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What Happens When You Get Ransomware?

What Happens When You Get Ransomware?

We often discuss how your business can avoid the impact of ransomware, but what we don’t often discuss is what happens to businesses that do, in fact, suffer from such a devastating attack. We want to use today’s blog as an opportunity to share what your business should (and should not) do in the event […]

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Cybersecurity Is Getting More Difficult as Phishing Becomes More Available

Cybersecurity Is Getting More Difficult as Phishing Becomes More Available

There are always going to be those who want to use your hard-earned data and assets to turn a profit. One of the emergent methods for hackers to do so is through twisting the “as a service” business model into network security’s worst nightmare. This type of security issue is so serious that Microsoft has […]

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Why a Zero-Trust Policy Might Be Appropriate for Your Business

Why a Zero-Trust Policy Might Be Appropriate for Your Business

With countless threats out there waiting for IT professionals to slip up, it’s no small wonder that many of these professionals are opting into what is called a zero-trust policy for their security standards. But what is a zero-trust policy, and why is it so effective at curbing potentially dangerous situations for your business? Let’s […]

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Keep Your Eyes Peeled for These Potential Security Threats

Keep Your Eyes Peeled for These Potential Security Threats

We don’t like it any more than you do, but if we have learned anything at all over the past several years, it’s that security absolutely needs to be a priority for all small businesses. In the face of high-profile ransomware attacks that can snuff companies out of existence, what are you doing to keep […]

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How Much Is Access to Your Network Worth to a Hacker?

How Much Is Access to Your Network Worth to a Hacker?

What would you say if we told you that someone could buy access to your organization’s network for a measly $1,000? Well, this is the unfortunate reality that we live in, where hackers have commoditized the hard work you have invested in your organization. A study from KELA shows that the average cost to buy […]

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What is a Botnet, and Why Is It Dangerous?

What is a Botnet, and Why Is It Dangerous?

Have you ever wondered how hackers manage to pull off incredible feats like bombarding networks and servers with so much traffic that they simply cannot function? None of this would be possible if not for botnets. But what is a botnet, and why is it important for your organization to understand? Let’s dive into the […]

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Yes, Even Your USB Drives Should Be Secured

Yes, Even Your USB Drives Should Be Secured

Historically there have been several methods to transfer data from one system to the next, and while the cloud has rendered many of them irrelevant and unnecessary, that doesn’t mean they aren’t used by people looking to move data quickly. Many professionals still opt to use USB flash drives to keep certain data close at […]

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Huge Data Leak Could Have Been Prevented with Proper Configurations

Huge Data Leak Could Have Been Prevented with Proper Configurations

What happens when your company configures something on its infrastructure incorrectly? It turns out, according to a recent data leak, that a lot can go wrong, especially in regards to cybersecurity and the privacy of sensitive records. The affected software was not an unknown third-party application, but was actually Microsoft! How did one of the […]

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4 Types of Insider Threats to Watch For

4 Types of Insider Threats to Watch For

It’s easy to focus on threats that are external to your business, like viruses and malware that are just waiting to infiltrate your network, but what about threats that exist from within? While insider threats are not particularly common in the dramatic, over-the-top way that they are made out to be in movies and media, […]

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Everything You Need to Know About Windows 8.1 End of Life

Everything You Need to Know About Windows 8.1 End of Life

With Microsoft announcing that the Windows 11 release is right around the corner, most users will be looking to upgrade to hardware that supports it. This is a topic for another day. As we approach the Windows 11 launch, Microsoft is gearing up to retire one of its most controversial (and ultimately innovative) operating systems […]

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Hackers Use the Pandemic to Send Out Phishing Threats

Hackers Use the Pandemic to Send Out Phishing Threats

COVID-19 has caused chaos and enormous suffering worldwide. On top of it all, hackers and cybercriminals have seen the pandemic as a way to make money, using phishing to extort and steal. Let’s look at some of the ways these unscrupulous individuals have tried to cash in on the pandemic, and how you can boost […]

