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Make Sure Your Business is Safe from Meltdown and Spectre

Intel recently found itself (once again) in hot water, mere months after many flaws were discovered in the firmware that enables all of their chips to do their job. This time, the issue could have potentially caused a permanent dip in the CPU’s capacity to function properly. This has come to be known as the […]

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Mobile Security Showdown: Cellular Network vs. Wi-Fi

Today’s business relies on mobile devices, like smartphones, to guide them to productivity and efficiency. In fact, the vast majority of people in today’s society own a smartphone. A report shows that 90 percent of people younger than 30 own a smartphone, which means that the forward-thinking business hiring talented millennials may want to start […]

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Some Interesting Stats On Two-Factor Authentication

2FA, or two-factor authentication, is a simple and effective means of boosting your cybersecurity. Despite this, a study performed by Duo Labs suggests that 2FA has not been adopted as much as one might expect, or as much as it should be.

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4 Tools to Secure Your Business

Business security is a common issue for many small organizations with limited budgets, but it doesn’t have to be an issue. We’re here to help you master the seemingly endless threats and security problems that major vulnerabilities present to the small business environment, and it all starts out by understanding how even basic security solutions […]

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Is Your Security Prepared to Stop a DDoS Attack?

If your business were to be struck by a Distributed Denial of Services (DDoS) attack, would it be able to recover in a timely manner? Do you have measures put into place to keep them from hampering your operations? While most organizations claim to have sufficient protection against these dangerous attacks, over half of them […]

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3 Ways To Improve Your Business’ Data Security

Data security, always an important topic, has been made even more urgent by the Equifax data breach and the fact that 143 million users had their personal information stolen after entrusting it (or not) to Equifax. You need to consider what would happen if your business were on the receiving end of a data breach, […]

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October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Cybercrime is the fastest growing criminal activity in the world. From the largest enterprise to the individual, it can affect anyone, anywhere. To help ensure the cybersecurity of American citizens and their businesses, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (CERT), and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and other […]

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Charity Scams Are Very Real. Here’s How To Dodge Them

Dealing with disasters is part of doing business. You know how difficult it is to recover from a devastating flood or snowstorm. While businesses tend to suffer from these situations, countless individuals suffer every time a natural disaster hits. Just take a look at the United States in recent weeks. Even though you may want […]

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Who Needs To Be Involved In Network Security? Everyone.

Network security is an important part of keeping both your business and your staff away from online threats, but it’s not enough to implement the best, most comprehensive solutions on the market. There are a surprising number of facets to network security, and in order to optimize protection against online threats, you’ll need to know […]

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Protecting Your Data Is Easier With A VPN

One of the best solutions a small business owner you can consider for IT security is a virtual private network, or VPN. By implementing a VPN solution, you can improve the security and privacy on your devices even while out of the office on important business trips or at conferences. What can a VPN do […]

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How Much Damage Can The Weather Do To Your Business? Lots.

Nobody ever wants to admit that their business has a problem with security. Unfortunately, as the the business owner, you have to consider all possible outcomes of any potential data loss incident. Furthermore, many of these incidents are beyond your control. Nevertheless, thinking ahead and planning for the worst can eliminate this worry. While you […]

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The Importance of Two-Factor Authentication

What do the celebrity photo leaks, DropBox’s password security breach, and nearly all of the most recent high- and low-profile security breaches have in common? Passwords Management. These data breaches began with cracking users’ passwords. Passwords are the weakest link. They’re both easy to steal and notoriously easy to crack. Hackers, viruses, and malicious software […]

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How To Identify A Malicious URL in a Phishing Email

We have some tips on how to identify a malicious URL in a suspicious email.

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10 Ways To Prevent Malware From Harming Your PC

Prevention, as the saying goes, is the best medicine. Use the tips below to prevent malware from harming your PC.

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How to Encrypt Windows Files

Looking for a way to protect sensitive files on your PC? For Windows users, one easy safeguard you can take is to encrypt the files and file folders containing your sensitive information.

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Understanding Spyware is the First Step to Preventing It

The term spyware has some clearly negative connotations to it, and rightly so. This variety of malicious software can cause no small amount of trouble if left unchecked. What follows is a brief overview of spyware, and what measures you can take to protect yourself and your business from it.

