Going Away for the Holidays?

This article may be a bit of a re-run, but we thought it still might be helpful to revisit (and supplement) the steps business owners and professionals should take if they're closing shop for a few days.

Let your customers know ahead of time that you'll be closed.

Website Hospitality for People with Disabilities

We know how the Biblical Christmas story goes, right? A key component of the narrative is "no room at the inn" for the very pregnant lady. So, in the spirit of the season, we thought we'd torture a metaphor and ask if your website is welcoming of people with special needs  ... or does it turn them away?

What prompted our inquiry was a recent blog about letters threatening business owners with legal action because their websites allegedly don't comply with the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). As the official government website explains, "The ADA broadly protects the rights of individuals with disabilities in employment, access to State and local government services, places of public accommodation, transportation, and other important areas of American life.

As If You Don’t Enough to Be Afraid Of… Introducing Self-coding Computer Viruses

Take just about any fictional monster, and somewhere there's a fictional mad scientist who wants to make it even more dangerous. (Anyone remember Jurassic World?) Well, how about taking oh-so-real malware-nasty strings of code that cripple networks, steal data and generally wreak mayhem on the world ... and imbuing it with artificial intelligence? Welcome to the world of self-replicating computer viruses.

Fearsome Amex Phishing Scam

We know this horror story: A trusted character is not who (or what) others think he is. Typically, movie audiences get to see the creature's eyes glow or go all black when the onscreen victim isn't looking. Devils behind a recent phishing scam that targeted American Express accounts, however, were fiendishly clever about hiding their tell-tale signs of evil.

In Other Tales of Terror

As frightening as the recent Amex phishing scam was, it wasn't the only monster-related cybersecurity incident to come to light during the past few weeks. Here are a few of the headliners:

On September 22, Yahoo revealed that data from at least 500 million user accounts might have been stolen in one of the largest cybersecurity breaches ever.