Josh Fruhlinger

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

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What is swatting? Unleashing armed police against your enemies

What is swatting? Unleashing armed police against your enemies

Swatting is a form of harassment that uses prank calls to send police SWAT teams into victims' homes. Here's what you need to know about this dangerous practice.

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.

What is doxing? Weaponizing personal information

What is doxing? Weaponizing personal information

Doxing (or doxxing) is the practice of posting someone's personal information online without their consent and typically with the intention to intimidate, humiliate, or harass the victim.

PCI DSS explained: Requirements, fines, and steps to compliance

PCI DSS explained: Requirements, fines, and steps to compliance

PCI DSS is a cybersecurity standard backed by all the major credit card and payment processing companies that aims to keep credit and debit card numbers safe.

What is DLP? How data loss prevention software works and why you need it

What is DLP? How data loss prevention software works and why you need it

Data loss prevention (DLP) is a set of practices (and products) that ensure that an organization's sensitive or critical data is kept safe.

Ransomware explained: How it works and how to remove it

Ransomware explained: How it works and how to remove it

Ransomware is a form of malware that encrypts a victim's files. The attacker then demands a ransom from the victim to restore access to the data upon payment. 

Whitelisting explained: How it works and where it fits in a security program

Whitelisting explained: How it works and where it fits in a security program

Whitelisting is a cybersecurity strategy under which a user can only take actions on their computer that an administrator has explicitly allowed in advance. It is a fairly extreme measure with high administrative overhead, but it...

What is pretexting? Definition, examples and prevention

What is pretexting? Definition, examples and prevention

Pretexting is form of social engineering in which an attacker comes up with a story to convince a victim to give up valuable information or access to a service or system.

What is PKI? And how it secures just about everything online

What is PKI? And how it secures just about everything online

Public key infrastructure (PKI) is a catch-all term for everything used to establish and manage public key encryption, one of the most common forms of internet encryption. It is baked into every web browser in use today to secure...

Vishing explained: How voice phishing attacks scam victims

Vishing explained: How voice phishing attacks scam victims

Vishing (voice phishing) is a form of attack that attempts to trick victims into giving up sensitive personal information over the phone.

What is smishing? How phishing via text message works

What is smishing? How phishing via text message works

Don't let the cute name fool you, smishing is a cyberattack that uses misleading text messages to trick victims into sharing valuable information, installing malware, or giving away money.

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