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Secure Your Sensitive Data with VPN

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 […]

Make Sure Your Staff Understands the Importance of Their Role in Your Organization’s Cybersecurity

Make Sure Your Staff Understands the Importance of Their Role in Your Organization’s Cybersecurity

Today, employees have to be a major part of every business’ cybersecurity attempts. The reasoning is simple: attacks are more likely to come in the form of end user correspondence than on a direct assault of the network. As a result, it is important that cybersecurity is more than just another line item on a […]

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Cybersecurity Insurance Gaining Steam

To keep your data safe, you have to keep your network and computing infrastructure safe. The sooner threats are detected, the better you can contain them, and one hidden threat could doom your entire business. If you think that small businesses don’t get hit by cybercrime, you’re wrong. Small businesses with less security are a […]

A Company’s Boss Needs to Take the Lead on Cybersecurity

A Company’s Boss Needs to Take the Lead on Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity is critically important to businesses of all sizes, which means that all businesses need to put forth a concerted effort to ensure their security is locked down. This, in turn, will require someone to take point on developing a cybersecurity-focused internal culture. Who better to do this than the boss? Was this Helpful? YesNo

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Patch Management and How It Can Save Your Business

Patch Management and How It Can Save Your Business

Software is an absolutely vital part of your business – and many other aspects of our lives. We can’t live without it. But software is also the component of your business tech that is most vulnerable to attack by hackers and cybercriminals. Weaknesses in your software can open the door to scammers and crooks and […]

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Your Guide to the Modern Varieties of Cybercriminal

Your Guide to the Modern Varieties of Cybercriminal

You’ve heard of hackers, but did you know that there are lots of different kinds? On the cybercriminal scale, some are more dangerous and malicious than others. If you’re not an expert on hackers and what they do, here’s a quick guide so you can move beyond the stereotype. Knowing what hackers do (and why) […]

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Why Phishing Attacks Such a Huge Risk for Your Business

Why Phishing Attacks are Such a Huge Risk for Your Business

As one of the biggest cybersecurity considerations the modern business has to make, how to combat phishing has to be at the top of any business’ cybersecurity strategy. Let’s take a look at phishing and why it’s such a big problem for today’s business.  Was this Helpful? YesNo

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IT Service Checklist for Small and Medium-Sized Businesses

IT Service Checklist for Small and Medium-Sized Businesses

You’ve probably heard about managed IT if you’re a business owner. Outsourced IT services are becoming more and more popular because it’s an ideal way to gain value while cutting costs. If you bring in IT help as and when problems occur you’ll almost certainly end up paying more, and missing out on the advantages […]

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Securing Utilities Has to Be a Priority

Securing Utilities Has to Be a Priority

Shocked Florida residents recently discovered that a hacker got into the computers regulating the Pinellas County water supply and increased the levels of sodium hydroxide. The increased toxicity level was quickly spotted and reversed by staff, ensuring public safety. Still, it’s a scary story that highlights the potential vulnerabilities of public utilities to cyberattacks, and […]

Conduct a Security and Compliance Audit, You Won’t Regret It

Conduct a Security and Compliance Audit, You Won’t Regret It

Readers of our blog will know that we’re always emphasizing how the number of threats to computer security is growing. This is a hard fact. Two-thirds of business owners estimate that cybersecurity risks are growing year-on-year. It’s worrying that the remaining third apparently don’t recognize the threat. It’s an unfortunate reality that many business owners […]

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3 Network Security Factors for Your Business

3 Network Security Factors for Your Business All businesses need to regularly assess and review their current network security. One study from 1&1 indicated that 67% of people knew someone who had had information stolen from them by online criminals. Your business could be vulnerable. It’s essential to protect yourself against security breaches, so consider […]

