Coordinated Phishing Attacks: How to Shield Your Business

Coordinated Phishing Attacks: How to Shield Your Business
Businesses worldwide have, on several occasions, witnessed the impact that can be caused by a virus attack. Hence anti-virus software is now widely used by enterprises of all sizes. However, Phishing Attacks which are more sophisticated in nature are not so widely understood, and very few businesses are equipped to deal with these attacks. And this lack of knowledge about phishing attacks can pose a significant threat to the very survival of a business.

Organizations therefore need to understand phishing attacks in more detail, and prepare to defend themselves against these attacks. And they should primarily be aware of the fact that phishing attacks are not virus attacks involving malicious software. So, neither an anti-virus solution nor an anti-spam filter is sufficient to completely protect businesses from these attacks.

Phishing Attacks are very advanced and targeted in nature, usually appear to be legitimate, and often bypass or go undetected by spam filters. These attacks are highly organized and coordinated by specialized groups, and launched with the aim to divulge financial, or identity information. The sophisticated and tricky nature of these attacks necessitates protection at various levels of the enterprise network. But first of all, certain basic measures have to be taken to successfully protect an enterprise from falling prey to Phishes.

Educating Employees

Training employees to effectively identify phishing attacks is the first step to ensure complete protection. Employees have to be taught to question the source of unexpected email messages demanding sensitive information. Phishing can be usually identified by the URL. Phishers use long and complex URLs or raw IP addresses. They also use URL redirection techniques which may be an important indicator. However, these techniques are also sometimes used by legitimate companies. Therefore, employees should be taught how to differentiate phishing email from genuine ones.

Policy Enforcement

Formulating an IT security policy framework and enforcing a set of safety procedures can be of immense help in mitigating risks not only associated with phishing, but also with other security attacks. Preventive measures such as verifying the legitimacy of suspicious email messages, implementing procedures to deal with email messages that demand sensitive information such as passwords, account numbers etc, can come a long way.

Technology Solutions

An organization’s anti-phishing initiatives are entirely fruitful only when they are backed by efficient software solutions that can capably tackle phishing attacks. A unified governance risk and compliance system or an integrated IT compliance solution is therefore a prerequisite, not only to curb phishing attacks but also to ensure complete IT compliance.

Preventing phishing attacks can be a formidable challenge for organizations because these attacks cannot be controlled by merely implementing filters and firewalls. Therefore organizations need to take a comprehensive approach to implement appropriate policies and procedures and educate employees, while also adopting an integrated security solution that can help prevent phishing.

Quarterly News Sphinx Asia News

Quarterly News Sphinx Asia News
Sphinx Asia Wealth Management News Letter 1st Quarter 2011

We are recommending five (5) stocks for immediate purchase to implement a portfolio sector and issue shift in equities that emphasizes the undervalued nature of corporate assets where the whole is priced at less than the sum of its parts. This situation is emanating from segments of the Chinese market.

We have, as well, a certain turnaround situation in the US industrial sector. In addition, we are the beneficiaries of some highly regarded private research, that our clients have successfully relied upon in the past, to identify terrific opportunities in emerging industries and technologies; all poised for big quick moves once these fundamental realities become evident to main stream investors.

We also have a new recommendation in the gold market where we have generated substantial gains for our clients in the past.

From these recommendations, our clients will have great opportunities for massive gains over the next 6 months to 2 years. These 5 stock picks are now must own positions that will move higher regardless of overall market sentiment.

Buy Gammon Gold (NYSE: GRS)

Buy Yahoo!, Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO)

Buy General Motors (NYSE: GM)

Buy GreenCell Technologies (XETRA: GT5.DE)

Buy DirectView Holdings, Inc. (OTC.BB: DIRV)

Example:

Gammon’s recent exploration success forms a core of my updated investment thesis. During the first half of 2010 alone, Gammon discovered three new deposits at its Ocampo gold and silver mine, and it swiftly replaced nearly two-thirds of estimated 2010 production with
127,750 gold-equivalent ounces (GEOs) in new reserves. One of those three deposits, Santa Eduviges, has been fast-tracked for development, and production is expected to commence any day now.

