Threat Brief: Secure messaging -- Keeping your private messages private

Posted by Peter Dylan

Wed, Mar 01, 2017

 

Recently there has been news of White House staff using the messaging app Confide to carry out day-to-day communications, in order to mitigate the possibility of information leaks.  Confide is part of the world of Secure Messaging apps, which employ a combination of encryption and other functions to prevent unauthorized access to the messages they send.

Data leaks are becoming all-too-common news events. As a result, the threat of our own information being part of a nationally-publicised breach is a growing concern. Many of us are suspecting (and rightfully so) our most-used messaging apps, such as email, as being inherently insecure, which is leading to the pursuit of alternative platforms that will hold our private matters to a higher standard of security.

This month's BrandProtect Executive Threat Brief looks at secure messaging – what makes it secure, and what you should look for in choosing a messaging platform that will stand against even the most sophisticated of prying-eyes.

BrandProtect Executive Threat Briefs are designed to minimize your exposures by educating you and your team about simple steps you can take to protect your personal information online.


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Topics: Phishing, cybercrime, social media, cyber threats, mobile malware, Spear Phishing, Social Engineering, ThreatBrief

Threat Brief: Fake News -- A Threat to You and Your Family

Posted by Greg Mancusi-Ungaro

Mon, Jan 02, 2017

 

One of the biggest cyber stories of 2016 was Fake News. There is no doubt that it impacted the 2016 presidential and congressional elections. But did you know that fake news directly threatens business, and worse, you and your family?

This month's BrandProtect Executive Threat Brief takes a long look at fake news -- how it is created, how it is distributed, the threats it can contain, how it impacts you, and how you can improve your defensive posture against it.

Most important, the January Brief provides you and your family with clear guidance on how to better assess the trustworthiness of an online news item. If you can spot the fake, you can eliminate the risk. Read the brief, so that you can have more confidence in your online actions. 

BrandProtect Executive Threat Briefs are designed to minimize your exposures by educating you and your team about simple steps you can take to protect your personal information online. Remember, the easiest threat to stop is the one that you are not exposed to. 

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Topics: Phishing, cybercrime, social media, cyber threats, mobile malware, Spear Phishing, Social Engineering, ThreatBrief

December Threat Brief: Avoid a Bleak Midwinter! Stay Safe Through the End of 2016 (and in 2017!)

Posted by Greg Mancusi-Ungaro

Thu, Dec 01, 2016

 

There is no doubt that 2016 has been an epic cyber year. Fraudsters have become more sophisticated, and exploits have become more numerous, and more brazen.
But it isn't over yet.

Stay on track through the new year!
Don't slip off the road.

The December Executive Threat Brief provides you with ten actionable cyber tips that will help keep you and your family safe from on-line dangers in the remaining weeks of the year.

Put them into practice now, and keep them going in 2017. 

The December Threat Brief covers a lot of ground, but each of the tips is easy to implement. It's likely that you are already taking some of these precautions. But possibly not all of them. Take action to stay safe. 

BrandProtect Executive Threat Briefs are designed to minimize your exposures by educating you and your team about simple steps you can take to protect your personal information online. Remember, the easiest threat to stop is the one that you are not exposed to. 


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Topics: Phishing, cybercrime, social media, cyber threats, mobile malware, Spear Phishing, Social Engineering, ThreatBrief

Massive Mobile App Fraud Kicks Off Black Friday Cyber Exploits

Posted by Greg Mancusi-Ungaro

Mon, Nov 07, 2016

Just as the cyber-election manipulators are finishing their work, the "for-profit" population of on-line fraudsters are coming online -- launching their efforts to bilk the public between now and November 25, Black Friday, the peak of heaviest online shopping day of the year.

Mobile app fraud is dominating the first wave of this year's Black Friday cyber attacks. First reported in the New York Post, and further reported in the New York Times, a slew of imitation and copycat mobile apps have appeared online in the last few weeks - parodying trusted brands such as Dollar Tree and Foot Locker, iconic stores like Dillard’s and Nordstrom, online retailers like Zappos.com and Polyvore, and luxury-goods purveyors Jimmy Choo, Christian Dior and Salvatore Ferragamo.

What makes this wave of fraudulent applications different is the targeted platform: Apple's iOS.

Historically, the bulk of fraudulent mobile apps detected and analyzed by BrandProtect and other vendors have appeared on various android platforms and have been distributed via third party and offshore app stores.  Not so with these rogue apps -- these have been discovered on the official Apple App Store.

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Topics: black friday, mobile app monitoring, cyber monday, mobile malware, CISO, External Threat

Make Online Safety a Family Priority

Posted by Greg Mancusi-Ungaro

Thu, Sep 01, 2016


Summer is over, school is back in session, and social activity is amping up everywhere. The increase of online activity, driven by school and family activity, raises the odds that you and your family will be exposed to cyber criminals.

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Topics: Phishing, online identity, cyber threats, mobile malware, online risk, ThreatBrief, Masquerades

The BrandProtect Report: BlackFriday & CyberMonday 2014 [INFOGRAPHIC]

Posted by Greg Mancusi-Ungaro

Tue, Dec 16, 2014


  • Mobile App Threat Potential Triples
  • More than 150K scam and fraudulent activity mentions across Social Media
  • 27,000 unique phishing attacks
BrandProtect recently concluded a month of online threat monitoring focused in on detecting potential online scams and malicious activities targeting consumers during the BlackFriday / CyberMonday shopping season across the USA.

This is the third year that BrandProtect has investigated this online event.

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Topics: black friday, Social Media Monitoring, Phishing, cyber monday, mobile malware

Online Resilience: Defining the future of brand protection

Posted by Omri Benhaim

Mon, Jul 22, 2013

You have survived the first half of 2013 while only being hacked 2 times had 3 malware scares, 1 imposter twitter account and a phishing incident. For many of us individual users as well as companies large and small this is the reality of working, playing and socializing on the internet. These turbulent times are a mere glimpse into the future of what is to come and we must ensure that we are proactive, reactive and above all resilient to these threats. But what are these threats and what does the future hold?

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Topics: Malware, Brand Protection, Phishing, cybercrime, internet security, mobile malware

Mobile Malware Explodes 614%! Is Your Brand Protected?

Posted by Adriana Tayraco

Fri, Jul 12, 2013

The latest Mobile Threats Report by Juniper Networks has thrown some alarming statistics. For instance, while mobile malware across all mobile platforms grew 155% in 2011, between March 2012 and March 2013 that number has escalated to a shocking 614% or 276,259 total malicious apps. There are over 500 third-party app stores containing malicious apps with incredibly low levels of accountability. Want to hear more? 73% of all malware is sending fraudulent premium SMS messages that can charge the unsuspecting user up to $10 every month.

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Topics: Malware, mobile app monitoring, Phishing, mobile malware

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