Amazon scammers are becoming oddly specific

August 26, 2020 | Bob Covello
Bob Covello

Bob Covello

Bob Covello (@BobCovello) is a 20-year technology veteran and InfoSec analyst with a passion for security topics. He is also a volunteer for various organizations focused on advocating for and advising others about staying safe and secure online.

August 26, 2020 | Bob Covello

Amazon scammers are becoming oddly specific

This blog was written by an independent guest blogger. A friend contacted me the other day about a scam call purporting to come from Amazon’s customer support department.  She wasn’t home at the time, so the scammer left a message stating that a charge of $749 appeared on her account.  Of course, she didn&rsquo…

April 22, 2020 | Bob Covello

Donating while you sleep

This blog was written by an independent guest blogger. By now, you have probably come to the stark realization that we are indeed living in the most interesting times.  Even the most hard-core introverts have noticed the value of human interaction.  It is how our species has survived.  One of the biggest challenges of our new, isolated…

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April 2, 2020 | Bob Covello

Here is why your healthcare provider cannot accept Venmo payments

This blog was written by an independent guest blogger. Are you using Venmo to send and receive payments?  People use Venmo for everything, and in these times when no one wants to handle actual money for fear of spreading infection, Venmo is a brilliant idea.  Of course, the difference between Venmo and other mobile payment applications is that…

February 13, 2020 | Bob Covello

InfoSec needs a reputation overhaul

An independent guest blogger wrote this blog. I was in a medical office the other day, and when the doctor came into the room, he needed to unlock his phone to contact a pharmacy.  I couldn’t help but notice that his home screen had a photo of an infant.  It was an adorable infant, and I…

January 31, 2020 | Bob Covello

A new twist on “Parental consent”

An independent guest blogger wrote this blog. I was at breakfast the other day with some family friends, and the topic of genealogy came up.  Over the past few years, various sites have sprouted up that offer to trace your origins all the way back in time; in some cases, all the way back to the eras of early…

January 22, 2020 | Bob Covello

It is getting harder for us to prove who we are

I had an interesting experience the other day.  I had to renew my driver’s license.  In previous renewal cycles, this was no big deal.  One could just visit the local Department of Motor Vehicles (with a bagged lunch since it was usually a multi-hour wait), read an eye chart, take a horribly unflattering photo, and…

January 6, 2020 | Bob Covello

Don’t give away your secret answers

Note:This blog was written by an independent guest blogger. I was watching an interview with an American Congressional member the other night, and I could not help but notice the person’s lack of cybersecurity awareness. As a disclaimer, please note that this is not a piece promoting or denouncing any political party, or view. I do not…

November 12, 2019 | Bob Covello

Can Google now guess your password in under 4 minutes?

In a recent story that appeared on multiple news sites, as well as the Google AI Blog, it was announced that Google has achieved “Quantum Supremacy” with its 54-Qubit processor, named “Sycamore”.  This is a monumental leap forward in computing capabilities.  (Yes, I had to resist calling it a quantum leap forward, because that…

October 29, 2019 | Bob Covello

Was the largest breach in history a misconfiguration problem?

Earlier this week, I heard a fascinating interview with the former Chief Information Officer of Equifax, Graeme Payne.  If you are unfamiliar with Graeme, he was the scapegoat for the Equifax breach; described in Congressional testimony as “the human error” that caused the breach.  Graeme, however, is a true gentleman who is very gracious about his…

July 24, 2019 | Bob Covello

I resent my Email and my invite

Here is a short communication tip that may help you in your daily interactions.  How often have you “resent” an E-Mail?  How often have you told a person that you will “send an invite”? You may be wondering why I am bringing this up in a post usually reserved for cybersecurity.  Am I…

July 2, 2019 | Bob Covello

Be the leader in the new password-volution: memorized secrets

Remember when you were younger, and you wanted to do something that all your friends were doing, yet you knew your parents would never approve?  Perhaps it was skating in that home-made “Half-Pipe”, or that time you wanted to try some equally dangerous stunt? Of course, your parents disapproved, to which you probably responded with the time-honored…

May 30, 2019 | Bob Covello

Using misinformation for security awareness engagement

Have you noticed that people are just too busy to read important information you send to them?  One of the problems with disseminating information, especially when it is about cybersecurity, is that there needs to be a balance between timing, priority, and cadence. Timing is simply when the message is sent.  You may send a message of the…