Capital Gold’s (AMEX:CGC) board has unanimously endorsed Gammon’s proposed merger. The pro forma company emerges as a titan among the smaller mid-tier gold producers. Capital Gold’s El Chanante mine will double Gammon’s gold reserves to 3 million ounces — apart from Gammon’s existing trove of 66 million ounces of silver. Gammon sees pro forma production averaging 230,000 ounces of gold per year for 2011 and 2012 at a jaw-dropping production cost of $ 78 per ounce.

As of Sept. 30, Gammon held a cash balance of $ 107 million and carried a debt-to-equity ratio of just 3.7%. Between that capital strength and the prospect of a Capital Gold merger, I see a golden opportunity to capitalize upon one of the industry’s most promising turnaround stories.

A forthcoming preliminary assessment of Gammon’s Guadalupe y Calvo project, a cementing of the Capital Gold merger, and impressive reserve expansion from that successful 2010 exploration campaign could all provide dramatic upside catalysts during 2010
.

We recommend the purchase of Gammon Gold (NYSE: GRS) at $ 8.00 per share

From these recommendations, our clients will have great opportunities for massive gains over the next 6 months to 2 years.

For more Details of our Quarterly News Letter: see www.sphinxasia.com

“panda” Turned Out To: Local R & D Team Of Growth 1

“panda” Turned Out To: Local R & D Team Of Growth 1

A complete design team surgeon from China, specifically optimized for the Chinese market to meet the local test and measurement needs world-class R & D performance oscilloscope out how? With the Tektronix “Panda” series oscilloscopes are more and more attention, with correspondents in China Development Center Tektronix close contact with the elite team to explore “Panda” oscilloscope interesting people and things behind, listen to the most R & D engineers from the line sincere feelings.

 Chance to share the “Panda” series oscilloscopes development process? Why the name “Panda”?

 Tektronix Development Center in China started in 2005, our corporate culture driven by engineers, so special attention to the construction team of engineers. After 5 years of development, engineers grow. With many companies in different R & D in China, our engineers have complete autonomy, the definition of product from concept to production the entire process, not only to provide entry-level product support, also take a next-generation desktop family of devices based R & D work.

 R & D started the year, “Kung Fu Panda” The film swept the world, the film’s protagonist is a very cute panda, willing to use their abilities to help others. We hope this new scope, the world-class products more user-friendly image is passed to all users. “Panda” is our internal development code, when in the market, it follows the name.

 Panda oscilloscope TDS1000B-SC is completely developed by the China Centre for eight core engineers responsible for developing the implementation. Tektronix has available before the decade is still a popular TDS1000 Series oscilloscopes, “Panda” series is based on the development of this product on the part of the function is optimized and improved, to be closer to the needs of engineers in China. We do a detailed needs analysis, determined to increase the functionality, under the coordination of the project manager to determine the framework, software and hardware engineers to complete the development of rigorous testing to enter the final production processes.

 The new “Panda” series which features added? Is how to meet the needs of Chinese engineers?

 First, we increased the support of the Chinese panel. And customer contacts as well as in university cooperation and found that the large number of young engineers in China, a survey showed that 44% of Chinese engineers between the ages of 20-30 years. Oscilloscope menu option there are many terms, often stands for the young engineers and students in school, understanding and learning of English abbreviations to time some of them, while the Chinese are more easy to them quickly get started. Chinese panel therefore decided to provide support.

 But in the early R & D team had to provide the Chinese panel made whether the differences. Because for many years, are already familiar with the environment and terminology in English engineers, the English panel more in line with their usage. How to balance the needs of all engineers? We finally decided to offer Chinese language panel, while providing an optional menu of Chinese and English. And this approach not only to take into account the characteristics of the Chinese market, but also does not limit the product range in the local market.

