• About the Author

    Dr. Steve Krantz retired from a 39 year career at IBM® in 2007 as a Distinguished Engineer. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Nova Southeastern University (1995). For the last 8 years of his IBM career, he was Chief Architect and Strategy Leader of IBM’s worldwide, internal IT infrastructure, responsible for the successful computing support of over 400,000 professionals, technicians and administrators.  

    Steve is a member of SecureTheVillage™’s Board and Leadership Council. It is a non-profit organization dedicated to a cybersecure Los Angeles (www.securethevillage.org ).

    Steve is a member of the Board of PFLAG Los Angeles and a member of the Board of The Lavender Effect, local organizations dedicated to the civil rights of LGBTQ persons. He served as Director of PFLAG’s Southern Pacific Region and as a member of PFLAG’s National Board from 2007 through 2013.  

    He was a long distance runner for over 30 years, having completed the New York Marathon twice and the LA Marathon 3 times. For the past ten years, he has attempted a second sports career as a tennis player!

    With his late wife Joan, Steve is the parent of two adult sons, Jeff and Paul. With his wife Annick, he is step-dad to her two adult children, Amanda and Eric. Annick and Steve live happily in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles.

  • CyberGuardian: A SecureTheVillage Guide for Residents' audience is those Internet-using villagers seeking to minimize the risks of today’s online environment. 

    Cyber Security for Seniors is geared to senior citizens needing to learn self-protection in today's online world. 

  • Events

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    Jun 22, 2021: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM PT Calabasas Senior Center via Zoom Dr. Steve Krantz will present "Personal Cybersecurity". It is dangerous in cyberspace and some feel helpless in the face of computer viruses, email scams, hacking and the like. Steve will provide clear guidance in how you can protect yourself, including your PC, Mac and smartphone 
    Jul 20, 2021: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Calabasas Senior Center via Zoom Dr. Steve Krantz will present "Doing It....Online". We're all going online for more and more of our daily activities: browsing, mailing, texting, phoning, socializing, shopping, banking, investing, entertainment, volunteering, etc. Steve will explain how it all works, with suggestions on doing it better, cheaper and safer.  

     

  • Security Updates

  • July 2019 - An erratic contractor employee hacked into Capitol One's database, exposing records of 100 million customers in July 2019.  If you are a Capitol One customer ("What's in your wallet?"), immediately change your password to their website.  If you have not already done so, FREEZE your credit at the four credit bureaus (Equifax, Experian, Transunion and Innovis) to prevent anyone from accessing your credit.  

    May 2019 - In my Cyber Security for Seniors class on May 13, I was asked about selecting a good VPN service. I recommended the Norton 360  suite, as if offers a VPN service.  This said, here is an article discussing VPN choices: VPN Article. 

  • March 17. 2019 - Why Phone Numbers Stink As Identity Proof: Phone numbers stink for security and authentication. They stink because most of us have so much invested in these digits that they’ve become de facto identities. At the same time, when you lose control over a phone number — maybe it’s hijacked by fraudsters, you got separated or divorced, or you were way late on your phone bill payments — whoever inherits that number can then be you in a lot of places online. KrebsOnSecurity, March 17, 2019

  • February 27, 2019 - Major Vulnerability in Amazon’s Ring Video Doorbell Found: Unencrypted transmission of audio and/or video footage to the Ring application allows for undetectable arbitrary surveillance and injection of counterfeit traffic, compromising home security and putting family members at risk. PRNewswire, February 27, 2019