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Software Patches Take on New Importance After the WannaCry Ransomware Fiasco

On May 11th, 2017, the world was introduced to the WannaCry ransomware. The ransomware spread around the globe like wildfire, infecting hundreds of thousands of devices and catching many major organizations and businesses by surprise. The full extent of the ransomware’s damage is still being assessed, yet, one thing we do know: this whole fiasco […]

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How to Protect Yourself from Scam Emails

They have similar names and often arrive in your email inbox in much the same way (you didn’t ask for them) but spam emails and scam emails are two different beasts. One is annoying but relatively harmless while the other is malicious with the intent to steal sensitive information, spread malware, or extort money. Spam […]

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Ransomware Hackers are Asking for Way More Money

If last week’s worldwide ‘Wanna Cry’ Ransomware hack hasn’t stopped you from securing your network against ransomware thus far, you may want to reconsider. Not only are these attacks becoming more and more common, but the developers of ransomware have lowered the price of admission for aspiring cyber criminals. Fortunately, there are some steps you […]

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You Need More Than a Power Strip to Protect Your Company’s Equipment

What would happen if you were in the middle of typing a report or performing some task, and the office suddenly lost power? Too many would find themselves staring blankly at an equally blank screen as their infrastructure suddenly ceased operations. However, there is a device that can help save you from the worst effects of sudden power loss.

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The Importance of Password Management for Remote Employees

If you have remote employees, you may want to emphasize the importance of maintaining a complex password when signing into
your network.

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12 Security Rules Every PC User Should Follow

While you are probably spending a fair amount of time thinking about your business’ security, can you confidently say the same about those that you’ve employed? Unfortunately, your workers may not put much thought into network security. This could very possibly lead to some severe issues potentially harming your business operations.

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How Do You Feel About ISPs Selling Your Internet Browsing History?

In October of 2016, the Federal Communications Commission designed a set of rules known as the Broadband Consumer Privacy Proposal. These rules had intended to flip the status quo and require Internet service providers (ISPs) to gain their customers’ permission before they harvested their browsing histories to sell to advertisers. This proposal is now moot […]

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How Does a UTM Firewall Protect Your Business?

Every time you pick up a personal computer from a vendor, chances are that it will have an extremely basic firewall pre-installed. These consumer-grade firewalls leave much to be desired, especially in the business environment. You’ll want to make sure that your organization is equipped with enterprise-level solutions designed to protect on both a fundamental […]

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Ask Yourself, Does My Smartphone Have Malware Preinstalled?

You might take extreme measures to keep your business’s devices from contracting the odd virus or malware, but what if all of your efforts are for nothing? You could have the greatest preventative solutions out there, but you can still get infected by some nasty threats, the reason being that the device was infected before […]

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3 Ways to Prevent a Smartphone Thief From Also Stealing Your Data

While it’s certainly a bummer to have your smartphone stolen, it’s even worse if the thief accesses your data. To help prevent this nightmare scenario, security professionals have developed some clever solutions.

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Why the UTM is the Ultimate Security Solution for Businesses

Though network security is a necessity, it’s difficult to plan for every single possibility. Small and medium-sized businesses have trouble accounting for the many threats that lurk on the Internet, as security often requires a professional’s touch. As experts ourselves, we’ll discuss the many security solutions available to your organization, as well as what your […]

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Is Your Company’s Data Encrypted? It Should Be

Data might be the most important aspect of your organization, but how well do you protect it throughout your network? Every organization has data like personally identifiable information and financial credentials stashed away somewhere on the network, so security isn’t something that you can ignore. One of the best ways you can safeguard your data […]

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Why You Should Be Cautious About How You Share Files

The cloud lets your business share files easily and efficiently, but regardless of how useful this feature is, you need to make sure that your team understands how and why they’re given access to certain files. Giving the freedom to share files is great, but it can quickly become a hindrance when you have inexperienced […]

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Forget Reading Data, These Ingenious Hackers Listen to Data

Computing systems are always vulnerable to some obscure hack or another, and researchers are always trying to find ways to shore them up and prevent future attacks. One previously undiscovered hack literally sounds far-fetched. It uses the sounds that your hard drive makes to help a hacker steal data from your machine, including encryption keys […]

