National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

October is the seventeenth (17th) annual National Cybersecurity Awareness Month and the goal is to raise cybersecurity awareness. This blog will give an overview of pharming. Pharming is a malicious hacking attack. There will also be tips on how to identify this scam and avoid becoming a victim.

WHAT IS PHARMING?

Pharming is a type of cyberattack that redirects a website’s traffic to a malicious site that appears to be a real site. Pharming is often frequently used in phishing attacks. It is used to trick people into sharing login or bank information or other sensitive data. 

The reason that this is effective is because a victim who visits the malicious website can see the valid domain name in their browser. The attacker must then trick the victim’s computer. They do this by going to the malicious website by either making changes to the victim’s computer or changing the destination IP address for a domain name. That is typically achieved by altering the victim’s domain name system (DNS) lookup.

HOW DOES PHARMING WORK?

How pharming works is when you enter an address into your web browser, your computer first checks for a valid IP address. If your computer sees an entry in the hosts file for that website it will go to that IP address. But if your computer doesn’t find an entry for that address your browser will ask your computer’s default DNS server to look up the IP address.

HOW TO STAY SAFE FROM PHARMING ATTACKS

Here are a few tips that can help you boost cybersecurity and stay safe.

  • Enable multi-factor authentication (MFA) wherever it is available. This way if you do get tricked into sharing your information, the attacker will not be able to login to your real account.
  • Keep your router up to date. If your router doesn’t have automatic updates, consider replacing it with a new one that does.
  • Change the DNS settings on your router and devices to alternate

 

About the Author

Experience Audio Video has been serving Orange County and Area since 1999 for residential and commercial audio, video and security camera  installation services. 5 Star Yelp Ratings, Thousands of Referrals, there is not a better choice than Brian Chappell and the Experience Audio Video Team (License #804783). One phone call and you will know right away the difference in working with Experience Audio Video vs. others in the area. Contact us now at 714-744-4455 or info@eav-inc.com for a Free Consultation.

 


Online Scammers

Due to the current pandemic most of us are working from home, including criminals and scammers. Criminals and scammers have been gradually more shameless since the stay-at-home orders have been put into effect. With popular television shows such as, “90 Day Fiancé,” “Catfish: The TV Show,” and others depict people being scammed by individuals online who are pretending to be someone they are not. Those scams are commonly known as phishing or catfish scams. These scams don’t just target and affect individuals, but businesses as well.

FALSE EMAILS

A lot of businesses, including law firms, have been targeted with false emails from people portraying themselves as the CEO of the business asking someone to “do them a favor” and buy gift cards or wire money. Most people know that these are scams, but there are some more complex scams. For example, scammers have registered domain names that appear to be very similar to a company’s domain name. 

What the scammers will do is add an extra character to the company’s domain name or trademark or make an easily made mistake. Such as substitute “nn” in the domain name to an “m” or change a “t” to an “f” and therefore create a false, but official looking domain name. Creating a domain name is not difficult or costly which is why these scams are rampant. 

FAKE DOMAIN

There is a similar type of scam that involves the creation of a fake store that mimics the business. They will create a domain name using the business’ trademark and adding a descriptive term. By doing this creates a domain name that appears to be related to the business. 

After they do all of that then they purport to sell the business’ goods at a significantly discounted price to consumers. They will typically do this to steal a consumer’s credit card information or to sell poor quality knock-offs of the business’ goods.

About the Author

Experience Audio Video has been serving Orange County and Area since 1999 for residential and commercial audio, video and security camera  installation services. 5 Star Yelp Ratings, Thousands of Referrals, there is not a better choice than Brian Chappell and the Experience Audio Video Team (License #804783). One phone call and you will know right away the difference in working with Experience Audio Video vs. others in the area. Contact us now at 714-744-4455 or info@eav-inc.com for a Free Consultation.

 


Cyber Threats

Not only do you have to worry about physical threats, you also have to worry about cyber threats and vulnerabilities. Vulnerabilities can allow attackers to run code, access a system’s memory, install malware, and steal, destroy or modify sensitive data.

WHAT ARE VULNERABILITIES?

The definition of vulnerabilities is in the previous paragraph. But to put it in simpler terms a vulnerability is a weakness in the software. When manipulated can give an attacker the means to do something malevolent or unlawful.

 WHY SHOULD YOU CARE ABOUT VULNERABILITIES?

