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Craig Peterson - America's Leading Security Coach

Release Date: 09/26/2020

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Craig Peterson - America's Leading Security Coach

Good morning everybody! I was on WGAN this morning with Matt Gagnon and started off this morning talking about Iran and the letters sent to some of US Voters. They were purported to be from the Proud Boys but were from Iran.  We also discussed a bit about Election Hacking and then got into, How safe are our USBs? Here we go with Matt. These and more tech tips, news, and updates just visit - CraigPeterson.com --- Automated Machine Generated Transcript: Craig Peterson: [00:00:00] Typically what's been happening is that the polling places go to the Secretary of State's website, enter in the...

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Craig Peterson - America's Leading Security Coach

Welcome! Good morning, everybody. I was on WTAG this morning with Jim Polito.  We got into a lengthy discussion about some letters purported to be to democrats from the proud boys. Then we talked about Hunter Biden and recycling phones. Here we go with Jim. For more tech tips, news, and updates visit - ---  Automated Machine Generated Transcript: Craig Peterson: [00:00:00] In the US, it says you will vote for Trump on election day, or we will come after you. No, this is really scary. It's reached voters and multiple States. Now, obviously, as I said, the Feds are involved. Hello...

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Craig Peterson - America's Leading Security Coach

Welcome, Good Monday morning, everybody. Craig Peterson here. I was on with Scott Spradling on NH Today. We discussed the threatening Email and letters being received by voters and where they came from. We talked about Google search terms. Then we discussed why The National Guard has been called up in Lousiana to deal with Ransomware. We wrapped up today's discussion with election security in the light of revelations by the FBI and DHS about Nation-State Actors accessing our election systems through known vulnerabilities in the Secretary of State Websites. Here we go with Scott.  These...

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 Hunter Biden and Computer Repair Shops plus more on this Tech Talk with Craig Peterson Podcast show art Hunter Biden and Computer Repair Shops plus more on this Tech Talk with Craig Peterson Podcast

Craig Peterson - America's Leading Security Coach

Craig gets into some detail about why Hunter Biden's laptop that he took to a shop and never picked up is now in the hands of the FBI/DOJ and the things he did wrong when he took it in for service -- and no -- it has nothing to do with Russia. For more tech tips, news, and updates, visit - CraigPeterson.com --- --- Automated Machine-Generated Transcript: Craig Peterson: [00:00:00] Yeah, I'm sure you heard about Hunter Biden, and what happened with his computer when he took it in for repairs? How about your computer? We'll be getting into that right away, right off the top. And then...

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Craig Peterson - America's Leading Security Coach

Craig continues his explanation about computer repairs and what you can and must do to protect your data and privacy. Back up your data! Also, the proper way to destroy old disks. For more tech tips, news, and updates, visit - CraigPeterson.com --- --- Automated Machine-Generated Transcript: Craig Peterson: [00:00:00] Do you know, what's on your computer? Do you know what they do with it? At some of these repair shops that you take your computer when it gets slow and something breaks? When you're just trying to figure it out? What the heck is happening here, man? We've got an...

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Craig Peterson - America's Leading Security Coach

Craig continues his explanation of what you need to do if you have to take your computer to a shop to be repaired. This segment covers encryption. For more tech tips, news, and updates, visit - CraigPeterson.com --- --- Automated Machine-Generated Transcript: Craig Peterson: [00:00:00] We're going to talk right now a little bit more about removing that personal data before you send it in for repair and a couple of other things that you need to know about your rights when it comes to repairs. Hey, you're listening to Craig Peterson. Thanks for joining us today. Next up is probably...

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DHS and FBI Warning about Election Hacking plus more on this Tech Talk with Craig Peterson Podcast show art DHS and FBI Warning about Election Hacking plus more on this Tech Talk with Craig Peterson Podcast

Craig Peterson - America's Leading Security Coach

Craig explains why DHS and the FBI are warning us about Election Hacking and why it individual State Website Security is the culprit. For more tech tips, news, and updates, visit - CraigPeterson.com --- --- Automated Machine-Generated Transcript: Craig Peterson: [00:00:00] We've talked about the potential here of hackers getting into our election systems and what are they going to be able to do?  No, I've never been really big on this, but now FBI and DHS, well they're both disagreeing with me. Hey everybody. Welcome back. You're listening to Craig Peterson. I've talked about...

