuss the latest headlines in cybersecurity news. For example, the city of Chicago is suing Uber for covering up a data breach that disclosed the data of 57 million users. And, a security researcher recently discovered a vulnerability in Facebook’s new polling feature that could allow hackers to delete any photo on the network. If you’re concerned that your favorite app may have compromised your information, our hosts can help you understand what happened, and what you can do about it.

Black Friday and Cyber Monday may be behind us, but knowing how to shop securely never goes out of season, so be sure to check out last week’s episode for tips and best practices. And for more Decoding Security, subscribe on YouTube, iTunes, or Google Play!

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Decoding Security 106: The Nightmare Before Christmas

If a compromised credit card isn’t on your wish list for Black Friday and Cyber Monday, then be sure to check out the latest episode of Decoding Security! Your hosts, SiteLock Security Analysts Jessica Ortega and Ramuel Gall,  have some simple tips that all holiday shoppers can follow to keep your information safe.

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Decoding Security 105: You’re Not Too Small To Be Hacked

Can your small business afford being hacked? According to CNBC, 50 percent of all small businesses have experienced a breach – and 60 percent of victims are out of business within six months due to the hefty cost of recovery. What makes small businesses such an easy target, and what can business owners do to keep their digital doors open? Find out in the latest episode of Decoding Security, as  Website Security Research Analysts Jessica Ortega and Michael Veenstra discuss small business cybersecurity, recent security news, and more.

You can learn more about cybersecurity in our previous episode, Endpoint Security. Check out past episodes of Decoding Security and subscribe for more on YouTube, iTunes, and Google Play!

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