 Color display is another important function. Not only because of aesthetic considerations, in the two channels when the input waveform, with different colors show different channel waveforms, more convenient for users. In addition, we also made a USB interface to a large degree of increase.

 And readers can share interesting stories of the development process?

 USB interface on the testing process is very interesting. Domestic manufacturers produce a lot of U disk, product variety, quality uneven. When we are in software testing, specially went to the market to buy a lot of kinds of U disks, one by one to do testing to ensure that most of the U disk can be identified. That period was particularly difficult, because often the problem is not the Tektronix software, U disk itself does not recognize the problem led to the situation occur.

Ebay Users- What You Need To Know About Phishing Scams

Ebay Users- What You Need To Know About Phishing Scams

Are you an eBay user? Whether you use eBay to do your online shopping or if you use eBay to generate extra income for yourself, as an eBay seller, there is something that you need to be aware of. As an eBay user, whether you are a seller or a buyer, you need to be on the lookout for phishing scams. Phishing scams are rapidly increasing in popularity and many are using eBay as a front. To protect your identity, as well as you finances, you need to be on the lookout for them.

If you are relatively new to eBay or online shopping in general, you may not know exactly what phishing scams are. Do you? If not, you should know that phishing scams are actually complex online scams. A shady individual or a scammer makes a fake website that is similar to eBay or at least a fake eBay sign in page. You are then sent an email that appears as if it was from eBay. The only thing is that it wasnt. The goal of a phishing scam is to get you to visit the fake page and enter in your eBay sign in information, including your eBay screen name and your eBay password. Once a scammer has your information, they get access to you personal information stored on eBay, as well as free use of your eBay account.

One of the reasons why phishing scams are so easy to fall victim to is because they give you the impression that is something is wrong with you eBay account or that you did something wrong yourself. For instance, many phishing scams contain a message asking why you didnt pay for an item that you ordered or outline the fact that your eBay account has been suspended. The goal is to get you so worried that you will automatically click on the link to get the problem solved; however, as previously mentioned, the link takes you to a site that looks just like eBay, but it isnt. There is where the trouble comes in.

If you get an eBay phishing scam email, you will want to do a little bit of detective work, before actually clicking on the link. In fact, you shouldnt even click on the link. The first thing that you will want to do is look at your name, as most eBay phishing emails start with Dear eBay Member, or something along those lines. Real eBay messages will refer to you by your eBay screen name or even your real name. You can also roll your mouse over the link provided to you and see where it will actually take you. In most cases, you will find that you are being directed to another site, not eBay.com. All eBay messages should appear in your My eBay, message box. To see if eBay really sent you an email, you can log into your eBay account, from a brand new window that you open up, and check your messages, if you even have any at all.

If you do receive an eBay phishing scam email, you are advised to contact eBay or examine eBays help center. There you will find instructions on how to report the email or send a copy of it to eBay. Although your first thought may be to delete the eBay phishing scam email, you will actually want to follow eBays reporting instructions. You may know that you are being scammed, but other may not. Reporting an eBay phishing scam to eBay allows them to take care of the problem; thus likely reducing the number of eBay users who fall victim to similar scams.

Now that you know exactly what eBay phishing scams are, you are urged to be on the lookout for them. Keeping an open eye is your best line of defensive against eBay phishing scams or any phishing scams for that matter.

Top 5 Farewell Quotes

Top 5 Farewell Quotes

Goodbyes and farewells are something that no one ever wants to face. Regardless of whether it’s a friendship or close romantic relationship, it’s never easy. Sometimes, when it’s time to say goodbye, there is no other choice.

Some relationships just don’t work out, and sometimes, there are other things standing in the way. You may have to move away or the person you are close to may have a life-threatening condition that takes them to a better place. Goodbyes are a part of everyone’s life. While there is no bright side to saying farewell, there are a few quotes that you might find comforting:

1. “We Only Part to Meet Again” John Gay

This is often true in most cases. A lot of people don’t see it that way, but it really can happen. For example, if you’re graduating from college or high school, you know there are likely to be a lot of friends who you may not ever see again, but over the years, you make it a point to catch up. They find you and you find them. It’s an almost automatic part of life that occurs without even trying. People are continuously bumping into one another in odd places at odd times because that’s just the way it goes. Call it fate or call it destiny, but most of the time, you do find those you have missed and it ultimately makes up for all the time you spent apart.

