Sunday, October 25, 2015

Atlanta, GA: Join us Saturday, Oct. 31st for the 2nd annual Super Run!

Join in the fun on October 31, 2015, for the Savvy Cyber Kids' 2nd annual Super Run Atlanta! Be a super hero for a day and make every day a little safer online!

In honor of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, Savvy Cyber Kids is hosting the second annual Super Run Atlanta. Savvy Cyber Kids is asking our community to lace up your shoes and don your masks and capes to support cyber security awareness!

You can run, walk, volunteer to help at the event, cheer on the runners, or donate in support of keeping our kids safe online.

When:       October 31, 2015 (early morning!) 
Distance:   5K or 1K Fun Run/Walk
Where:      Brook Run Park, Dunwoody, GA
Who:         You!

Donations can be made online at Savvy Cyber Kids. Last year, over 200 runners & walkers became superheroes. And though they may not be able to shoot laser-beams, speak with aquatic animals, or leap buildings in a single bound, they definitely made a difference!

Latest press release: Ionic Security Celebrates National Cyber Security Awareness Month 2015

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Are you shredding your used boarding passes?

This week I found out that we should be shredding our airline boarding passes after using them, based on the myriad of details easily gleaned from the data on the pass and in the bar code.

For example, if you take a snapshot of your boarding pass and upload that image to your FaceBook page, anyone with access to your page can take a screen shot of the image and then upload it to a web site called Inlite that reads bar codes. Inlite decodes and spits out the contents of the bar code.

As it turns out, the boarding pass contains lots of information about you and your trip, as well as your frequent flier number (FFN). For airlines that allow you to log in to their web sites using your FFN as your user name, that is exactly one half of the credentials needed to log in as you—unless, of course, the login requires multi-factor authentication.

With your login name in hand, cracking your password and logging in as you is not hard for hackers to do, especially if the secret question used to unlock your account is your mother's maiden name.

This is a fascinating story. For details, see Brian Krebs' article What's in a Boarding Pass Barcode? A Lot.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Securing the human

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, and the SANS Securing The Human team has extensive free resources to help you stay safe and secure online.

Resources include:
  • Newsletters
  • Videos
  • Posters
Access free resources at:

Securing Kids Webinar

  • Cyber security expert Lance Spitzner will outline the top three risks to kids online and how you can protect your family.
  •  October 14 1:00 p.m. EDT/ 10:00 a.m. PDT.
  •  Register now for the Securing Your Kids webcast

Want more tips? Visit the #cyberaware resource hub for tools, tips and more: