The Power of Social Media for Businesses

Businesses can significantly benefit from utilizing social media as a marketing tool. With billions of people using social media worldwide, it presents a unique opportunity to reach potential customers and grow your business.  To get started, creating a social media marketing plan is essential. This will help you identify your target audience, set goals, and outline your strategy. Some elements …

Twitter Data of 235 Million Accounts Leaked

A dataset purportedly comprising the email addresses and phone numbers of over 400 million Twitter users just a few weeks ago was listed for sale on the hacker forum Breached Forums. The information was initially released on December 23, 2022, by a hacker going by the handle “Ryushi.” The attacker demanded $200,000 for an “exclusive” sale of the information. The …

Jump-Start Your Companies Social Media Presence

Social media marketing is an effective tool used to promote your company online. Many people use social media channels to promote products or services; however, companies can also use social media to generate leads without advertising on search engines like Google. In addition, companies with blogs and social media pages might run sponsored posts on other companies’ sites to build …

New Phishing Scheme Using Fake Copyright Infringement Notices

A new phishing campaign targeting Facebook users has been identified by cybersecurity firm Trustwave. In this campaign, hackers use fake copyright infringement notices to trick users into giving away their account details. The phishing messages claim that Facebook will delete the user’s account within 48 hours unless they fill out an appeal form to protect themselves. This appeal form collects …

Twitter’s Data Leak Exposes Over 5.4 Million Users

Earlier this year, Twitter confirmed that an API vulnerability had caused a massive data leak containing non-public information for over 5.4 million Twitter users. Twitter denied claims that hackers had leaked the private information priorly. However, Pompompurin, the owner of the hacking forum Breached, stated they were responsible for exploiting the API bug and platforming the data after another hacker …

The Importance Of Having An Email Newsletter

Most business owners understand the importance of being active on at least one social media channel. That’s fine as far as it goes, but have you considered supplementing your social media presence with a good, old-fashioned newsletter? Of course, when we say newsletter, we’re not talking about something you print and mail to your customers but rather something you publish electronically …

Secret Twitter Accounts Are Not What You Think

Do you have a Twitter account?  Have you been patting yourself on the back while assuming that your identity was a secret, allowing you to ply the waters of Twitter in anonymity? Unfortunately, that’s probably not the case.  Recently, Twitter disclosed the existence of a critical security vulnerability that allows someone to discern whether a specific phone number or email …

Hackers Are Using Personal Messages On WhatsApp To Attack

Are you a WhatsApp user?  If so, be aware that hackers have worked out a means of hijacking a user’s WhatsApp account and gaining access to a user’s contact list and personal messages. The attack relies on mobile carriers’ automated service to forward calls to different phone numbers, which is a service every major mobile carrier offers. Unfortunately, it can …

 Skype Gets New 911 Calling Feature In The U.S.

Recently, Skype announced a change to its 911 calling feature.  Previously the feature was only useable in the UK, Finland, Denmark, and Australia. Now, the company has unlocked it for the United States as well and will even allow the software to share the location of the caller with emergency services. It’s a welcome change and one that’s long overdue …

More Scammers Are Using Social Media To Target Victims

An increasing number of scammers are using social media to target victims and relying on social engineering tricks to convince people to part with their personal information or money.  The problem has grown serious enough that the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) has issued a formal warning to consumers. According to a recently released FTC report: “More than 95,000 people reported …