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Phishing attacks have been in the social consciousness now for a while, and for good reason: it is the predominant way that hackers gain access to secured networks and data. Unfortunately, awareness to an issue doesn’t always result in positive outcomes. In this case, hackers get more aggressive, and by blanketing everyone under a seemingly […]
Most businesses depend heavily on email. More than 124 billion business emails are sent and received every day, which gives some idea of how central email has become to business communications. But do you know how secure your email communications are? Email is often targeted by scammers and security is a priority for any business. […]
It’s Everybody Smart computer users protect their PCs from hacks. They know that there are countless ways that a hacker can take advantage of a PC. If individuals know they are at risk, how can any business think that they are too small to worry? Yes, Even You! Any business owner who thinks that they’re […]
Spyware is as nasty as it sounds and can cause you a lot of trouble, but can be stopped. Here is a brief overview of spyware, and what you can do to protect yourself and your business from it. What Is Spyware? Spyware is any program that hides in your system secretly copying data. It […]
Data security can be a headache, especially if you don’t have dedicated security personnel. While digital data security is important, how can you make sure a thief or hacker isn’t just walking into your office? How’s Your Physical Security? If you don’t have guards or security cameras in place, you could suffer from a physical […]
While you probably keep network security at the top of your list, your workers may not put much thought into network security. Your employees are the most likely to encounter security issues, and security education can go a long way towards preventing data breaches and malware related problems. To help you avoid disaster, we’ve compiled […]
The holidays are a scammer’s favorite time of year. The gift-giving season inspires us to spend a lot of money, which means that credit card numbers are up for grabs in bulk. As a consumer, make sure you keep an eye out for scams this holiday season. Caveat Keep in mind that we’re just offering […]
Bad Rabbit The funny thing about ransomware is that they have some very strange names: Bad Rabbit sounds like the name of the villainous bunny from the Beatrix Potter children’s story, not the malware that ravaged hundreds of European businesses. The latest in a long line of funny-named ransomware, SamSam, is one of the worst […]
During the holiday season, there’s a lot of data being exchanged between businesses and consumers so there are more opportunities for cybercrime. Whether you are in business or you’re a consumer, you need to be aware and know how to avoid risks. Browse Safely The Internet is a fantastic resource for the savvy shopper, but […]
Who Needs To Be Involved In Network Security? Everyone Most of us know now just how important online security is and how catastrophic online threats can be. The obvious solution is to install a high quality, comprehensive antivirus and security solution, but it doesn’t stop there. There are many facets to network security that you […]
Antivirus software can be an important part Let’s take a look at antivirus solutions to show you how it removes unwanted files and malicious code. What is Antivirus Software? Antivirus software was developed as a tool to scan for malware and remove it from your system. There are several companies that create antivirus programs and […]
Prevention, as the saying goes, is the best medicine. Use the tips below to prevent malware from harming your PC.
What are your chances of being hacked, or targeted by some kind of cyberattack? I hate to tell you this, but they’re probably a lot higher than you might think.
It can be easy, with all the threats covered in the news, to assume that the biggest dangers to your business all come from the outside. This is a dangerous mistake, as there are plenty of vulnerabilities that originate from within your organization, making it easier for outside threats to come in, if not being […]
Have you come across the term ‘zero-day’, in the context of threats to computer security? If so, do you know what zero day threats actually are? A zero-day threat is perhaps one of the dangerous cyberattack problems you could encounter, and it can be devastating if you’re not prepared. Defining Zero-day Threats First of all, […]
Every business in operation today needs to have some kind of comprehensive network security. Simply put, there are too many threats that can come in through an Internet connection for them to continue doing otherwise. The past year provides plenty of anecdotal proof of this fact, as a quick glance back can show.