2. “Don’t Be Dismayed at Good-Bye’s. A Farewell is Necessary Before You Can Meet Again. And Meeting Again, After Moments or Lifetimes, is Certain For Those Who Are Friends” Richard Bach

When people part, it’s often not forever, regardless of the relationship. If you’re faced with a circumstance that requires you to say goodbye to a close friend, one thing to keep in mind is that if you were ever truly friends in the first place, there is no way that the bond can be broken. Nothing can come between two people who really care about one another. They will always find their way back.

3. “All Farewells Should Be Sudden, When Forever” Lord Byron

There is a lot of truth to this quote as well. Someone who has to say farewell should not let it drag out. Life is so much easier when farewells are sudden, that way you’re not continuously dreading the moment your loved one has to go and are able to enjoy the present. If you are the one who is saying goodbye, you automatically know that there will be people that do not want you to go and who will try to convince you otherwise. Sometimes, it’s also a good thing to not even know that we ourselves have to go until the time has arrived.

4. “It’s Been an Incredible Ride. Mission Accomplished. With That, I Have to Bid Farewell. I’m the Happiest Person In The World Right Now…It’s Better Than I Ever Thought It Would Be” Jerome Bettis

This farewell quote is proof that not all journeys have to end in tears. Oftentimes, a farewell is nothing more than a passing from one phase of life to another. Maybe you’ve quit your job because you knew it wasn’t right for you, or maybe you received a promotion that requires you to relocate. It’s possible that you’ve decided to take on a new attitude and bid farewell to the “old you”. Saying goodbye in a lot of cases is the best thing to do, because it allows room for growth and better things to come.

5. “Man’s Feelings Are Always Purest and Most Glowing In The Hour of Meeting and Of Farewell” Jean Paul Richter

You can look at this quote in a variety of ways. One way goes back to the fact that farewells are not always forever. When you meet with someone again, you’re flooded with emotions that seem to overflow from your heart and shine through you onto the one you’ve missed. When it’s time to say goodbye (or bid a temporary farewell), those emotions are just as strong, if not stronger. You’re more likely to talk about your feelings for that person and realize how much you’ve enjoyed their presence in your life. People rarely realize how important someone is to them until it’s time for them to go, be it only for a little while, or forever.

Farewells can definitely be devastating, that is why everyone should always take time to appreciate everyone in their life because eventually, everyone will have to bid farewell. Nothing in life is forever, nor is anything in life certain. Sometimes it’s nice to not think about these things, but regardless, they are still an inevitable part of life. The best way to view a farewell is in a positive light no matter how sad it may seem.

Lotto Vending Machines

Lotto Vending Machines

Important Services to Look for in Vending Machine Suppliers

The vending machine business has grown over the years despite the economic recession because of the need of people for constant supply of products within arm’s reach. Having a vending machine entails low maintenance and, at the same, eliminates the need for personnel to operate such. It is a mini store in itself.

The most important aspect in the success of any vending machine business is the choice of vending machine suppliers to cater to your needs. The below are the things you should inquire about before making a decision on which supplier to do business with:

1) Program deals. Suppliers provide a lot of perks to attract people to invest in vending machines. Compare among the different deals offered to see which will give you more returns and benefits.

2) Maintenance service. You supplier must be able to provide the needed technical support in cases of malfunction. To keep your customers happy, the machine must be kept in tip top shape at all times.

3) Collection system. The machine provided by vending machine suppliers must be able to cater to either bills or coins. This is important since a survey conducted shows that half of the people will not buy from an exact change only machine.

4) Feedback mechanism. To ensure that stocks are constantly resupplied, the vending machine should come with a feedback mechanism which signals which stock to refill. This saves time and effort on making inventories and keeps customers happy.