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Craig Peterson - America's Leading Security Coach

Craig discusses how the IRS gets around collecting data on US Citizens.  They buy the information from these private Data Aggregators like our friends at Equifax - who by the way collect tons of information on you without your permission (you have no say in what information they collect) and then sell it! For more tech tips, news, and updates, visit - CraigPeterson.com --- --- Automated Machine-Generated Transcript: Craig Peterson (2): [00:00:00] Coming up in this hour, we're going to talk about the IRS. Yes. Investigated for using location data without a warrant. We're going to...

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Data Aggregators and Biometric Databases plus more on this Tech Talk with Craig Peterson Podcast show art Data Aggregators and Biometric Databases plus more on this Tech Talk with Craig Peterson Podcast

Craig Peterson - America's Leading Security Coach

In this very busy segment, Craig addresses a number of tech issues that are in the news right now. First off BEC scams.  Business Email Compromises are also commonly known as Spear Phishing scams and target executives.  In the past, many came from outside the US but this has changed.  Next, he discusses what happened with Excel and the loss of some Covid data.  Then he explains why the IRS is looking at Cryptocurrency on people's tax returns. So let's get into it! For more tech tips, news, and updates, visit - CraigPeterson.com --- --- Automated Machine-Generated...

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Craig Peterson - America's Leading Security Coach

Craig discusses CLEAR and why what they are doing now is NOT a good idea. These biometric databases can be hacked just like any other database.  The Danger is - there is no way to guarantee 100% security of your data and if it gets hacked -- You can't change your biometrics! For more tech tips, news, and updates, visit - CraigPeterson.com --- --- Automated Machine-Generated Transcript: Craig Peterson (2): [00:00:00] Hey, who has your biometric information? Is it really a problem? You've got your phone, you unlock with your face or your, maybe your fingerprint, your thumbprint....

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Craig Peterson: [00:00:00] Hey, we got a new red flag for home workers when it comes to those smart digital assistants that we have in our homes. Yeah, indeed. Not only can it cause problems for us in our homes, but that problem can go right through to the business.

Craig Peterson here. Thanks for joining me today, and thanks for all of your messages. I've gotten some great comments. This week had one that I'm going to do another followup on, but it had to do with what kind of router to use at home. I did a whole webinar on this back in March. I'm going to add that back to my list again because obviously, there's still a lot of questions.

Many people can't attend these webinars, but I really would suggest when I do come out with them. That you consider attending if you possibly can. I get it. You can't always attend these things that you'd like to attend, but I responded directly anyways, and I've gotten to the point now where I look at it and say, these crappy, sorry for that term, pieces of hardware that you buy from the big box retailers that are given to you by your friends, at the phone company, the cable company, they are not worth it. It is not worth it. You've got to at least go to the prosumer stuff. And that's what I said to him. The prosumers stuff means that you really got to get something like a Cisco Go hardware.

Really? You do. Yeah. There's a lot of alternatives out there. Juniper has some stuff. HP has some stuff, but there's only one that has a beautifully integrated ecosystem. The low end of the consumer world nowadays really has to be prosumer and me. I'll let you know if there's something that comes out that I think is as good or better.

But, also that Cisco is what I do. My company mainstream has been the number one, installing reseller of Cisco gear in the Northeast US, quarters into quarters. So it's something I like. So just to let you know. Okay. But bottom line, my advice to him was trying to get the Cisco GO stuff.

Now you can buy it on Amazon, but there are things that you need that you cannot buy from Amazon. You've got to go to a licensed reseller in order to get the more advanced protection that you get from some of this Cisco software that is available for the go. Of course, as you move up the line, there's better and better software, but at least start there.

Let's start the show off here with our first article. You'll see this, of course, in your newsletter that came out this week, and this is something I've talked about a long time in general. And in general, what we're talking about is. The whole internet of things concept, and how many years have we talked about that? It's been at least a decade. In fact, I was going through some of the articles on our website.

We're just shutting some of them down because they are so old. But back in 2007, I was already talking about this. So we are 13 years later. And we still have these same problems.  People still aren't taking care of them, and they're still doing things the same way, and they are getting nailed. And nowadays, particularly when we're thinking about workers working from home, and I am going to be in a couple of weeks doing a little sip series about working from home and what are the top things you can do to protect your business. If you have people connecting from home now, I don't mean like they're just connecting from home an hour a week, nor do we're only gonna talk about the people who are working from home pretty much full time, Doesn't matter. There are some things you have to do, things you can't do.

