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4 tips to keep your business safe online, according to Google

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Most people still lack an understanding of best practices for passwords and other security measures

Here are four ways any worker can improve their cybersecurity posture, according to Google

 

1. Keep your software up to date

Always make sure that you are running the latest software version on all of your devices, the post noted. You can visit the settings in your app store to enable auto-updates; when you receive the notification to update, do so as soon as possible.

2. Use unique passwords

A strong password should be at least eight characters long and difficult for others to guess. However, the most helpful thing you can do for your accounts is to create unique passwords for each one. Password reuse remains an issue, the poll found: 65% of respondents said they reuse the same password for multiple accounts, creating a security risk. While the majority of respondents (60%) cited having too many passwords to remember, they should consider using a password manager to help create and protect different passwords for every account

3. Set up a recovery phone number or email address

Adding recovery information to your accounts, such as a phone number or email address, can help ensure that you can quickly regain access to those accounts if you are logged out, the post noted. Having a recovery method can also help alert you to any suspicious activity on your account

4. Protect your accounts with two-factor authentication

Two-factor authentication (2FA), also known as 2-Step Verification in the Google universe can help keep out people who do not have access to your account by requiring a second form of identification, in addition to your username and password to log in. You should enable this on every account possible

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Authorities Take Down World’s Largest Illegal Dark Web Marketplace

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Europol on Tuesday said it shut down DarkMarket, the world’s largest online marketplace for illicit goods, as part of an international operation involving Germany, Australia, Denmark, Moldova, Ukraine, the U.K.’s National Crime Agency (NCA), and the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

At the time of closure, DarkMarket is believed to have had 500,000 users and more than 2,400 vendors, with over 320,000 transactions resulting in the transfer of more than 4,650 bitcoin and 12,800 monero — a sum total of €140 million ($170 million).

The illegal internet market specialized in the sales of drugs, counterfeit money, stolen or forged credit card information, anonymous SIM cards, and off-the-shelf malware.

In addition, the months-long intelligence operation also resulted in the arrest of a 34-year-old Australian national near the German-Danish border over the weekend, who is alleged to be the mastermind behind DarkMarket.

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Microsoft Issues Patches for Defender Zero-Day

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Microsoft released security updates addressing a total of 83 flaws spanning as many as 11 products and services, the latest security patches cover Microsoft Windows, Edge browser, ChakraCore, Office and Microsoft Office Services, and Web Apps, Visual Studio, Microsoft Malware Protection Engine, .NET Core, ASP .NET, and Azure.

For organizations that are configured for automatic updating, no actions should be required, but one of the first actions a threat actor or malware will try to attempt is to disrupt threat protection on a system.

To install the latest security updates, Windows users can head to Start > Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update, or by selecting Check for Windows updates.

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Zoom End-to-End Encryption Update

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Zoom, the world’s most popular video conferencing platform announced it will roll out an end to end encryption feature (E2EE) to all users (Free/Basic). This is coming after there has been an outrage over poor security on its cloud-based video conferencing platform.

It’s not clear when the feature will launch for all users, but the beta is arriving in July and Zoom intends to have some level of permissions so account administrators can disable or enable it at the account or group level.

To make this possible, Free/Basic users seeking access to E2EE will participate in a one-time process that will prompt the user for additional pieces of information, such as verifying a phone number via a text message.

Other applications including Signal, Skype, and WhatsApp already offer E2EE in their messages and calls.

Zoom CEO Eric Yuan explains in its blog post, announcing its decision to bring E2EE to paid users only in early June. He explained that they want to be able to help law enforcement in investigations and that people who use Zoom to disrupt online meetings and to engage in criminal acts and facilitate horrible abuse generally use free (quasi-anonymous) accounts, also noting we are confident that by implementing risk-based authentication, in combination with our current mix of tools — including our Report a User function — we can continue to prevent and fight abuse.

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