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Richard Melick

Threat Blog Posts: 11

Marketing Outreach Specialist

A former network administrator in the Marines and then becoming a journalist, Richard has had quite a few adventures leading up to his joining Webroot where he works with social outlets, tech journalists and leading industry advocates.



Posts by Richard Melick:

5 million GMail accounts breached, and I was one of them

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There is a bit of irony in this blog post, if you will.  Over my time at Webroot, I have become a major advocate and vocal evangelist of digital security, from talking about major level breaches to sharing my experiences with dating-website scams.  My work has focused around the education of those who will listen and read my work on the value of keeping one’s self safe at home, work, and while traveling.  Like many others, I never thought (often quite ignorantly) that my information could get out there in a breach. And if it did, I was sure I […]

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New Study Reveals Disparities Between Corporate Mobile Security Policies and BYOD Practice

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In the new BYOD Security Report conducted by Webroot through first-of-its-kind research, Webroot examined the use and security of personal mobile devices in the work environment, looking at the prevalence of employee-owned devices.  The initial survey, conducted in late 2013, explored the prevalence of employee-owned devices, how they are being secured, and employee concerns regarding company-mandated security programs. The second survey, conducted in March 2014, looked at how IT managers view the risk of employee-owned devices, the prevalence of formal mobile security policies, and the extent to which employee input is included in developing BYOD policies. Pulling from that report […]

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A successful Gartner Summit for Webroot

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Webroot, the market leader in cloud-based, real-time Internet threat detection, recently returned from the 20th annual Gartner Security and Risk Management Summit in National Harbor, Maryland.  Attended by many of the world’s top business and IT professionals in industries ranging from finance to information technology to government, the focus of this year’s conference was enablement of an organization to move forward towards its objectives, while ensuring security and protection.  The show’s theme at this year’s conference, “Smart Risk: Balancing Security and Opportunity”, summarized the challenges that many large companies are experiencing today, as they work to ensure the safeguarding of […]

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A peek inside the online romance scam.

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Online dating can be rough, and no matter how many safeguards are in place in the multiple legitimate dating websites out there, the scammers are getting around the blocks and still luring in potential victims.  While the reports of these types of scams are out there (even with copy and paste examples of the e-mails used), people still fall for the scams every day.  In this particular case, it was my profile on eHarmony that was targeted, and this is my recount of it. It started with a potential match; a profile with a collection of tasteful photos of a […]

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Successful Launch of Webroot for Gamer at E3

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Webroot, the market leader in cloud-based, real-time Internet threat detection, recently returned from the 18th annual Electronic Entertainment Expo, or E3 for short, hosted by the Entertainment Software Association.  Used by many of the video game manufacturers across the various platforms, as well as hardware and software developers, the trade show is used to show off the next generation of games-related products.  Hosted at the Los Angeles Convention Center, the 2014 conference had over 50,000 reported attendees between June 9th and 12th, 2014. With this being Webroot’s first appearance at E3, the company was on site to show off Webroot’s […]

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Webroot returns from Automation Nation 2014

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Webroot, the market leader in cloud-based, real-time Internet threat detection, recently returned from the fifth annual Automation Nation in Orlando, hosted by LabTech Software.  Labtech, a robust remote monitoring and management (RMM) platform design and built for managed service providers, hosted the event at the Hilton Bonnet Creek from June 2nd through the 4th.  Hosting over 425 MSP partners and 600 attendees, the event has grown significantly since the previous years.  This was Webroot’s first time attending the conference, coming in as a Diamond Sponsor. Kicking off the event, Webroot CMO David Duncan helped present during the keynote with the […]

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An update to the Target breach theory.

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It was brought to our attention that the research published had flaws. To read our response, please click here: https://community.webroot.com/t5/Security-Industry-News/Update-to-the-Target-breach-theory/m-p/77825

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Changes to the Webroot ThreatBlog

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Over the next few days, you will begin to see some changes to the Webroot ThreatBlog.  As the company has grown, so has the need for our threat research to be delivered in a clearer, more concise manner.  We have worked long and hard on the new blog, including adding new content like the ThreatVlog, as well as highlighting the individuals behind all the great threat research done here at Webroot. So with all that, we want to welcome you to the brand new Webroot ThreatVlog.  It is more than a URL update, but a whole new look to help you […]

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Recent spike in FBI Ransomware striking worldwide

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By Israel Chavarria Recently we have seen a spike of this ransomware in the wild and it appears as though its creators are not easily giving up. This infection takes your computer hostage and makes it look as though the authorities are after you, when in reality this is all just an elaborate attempt to make you pay to unblock your computer.

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