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Alert Your Team – USB Devices, Login Prompts, and Apps

Warn your users about three ways attackers continue to exploit the COVID-19 crisis:

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Plan Now for Slow Internet and Dropped Phone Calls

Prepare now for slow Internet speeds and dropped mobile phone calls. Some customers report that their remote workers experience slow Internet speeds. The sheer number of people working from home, and others watching videos at home, is causing the Internet to experience slowdowns similar to traffic during rush hour.

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Warn Your Workers about Attacker Decoy Tactics

Alert your workers to be on guard looking for fake, decoy websites about coronavirus,

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Recommendations for Cybersecurity for Remote Workers During Coronavirus

The rapidly changing situation of potential school closures, self-quarantines, and public reaction to the coronavirus guarantees that at some point you will have employees who need to work from home.

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Prepare Your Organization for a Reaction to Coronavirus

The city of San Francisco just declared a state of emergency over the Coronavirus. Other cities will follow suit – maybe yours.

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Good News for Windows 7 Users

Microsoft stops supporting Windows 7 on January 14, 2020. If you are not going to upgrade, there are options.

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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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What Will You Do if Your Customers’ Spam Filters Block Your Messages?

One of the ways your spam filter helps to stop unwanted messages is to block messages from mail servers with a bad reputation for spamming. What will you do if your company gets labeled as a spammer? First of all, nobody will receive your company’s messages.

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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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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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