Is the NSA Warning to Microsoft Users Really as Bad as it Sounds?

"It is likely only a matter of time before remote exploitation tools are widely available for this vulnerability." So wrote the normally circumspect NSA in their advisory on the so-called BlueKeep vulnerability. Really? Only a matter of time? Hmm, it seems like the NSA knows something they're not telling us about. Other cybersecurity professionals tend … Continue reading Is the NSA Warning to Microsoft Users Really as Bad as it Sounds?

Google Core Algorithm Update Slashes Web Traffic on Some Sites and Boosts Others

This has been an ongoing problem whenever Google attempts to improve its search algorithm, as it just did this month. As always, there are always some winners and some losers. After last year's update, my own website was hit by a perfect storm. If your website has recently seen a fall in traffic, see if … Continue reading Google Core Algorithm Update Slashes Web Traffic on Some Sites and Boosts Others

Do People Really Care About Online Privacy?

Here's a surprising statistic. According to a recent Brookings survey, 20% of people claim they read the terms and conditions for online services most of the time. I'm not surprised because this statistic is so low. I'm surprised that it's so high. One firm hired an actor to actually read the Kindle terms of service … Continue reading Do People Really Care About Online Privacy?

Is This the Year We See Quantum Supremacy?

It is impossible to explain to the average computer user just how powerful a quantum computer can be. In a proposal to Congress for a national quantum initiative, quantum physicist, Christopher Monroe, stated that "the next few years will see quantum computers with over 100 quantum bits, each of which would eclipse the storage capacity … Continue reading Is This the Year We See Quantum Supremacy?

Burnout Plagues Cybersecurity Professionals

"At 5am on a Monday morning at the end of September I found myself at the top of a building incoherent with emotion, raging at the universe, and willing myself to jump off." So writes Thom Langford on the growing stress that came with his position of Chief Security Officer. This incident can serve as … Continue reading Burnout Plagues Cybersecurity Professionals

Exit Scams and F.B.I. Raids Close Down Deep Web Markets

'Exit Scam' is a phrase that will make anyone who sells or purchases illicit products on the deep web break into a cold sweat. Among all the sources of paranoia pervading dark markets, exit scams lead the way. So what exactly is an exit scam? To answer this question you first have to understand how … Continue reading Exit Scams and F.B.I. Raids Close Down Deep Web Markets

Online Pet Scams: Fake Dogs Dog Dog Buyers

Listen people. Do not buy any pet from an online seller unless you really do your homework. Every day I check with the Better Business Bureau to see what scams are making the rounds and every day most of the scams involve people who were tricked when buying a pet online. These scammers are raking … Continue reading Online Pet Scams: Fake Dogs Dog Dog Buyers