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FTC Releases Data Breach Recovery and Prevention Video

Original release date: September 22, 2016
The video walks you through the steps to take if your information was part of a data breach:
What if your Social Security number was exposed? Or an online login or password? Or your child’s information? Relax. covers all that and more. Like:
  • For Social Security numbers – Order a free copy of your credit report at Make sure there are no unexpected charges or accounts.

World Password Day 2016 | 05.05

Anatomy of a password
Data breaches make the news almost daily. If your passwords are easily crackable, your accounts may already be compromised. If you do not regularly change your passwords or use the same password for multiple accounts, you are at even greater risk. You (or others) can check if your credentials have appeared on password dump sites with minimal effort. Upgrading your password now is easy and can save you a lot of trouble later.
Follow these steps to secure your passwords, the gateway to your digital life.

Step 1

Create strong passwords.

Step 2

Use a different password for each account.

Step 3

Get a password manager.

Step 4

Locky Ransomware Alert

Posted on February 25, 2016
Ransomware dubbed “Locky” is spreading via email, in the form of a Word file attached to e-mail messages. Locky email is translated to various languages and localized by region.
E-mails with this type of ransomware may look something like:

Locky instructions
Once the Word attachment is opened, users see scrambled content and are asked to enable macros. When/if macros are enabled, the malware spreads, and encrypts nearly all file formats as hash.locky files including any mounted USB sticks and network file shares.
Once encrypted, users receive the following:

Locky Invoice
Locky ransomware typically asks victims to pay between 0.5 and 2 Bitcoins ($208 – $800) for the decryption key.
The antivirus software available through McNeese, Sophos, may not provide full protection against all variants of this malware.