“Don’t go upstairs! Don’t open the door! Don’t turn around!” These are the things I say to myself during a scary movie when I hear the token clueless character say “Did you hear that? I’m going to check it out.” That’s when the character goes to investigate the strange sound in the basement and we all know he’s going to die. “I’ll be right back” the person says. Sure you will… The so-called “brave” character unknowingly ventures down to the dark basement, searching for the strange sound only to find the killer ready and waiting to attack. “I tried to warn you” I say as I shake my head in disappointment.
Why is it so obvious to the audience that the character should not go into the spooky basement, yet, the person in the movie doesn’t pay attention to the warning signs? As much as you try to help them by yelling at the TV, you just can’t stop them.
Blink Before You Link.
Using the same principle described above, being the “clueless” character online who blindly clicks links from unknown sources, can easily turn into a scary situation. Blink before you link means you should not blindly click on a link from an unknown source. If you do not know who the link is coming from or where it will direct you, clicking on it could lead your computer down a spooky, bloody hallway filled with malicious zombies spewing out spam.
Malicious Web Page… Trick Or Treat?
Anytime an event becomes popular, such as Halloween, bad guys make customized malicious web pages and are able to trick browsers into displaying the pages near the top of search results. How? Cybercriminals and online scammers use the same search engine optimization techniques that legitimate retailers use to push their pages to the top of search results.
With Halloween only a few weeks away, countless people are searching for the perfect Halloween costume. Meanwhile, cybercriminals are targeting shopping-related keywords such as “Halloween costumes” and “Halloween sales.” If you’re performing a similar search, you should be wary of clicking on links from unknown sources in the search results. The danger in this particular search is the bad guys can easily create fake, malicious webpages to trick you into doing any one of the following things:
- Entering your payment card information
- Downloading a fake antivirus software pop up
- Purchasing counterfeit items
- Downloading hosted malware
- Leading you into a scam to extract your credit card data
One sure-fire way to tell if you’ve clicked a malicious link is if you end up on a webpage that is completely unrelated to the search term you entered. For instance, if you searched for “Miley Cyrus Halloween costume” and you clicked a link that took you to a page for “free downloads of all your favorite Halloween movies,” you likely clicked a malicious link that intends to install malware on your device by tricking you into downloading a free Halloween movie. Don’t be scared, Comodo is here to protect you against these malicious links.
How To Secure Your Computer Against A Maliciously Spooky Webpage?
Simply X’ing out of the window is safer than doing nothing, but it’s still far from safe. Another option is to shut down the computer and re-boot it. However, even this method is not the safest because the bad guys can still lurk in the shadows. Instead, the safest option is to download a secure browser like Comodo IceDragon to help you stay safe and secure while browsing. IceDragon combines the freedom and functionality of Firefox with the unparalleled security and privacy of Comodo.
Comodo IceDragon has quite a few security features to keep you safe while surfing the sometimes spooky internet. Web Inspector, a feature of IceDragon, uses malware scanning technology, allowing you to check whether a web page is malicious BEFORE you actually visit the page. Using Web Inspector, there are three ways you can scan a page to check for malicious activity.
1. You can scan the page right from the results of a search engine. Simply right-click the link and select ‘Scan Link’ to instruct Web Inspector to visit the target webpage and test it for malware.
2. You can instantly perform a scan of the page you’re currently on by clicking the button at the top right corner of IceDragon (circled in red).
3. You can scan a webpage by typing its URL directly into Web Inspector.
- Open a new tab by clicking the ‘+’ button after the last tab on the right.
- Click the ‘Web Inspector’ icon. This will open the Web Inspector website at http://app.webinspector.com
- Click the ‘Online Scan’ tab
- Type the URL of the page you wish to scan and click ‘START THE SCAN’
Once the scan is complete, you will see a detailed breakdown of the website’s safety, domain registration details, administrative contacts and a history of previous malware scans on that website.
Your scan may return positive results in which zero malicious activity is detected (shown below).
Or, you may see a result that points to a high risk web page, meaning you should not visit the link in question (shown below).
Pretty simple, right? Now you have no excuse to blindly venture down into the scary “basement” of an unknown, potentially malicious link. A good rule of thumb is: If you have to question the link for even a second, it’s worth the time it takes to stop and run a scan before you click. When you’re searching for your Miley Cyrus costume, or whatever costume you choose to wear this Halloween season, Blink Before Your Link!