You know what a hacker is, right? It’s a common tech term, and hackers have been given center-stage in movies like ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ and the ‘Die Hard’ franchises. In fact, there’s more to what a hacker is than you’ll learn from the movies. Here’s some information on what real-life hackers do, […]
For cybercriminals and any else who might want to target your business, email is a favorite attack vector, because it’s so widely used. Your staff needs to know what potential threats just using email can pose to the security of your business. You need to train your staff in best practices to ensure that email […]
Being proactive is the way to get the most out of your IT and avoid problems arising. IT monitoring does just that. Here are some different monitoring systems that could be useful, or even vital, for your business. Monitor Your Network IT technicians monitoring a network can see if there’s anything out of the ordinary […]
Every business needs a strong firewall to protect their computer network. The average PC user may never think about firewalls because they come bundled with their OS or security software, but business demands a completely different level of protection. A Different Order of Magnitude of Protection Your business has several workstations, servers, and mobile devices, […]
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 […]
Passwords are Old News The password is continuously put down as one of the least secure methods of protecting systems. The problem is that people have a hard time remembering long and complex passwords, which makes it easier for hackers. You’re better off using some sort of multi-factor authentication. Many people use SMS two-factor authentication, […]
Everybody uses email, but not everybody is malware savvy. Logically, email has become a favorite attack vector of malicious users. Here are some basic practices that will help keep your email account secure and your communications private. Follow Password Guidelines As you might imagine, one of the simplest ways that you can lock down your […]
Your work is important, but so is staying safe and sound. By working together, we can protect this business. This guide was created so that business owners, office managers, and IT departments can provide it as an educational resource to showcase some of the most basic IT security practices that can be implemented in your […]
Spam. Not the edible kind. Worse. We all hate it, and it’s endless. This week, we’re looking at these types of spam. Spam, Spam, and More Spam Email spam: Most spam comes through email, and could turn your inbox into a complete nightmare if you don’t have a junk mail filter. There are actually regulations […]
The unfortunate truth of increased technology is that there is also an increase in cybercrime, more specifically identity theft. The question is, what can you do to help prevent it, and how should you react to it should it strike? The more information you have, the more interested the hacker There are plenty of ways […]
Your data is vital to your business; you need to have serious security measures put in place to protect it from ransomware. This year ransomware attacks are ramping up, so your business should prepare to deal with it. One of the best ways to deal with ransomware is to have a bulletproof data restoration plan. […]
If your work requires you to store medical data, your data security is absolutely vital. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act means your business has to work hard to protect patient data records from hackers. HIPAA’s highly regulated compliance standards mean that a breach could put you out of business permanently. Let’s talk about […]
As cybercriminals become more sophisticated in their methods of attack, it is all the more crucial to protect the safety of your company, staff and reputation. In order to spot and avoid these attacks, however, everyone must get involved. Invoice Impersonation Attack Unfortunately, because of their sophistication, it’s getting harder to spot, and avoid, these […]
A New Danger Imagine you are a cybercriminal. If you were going to launch a ransomware attack, who would you target? Would you try to snare as many as you could, or would you narrow your focus? Recently many cybercriminals have made the shift to smaller, more targeted ransomware attacks. Scattershot In the past, the […]
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 […]
Today’s business relies on mobile devices. A report shows that 90 % of people younger than 30 own a smartphone, so businesses hiring millennials should be thinking about how to secure all those mobile devices used to access company data. Stats on Company-Owned Mobile Devices A recent Wi-Fi security report from Wandera analyzed a set […]
Online security is crucial for the operation of any business. Using two-factor authentication, or 2FA, is an easy way to boost your online security . As the name suggests, it requires two independent means of verifying identity, making it twice as hard for you to be scammed. Surprising Results Researchers at Duo Labs, used data […]
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 […]
If your business were struck by a Distributed Denial of Services attack, would it be able to recover quickly? Do you have measures in place to protect your operations? Most companies are finding their DDoS protection is ineffective. What is DDoS? Basically, a DDoS attack overloads your organization’s network with so much traffic that it […]
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, […]
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 […]
Dealing with disasters is part of life. Floods, hurricanes, or snowstorms; both individuals and businesses suffer when a natural disaster hits. We all want to help people, but you should know that there are some illegitimate charities out there.
