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Bottom Line I.T. With Amy Mumby And Mike Maddox | March 26 and April 2, 2019

Bottom Line IT
April 1, 2019 10:00 AM

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RADIO SHOW
Bottom Line I.T. with Amy Mumby and Mike Maddox
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March 26 and April 2, 2019

Segment 1
Why 'ji32k7au4a83' Is a Remarkably Common Password
gizmodo.com/why-ji32k7au4a83-is…password-1833045282
We’ve talked about password security many times on the BLIT Show and how passwords need to be complex – using a variation of special characters, letters and numbers. So how is 'ji32k7au4a83' a common password? It seems baffling how just a complex slew of letters and numbers could show up more than once. It’s actually much easier than you think.

Segment 2 
Facebook blames 'server configuration change' for its longest outage ever
www.cnbc.com/2019/03/13/faceboo…and-instagram.html 
Facebook, once again, was in the news this month for a number of reasons. However, this time it had its users up in arms – big time. On March 13th, Facebook experienced its longest ever outage due to a server configuration change. The outage caused users to not be able to log into their Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp accounts properly. This is the longest outage that Facebook has experienced, being down for nearly the entire day.

Segment 3 
This city just banned cashless stores. Good.
mashable.com/article/philadelph…nsite#VRUpqCbw_gqS 
When was the last time you paid cash for something? Sometimes it seems silly to swipe your card for a mere $2 but over the last several years, cash seems to so rare. In some cases, cash has been a burden for stores, so much so that they put up “no cash accepted” signs. Philadelphia, however, has a bill in place to ban cashless store – and with good reason.

Segment 4 
New WordPress Flaw Lets Unauthenticated Remote Attackers Hack Sites
thehackernews.com/2019/03/hack-wor…ss-websites.html 
In the grand scheme of things, website security seems like a “duh” kind of thing. But don’t get distracted by the bigger, scarier cyber threats out there. Caring for your website’s security is just as important (if not more important) now as it was years ago. Caring for your website’s security could be as simple is making sure it is updated.

Segment 5 
MOST ANTIVIRUS APPS DO ABSOLUTELY NOTHING, RESEARCH FINDS
www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gad…-a8827816.html 
Gotcha! Research discovered that 2/3 of Android antivirus apps available in Google Play store don’t actually provide any protection for the device. While the reviews and ratings can certainly help someone determine the quality of the app, it is still misleading. Further research found that less than 1/3 of the apps were able to detect 30% of malicious apps.

Segment 6 – Bottom Line Security
Ad Network Sizmek Probes Account Breach
krebsonsecurity.com/2019/03/ad-netw…account-breach/ 
People have been skeptical of online advertising for years. Whether there was truly cause for that skepticism is still up for debate, but this article right here gives us good reason to be leery of the ad links. Sizmek Inc, is investigating an incident in which a hacker was selling the access to ad accounts. As it turns out, the hacker resold the access to the account, which allowed for ad creations to be edited and saved.

 

 

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