Airgain unveils extended portfolio of 5G OMNIMAX Dipole series antennas for M2M and IoT apps
Airgain announced the release of its OMNIMAX Next Dipole antennas, the latest addition to Airgain’s 5G product portfolio designed to deliver ultra-wideband connectivity for 5G NR sub-6GHz IoT and M2M applications.
The OMNIMAX Next Dipole series includes 5G NR sub-6GHz products for low profile and shock resistant outdoor applications, including “salt shaker” style antennas, indoor dipole “paddle” antennas, and outdoor “candlestick” dipole antennas.
Each product is designed to blend into the environment, with flexible mounting options while providing ultra-wideband connectivity for virtually any indoor or outdoor cellular module, modem, or gateway. The 5G ready OMNIMAX Next Dipole series provides future-proof performance, with backward compatibility from 5G to 4G and 3G global frequency bands.
“Supporting sub-6GHz 5G, particularly the lower bands approaching 600MHz, is challenging for the form factors of these products,” said Kevin Thill, Airgain’s Senior Vice President of Engineering.
“These antennas achieve excellent broadband performance without compromising the form factor, while outperforming competing solutions that we have seen in the market today. These antennas feature a unique and patent pending Coplanar Waveguide feed, which is key to enabling the ultra-wideband performance in the given form factors.
“We are excited to offer the expansion of our product portfolio of 5G ready antennas designed to accommodate wider bandwidth requirements demanded by 5G. The OMNIMAX Next Dipole series provides a cost-effective solution while delivering dependable quality.”
Building on Airgain’s antenna design expertise of CENTURION Next, the industry’s first 9-in-1 5G and Wi-Fi 6 fleet antenna, the OMNIMAX Next Dipole series includes 617 MHz to 6 GHz wideband cellular 5G support. OMNIMAX Indoor Dipole Next, OMNIMAX Outdoor Dipole Next, and M2M SN Next are available through our trusted channel partners or direct at 1-855-AIRGAIN.
You Are The Weakest Link
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A craftsman never blames their tools. It is not the systems that ultimately fail cyber security professionals- it’s the people. Insider threats do abound but more often than malfeasance, misfeasance is the key to a breach. It wasn’t the firewall that failed Capitol One, it was a misconfiguration. Tom Finan dives in on culure vs. strategy quoting both Peter Drucker and…Barbara Streisand.
Covid 19 has changed 2020 in unprecedented ways in how we work, live our lives, and measure Cyber Risk. Listen to Episode #141 of Task Force 7 Radio as the Cyber Growth Leader from Willis Towers Watson, Tom Finan and Co-Host Andy Bonillo dive into how the “Cyber Security Superheroes” are working together to manage the human element during the pandemic. As claims data shows, effective Cyber Risk prevention and mitigation is largely a people problem. In response, companies need to assess and analyze the elements of their cultures that shape both positive and negative cyber attitudes and behaviors that makes the human element one of the largest risks to a company.
Axio360 platform to provide holistic view and identify financial impact of risk for Archer’s clients
Axio announced a strategic partnership with cybersecurity consulting firm Archer. This partnership will merge Archer’s expertise in critical infrastructure protection with the Axio360 platform and allow clients to measure cyber risk exposure in financial terms and manage their cybersecurity program from a holistic point of view.
The Axio360 platform will assist Archer’s clients in identifying cyber risks across business units and threat vectors that may not have previously been considered. The platform estimates all-in costs of exposure and evaluates how specific controls and mitigations will reduce risk.
“The Axio platform was built to fundamentally redefine how organizations solve cybersecurity problems. Our intention is to enable business-centric decision-making by putting the risk in financial terms,” said Brendan T. Fitzpatrick, Senior Vice President of Channels & Partnerships for Axio.
“Our operating system aligns all key constituents and delivers clarity in real-time. This partnership with Archer allows our software to make critical infrastructure safer and more secure.”
“This partnership allows our asset owners to receive tailored recommendations from Axio and our dedicated team. For the first time, our clients will be able to measure their cybersecurity program and benchmark it across their industry peers,” stated Patrick C. Miller, Managing Partner for Archer.
“This collaboration will help the overall assessment and understanding of cybersecurity risk for critical infrastructure.”
Axio360’s methodology and software empowers organizations to continuously answer the four most critical questions for cyber risk:
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- How should I manage my cyber program?
- Do I have the financial ability to recover?
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