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Microsoft Will Stop Protecting Windows 7 on January 14, 2020

Windows 7 computers will still run, your anti-virus will still work, as will your other programs. But you are taking a significant risk because Microsoft will no longer provide security updates that help keep attackers out of your network.

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Never Permit Tech Support to Access your Computer

A company had a problem with their bank’s remote deposit software. They called technical support, and the bank’s software support person announced, “First, I need to connect to your computer to see what is going on.” Fortunately, the company’s team member told the bank’s technical support person,

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When You Buy New Wi-Fi devices, be Sure they Support Wi-Fi Version 6

Wi-Fi technology is always changing. When you buy new Wi-Fi equipment, be sure to ask if there is a Wi-Fi version 6 option available. You will increase speed, security, and help futureproof your investment. Wi-Fi version 6 will become the new standard for several reasons:

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Protect your Company from the Imminent Threat called Eternal Blue

In 2017, the NSA made headlines after developing a hacking tool called Eternal Blue. The NSA did not notify Microsoft of the stockpiled vulnerabilities, so Microsoft didn’t know what holes to seal. The hacker group called Shadow Brokers acquired this powerful hacking tool developed by some of our nation’s best and brightest.

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How to Best Protect Your Mobile Devices

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773 Million Passwords Exposed – Were You Exposed?

Today Troy Hunt announced that a collection of 773 million usernames and passwords were released. This release of passwords, dubbed Collection #1, contains usernames and passwords

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Attackers are Targeting High Net Worth Individuals

An experienced high-level executive shared his concern about how attackers are investing more time targeting high net worth individuals.

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Happy Computer Security Day!

November 30th is Computer Security Day. Today is a great day to remind your team members to continue to be extra vigilant as they watch for spam email messages. 

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Stealing Tesla Cars, and Stealing Your Network with Agent Tesla

The 3 minute Tesla car stealing video is fun, and keep reading the next paragraph about your organization’s security too.

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Can you Trust the Kindness of Tech Support Strangers?

If you place a call to tech support for your online accounting software or any program, and if the technical support representative on the phone asks you to download a diagnostic program to test your computer, think twice.

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