Be Sure to Update Your Microsoft Passwords

Be Sure to Update Your Microsoft Passwords

2020 is behind us and the new year is looking a little brighter. Like us, you probably formulated new goals for the year ahead and you’re probably looking to boost your personal wellbeing and your professional success. Managing avoidable risk is part of that. Make sure your online accounts are secure so you don’t have […]

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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A Field Guide to Phishing Attacks

A Field Guide to Phishing Attacks

Phishing may sound like an amusing and harmless pursuit but it’s actually not funny and very dangerous. This online scam and its variations cause enormous damage. According to Verizon’s 2020 Data Breach Investigations report it was the most common breach of security. In Proofpoint’s 2020 State of the Phish report it’s recorded that 65% of […]

How Hackers Use Social Media To Scam Employees

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 […]

A Zombified Botnet is as Scary as it Sounds

In the world of computer security there’s a new challenge for professionals fighting against cybercrime: botnets. Hackers can used them to carry out Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks that bring down servers and services, and are using large numbers of remote-controlled zombie computers as a weapon in their criminal activity. How can you keep […]

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Who Needs To Be Involved In Network Security? Everyone

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 […]

What is Zero Day And Why Is Everyone Talking About It?

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, […]

How To Stay Cyber Secure During The Holidays

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 […]

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Ghost Servers

Ghost Servers Around the world, every culture has some kind of belief in spirits who live on after death, and everyone has heard a ghost story or two. Of course, not everyone believes they exist, though many swear that they’ve seen them personally. In the world of computer technology, ghosts definitely exist. The good news […]

How Do I know If I’ve Been Hacked

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 […]

How To Manage Your Mobile Data

If your business routinely transmits sensitive information over the Internet, you should be thinking about how you handle mobile data. Now that we all use the Internet to drive sales and marketing processes, we need to consider the threats that come with it. Let’s go over Mobile Information Management solutions, and why your business might […]

How to Beat Cybercrime and Stay Secure

How to Beat Cybercrime and Stay Secure

It’s a real challenge for modern businesses to keep all their data secure. Cybercrime is rife, threats are everywhere and most businesses leak data without even being aware of the problem. The good news is that there are simple measures to take to ensure data security and make sure the cybercriminals can’t win. Identify What […]

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4 Cybersecurity Tools You Need to Know About

4 Cybersecurity Tools You Need to Know About

2020 has been a hard year for many businesses. Nobody needs to deal with cybercrime on top of the challenges that so many businesspeople are already facing. But cybersecurity to protect against cyberthreats should be a priority for business owners and IT administrators. Solutions are constantly being developed to protect against cybercriminal activities and today […]

For Cybersecurity Awareness Month, Keep Looming Threats in Mind

The need to protect against the very significant threat of cyberattacks is something every business should prioritize. A single cyberattack could seriously disrupt your business operations and, in a worst case scenario, could even shut you down. Phishing attacks are one of the major threats, and their prevalence is growing. In 2018, recorded phishing attacks […]

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Why Your Business Should Be Concerned About CryptoWall

Just about everyone knows that viruses and malware can be catastrophic for computer users, and businesses in particular. New threats are regularly in the news. Ransomware is a particularly devastating example of the cybercriminal’s dark art. One version of this threat, known as Cryptolocker, caused widespread alarm when it first appeared. The good news is […]

How To Dodge Charity Scams

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. Was this Helpful? YesNo

Cybercrime Spiking During the Pandemic

Cybercrime Spiking During the Pandemic

Yet another poisoned gift from COVID-19: the increase of people working remotely has brought an increase in cyberthreats to business IT. Hackers know a good opportunity, and it’s a real problem for network administrators. Let’s take a look at some scary statistics as we head into the fall, where experts predict the virus to become […]

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How Has COVID-19 Impacted Cybersecurity Needs?

How Has COVID-19 Impacted Cybersecurity Needs?