Google, Microsoft, and Apple create software updates every month for their devices, smartphones and home computers alike. Some of the software updates add new features, but most of them are to fix bugs or have patches for vulnerabilities. Thankfully your devices will automatically update, and you don’t have to think about it until you need to restart your device. There are three categories of software that every person uses, and each can have its own vulnerabilities:

  1. Operating Systems: all major operating systems; Windows, MacOS, Linux, iOS, and Android.
  2. Software Applications/Apps: Apps in the iOS and Android app store also get automatic updates from the vendor. But just because the app is in the app store it doesn’t mean that the software developer is supporting and updating their apps so be careful what you install.
  3. Firmware: Some systems on your network will have the operating system and software all bundled up into one package called firmware. Firmware is found on devices like smart doorbells or smart light bulbs.

PROTECTING YOUR NETWORK FROM VULNERABILITIES

You might not think about your internet connection. There are six times of systems on a network:

  1. Infrastructure devices: router, switch, wi-fi repeaters/extenders
  2. Laptops and desktops
  3. Gaming systems 
  4. Mobile devices
  5. Network-attached storage, printers and other output devices
  6. Internet of things devices: “Smart” devices like smart TVs, smart light bulbs, smart thermostats, smart doorbells

Just like your computers and mobile devices, these devices have their own vulnerabilities. Some of the developers have discovered and developed patches for the vulnerabilities, while others will be discovered in the future. 

The epicenter of your network is your router. It’s the device that connects to the internet and also protects the devices in your home from regular attacks coming from the internet. The router contains a lot of functionality:

  • Firewall: protects your network from constant attacks from the internet
  • DHCP server: assigns an IP address to each of the devices that connect to your network
  • NAT server: acts on behalf of each device on your network to make requests to servers on the internet
  • Your router also may include a time server, DNS relay, and maybe even a VPN server

 

About the Author

Experience Audio Video has been serving Orange County and Area since 1999 for residential and commercial audio, video and security camera  installation services. 5 Star Yelp Ratings, Thousands of Referrals, there is not a better choice than Brian Chappell and the Experience Audio Video Team (License #804783). One phone call and you will know right away the difference in working with Experience Audio Video vs. others in the area. Contact us now at 714-744-4455 or info@eav-inc.com for a Free Consultation.

 


Panoramic Camera

Does your warehouse have wide open spaces that you want covered with cameras to make sure everyone in your facility is safe? Hikvision has a single camera that has a 180-degree multi-sensor PanoVu panoramic outdoor dome camera. THE DS-2CD6984G0-IHS has a 32 megapixel lens that provides all angles using a single camera with four lenses. 

Traditional warehouses would need multiple cameras in order to provide a panoramic image. Typical coverage for panoramic video applications often require the installation of four cameras or a fisheye camera. With Hikvision’s PanoVu panoramic camera you can replace four standard cameras. 

PRODUCT SPECS

Hikvision’s high resolution 32 mega-pixel PanoVu Multi-Sensor Camera includes different modes to improve coverage for a wide range of applications. Some of the applications include; panorama, panorama paired with ePTZ, and divided panorama for flex viewing. It also features:

  • 1/1.8-Inch Progressive Scan CMOS Sensor
  • Horizontal FOV 180°, Vertical FOV 95°
  • Focal Length 2.8 mm, four lenses
  • H.265, H.264 Video Compression Technology
  • Four IR LEDs with 66 feet IR Range

The camera also includes IP67 and IK10 protection ratings to enable the camera to perform well in harsh outdoor conditions. Hikvision’s I series NVR can add the 32 MP PanoVu camera, offering a greater range of viewing options and accessibility than most 32 MP models in the market. 

 

ACCESSORIES

There are a few mounting accessories that you can get for the Hikvision PanoVu camera as well.

  • Wall mount PTZ bracket
  • Ceiling Pendant Mount
  • Pole Mount
  • Corner Mount

 

About the Author

Experience Audio Video has been serving Orange County and Area since 1999 for residential and commercial audio, video and security camera  installation services. 5 Star Yelp Ratings, Thousands of Referrals, there is not a better choice than Brian Chappell and the Experience Audio Video Team (License #804783). One phone call and you will know right away the difference in working with Experience Audio Video vs. others in the area. Contact us now at 714-744-4455 or info@eav-inc.com for a Free Consultation.