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When Your Microwave Talks Back, There is Bound to Be Problems

When Your Microwave Talks Back, There is Bound to Be Problems

If you find your “smart” dishwasher or oven starts turning on & off, your washer/dryer lights flashing, or your webcam enabled vacuum chasing you around the house…You probably have a poltergeist! No…totally kidding….but you might be a victim of a hacker. There are vulnerabilities in over 1 MILLION smart connected home devices. These devices are hard to secure because they rely on a wide variety of operating systems, hardware and program languages- many which are now obsolete.

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Fileless Ransomware is More Dangerous Than Ever

Fileless Ransomware is More Dangerous Than Ever

By now everyone knows about ransomware, the dastardly strand of malware that encrypts data (or the drives it’s stored on) and sends the user a message demanding payment in a certain amount of time before the data is deleted forever. To add a little more menace to an already stressful situation, the message includes a countdown clock. If it sounds like a bad situation, rest assured it is. How could it get worse you ask? Simple, make it more difficult to stop.

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October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Were you aware? Now you are. Don’t be frightened. We know it can be scary. We are here to explain what you can do to protect yourself from scary things like phishing attacks, Ransomware and other online scams as well as Cybersecurity at home, in the work place and critical infrastructure.

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New Patent From Walmart Means No More Privacy For You

New Patent From Walmart Means No More Privacy For You

We usually discuss how a business can help keep itself more secure. Unfortunately, this time we have reason to discuss the potential for a business to undermine the privacy of its own customers and staff. Walmart recently applied for a patent for a new surveillance technology that, buried in the jargon, holds many details that undermine the security of every customer and employee who works there.

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How to Tell if Your Online Browsing is Secure

How to Tell if Your Online Browsing is Secure

Your choice of browser can easily impact your security, as each handles how it informs you whether or not your connection is encrypted differently. This is especially important to recognize, especially when the Chrome browser will soon run counter to the advice users have received for quite some time.

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Ransomware is Getting Smarter

Ransomware is Getting Smarter

In 2017, Ransomware variants like WannaCry, NotPetya and Bad Rabbit wreaked havoc on businesses. And now in 2018, ransomware-like tactics called CryptoJacking is up by 629% already this year, and is expected for continued growth. 

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3 Cyber Security Predictions for the Near Future

3 Cyber Security Predictions for the Near Future

Innovation has always been a major part of building better solutions, but some of the most recent trends have been in regard to enhancing security. Adapting to the threat environment is one of the most important parts of running a business, so innovation has been geared toward giving users and organizations alike the security they need. That being said, a lot can change in a short period of time. Let’s take a look at some predictions for how security will change in the near future.

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Smart Speakers & Security

Smart Speakers & Security

“Okay Google, activate gun.” That’s a real phrase that a Google Home executed with the help of Google Assistant. 

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Is Public Wi-Fi Safe? Don't Count On It

Is Public Wi-Fi Safe? Don't Count On It

Public Wi-Fi is a great step forward so you can have instant access to your Facebook account and keep up to date with what is going on with your bank account. However, not all Wi-Fi options are secure and they may be subjecting your device to dangerous hackers.

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Business Security Automation Is Easy!

Business Security Automation Is Easy!

Due to the constantly evolving nature of business technology, it can become difficult to protect every single portion of your network from becoming compromised in the event of a disaster scenario. This might make information technology in the business environment a liability, but the benefits that it provides are unquestionable. Therefore, you need to take measures to secure your network as needed.

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Facebook and Social Media Data Security Issues

Facebook and Social Media Data Security Issues

Facebook recently published an article about ‘the potential’ misuse of your Facebook data by apps and websites, like Cambridge Analytica.

One has to wonder, where exactly does my data go?

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More Equifax Issues Discovered From 2017 Data Breach

More Equifax Issues Discovered From 2017 Data Breach

As though the initial news of Equifax’s 2017 data exposure wasn’t bad enough, it has been discovered that there are even more victims than previously thought. While news like this is never good, it can bring a silver lining if the opportunities that such news presents are seized.

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The Best Security Tactics for Business? Software System Updates and Patches.

The Best Security Tactics for Business? Software System Updates and Patches.

When you get a new device, you’re getting more than just the physical device and whatever software is currently installed on it. You’re also getting any updates and patches that the manufacturer and software developers release. However, many users neglect to incorporate these key improvements. Today, we’ll go over why updates and patches are so crucial.

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4 Things Anti-Virus Fights

4 Things Anti-Virus Fights

Does your business need an antivirus solution to keep threats out of your network? It’s a simple question with a simple answer, but some companies still don’t see the need for antivirus software on their computers. They might think they are immune, but hackers know the truth--and it’s all too apparent in the face of a data loss incident that hindsight is 20/20.

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Don't Take the Bait: How To Spot Phishing Attempts

Don't Take the Bait: How To Spot Phishing Attempts

Hackers are always trying to find creative and new ways to steal data and information from businesses. While spam (unwanted messages in your email inbox) has been around for a very long time, phishing emails have risen in popularity because they are more effective at achieving the desired endgame. How can you make sure that phishing scams don’t harm your business in the future?

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Tip of the Week: Learn Which Internet Browser Has The Best Security

Tip of the Week: Learn Which Internet Browser Has The Best Security

For most users the Internet browser is one of the most utilized applications on their computer or mobile device. With the influx of aggressive problems, it is mighty useful to know which Internet browser is the best for keeping your data, identity, and network secure. Today, we will take a look at the five most popular Internet browsers found on desktop and laptop computers and decipher which are the most reliable.

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Are Your Password Security Standards Up to Par?

Are Your Password Security Standards Up to Par?

Passwords are all over the place these days, whether they’re required to access an online account, or access the devices used to open these accounts. While both types of passwords can make for ideal security conditions, this is only the case if the passwords are strong. If your passwords can be guessed by just about anyone, can you really call it a security measure? New insights from SplashData show that passwords aren’t being considered as much as they need to be.

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Tip of the Week: Web Surfing Awareness

Tip of the Week: Web Surfing Awareness

We all love the Internet. We all use it almost every day. For this week’s tip, we’ll review a few ways to help keep yourself from getting in trouble while browsing.

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How to Protect Yourself from Malicious Apps in The Google Play Store

How to Protect Yourself from Malicious Apps in The Google Play Store

You can never know whether or not that app you just downloaded to your smartphone can expose your data or identity to risk. While Google Play and the iTunes store certainly put efforts into ensuring that users can safely browse their app stores, it’s unlikely that they can find every single malicious app out there before it infects someone’s device. Therefore, you need to consider the following measures to ensure that you don’t put your business at risk by downloading unsecure apps.

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Google Chrome Scam Hijacks Your Browser to Gain Information

Google Chrome Scam Hijacks Your Browser to Gain Information

The most popular browser in the world, Google Chrome, is being scammed again.

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