Data security has always been an issue for business, but the COVID-19 pandemic has made it even more difficult. Many organizations are experiencing an onslaught of coronavirus related attacks, especially in the healthcare industry. COVID-19 and Cybercrime Cybercriminals are opportunistic. It makes sense that they would take advantage of a huge crisis like the COVID-19 […]

A Security Briefing on Chrome Extensions

A Security Briefing on Chrome Extensions

As of July 2020, Google Chrome had a 69% market share globally. This makes any security issues associated with Google Chrome a very big deal. Today we’d like to talk about Chrome’s many extensions and the permissions they receive, usually with minimal awareness from the user. What do these permissions mean, and how can you […]

Simple Basic Network Security Services

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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How To Best Recycle Technology?

How many cell phones have you had over the years? Some of us upgrade yearly, even bi-yearly. Have you ever wondered where your old cell phone goes? Recycling technology is an important but often forgotten topic in this digital age. Electrical devices should never go into your local landfill; they contain toxic, hazardous waste. In […]

What is A Hacker And Why Should I Care?

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, […]

How To Protect Your Data 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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Do Your Privacy Practices Line Up With Your Privacy Expectations?

Do Your Privacy Practices Line Up With Your Privacy Expectations?

How important is data privacy to you, particularly when you entrust it to a business? 87% of Americans consider their data privacy to be a human right. However, most don’t take proper security precautions. Let’s look at this. How Consumers View Business Data Practices The advisory firm KPMG recently released a report based on a […]

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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 […]

We’re Seeing an Increase in COVID-19-Related Cyberattacks

We’re Seeing an Increase in COVID-19-Related Cyberattacks

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic this year, over a hundred medical research groups have been working on a vaccine. Naturally, hackers have begun targeting those very organizations. There’s are lessons to be learned from this. Cozy Bear The UK’s National Cyber Security Centre reports that a hacker group called APT29, aka Cozy Bear […]

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The Different Types of IT Monitoring

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 […]

Four Questions You Need to Ask Yourself About Your Data’s Security

What To Ask Regarding Your Data Security (4 Questions)

Making sure your business data is secure should be a top priority. Losing valuable data can have devastating consequences for your business. How well prepared are you for preventing data loss? We’ve compiled four questions you can ask yourself so you can evaluate your data security preparedness. “Do I have security-based processes in operation?” To […]

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Protect Your Online Identity With These 8 Tips

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 […]

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How to Avoid the Influence of a Phishing Scam

How to Avoid the Influence of a Phishing Scam

How to Avoid the Influence of a Phishing Scam Cybercrime is a major problem that businesses have to confront today. Phishing attacks are something that everyone needs to be alert to, so you can identify them quickly and avoid the damage that can ensue. Let’s look at some ways to identify suspicious messages and email […]

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Should You Be Holding Your Staff Accountable for Failed Phishing Tests?

What do you do when an otherwise well-performing employee routinely fails your cybersecurity awareness tests? In everything else, the person is a great employee, but when it comes to simulated phishing attacks, he or she is clueless. You’ve been training your staff in cyber threat awareness, and everybody else is getting it. Do you replace […]

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 […]

You Shouldn’t Slow Your Cybersecurity Spending

You Shouldn’t Slow Your Cybersecurity Spending

You Shouldn’t Slow Your Cybersecurity Spending The coronavirus pandemic has changed how most business owners look at a dollar. The crisis has forced millions of businesses to make strategic budget cuts in order to keep going. Even the cybersecurity industry, which has experienced huge growth in recent years, has seen the market for products and […]

The Importance of Firewalls

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, […]

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.

FBI Warns About Banking Scams

Imagine how much harder life would be in the Covid-19 pandemic without the internet. A huge variety of online services and mobile apps have allowed us to avoid contact and keep functioning while staying safe. Nationally, in just a few months, use of mobile banking has increased by 50 percent. The downside is that banking […]

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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 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, […]

Why You Need to Consider How Your Data is Stored

As you surely know, your computer stores lots of data. It could be treasured photos of loved ones or that blockbuster novel you’ve started writing. The databases and vital you use for your business are stored in exactly the same way as the odds and ends from your leisure activities. Whatever the content, all data […]

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What Is Net Neutrality

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! Was this Helpful? YesNo

What Does a Firewall Do And Doesn’t Do

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 […]

Why Multi-Factor Authentication is Way Better Than Passwords

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, […]

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Security Awareness Training: Is Your Staff Holding Up Their End On Security?