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Quikteks Says Travel Disruptions from Ransomware Attack Reinforce the Need to Remain Vigilant

Major Thanksgiving weekend ransomware attack strikes municipal transportation agency, causing entire ticketing system to go down. Fairfield, New Jersey — A ransomware attack struck San Francisco’s light rail ticketing system over Thanksgiving weekend, causing agency officials to make a choice: pay the ransom, cancel train service, or allow users to ride for free. As most […]

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Shop Safe While Online With These 3 Common-Sense Tactics

It seems that you can find absolutely anything while shopping online, but unfortunately, this also includes cyber threats. No deal is worth the risk of a hacking attack, but some best practices can help you stay safe while searching for that great bargain.

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Into the Hacker’s Playbook We Go for Some Solid Security Lessons

What crosses your mind when you think about hacking attacks and data breaches? Do you picture a hacker in a ski mask typing furiously, or do you imagine scenes made memorable like those in television and film in works like Mr. Robot or Live Free or Die Hard? In the latter, hacking attacks are perpetrated […]

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Hackers Use Social Media to Scam Employees Into Handing Over Company Data

Social media is a great way for organizations to share information about their products and services, but while it’s great for those who want to reach a new audience, it’s also exposing you to another audience that you may not want to be familiar with: hackers. Believe it or not, there are hackers who are […]

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A Zombified Botnet is as Scary as it Sounds

Botnets are proving to be a difficult hurdle for security professionals, and it’s easy to understand why. Distributed Denial of Service attacks that can knock down servers or services, as well as hordes of remote-controlled zombie computers, are two of the most dangerous ways that hackers use botnets to serve their purposes. What can you […]

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Android Malware Can Control Your Phone Through Twitter

Hackers continue to innovate and cause trouble for businesses of all industries and sizes. One of the more interesting recent tactics includes utilizing a malicious Twitter account to command a botnet of Android devices to do its bidding. Twitoor is considered to be the first real threat to actively use a social network in this […]

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Cortana Gets a Little Too Clingy After Latest Update

The idea of speaking to your device and having it perform tasks is hardly a new one. Siri and Google Now have long dominated this industry. Microsoft released Cortana in an attempt to enter the voice assistant race, but with Windows 10’s anniversary update, more harm than good could come from using Cortana.

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Protect Your Online Identity With These 8 Tips

The Internet has long been a great tool for business, but you can’t take advantage of it without putting your sensitive data at risk of threats, like hackers and malware. Granted, when it comes to cyber security, even the most cautious business will have a lot on their plate. We’ll go over eight of the […]

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100 Million Compromised Medical Records Shakes Patient Confidence

Online threats against healthcare organizations are currently one of the biggest cybersecurity issues. A reported 100-million-plus total medical records have been compromised, according to IBM’s 2016 Cyber Security Intelligence Index. How could a hacker profit off of accessing someone’s medical records? Simply put: ransomware.

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Alert: Acer Breach Compromised Customer Credit Cards

Users of Acer’s online store between May 12th, 2015, and April 28th, 2016, may be in for a rude awakening. Acer may be attempting to contact you to relay that your credit card’s credentials have been lifted by hackers. The breach in question resulted in 34,500 customers having their credentials stolen, including the user’s name, […]

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Getting a Computer Virus is Like Catching the Flu

Grab your tissues, it’s flu season! Just like biological viruses such as the flu can cripple an entire office, digital viruses can cause a lot of trouble for businesses too. Both downtime-causing virus scenarios can be prevented if proper safety measures are followed, like sanitation and cybersecurity.

