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A Huge Data Leak Exposed Your Personal Information

The most massive data leak that’s ever happened includes neatly bundled information for more than 1 billion people. Keep in mind that the estimated population of the United States is only 330 million. If you use email, you are probably exposed.

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Protect Your Network Even when Attackers Trick Your Users

A business contacted our office last week because a bad actor tricked an employee to give them full access to their computer. The bad actor immediately took over the network and started performing highly illegal activities that appeared to come from the victim’s systems.  User training is not enough. It is essential to take additional […]

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Avoid Opening Word Attachments – Check with IT First

When you receive an email message with a PDF attached, it is always best to confirm that you are expecting the attachment before opening it.  However, if you receive a Word, Excel, or another file type other than a pdf, beware.

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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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You Do Not Need to Understand Computers to Make Ransomware

There is a new program that is designed to help even non-technical people to create ransomware. The tool is called Inpivx, and it is designed to provide easy point-and-click functionality.

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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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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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Watch for Threatening Email Messages that Contain Your Actual Passwords

You may receive a threatening email message that shows you your actual username and password. The attacker may demand you pay them 2900, or some other significant amount. They threaten horrible things if you do not pay.

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Stop Hidden Attacks Buried in Email Attachments

When you receive an email attachment, even when you are expecting the document and know the sender, the attached file can be poisoned. 

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Three Serious Trends to Watch Out for in Cyber Security

First, are your servers backed up to the cloud? The use of online backup will continue to grow. Organizations are finding out, sometimes the hard way,

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