5) Customer support. Instances where the machine can malfunction cannot be avoided. As such, the machine should have a mechanism for reporting and handling of customer complaints.

6) Safety mechanism. To avoid accidents caused by the toppling over of the machine, you have to inquire about the safety of machines provided by the supplier. This may be a small aspect but can be very important in avoiding facing legal suits.

Wiki Leaks Showing Reality

Wiki Leaks Showing Reality
Wiki leaks has been in the news for the past few days due to mounting pressure from the Indian Government on the issue of classified security leak issue and the subsequent apology offered by the US government.

Wiki leaks first appearance in public was in January 2007 and since then this website has acted as a whistle blower on many occasions. Most of the nations worldwide protect their information and classified documents in the most sophisticated way due to their nature and the results they could have on the public in general.

Not too many government organizations are fans of wikileaks.org, so its not surprising that Wiki Leaks have many powerful enemies. These enemies have stemmed from the whistle blowing nature of Wiki leaks which has put into dock many of the strong nations and their leaders in the past.

It could be that they published the largest source of incriminating leaked documents from the US-led Iraq invasion, or they are in the presence of something much more severe. It is estimated that wiki leaks has 1.2 million documents in their database.

Personally, we here at Strongman Digital thing that Wiki Leaks empowers and even glorifies leaked information. This could also be a good sign as the common man in almost all nations is not allowed access to this kind of information as he maybe directly affected by the contents of the document.

We also think this is extremely important for Freedom of Speech, for which without it, our news outlets, Twitter, Facebook and lives in general would be under the constant heavy hand of some governmental power.

So who is attacking Wiki Leaks? Many seem to think it is the government organizations themselves. Who would want to see Wiki Leaks go down? The general public certainly doesnt. At the moment there is a need for more such websites to come up locally and globally who can provide people with insights into what is going on around them and what their governments are trying to show them. Sometimes there is a lot of difference.

Computer Hackers – Moderm Day Pirates

Computer Hackers – Moderm Day Pirates

Protect your Computer

Today we use our personal computers to run our lives. We use them to access bank accounts, buying items access to employer information and more. Unfortunately there are other unscrupulous individuals who also want access to the same information for their own means.

These are not children but thieves who are more than likely earning a living by stealing the identities of innocent, law abiding individuals and then selling those identities to others who want to slip by the system. And the only protection against these seedy people is prevention.

These 5 steps will reduce the probability of you experiencing identity theft by making your computer as hacker-proof as possible.

1. Install an anti-virus/anti-spyware program. Anti-virus/anti-spyware software will stop malicious code from downloading and installing onto your computer while you peruse the Internet. Known as viruses, worms, or spyware, this malicious code can destroy important files and render your computer good for only one thing: sending sensitive data back to the server of an identity thief.

2. Don’t store sensitive data on your computer in the first place. Should your computer get infected with a virus, worm, or piece of spyware, you can thwart the individuals responsible by not storing your personal information on your PC so that when and if your computer does send back data – it won’t be anything valuable. Hackers look for things like full names, social security numbers, phone numbers, home addresses, work-related information, and credit card numbers. If these things aren’t saved onto a computer, there’s nothing critical to worry about other than restoring your computer to a non-virus condition.

3. Don’t open files without scanning them with an anti-virus/anti-spyware program. In the past, the warning was to avoid opening files from people that you don’t know. Today it’s really not safe to open files from anyone (without scanning the files) because that’s how viruses get spread – through files – even by mistake. So even though your co-worker may have emailed a funny video, it’s no more safe to open than a video downloaded from a complete stranger. Be safe and scan each and every file you download from the Internet or receive through email regardless of where it came from.

4. Create a barrier between your computer and prying eyes. Anti-virus/anti-spyware programs are only effective after the effect. But you can prevent identity theft from occurring by installing a firewall. A firewall is software that checks all data entering and exiting a computer and it then blocks that which doesn’t meet specified security criteria.