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Why Industry Leaders are Taking a Second Look at Cloud-Based Security Solutions

Cloud computing may be a great asset to your business, but there are still plenty of executives that remain quite reluctant about implementing it. One of the big reasons is that security breaches are often covered with high exposure on the news, and this makes it seem like the cloud isn’t a good way to […]

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FBI Issues Warning About Critical Infrastructure Getting Hacked

There aren’t many instances of hackers targeting physical infrastructure, but the few that make themselves known tend to be quite catastrophic. Take, for example, the devastating cyber attack on the Ukrainian power infrastructure, which left thousands of citizens powerless. Now, several months later, authorities believe that other major countries could also become a target of […]

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Why Multi-Factor Authentication is Way Better Than Passwords

Time hasn’t been kind to the password. It’s continuously put down as one of the least secure methods of protecting systems. It’s not due to any fault of the password, though. People just have a hard time remembering long and complex passwords. To aid in security, it’s recommended that you use some sort of multi-factor […]

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This Hacker Stole 1.17 Billion Credentials. You Won’t Believe How Much He Sold it All For

In a bizarre reminder of why security best practices are so critical to the world of IT, it has been reported that one of the largest collections of hacked and stolen login details are currently making the rounds in the Russian black market.

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4 Security Best Practices Every Employee Must Adopt

Security is a hot-button issue for all types of businesses, but cyber security is such a complex subject that it’s difficult to jam-pack its many intricacies into one blog article. Sometimes understanding just a few ways to improve your business’s security practices can be a significant benefit for your organization.

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Think You’ve Been Hacked? Here are 5 Ways to Check

Any business that deals with online technology needs to be aware of the dangers that come with the territory. Hackers are more common nowadays than ever before, and organizations that don’t take a proactive approach to keeping threats out of their systems will have to suffer the consequences. Unfortunately, some organizations won’t be aware that […]

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New Mac-Targeting Ransomware is a Real Bad Apple

Ransomware has been spreading like wildfire over the past few years, but up until very recently, Mac users were spared from this troubling development. Now, security researchers at Palo Alto Networks have discovered what they believe to be the first instance of completed ransomware on an Apple device. As this threat is “in the wild,” […]

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Is Your Network Safe from More than 304 Million Forms of Malware?

Did you know that nearly a third of all malware registered was created last year? According to PandaLabs’ 2015 annual report, there are more than 304 million forms of malware registered, 27.3 percent of which were created in 2015. Clearly, we’re not winning the battle against malware. Small, medium, and enterprise businesses alike struggle to […]

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Are Vigilante Hackers a Threat?

2015 was a brutal year for major corporations, as one by one they fell victim to hacking attacks. Major organizations like Blue Cross Blue Shield, Anthem, and even the United States Office of Personnel became victims of major hacking campaigns. A fact that’s often lost amongst these details is that not all hackers use their […]

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What to Do When Passwords “Don’t Cut the Mustard” Anymore

Virtually every kind of online account requires a password. Yet, due to the aggressive nature of hackers, passwords alone are no longer enough to protect your information. The best way to approach network security is to have more protections in place than just a flimsy password.

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320,000 Customer Passwords Stolen From Time Warner Cable

You’ve heard about a ton of high-profile hacks over the past few years, and it’s important to note that these numbers will only continue to climb. A recent incident involving Time Warner Cable, a large ISP in the United States, shows the world that even huge companies that specialize in providing Internet for users can […]

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Windows 8 Users Will No Longer Receive Patches and Security Updates

If you’re one of the unfortunate souls still using Windows 8 (as opposed to 8.1) on your business’s workstations, you should consider upgrading, and as soon as possible. Microsoft has cut off support for its infant operating system, so if you want patches, security updates, and just a better overall operating system, upgrading to Windows […]

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Think Your Business is Too Small to Get Hacked? Think Again!

Most computer users should practice the policy of ensuring optimal security on their PCs. To this end, assuming that you’ll be hacked (or at least targeted) at some point is pretty reasonable, as it allows you to plan ahead and take preventative actions. Still, there are plenty of people in the world who don’t care […]

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5 Tips for Improving Network Security

Have you viewed the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse database recently? Here you can find the latest security breaches reported. A quick perusal revealed security breaches at massive organizations such as IRS and FDIC as well as across the whole spectrum of public and private organizations. Everyone appears to be a target including public schools, medical providers, […]

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Malware Locks Up Your PC and Offers Fake Tech Support Phone Number

There’s an intrusive malware on the Internet that locks a user out of their PC and directs them to a fake IT support phone number. In addition to being inconvenient, it can lead to the theft of sensitive information. If this happens to you, whatever you do, don’t call the fake phone number.

