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Are Passwords Soon Going to Be a Thing of the Past?

Are Passwords Soon Going to Be a Thing of the Past?

Did you know that over 80 percent, eight-zero, of cyberattacks are the result of stolen access credentials? It’s no wonder that the username/password combination that we’re all used to is being actively phased out by many tech companies—including Microsoft—in favor of more secure, passwordless authentication measures.

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How Much Good Does a VPN Really Do?

How Much Good Does a VPN Really Do?

We’re pretty outspoken in our support of VPNs (virtual private networks) as an indispensable tool for your online security. However, considering that there are things that a VPN can and can’t do, we thought it would be helpful to specify what a VPN is really for.

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4 Questions that Will Help You Manage Your Data Better

4 Questions that Will Help You Manage Your Data Better

Data security has to be a major consideration for the small and medium-sized business, as not having a plan can lead to some pretty ugly situations. To help you prioritize the right things, we’ve made a list of four questions that you’ll need to answer to ensure your business is doing the right things when it comes to securing your data.

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Ransomware is a Nasty Thing to Get

Ransomware is a Nasty Thing to Get

Chances are, you’ve heard the term “ransomware” before. If you’re familiar with this particularly nasty bit of malware, the rest of this blog will be a familiar review. If you’re new to the term, let’s introduce you to the mean-spirited cyberattack known as ransomware.

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If an Email Subject is Urgent, Be Skeptical

If an Email Subject is Urgent, Be Skeptical

Important Update! Urgent! Expires in 1 Day! Confirm your Email Now! Your Password Has Been Stolen!

This type of messaging is often used in some of the most disarming phishing emails. As a business owner, you and your staff need to be vigilant when it comes to catching these scams.

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How Your Employees Could Be Scammed Right Now

How Your Employees Could Be Scammed Right Now

With all that has been going on concerning COVID-19, many businesses and their employees are experiencing no small amount of anxiety as their position appears to grow more and more vulnerable. Whether your employees are working remotely, or are in-house under strict rules, there’s a chance that they are seeking some additional means of making money. Unfortunately, opportunists are taking advantage of people just like them in this unsure time.

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Four Critical Business Network Security Tools

Four Critical Business Network Security Tools

I truly hope that, despite everything that has created challenges for businesses in recent months, I don’t need to remind you of the importance of your organization’s cybersecurity. Let’s consider the solutions that you need to ensure your business remains protected throughout this crisis, as well as any others.

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Insider Threats Can Be a Major Problem

Insider Threats Can Be a Major Problem

Your business may rely on its technology, but it relies on your employees more. This relationship can expose your business to a myriad of different problems that hinder progress and stymie productivity. One of those problems happens to be IT-related threats that come from inside your company. Today, we are going to discuss the different types of insider threats to help you understand what you need to be looking for to keep your data and network secure. 

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What Can Be Learned from the Most Recent DBIR

What Can Be Learned from the Most Recent DBIR

Since 2008, Verizon has released an annual report that details the cybersecurity incident trends from the beginning of the year. As usual, this year’s edition provided some insights into the patterns witnessed in 2019, hopefully giving us a greater appreciation for how cybercriminals are shaping their attacks. Let’s go over some of the trends that the Verizon Business 2020 Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) revealed to us.

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Make Sure Your Team Is Always Thinking about Security

Make Sure Your Team Is Always Thinking about Security

As a greater proportion of the workforce is spending time at home working remotely, it is important to keep security even more in mind than usual. Not only are people apt to be online more, they will also be outside of the protections that your business provides. This gives scammers an opportunity to embrace.

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The Equifax Situation Can Teach You Why Network Security Is Important

The Equifax Situation Can Teach You Why Network Security Is Important

About two and a half years ago, the financial services company Equifax was forced to admit that over 145 million people were victims of one of the largest data breaches in history. The company’s network was accessible by hackers from May until July of 2017 after a website application’s vulnerability was exploited. 

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Cyberattacks Circulating Around World Health Organization

Cyberattacks Circulating Around World Health Organization

The World Health Organization has been increasingly associated with cybercrime as of late, both as a target and as a spoofed entity. Naturally, this is to be somewhat anticipated, giving the continued global health crisis that we are all facing. Let’s go over some of the events that the WHO has been associated with as of late.

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Tip of the Week: Security Best Practices for All Business Sizes

Tip of the Week: Security Best Practices for All Business Sizes

Whether you’re referring to ransomware, phishing, data theft, spoofing, any of the many forms of cybercrime, it is something that all businesses need to prepare themselves for. While different business sizes will have differing scales to contend with, these kinds of preparations will involve the same basic principles. To help you best defend your company against cybercrime, here are a few tips based on those principles.

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Make Sure Your Conferencing Solution is Secure

Make Sure Your Conferencing Solution is Secure

With so many people forced to work from home, your conferencing solution is likely getting a workout. With news coming in suggesting that many of the most popular video conferencing software titles have vulnerabilities, it is important for your business to find one that is reliable and promotes security. Today, we’ll go through how to ensure that your video conferencing software is getting the security attention it needs to be an effective option for your business. 

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How to Stop Viruses (and Bacteria!) Lurking on Your Computer

How to Stop Viruses (and Bacteria!) Lurking on Your Computer

It only makes sense that a managed service provider would have a blog post discussing virus removal from a workstation, but today, we wanted to talk about a different virus, one that your antivirus software won’t affect in the slightest: SARS-CoV-2, or as it is better known now, COVID-19.

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Tip of the Week: Warning Signs of a Phishing Scam

Tip of the Week: Warning Signs of a Phishing Scam

According to the latest edition of Microsoft’s regular Security Intelligence Report, phishing attacks are the most prevalent cyberthreat. Considering what is currently going on in the world, this is almost assuredly still the case, which means that businesses and individuals alike need to be more aware of how to spot these attempts. To help, we’ve put together a few tips.

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Build Your Business a Security Strategy to Be Proud Of

Build Your Business a Security Strategy to Be Proud Of

The security of your business’ digital assets is extremely important, which is why it is disheartening when we see so few organizations taking the steps they need to sufficiently protect them. We thought we would go through some practices that will help you protect these assets and start you on your way to developing a security strategy of your own. 

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Watch Out for All Different Kinds of Ransomware

Watch Out for All Different Kinds of Ransomware

Ransomware has become infamous in the past few years, largely due to its involvement in a growing number of cyberattacks during this time. Of course, not all ransomware works in the same way, and recognizing the difference could prove to be useful. Therefore, we’ve taken a few moments and assembled a brief description of the four most common ransomware varieties.

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How to Safely and Securely Dispose of an Old Computer

How to Safely and Securely Dispose of an Old Computer

How long have you been working on the same computer? Depending on your answer, it may be time to replace it with a new model. That’s simple enough (especially with our help), but the question remains: what are you supposed to do with the old one?

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Tip of the Week: Basic Wi-Fi Security Essentials

Tip of the Week: Basic Wi-Fi Security Essentials

Wi-Fi is a crucial component within most workplaces, primarily due to its convenience. However, it is just as crucial that these workplaces aren’t sacrificing their security for the sake of this convenience. That’s why we wanted to share a few tips to help you keep your use of Wi-Fi as secure as possible.

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