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Google Calendar Phishing and How to Reduce Your Exposure to It

While sitting with one of our clients recently they mentioned to us that they kept getting event invites/notifications on Google Calendar that were phishing attempts or spam. They finally sent us a screenshot and we dug into the matter to learn more. In short, phishing Google Calendar has been going on for months, based on [...]

Equifax Offers to Buy Those Affected from Their 2017 Breach a Cup of Coffee

Equifax is expected to pay up to $700 million in their 2017 breach that affected roughly 150 million people, per the Federal Trade Commission(FTC). That equates to roughly $5.00 per person, the equivalent of  a cup of coffee from Starbucks, if they pay the full $700 million. Personally, we don't think this goes far enough, [...]

By |2019-07-22T19:04:18+00:00July 22nd, 2019|breach, cyber security, data breach, identity theft|0 Comments

Sextortion: 12 Tips to Help Protect Yourself

If you have stumbled on this post, you are probably here for one of two reasons. You want to understand what sextortion is because maybe you're unfamiliar with term, or someone threatened to expose some compromising details about you. In this post we are going to talk about things you need to do immediately and [...]

Skimming and Shimming: Fraud at the ATM and Gas Pump

Recently we had someone give us a call for help about a weird charge that showed up on their bank statement. After asking some questions about where they went physically, or virtually, to use their debit card, out of everything they told us, our hunch was they were a victim of a skimming attack at [...]

By |2019-05-20T16:00:08+00:00May 20th, 2019|cyber security, fraud, identity theft, scams|0 Comments

Loose Lips Sink Ships

Loose lips sink ships “...originated on propaganda posters during World War II. The phrase was created by the War Advertising Council and used on posters by the United States Office of War Information.” [Source: Wikipedia] It’s meaning was to convey that servicemen in World War II, and citizens need to be careful about what information [...]

OSINT for Individuals

Welcome back! Last time we talked about what Open Source Intelligence is and how businesses can benefit from it. Today we will discuss the benefits of our services on a personal level.  To briefly define Open Source Intelligence in the security world, it's using publicly available data and information to show where weaknesses are and [...]

By |2019-03-21T13:35:36+00:00March 11th, 2019|cyber security, data breach, OSINT, privacy|0 Comments

OSINT: What is it and how businesses benefit from our services

One thing about many industries is that there are a ton of acronyms for everything. The tech industry certainly has it’s fair share, as well as those in security. OSINT stands for Open Source Intelligence. You may also hear other terms like passive, or public, reconnaissance. The underlying theme of these terms is that public [...]

So, you want to use a VPN?

Recently, with clients, VPNs keep popping up in conversation, so we thought now is a good time to talk about what they are and things to look for when considering using them. VPN stands for Virtual Private Network and, at a very high level, it creates a secure connection over the internet for your device [...]

By |2018-12-31T14:22:21+00:00December 31st, 2018|cyber security, privacy, VPN|0 Comments

Tech Support Scam Case Study

bsquared intel was recently brought in by a client to check one of their computers. The purpose of this call was the result of an unknown third party remotely providing tech support.  Based on our findings, we are confident this was a tech support scam.   This entry will break down some parts of the [...]

By |2018-11-21T19:09:16+00:00November 12th, 2018|cyber security, scams, tech support scam|0 Comments

What is domain slamming and 3 tips to help you from falling for it.

Before talking about domain slamming, let’s briefly look at the importance of your domain name, whether you have a personal website/blog, or own a business. Your domain name is how you are identified on the the public Internet. When someone browses to your web site, their computing device needs to know the IP address of [...]

By |2018-09-10T14:54:42+00:00September 10th, 2018|cyber security, phishing, scams|0 Comments