Thursday, October 12, 2017

More facts about cyber security and it is scary!

Social media – a hackers’ favorite target



Currently, according to in depth statistics, there are more than 1.6 billion social network users worldwide with more than 64% of internet users accessing social media services online. Moreover, social networking is one of the most popular ways for online users to spend their time, and a preferred way to stay in contact with friends and families.
This is precisely why cyber attackers love social media as well! Users that spend a lot of time on social networks are very likely to click links posted by trusted friends, which hackers use to their advantage. Here are some of the most popular types of cyber attacks directed at social media platforms:
  •  Like-jacking: occurs when criminals post fake Facebook “like” buttons to webpages. Users who click the button don’t “like” the page, but instead download malware.
  • Link-jacking: this is a practice used to redirect one website’s links to another which hackers use to redirect users from trusted websites to malware infected websites that hide drive-by downloads or other types of infections.
  • Phishing: the attempt to acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details (and sometimes, indirectly, money) by disguising itself as a trustworthy entity in a Facebook message or Tweet.
  • Social spam: is unwanted spam content appearing on social networks and any website with user-generated content (comments, chat, etc.). It can appear in many forms, including bulk messages, profanity, insults, hate speech, malicious links, fraudulent reviews, fake friends, and personally identifiable information.
social media hacking heimdal security
Why are cyber attacks on social media so frequent?
Because social media users usually trust their circles of online friends. The result: more than 600.000 Facebook accounts are compromised every single day! Also, 1 in 10 social media users said they’ve been a victim of a cyber attack and the numbers are on the rise. Now this is a cyber security statistic which we don’t want you to become part of.
How it affects you and what can you do to get protected:
  • Don’t click any strange links.
  • This is courtesy of HEIMDAL.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Secure your systems

To follow is just a quick look at securing your systems. Today threats are everywhere so be vigilant!

Prevent Network Intrusions with Multiple Strategies

A complete network overhaul isn’t always necessary to improve security. Many providers offer easy-to-deploy network solutions that incorporate powerful security features.
Firewalls built into routers, for example, allow IT staff to monitor incoming and outgoing network traffic and decide whether to allow or block specific traffic based on a defined set of security rules. A proven and reliable network security technology, firewalls create a barrier between secure internal networks and untrusted external networks, such as the internet. 
“Leverage next-generation firewalls,” Gheri recommends. “These devices can identify traffic based on applications. And good next-generation firewalls can apply different traffic optimization techniques to different kinds of application traffic.”
An intrusion prevention system (IPS), implemented either as a device or through software, is a powerful tool that examines traffic flows to detect and block vulnerability exploits, an approach attackers frequently use to access or cripple an application.
Intrusion prevention is a standard feature in most next-generation firewalls. “It provides base-line security, but be aware that an IPS should not have a blind spot regarding SSL-encrypted traffic,” Gheri warns. “Encrypted traffic needs to be decrypted and then matched against malware signatures and payload needs to be inspected for advanced malware.”
Segmentation, a technique widely supported by network technology providers, splits a network into multiple subnetworks, commonly known as segments. The approach allows organizations to group applications and related data together for access only by specific users (such as sales or finance staff). This technique can also be used to restrict the range of access provided to a particular user.
Segmentation is perhaps the simplest way to improve an organization’s security posture, since using network address segments to control access hampers cyber attackers. “It can also help to contain malware outbreaks,”
info by viztech

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

What Amazon is thinking for the future and it is well unusual

I want you to read this it is funky and well shows you what the big boy is thinking:

http://www.techgistics.net/blog/2017/9/28/connecting-the-dots-on-amazons-patents-in-logistics


More to come soon.

Joe Rossini

Monday, October 2, 2017

The top 10 e commerce retailers distribution facilities

The 10 Retailers With the Most E-Commerce Distribution Centers

Digital retailing is tough. Not only do retailers need to find innovative ways to drive traffic to their sites and induce a sale, they need to be able to fulfill any and all orders at breakneck speed. Customers are making purchase decisions based on delivery times and the more DCs a retailer has the better its chances of meeting shopper expectations.

In its Top 500 Guide Internet Retailer ranks the top e-commerce retailers across numerous metrics including number of fulfillment centers. The entire report is available here, and a quick look at the 10 retailers with the most DCs is below.

Amazon. No surprise here that Amazon tops the list, nearly tripling second place finisher IKEA. Amazon has fulfillment centers in 19 states, to help process the 350 million SKUs the online giant carries. Number of e-Commerce Distribution Centers: 109.

IKEA. While the furniture retailer is known for its sprawling, warehouse-like showrooms, over $134 million of its revenue comes from web-based sales. In fact, IKEA's web sales increased 25% in 2015, with eight million monthly visitors.   Number of e-Commerce Distribution Centers: 39.

O'Reilly Auto Parts. O'Reilly is growing not only its physical footprint as it looks to enter the lucrative northeast market, but its only presence as well. The auto parts retailer's web sales increase 14% last year and not account for over $176 million in revenue.  Number of e-Commerce Distribution Centers: 23.

W.W. Grainger. The hardware and home improvement retailer stocks over 1.4 million SKUs. It has over 9 million visitors browse its site each month — a huge jump from the 4.5 million that visited each month in 2014. Number of e-Commerce Distribution Centers: 18.

Safeway Inc. While digital grocery sales are still in their infantcy many of the nation's top supermarket chain have made significant investment in the space. Safeway's web sales have been relatively flat year-over-year, but it still accounts for nearly $230 million in revenue. Number of e-Commerce Distribution Centers: 17.

Bed Bath & Beyond. The New Jersey-based home goods retailer continues to scale up its digital shopping efforts, with web sales increasing 25% year-over-year. The retailer is investing heavily in the mobile experience to capture busy on-the-go shoppers. Number of e-Commerce Distribution Centers: 17.

Sears Hometown/Outlets. The retailer operates two brands, Sears Hometown and Hardware storea nad the Sears Outlet Stores, with revenues north of $325 million. It sells home appliances, lawn and garden equipment, tool and hardware, and has fulfillment centers located in 10 states. Number of e-Commerce Distribution Centers: 16.

Estee Lauder. The cosmetics and fragrance manufacturer and retailer have over 8.6 million monthly visitors, and sports a 4% conversion rate. Its web sales have been growing by leaps and bounds, increasing to over $860 million in 2015, an increase of nearly 28% from 2014's total. Number of e-Commerce Distribution Centers: 14.

GameStop Corp. With the vast majority of its shoppers 34 years old and younger the video game retailer has a massive digital presence. Web sales topped the $1 billion mark in 2015, representing a 25% bump over 2014 totals. Number of e-Commerce Distribution Centers: 13.

Systemax. The industrial supplies, computers and electronics supplies retailer has web sales north of $1.4 billion, and hosts 3.7 million unique visitors per month. It sells over 450,000 SKUs and an average ticket value of $440. Number of e-Commerce Distribution Centers: 13.