5. Don’t click on website links in spam messages. In an effort to obtain personal information, some spammers will send email that asks you to click on a link. The email messages are often disguised as important messages from well-known online establishments, and they often try to scare their readers into clicking links with threats of closing an account of some sort. Sometimes the links are harmless and attempt to con the reader into volunteering personal information (credit card number), but other times the links attempt to download harmful software onto a computer.

Any other tips on protecting our personal data from hackers?

Great Tips to Test a Car Battery With a Multimeter

Great Tips to Test a Car Battery With a Multimeter

When you think that the battery of your car might be low, you can use multimeter for seeing if it is really low. Basically, making test on your car battery using multimeter is quite easy if you know the settings to use and where you should connect the leads. At this time, this article is going to give you some easy steps to test the battery of your car by using multimeter. So, just take a look at the explanation below.

The first step is to open up your hood and then locate the battery of your car. You have to make sure that you follow the directions from manufacturer and disconnect the cables properly form the battery.

The second step that you should do is to turn off your multimeter. After that, you need to set your multimeter to he 50 volt scale. It will reset the meter and also give more accurate reading.

The third step that you should do is to connect the red lead to the positive battery terminal. You have to be sure for putting the lead on the post of your battery and not just on the cable in a way to obtain the most accurate voltage reading.

The fourth step is to attach the lead of black multimeter to the terminal of negative battery. Once more, you should be sure that you directly put the lead on the post of the battery for getting the most accurate reading.

Lastly, after 15 seconds, you can read your multimeter gauge. If you find that it has digital readout and you have 12 volt battery, it must read at least 9.6 volts running through multimeter for it for taking a charge. If you find that it is less than that, then you need a new battery. So, now you can follow some steps above for testing your car battery with a multimeter.

Top 5 President Bush Quotes

Top 5 President Bush Quotes

President George W Bush, for all his other failings, had some things about him that made us all chuckle. While our current president is known for his intellect. Bush was known for his political tap dancing as well as his outrageous butchering of the English language. He gave us something new to laugh about each and every day of his time in office.

Some of the more noted, and notable public hangings of language and intelligence are these:

We knew Bush was special even before his inauguration. We determined that he has some unique thought processes long before we even set him into office based on this quote during an interview process that he was going through

“Then I went for a run with the other dog and just walked. And I started thinking about a lot of things. I was able to – I can’t remember what it was. Oh, the inaugural speech, started thinking through that.” Bush in his interview– pre-inaugural–which he gave to U.S. News & World Report

Upon considering what the United States needed, Bush determined that part of it was education and of course, to be more hopefuller…

“I want it to be said that the Bush administration was a results-oriented administration, because I believe the results of focusing our attention and energy on teaching children to read and having an education system that’s responsive to the child and to the parents, as opposed to mired in a system that refuses to change, will make America what we want it to be – a more literate country and a hopefuller country.” Jan. 2001 As a Nebraska resident, I particularly enjoyed this one:”It’s important for young men and women who look at the Nebraska champs to understand that quality of life is more than just blocking shots.” -George W. Bush made this brilliant commentary to the University of Nebraska volleyball team for women who were the 2001 national champions, on May 31, 2001

He was always known as a man who would promote literacy too… at all costs.”You teach a child to read, and he or her will be able to pass a literacy test.” This one too, was spoken in a meeting in the early parts of 2001, notably not his best year.

Bush understood what it took to be a small business owner and to work hard for his money too, and proved it time and again. He really gave some insights into that during a speaking engagement with the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

“A lot of times in the rhetoric, people forget the facts. And the facts are that thousands of small businesses – Hispanically owned or otherwise – pay taxes at the highest marginal rate.”

He was also aware that some of what he said wasn’t quite grammatically correct and in fact, called attention to it

“I’ve coined new words, like, misunderstanding and Hispanically.” Radio & Television Correspondents dinner 2001.

Bush was, arguably, one of the most interesting presidents of our time. Not always correct in grammar or in his actions, however he was highly entertaining in so many ways. Hope you enjoyed the quotes.

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