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Malvertising: Hackers are Paying For Ad Space on Popular Websites

A good business practices extreme caution when using the Internet, thanks to hackers using any means possible to unleash threats against organizations of all sizes. You teach your employees how to avoid threats and to avoid suspicious websites, but what if that’s not enough to keep hackers out of your network infrastructure?

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1 Million Websites Not Using the Latest Security Protocol Soon to Be at Risk

It’s natural to replace older technologies with better, more recent models. However, the future isn’t looking too bright for the world’s most common website encryption method, SHA1, which will soon be replaced by a more secure protocol. Pretty soon, browsers and devices may have some difficulty reading the latest security certificates, which could cause quite […]

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3 Reasons Why Hackers Like to Target Small Businesses

This October is Cybersecurity Month! Some businesses think that they’re immune to hacking attacks because they’re “low profile” compared to huge corporations. However, the truth of the matter is that your organization is just as much at risk as they are. This month, take measures to keep your organization’s data safe, or risk losing everything […]

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Internet of Things | Quikteks

The Internet of Things Takes Cyber Security to a Whole New Level

With the Internet of Things continuing to gain popularity, we’re seeing more devices that connect to the Internet than ever before. However, what the users of these devices might be failing to take into consideration is the fact that the Internet is a dangerous place full of threats and other miscreants. What happens if these […]

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Malware Threats | Quikteks

The Coding For Your ATM Shouldn’t Be as Dirty as Its Cash

Malware that targets ATMs isn’t a new concept. After all, ATMs use internal computers that can be hacked just the same as any old workstation. The prime difference is that hacking into an ATM allows for a direct dispensing of cash, rather than some crafty behind-the-scenes action. A new type of ATM malware, titled GreenDispenser, […]

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Dark Web | Quikteks

How Much Is Your Identity Worth on the Black Market?

Have you ever wondered what hackers do with all of the data they steal on a regular basis? Sure, they could go public with it like they did with the Ashley Madison and Sony hacks, or they could sell it and make some quick cash. Credentials like passwords, usernames, Social Security numbers, and more, can […]

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Ransomeware | Quikteks

Why Your Business Should Be Concerned About CryptoWall

Ransomware is one of the most devastating computer viruses in today’s computing landscape. You may have heard of one of its most famous variations, Cryptolocker. It received a lot of attention when it dramatically hit the scene two short years ago. Thankfully, the threat from CryptoLocker has decreased after the GameOver Zeus botnet was taken […]

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DDOS Prevention | Quikteks

The FBI Warns That DDoS Attacks are On the Rise

If you feel that there’s an increase in ransomware activity, don’t worry; it’s not just you. Hackers are now taking greater advantage of ransomware, a threat that locks down files and returns them in exchange for a payment. This is wreaking havoc on the computing world. Even the FBI has acknowledged the threat, and has […]

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Now You Can Blame Hackers for Your Next Speeding Ticket

Since the dawn of the computing age, hackers have taken advantage of all sorts of tactics in order to crack systems and ruin lives. With the Internet of Things bringing connected devices from all over the place into the mix, there are more opportunities than ever to take advantage of unsuspecting users. In fact, even […]

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Security for Email | Quikteks

Protect Yourself From Email Attacks By Knowing What to Look For

At the frontlines of the battle to secure your network is your company’s email accounts. Facing an onslaught of spam, malicious links, virus-filled attachments, and more, it’s up to each user to know what to look for and not let it through. This is a task that’s easier said than done.

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What a Firewall Does (and Doesn’t) Keep Out of Your Network

One of the most vital parts of your network security is a firewall. This is generally your first line of defense against the myriad of threats that can be found while online, and are instrumental to comprehensive network security. Despite this common knowledge, some folks might not understand specifically what a firewall does to keep […]

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Hacker vs. Hacker | Quikteks.com

Things Get Ugly When Hackers Turn on Each Other [VIDEO]

Normally in cybersecurity, we hear about hacking attacks and immediately sympathize with the victim. It’s usually an individual or a business that suffers the most; yet, a recent trend is showing that hackers are lashing out at one another in response to certain threats. In response to a hack from the cyberespionage group Naikon, another […]

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Can you tell when an article was written by a robot? | Quikteks

Can You Spot an Article Written By a Robot?

