Technology Tips: September 2022 Edition Technology Tips: September 2022 Edition

Technology Tips: September 2022 Edition

by Skyward IT Services
Skyward IT Services Skyward IT Services Network and Infrastructure Security Specialists
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Is browser sync worth the risk?

Browser sync is a time-saving feature that allows you to access your passwords, preferences, payment information, and open tabs on multiple devices. While it is available on Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge, and Opera, users are asking themselves, “Is it worth it?”

It’s important to take a good look at possible safety concerns. If one of your devices is stolen, a hacker could access your saved passwords and financial information, and if you have your passwords saved on a Word document (tisk, tisk) they can do a lot of damage in little time. Malicious extensions and URLS can be copied from one device to another. Ultimately, it’s up to you to decide if that's a risk you're willing to take.
 

Samsung updates

Samsung recently released a few important updates. There have been 31 patched vulnerabilities in total, with most of them fixing privacy and security issues. A few of the fixes include MAC address leaks, Bluetooth and NFC device security, Knox VPN, and manipulation of the list apps that can access mobile data.

To download the update, go to the Settings app, click on “Software update,” and select “Download and install.”
 

How to spot a deepfake

A few months ago, the Federal Bureau of Investigation warned it was seeing an increase in employee fraud, where fake job applicants apply with impressive resumes and use deepfake during job interviews. Even worse, some people have used deepfakes to pretend to be individuals in executive roles, which can sabotage private customer and employee data, IT databases, and more.

Fortunately, there are a few giveaways that can help you spot a deepfake:

1. Be cognizant of the person’s side profile, and even ask them to turn sideways. Deepfake AI is good at recreating the front of the face, but there tend to be glitches if the person turns sideways.

2. Be sure all noises, such as coughing, sneezing, and talking, line up with the video. If you still aren’t certain, ask the person to wave their hands in front of their face to see if it disrupts a possible deepfake.
 

Malware of the month

Patric Hillmann, chief communications officer at Binance, had to learn about the dangers of deepfake the hard way. Hillmann claims scammers created deepfakes of him by impersonating his hologram, then tricking people into taking meetings with him. It’s important to make sure your staff is aware of deepfake technology because of potential threats like this one.


 


Skyward IT Services Skyward IT Services Network and Infrastructure Security Specialists


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