Andrew Swoboda, Author at Security Boulevard

CIS Control 09: Email and Web Browser Protections

Web browsers and email clients are used to interact with external and internal assets. Both applications can be used as a point of entry within an organization. Users of these applications can be manipulated using social engineering attacks. A successful social engineering attack needs to convince users to interact with ... Read More
Windows 11

Windows 11: Registry Keys, SMB Protocol, and SystemInfo

Windows 11 was released on October 5, 2021. It has several new installation requirements including, most notably, Secure Boot and a Trusted Platform Module. These features can provide a more secure computing environment, but if you need to virtualize a Windows 11 environment, you will need virtualization software that supports ... Read More

Keeping Your Garage Secure Using a Raspberry Pi

It is always unfortunate when the garage door is left open when you leave for an extended period of time. This has happened to me a couple of times. By leaving the garage door open, I was inviting unwanted guests into the garage. An unwanted guest can be animals looking ... Read More
Checking the Windows Store for Patching the Codecs Library Vulnerability

Checking the Windows Store for Patching the Codecs Library Vulnerability

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What is the Windows Store? The Windows Store is a digital platform that allows for the distribution of applications. This platform offers both free and paid. Users use the Window Store to install applications that are of interest to them. Can you disable the Windows Store? Windows Store can be ... Read More

Universal Network-level Call Blocking: What You Need to Know

Many of the current telephone scams use caller ID spoofing to mask the identity of the caller. A few of those telephone scams spoof caller IDs that don’t match the North American standard for legitimate numbers. These blatantly obvious spoofed caller IDs are the target of the Canadian Radio-television and ... Read More

How Easy Is It to Spoof a Caller ID?

Caller ID spoofing has become a real nuisance with machines and scammers hiding behind a number that they are not authorized to use. This creates the need to prevent illegitimate calls from using random numbers. In the meantime, have you ever wondered how easy it is to spoof a caller ... Read More

Telephone Scams: Your Credit Card was Used in Fraudulent Activities

Everyone by now should have heard about the telephone scams involving a caller who claims that they are from the CRA (Canada Revenue Agency) or the IRS (Internal Revenue Service). These tax agency scams generally receive the most coverage, but some don’t get much attention. Recently, people have also received ... Read More

IVR – A Response to Automated Calling

The FCC and most consumers are getting annoyed of “illegitimate” automated calling systems from calling. Most automated calling systems are hiding behind a spoofed caller ID, and blocking the number is not possible. Consumers that are really annoyed are looking for practical solutions. Furthermore, the FCC is pushing for caller ... Read More

The FCC and Call Authentication

On a daily basis, many people receive automated machine calls, and importantly, more people are getting annoyed. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in the United States must have received and no doubt continues to receive many complaints about automated calls and caller ID spoofing. Apparently, these complaints forced the FCC ... Read More

Police Raid Illegal Call Centers Linked to CRA Phone Scam

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There have been many scams that have utilized the phone system to gain access to funds or personal information from hardworking individuals. One of the most prevalent scams that seems to persist in both Canada and the United States is the tax agency scam. The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and ... Read More