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 […]
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 […]
We have some tips on how to identify a malicious URL in a suspicious email.
Looking for a way to protect sensitive files on your PC? For Windows users, one easy safeguard is encryption. You Hold the Key Encryption is pretty ironclad. If a hacker accesses an encrypted file, all they’ll see is a bunch of random numbers, letters, and special characters. If you’re the one who encrypts the file, […]
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 […]
Spam emails and scam emails are two different things. One is annoying but relatively harmless, while the other is trying to steal sensitive information, spread malware, or extort money. Spam is Just Annoying Spam clogs up your inbox and can be for distasteful products or porn. However, spam is essentially harmless. Scam Emails are Dangerous […]
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 […]
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.
If you have remote employees, you may want to emphasize the importance of maintaining a complex password when signing into
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 […]
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 […]
You might take extreme measures to keep your business’s devices from contracting the odd virus or malware, but what if the device was infected before you even started using it. You might be surprised by how often this happens, even to wary business owners. Infected Devices Two unnamed companies discovered this after Check Point researchers […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
It seems that you can find absolutely anything online, but unfortunately, this includes cyber threats. No deal is worth getting hacked, so here are some best practices that can help you stay safe while bargain hunting. Stick to Well Known Companies When shopping online, large well-known websites are more secure than the smaller, never-heard-of-it sites […]
Hollywood Hackers? When you think about cyber attacks,do you picture a hacker in a ski mask typing furiously, or do you imagine scenes from films like Mr. Robot? In Hollywood, hacking attacks are perpetrated by deranged masterminds or brilliant hipsters, but that’s just entertainment. It’s Actually Pretty Boring Hacking is comparatively mundane. Security company SafeBreach […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
The internet is an essential platform for businesses today, but it comes with the risk of your sensitive data being vulnerable to online threats and scams. To help protect against cyber attacks from hackers and malware, and to safeguard your online identity, robust security measures are vital. Here are 8 tips to ensure your safety […]
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.
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, […]
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.
Cloud computing is potentially a great asset for businesses, but plenty of executives are still quite reluctant about moving data and operations to the cloud. It’s well known that cloud computing presents various security challenges, and the perception lingers that the cloud isn’t a good place to store sensitive information. This definitely was the case, […]
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 […]
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.
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.
Hackers are more common now than ever before, and organizations that aren’t proactive about protecting their systems will suffer. Unfortunately, some businesses won’t know they’ve been hacked until it’s too late. Signs to Look For If you’re experiencing any of the following signs, there’s a chance that your computer, and even your network, has been […]
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,” […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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.
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?
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
New Developments in ATM Hacks Malware that targets ATMs isn’t a new concept. After all, ATMs use internal computers that can be hacked like any workstation. The prime difference is that ATMs dispense cash, which has to be picked up in person but is then untraceable. A new type of ATM malware, GreenDispenser, is active […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
You have a system in place to remind yourself of when to pay your bills. If you forgot to pay bills, services would be cut off and your credit rating would plummet. Do you have a reminder system in place to renew your software licenses on time? Notifications? Most people depend on notifications from the […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
In 2014 Community Health Systems, a huge hospital network, became the victim of a Chinese hacker group. The data breach occurred in 206 facilities across the U.S. and involved 4.5 million records, including Social Security numbers, birthdays, names, addresses. Nobody is Safe From Identity Theft Anyone with a link to Community Health Systems was exposed […]
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 […]
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.
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.
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!
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
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Implementing a VPN solution is one of the best decisions you can make to ensure the security of the files your network transports when users are working remotely. No matter where you are sending files, VPN greatly enhances security. What is a VPN, and why should you be using it? Securing Against Online Threats The […]
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 […]
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 […]