Josh Fruhlinger

Josh Fruhlinger is a writer and editor who lives in Los Angeles.

11 tips for prioritizing security spending

10 old-school security principles that (still) rule

10 old-school security principles that (still) rule

Oldies but goodies, these security tips have stood the test of time.

Spectre and Meltdown explained: What they are, how they work, what's at risk

Spectre and Meltdown explained: What they are, how they work, what's at risk

Spectre and Meltdown are the names given to a trio of variations on a vulnerability that affects nearly every computer chip manufactured in the last 20 years. The flaws are so fundamental and widespread that security researchers are...

What is SSL/TLS? (And why it’s time to upgrade to TLS 1.3)

What is SSL/TLS? (And why it’s time to upgrade to TLS 1.3)

The TLS protocol encrypts internet traffic of all types, making secure internet communication (and therefore internet commerce) possible. Here are the basics of how it works and what comes next.

What is phishing? How this cyber attack works and how to prevent it

What is phishing? How this cyber attack works and how to prevent it

Phishing is a method of trying to gather personal information using deceptive e-mails and websites. Here's what you need to know about this venerable, but increasingly sophisticated, form of cyber attack.

The buck stops here: 8 security breaches that got someone fired

The buck stops here: 8 security breaches that got someone fired

Some deserved the blame, and some seemed to just be at the wrong place at the wrong time.

What is a cyber attack? Recent examples show disturbing trends

What is a cyber attack? Recent examples show disturbing trends

From virtual bank heists to semi-open attacks from nation-states, this year has been rough on IT security. Here are some of the major cyber attacks of 2017 and what we can learn from them.

What is ransomware? How it works and how to remove it

What is ransomware? How it works and how to remove it

Ransomware is a form of malicious software (or malware) that, once it's taken over your computer, threatens you with harm, usually by denying you access to your data. The attacker demands a ransom from the victim, promising — not...

Beware these 4 types of IRS scams

Beware these 4 types of IRS scams

From fake IRS phone calls to W-2 phishing. Here's what you need to know about the different types of IRS scams and how to protect yourself.

Information security, 2018: What we have here is a failure to plan

Information security, 2018: What we have here is a failure to plan

Information security increasingly has a place in corporate leadership, but plenty of companies are still failing to make the plans they need to keep up.

Petya ransomware and NotPetya malware: What you need to know now

Petya ransomware and NotPetya malware: What you need to know now

NotPetya superficially resembles the Petya ransomware in several ways, but there are a number of important ways in which it's different, and much more dangerous.

What is SAML, what is it used for and how does it work?

What is SAML, what is it used for and how does it work?

The Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) standard defines how providers can offer both authentication and authorization services. Here's what you need to know.

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