When your website has content or makes changes to its existing content, it can be of great benefit to your business’s marketing endeavors. In fact, it’s so important that innovators and programmers have built software that’s designed to perform the act of content writing. In other words, there are robots that compose web content. How […]

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Cyber Security | Quikteks

97,000 Cybersecurity Threats Reported to the Government Last Year

Arguably one of the most imperative assets for any government is an IT infrastructure, and in 2015, the U.S. government is realizing that security breaches are some of the most dangerous cyber threats to watch out for. As evidenced by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, IT security is just as important as other matters […]

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Dire Wolf | Quikteks LLC

Winter is Coming: Dyre Wolf Malware Can Leave Your Bank Account Looking Stark

With the critically-acclaimed television series, Game of Thrones returning to viewers this spring, it seems apt to discuss a manner of hacking attack called Dyre Wolf. This particular threat is just as fierce as its name implies, and can potentially cost businesses between $500,000 to $1.5 million per attack. It takes advantage of a multi-step […]

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3 Red Flags to Look Out For with your IT Staff | Quikteks, LLC

3 Red Flags to Look Out For with Your IT Staff

Hiring new employees is never an easy task, there are so many factors to weigh but the single most   important one that you should consider when looking for IT staff is how much you can trust them. They will be the ones responsible for handling all aspects of your technology. You are giving them an […]

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It Takes Only an Instant to Lose Your Data

While walking your dog you suddenly get this game-changing idea for how to better manage your technology. You get excited and can’t wait to implement your new IT strategy. Tragically, by the time you get home, the thought is gone and you can’t remember it. Losing a great idea is similar to suddenly losing data, […]

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US Military Plans to Bring Biometric Passwords to the Public | Quikteks, LLC

US Military Plans to Bring Biometric Passwords to the Public

As the severity and frequency of online threats continue to multiply so does the efforts to create new and improve existing security protocols. Unfortunately, for every new solution a counter threat appears making this an expensive and urgent race to come up with new methods that will resist attacks. One of the more recent developments […]

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How Do I protect myself | Quikteks, LLC

Anthem Hacked: How to Protect Yourself

In one of the more damaging hacks made in 2015, healthcare-provider Anthem was breached by hackers and its data accessed. The breach may have provided the hackers with up to 80 million sensitive customer records, including Social Security numbers, dates of birth, and much, much more. Like many other major data breaches, this one could […]

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Network Security Solutions

Are you one of the many single people that have tried online dating? Many happy couples attribute their love to the matchmaking algorithm of an online website. Internet dating is a legitimate option for modern singles, but like many services offered on the web, naive users run a risk of getting scammed. How to Spot […]

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Vulnerability Hacking Attacks | Quikteks, LLC

4 Old Internet Protocols Increasingly Vulnerable to Hacking Attacks

When the Internet was first established, malware and hacking were in their infancy, and not as much of an immediate problem as they are today. Thanks to this fact, the Internet wasn’t really created with a certain security design in mind, and has instead adapted to shifts in its environment. Unfortunately, as hackers grow more […]

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Don’t Forget to Renew Your Software Licenses

You have a system in place to remind yourself of when to pay your bills. Otherwise, bills would go unpaid, essential services would be cut off, and your credit rating would plunge. However, not everyone has a system in place to renew their software licenses, which could lead to consequences that are just as dire. […]

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3 Network Security Factors for Your Business

There are several factors that must be considered when assessing your current network security situation. According to a study from 1&1, 67 percent of people confirmed that someone they know has had information stolen from them while they were online. This means that your business could be next. In order to remain unaffected by security breaches, […]

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911 Address Database Got Hacked

When people are in trouble or if there is an emergency they dial 911. If we did not have the 911 hotline, who knows how many lives would be lost on a daily basis. Sometimes, unfortunately, help doesn’t come, even when dispatchers have received the call and responded. This generally isn’t the fault of the […]

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4 Signs You’ve Been Hacked

When a virus infects your computer, you may not know about it until it’s too late. Like a biological virus, the damage it does to your system can be minimized if it’s caught early on. Stopping a computer virus early is possible if you know what symptoms to look for. Is your PC infected? Here […]