Because IT is so central to business, today’s employees are completely involved in our computer systems, which ironically causes most of our problems. Any business with strong security solutions in place can keep hackers from infiltrating directly. Phishing Exploits Human Error To get into systems indirectly, scammers send billions of phishing messages, some of which […]

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How To Identify 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 […]

Why Hackers Ask For 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 […]

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.

Cybersecurity Pitfalls When Working From Home

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, many companies are having their employees work from home. This is a great idea for many reasons, but there are risks to be aware of. Going Remote Makes Sense With the COVID-19 Pandemic Obviously, if your business is deemed “non-essential,” your office is closed. While the definition varies from […]

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 […]

Hacked? Here’s How To Tell (5 Ways)

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 […]

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How To Hire 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 […]

New Mac-Targeting Ransomware is a Real Bad Apple

For years Mac owners have been able to take comfort from the fact that, on balance, their device is less vulnerable to security scams than PCs using other operating systems. That included protection from ransomware – until now. Security analysts at Palo Alto Networks recently discovered fully-functional ransomware that’s specifically designed to attack Apple devices. […]

IT Security End-User Checklist

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 […]

The Different Types of Spam

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 […]

Are Your Biggest Threats Coming From Inside Your Company?

Security is vital for businesses, and those that rely heavily on their IT will invest a great deal in keeping their systems and data safe. However, no matter how efficient your firewalls and antivirus software are, there’s one problem that they can’t deal with: insider threats from your own employees. Today we’ll take a look […]

Is your network safe from all 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 […]

Why is Data Protection Important For My Business

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 […]

Fallen Victim To Identity Theft? Here’s What To Do

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 […]

Hackers Can Now Use Radio Signals to Steal Corporate Data

Hackers are always coming up with new, unprecedented methods of hacking unsuspecting victims. Despite their best efforts, technology professionals have managed to keep up with threats, but this only forces threats to continue to innovate. In fact, some hackers are even capable of using radio signals to hack into an unconnected device and steal confidential […]

How to Spot an Online Dating Scam

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 […]

How to Use Email Safely

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. […]

How to Protect Yourself from Invoice Phishing Email

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 […]

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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 […]

Why Does Your Email Get 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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What Ransomware Is Looking For

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 […]

How To Spot a Phishing Attempt

Since email is such a huge part of doing business, scammers love to phish. To fight back, you need to be able to recognize a phishing email, so we’re dedicating this week’s tip to that. What is Phishing? Phishing goes beyond email. It’s actually any digital attempt to trick you into revealing information about your […]

How To Fight Malware

Today there are more types of malware than ever. An anti-malware strategy is vital to keep your business network up and running. Let’s talk about the basics of keeping your cybersecurity strategy working properly. Secure Your Access Points Did you know there are websites that provide the default factory passwords for all kinds of devices? […]

What Does Malware Do?

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. Was this […]

How To Know You’ve Been Hacked (4 Signs)

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 […]

Physical Camera Security Support

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 […]

How To Share Files Cautiously

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 […]

Smartphone Malware Is a Serious Threat

Most of us are well aware that we need security software to keep our laptop and desktop computers from hackers and cyber-threats. It’s the first thing you do when you get a new device, because the risks are now well-known, even to casual computer users. But it shouldn’t stop there. Smartphones today are mini-computers that […]

Beware the #HolidayHackers

The holidays are a hacker’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 […]

4 Timeless Cybersecurity Rules to Live By

Everyone knows that cyber security is important. Most people are now well aware that it’s necessary to actively protect their personal data and online privacy. Key issues include what data is being collected (and who’s collecting it), data theft and the threats that increasingly sophisticated malware, ransomware and phishing scams can pose. Cyber security can […]

