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TikTok Ban, Chex Quest Revamp and Unilever Experiments

Posted by Griffin Ball on Aug 7, 2020 11:00:00 AM

The Lighthouse IT Podcast - August 7th, 2020

Matt and Griffin discuss the possible TikTok ban, what we currently know about it, and what it could mean for marketers. They touch on the huge rise in mobile game downloads that came from COVID, and they also go over some of the interesting experimental marketing efforts many companies, like Unilever, are pushing to get ahead.

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Security & Marketing News

What a TikTok Ban Would Mean for Marketers 

TikTok has gained a reputation for being the least secure social media platform. That being said, it’s also one of the most popular as of right now. TikTok is used to share short video clips that are usually related to a music dance challenge or even just eating a spoonful of cinnamon. This app is owned and originated from overseas, China, in 2017. Now that it has become widely used in the US, the security risks are becoming a concern. Since it is owned by the Chinese company ByteDance, they can request the data collected by TikTok at any time and even the US branch of TikTok must comply. The concern comes in when comparing the security regulations of both nations.  

President Trump is taking action to ban the platform. With that in mind, Microsoft’s interest in the platform could change the outcome of his decision. Trump had agreed that if the company’s ownership is transferred to America, it could potentially be safe to stay.

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Topics: Internet Safety, Cybersecurity, Malware, COVID19, Podcast

Twitter stops Tweets & Hulu offers Sweets

Posted by Griffin Ball on Jul 24, 2020 11:00:00 AM

The Lighthouse IT Podcast - July 24th, 2020

Matt and Griffin discuss Twitter limiting tweets due to some serious scamming, some popular VPNs had their non-existent logs magically released, Snapchat testing out brand profiles, and Hulu targeting the small business market to allow them to advertise on their platform.

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Security News

Twitter Limits Tweeting

Last week, Twitter severely limited access to its service while it investigated issues whereas crypto-coin scams were being spammed from verified accounts, in a move that had the microblogging service in confusion. The scams promised to return your money two-fold if you sent it via bitcoin to the verified accounts, including Bill Gates, Apple, Elon Musk, Barack Obama, and more. 

We're still awaiting an official post report, but early responses have indicated that Twitter employees were the target of a massive social engineering attack to gain access to the accounts. 

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Topics: Internet Safety, SEO, Ransomware, Cybersecurity, Malware, Podcast

Flaws in Apple sign-in, Upgrading to Android 10, and Core Web Vitals

Posted by Griffin Ball on Jun 5, 2020 10:59:49 AM

The Lighthouse IT Podcast - June 5th, 2020

Matt and Griffin are back as they discuss how Sign-in with Apple was much easier than we all thought, why it may be a good reason to upgrade to the dreaded Android 10,  and what updates Google has been making to the world of SEO.

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Security News  

Apple Security News 

We’ve all used the log-in service on a website or app by supplying our Facebook or Google credentials. Just like these providers, the sign-in with Apple allows site visitors to use their Apple ID credentials to sign-in to other websites. 

A security research from Delhi, India has discovered an account takeover flaw in Apple's Sign-in with Apple system. These systems work by allowing you to login to a popular service and receiving a "token" that authorizes you access to the websites that use the login service. 

The security researcher discovered if he could identify a valid email address of an Apple ID (which was openly contained in an initial login request), he could pass the email address to a publicly accessible web service and retrieve a valid token. No password was required to do this. 

Luckily, because of the bug report being completed properly, Apple was able to very quickly patch the open flaw and states that its investigations did not show any misuse or compromise. Which is good news for services such as Adobe, Airbnb, Dropbox, eBay, Grindr, Medium, Strava, Tik Tok, and even WordPress that utilize this log-in method. 

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Topics: Managed Service Provider, Internet Safety, SEO, Cybersecurity, Multi-factor Authentication, Malware, Podcast

Introducing a Revolutionary Solution for Better Cyber Security

Posted by Mark Nash on Mar 6, 2020 11:00:00 AM

Cyber security is a vital component of any company, no matter the size or what products/services they provide. Cyber security is important for every business and individual. While antivirus and firewalls are a good start, they cannot protect a business from all the digital threats it will face. As the already massive and turbulent nature of the digital space continues to expand, cyber security needs to keep up with it. In order to provide a greater presence Lighthouse IT Solutions is happy to announce that it has partnered with Defendify to make Cyber Security easy to understand and implement.

Defendify is an all-in-one cyber security platform that has been specifically designed for small businesses. It focuses on creating a strong foundation to foster a culture of security within a company and uses its own technologies to expand a company’s existing cyber security setup.

To ensure that businesses have supporting infrastructure, Defendify:

  • helps create policies and rules to regulate the use of technology and data with cyber security in mind
  • helps create response plans that can be quickly deployed to protect the business as much as possible in the event of a cyber-attack
  • provides regular cyber security health checkups informing businesses of the vulnerability of their cyber security measures and where they can improve
  • employs the use of ethical hackers to simulate cyber-attacks and identify any weaknesses so that they can be strengthened
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Topics: Navigate Training, Internet Safety, Ransomware, Cybersecurity, Multi-factor Authentication, Malware