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3 Ways to Bring the Fight to Bots

The Internet is overflowing with threats and hackers, but some of the most annoying malicious entities are bots. These are systems which can gather information from all kinds of sources. While some aren’t malicious in nature (think SEO bots which gather data from websites), there are those that aren’t so innocent. These usually are created […]

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Personal and Private Data Continues to Leak from Sony

The technology and entertainment supergiant Sony did not have a very happy holiday season. Their Holiday gift was a high-profile hack, and it is the gift that keeps on giving as hackers continue to leak Sony’s employees’ sensitive information like Social Security numbers, passports, and even personal emails. This is obviously an embarrassing and costly […]

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Critical Microsoft Office Flaw Patched

Does your office use best practices when it comes to security and maintenance to protect against the latest internet threats, like Sandworm and CryptoWall 2.0? If you are not than your business might get a nasty holiday gift in the form of the Schannel vulnerability in Microsoft Office. This dangerous threat allows a hacker to […]

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Microsoft Fixes POODLE SSL Vulnerability

Recently, a new vulnerability was discovered in the Internet Explorer functionality of SSL 3.0. Due to the all encompassing nature of this vulnerability, all operating systems are affected. This makes it a big problem that must be quickly resolved. Thankfully, Microsoft has released a fix to the vulnerability, called Fix It, making it possible to […]

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Ghost Servers

Everyone has heard horror stories about the spirits of the dead lingering in this world. Every culture on this planet has different beliefs about the nature of these spectral beings. Not much is known about these beings, but people still believe without a doubt that they exist. In the world of technology, ghosts do exist, […]

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BadUSB: Theoretical Malware Turned Reality

We reported in August that security researcher KarstenNohl of SR Labs revealed a flaw in USB firmware that cripples the technology beyond repair. At the Black Hat security conference, it was revealed that USB devices of all kinds can be targeted by hidden malware. Nohl refused to release the code used in the research, concerned […]

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Alert: Shellshock Virus

A new malicious threat to all businesses IT systems and the data they contain has just been discovered. The bug, dubbed the Bash bug, or “shellshock,” is threatening users of Unix-based operating systems, like Linux or Mac OS X. It allows the execution of arbitrary code on affected systems, and could potentially be disastrous for […]

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3 Shopping Tips to Protect Yourself from the Next Major Retail Data Breach

Major retailers are having an increasingly difficult time protecting the security of their customer’s financial information in these hack crazy times. Last December, Target was hit with malware that compromised 40 million customer credit and debit card accounts. Recently, Home Depot was hit with the same malware. What’s a connoisseur of mass-produced boxed goods to […]

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Hackers Steal 4½ Million Medical Records

2014 has become a legendary year for data breaches. Community Health Systems, a hospital network covering 206 facilities across the United States, became the target of a data breach resulting in 4.5 million records being compromised by Chinese hackers. The information they obtained included Social Security numbers, birthdays, names, addresses, and telephone numbers.

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Antivirus Shield

Is Your Antivirus Software Up to the Task?

The year 2014 has been challenging for the cyber security professional. Numerous security breaches and vulnerabilities were discovered and exploited by hackers and cyber thieves; first Heartbleed, then the Internet Explorer vulnerability, GameOver Zeus, and the Russian password-stealing gang. In light of these events, you have to ask the question, “How can we counter these […]

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USB Lock

USB Software is Bad to the Bone, Literally

USB devices are a widely used item in the world of technology. Unfortunately they are notoriously vulnerable to exploitation by hackers and malware. As malware grows more and more sophisticated, you can no longer trust simple antivirus scans to protect your business.

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Apple’s iOS May Have Security Vulnerabilities

Apple’s iOS operating system is known for its impressive security features, but that doesn’t mean it is invulnerable to all threats. Backdoors have been located in the operating system allowing Apple and law enforcement agencies like the NSA to access the operating system.

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Piece of the Pie

Net Neutrality What You Need to Know!

Lighting up the airwaves in the United States is the issue of net neutrality. It’s a complex and technical topic regarding Internet regulations. This is an important topic that could affect how the Internet is consumed around the globe!