And so we'll be going into those with some of the training coming up in a couple of weeks and make sure. You are on my newsletter list. If you want to find out about that stuff, that's just Craig peterson.com/subscribe.

So we're working from home. I think we've established that we're starting to see office space deserts now. I went to see my chiropractor this week and massage therapist.  I'm standing outside her office, and she's in this cluster of offices with other people having a little business, and of course, it's a type of business where she can't really do it from home now, can she. She has to actually have her hands on you in order to do some of this stuff. And boy, was it. Oh, a wonderful thing. Cause my neck and my back just it's been really bad after that whole kind of COVID, in bed for a couple of weeks, thing. And. I looked around the parking lot. It was shocking to me. I was there, and this was after lunch. Usually, there are a lot of people who are there in the parking lot, not just for her business. There's gotta be a hundred different office spaces that are in there. There has to be that in this case, when I was, there were three cars in the parking lot, and that was it.

So you are talking about these office space deserts. Where the people just aren't going in there anymore. It's just astounding. Some of these big cities like New York City, the whole city is shut down. They're losing all of these restaurants and all of these places where people used to go shopping because people aren't going there.

Where are they? They're at home. In some cases, you have to be at home. Think about all of the families or the young kids, where the kids are no longer going into school. They're sitting at home, they're on their computers, hopefully, following the teacher and doing their schoolwork. Now I got to put a side note here.

This is the perfect opportunity for you as a parent. To see what your kids are being taught, to look over the shoulder. Now it's amazing to me. I have read quotes from teachers who said they don't want parents looking in because they don't want parents to know what's being taught. Then there are some unions in some of the local school districts that are saying, and it has to do with the privacy of the other children in the class.

You use to be able to, as a parent, go and basically audit your school's classroom that your kid was in. So you could go there and sit in the back and just see what's being taught and how it's being taught. And then the teachers didn't like that because heaven forbid a parent question the professional.

Now we found out, some of these teachers, in fact, a very large number of them are blatant Marxists, just teaching the Marxists dogma. You can see that now, when you look at all of these fascists marching in the street, it's just incredible. So take that opportunity and watch what your kids are doing.

Watch what the teachers are saying and help your kids out. But in many cases, obviously, we can't and get people to watch kids. We can't get babysitters because there's such a high demand for that. So we are forced to work from home. For that very reason, just to make sure that the place doesn't burn down and maybe you can get a few minutes to watch what the teacher's saying. What's really going on there in that classroom.

So if you're working from home, what are you doing? We are sitting there on very frequently, our own computers connected again, quite frequently to the network at the office. Now, if you've attended any of my VPN training, that VPN we're designed for businesses to connect to. Networks at different locations, and that's what they're good at. They're not really designed to protect anything other than the data while it's being transported. That actually becomes a problem, and if you use one of these VPN services, it makes you less secure. I go into the reasons why in my VPN course, and we'll be teaching that one again. So keep an eye out.

But we're now looking at having people at home using their home computers, which don't have all of the protections in place that hopefully, your business computers had, the medium and large businesses have some pretty decent protections in place, but the small businesses, those businesses under 500 employees, very rarely have the right kind of protection in place.

So now you have a personal home computer to the network at the business. What's on that home computer? We've talked about that before. That's a real problem, but now we're asking them the question of what else is on your home network that's connecting to that business network. One of the things is probably your Amazon, Alexa, or your Google home or who knows what other things. We got light bulbs hooked up. We've got all kinds of things hooked up to our home networks. They found a trio of vulnerabilities recently in Amazon Alexa devices, just as they found them in all of these others, a Google home, everything else.

Apparently, these vulnerabilities could have led to broader attacks on the home networks because of the way most of us are misconfiguring VPNs. Those attacks can now easily spread over the network to our business computers. So these are vulnerabilities that were made public last week by researchers at Checkpoint.

Checkpoint has been in the security business for a long time. They made firewalls. I think they're based out of Israel. They've had some very cool stuff, but we're looking at more than 200 million Alexa smart home devices. I have them in my home, but what I've done is, I actually have five different networks in my home.

One of them is for the internet of things devices, so if they are compromised, they cannot get out, and they cannot get to any of the other devices inside my network.

Then, of course, I'm using professional gear for my network, not just prosumer gear. I would advise people to look at that very seriously.

So next we have a study coming out about the presidential election and how both parties, both sides, are very concerned about some security concerns.

So we'll get into that when we get back.

Stick around, you're listening to Craig Peterson, and I'll be right back.

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