DHS Cybersecurity Shortage a Major Problem

All modern IT administrators are focused on the importance of cybersecurity. For businesses, ensuring the integrity of networks and protecting business data is a top priority. But in the public sector all is not good. Government entities rely heavily on computing but there isn’t enough talent available to properly secure public computer systems. The US […]

Building a Secure Wi-Fi Network

Maintaining network security should be your top priority. If your security strategy is to fly under the radar, you need a new plan. No business is too small to be a target for a network breach. Threats are everywhere. Let’s take a look at planning a secure and reliable Wi-Fi strategy. Most places of business […]

65 Bitcoin Ransom Paid by Florida City

How Much is 65 Bitcoins? One Florida city is finding that out after getting hit with a ransomware virus which paralyzed its government so much that the city’s leaders agreed to pay the scammers hundreds of thousands of dollars. Hijacked! Recently, an employee of the small city of Riviera Beach innocently clicked on a malicious […]

Network Security is Crucial for Every Organization

Unless you’re a stuntman, avoiding risk is important to your business. Since technology is now central to most businesses, tech-based risks are some of the most important problems business faces. Business owners and IT administrators need to understand these new risks and how to avoid them. Ransomware: The Worst-Case Scenario Consider the absolute worst-case scenario. […]

3 Ways You Can Protect Your Data

A catch-all solution isn’t enough to protect your business data. You really need several solutions working in tandem. We recommend combining a unified threat management tool, a Bring Your Own Device policy, and a virtual private network solution. Let’s take a look: Unified Threat Management A unified threat management tool is several security solutions bundled […]

Fishing for Answers to Keep Phishing Attacks from Sinking Your Business

Phishing Attacks Are Increasing Everybody knows about phishing attacks by now; it’s the predominant way that hackers get into secured networks and data. Yes, everybody is aware, but that doesn’t mean we are solving the problem. Hackers are getting more aggressive. 57 billion phishing emails go out every year. If a fraction of those emails […]

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

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 […]

Understanding Spyware is the First Step to Preventing It

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 […]

12 Security Rules Every PC User Should Follow

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 SamSam Ransomware Is Absolutely No Joke

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 […]

Here is How Antivirus Keeps a Business Safe

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 […]

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.

Improving Some Cybersecurity Basics

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. Was this Helpful? YesNo

Your Business May Be Most Vulnerable from the Inside

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 […]

Looking Back at This Year’s Cybersecurity Issues

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. Was this […]

Getting Back to Email Security Basics

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 […]

Email Security Basics

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 […]

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Ransomware Makes Backup a Vital Necessity

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. […]

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3 Crucial Pieces of Your HIPAA Compliance Strategy

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 […]

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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. 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 […]

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Some Interesting Stats On Two-Factor Authentication

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 […]

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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 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 […]

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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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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

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 […]

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What Is An Uninterruptible Power Supply

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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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 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 […]

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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. Was this Helpful? YesNo

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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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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 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 […]

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

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 […]

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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. Was this […]

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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. Was this Helpful? YesNo

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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. Was this Helpful? YesNo

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

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, […]

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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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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. Was this Helpful? YesNo

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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. Was this Helpful? YesNo

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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 […]

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. Was this Helpful? YesNo

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, […]

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? Was this Helpful? […]

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

More and more devices now connect to the internet than ever before. This is the Internet of Things. They can be convenient, entertaining and useful, but such devices are a well-documented potential security threat. People may drop their guard if they have a seemingly harmless, internet-connected kettle, which somehow doesn’t seem to be as much […]

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

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 […]

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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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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 […]

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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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. Was this Helpful? YesNo

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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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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 […]

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, […]

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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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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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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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

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 […]

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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 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. Was this Helpful? YesNo

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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. Was this Helpful? YesNo

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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 Was this Helpful? YesNo

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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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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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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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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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