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Alert: Protect Your Company from Cryptolocker and GameOver Zeus Now!

It has been two weeks since the National Communications Association warned the world about the GameOver Zeus and Cryptolocker ransomware. If you haven’t taken steps to avoid these threats, it’s not too late, do so as soon as possible. Otherwise, your network will be vulnerable, and so will your banking credentials

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Even XP Got the Zero Day Bug Patch

Microsoft put out the fire from the zero-day bug, which affected users of its popular web browser Internet Explorer, by releasing a security patch. This IE bug is a bad one that allows hackers to take over a PC. The patch was released on May 1st and if you haven’t yet applied it to your […]

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Internet Security

When you were a kid, did you ever ask your parents for a cool new toy only to have your request denied because you were in the habit of breaking everything? Your parents would point out your destructive behavior  and tell you, “This is why we can’t have nice things.” As an adult, the coolest […]

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Alert: Heartbleed Bug Threatens Popular Websites!

On April 7th, a new bug was discovered on the internet that’s putting millions of users’ personal data at risk. Given the name “Heartbleed bug,” it’s capable of allowing hackers to collect information while you believe you are securely browsing a SSL/TLS website. Since SSL/TLS is so widely used, it’s very probable that your personal […]

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The Only Good Virus is No Virus

This world is dangerous; there are murderers, serial killers, and identity thieves. These dangerous criminals aside, many people ignore the dangers in the digital world, thinking that they are untouchable in their online community. Little do they know, some of the most dangerous criminals in the world exist on the other end of a telephone […]

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How the Personal Information of 200 Million Users Got Stolen by an Illegal ID Theft Ring

You’re likely familiar with the various ways that hackers can steal your identity, but you may not be familiar with how hackers anonymously buy and sell people’s personal information to interested parties. This is done through online ID theft. A December hearing before the U.S. Senate highlighted how one group of hackers were selling personal […]

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Data Protection is Very Important

Before the XXII Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, several influential entities expressed their concerns about data security at the Olympics. These concerns were reported prior to the start of the games on the eve of competition. NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams ran a story by reporter Richard Engel that intimated that visitors to Sochi […]

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Why Your Email Gets Hacked!

The value of your email account cannot be understated. To a hacker, your email is a goldmine of valuable information about your company. No matter how many Emails you send and receive on a daily basis, one or one hundred, you cannot ignore the need to protect your Email inbox from unwanted intrusion. Your Email […]

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Email Spam Prevention

Nobody enjoys getting spam in their email inbox. It’s annoying, it can waste precious time to sift through, and did we mention that it’s annoying? Every email user is familiar with spam, but not everyone may know how spam got its infamous name. The answer may surprise you and make you chuckle. The extra annoying […]

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2 Million Passwords Stolen! Have You been Hacked?

On December 3, 2013, security company Trustwave discovered that over two million user passwords for popular online services like Facebook, LinkedIn, Google, Twitter, Yahoo, and 93,000 other websites had been stolen. Chances are high that you use one of the services that had been hacked. Is your personal information at risk? All of the passwords […]

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Secure Your Sensitive Data with VPN

Implementing a VPN solution is perhaps the best decision you can make to ensure the security of your network, and the files that it transports when users are working remotely. Whether you send files between your workplace and home or to remote locations around the globe, VPN can greatly enhance security. What exactly is VPN, […]

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Online Data Security

With SaaS (software as a solution) and cloud computing making inroads at our jobs and in our personal lives, it’s only natural to worry about security; in fact, you should worry–at least in so far as it gets you to take some proactive measures to safeguard your identity and credit.  Even major companies like Adobe […]

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Basic Network Security is Simple

When your computer network’s security is working well and keeping your business safe, it’s easy to not think about it because you don’t realize how many times each day it has protected your company’s infrastructure from the various threats that exist in the cyber world. Just because you’re feeling safe doesn’t necessarily mean that you […]

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The Importance of Front End Security- Firewalls

Having a strong firewall to protect your computer network is an important investment for every business. The casual PC user may not ever think about their firewall because they use what comes with their antivirus software or OS, but the complexity of your business demands a solution that is not so easily circumvented.      […]

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