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Attackers Can Take Control of Your Network in Three Seconds, and How to Stop Them

An attacker can plug into any network port in your building and, within 3 seconds, take control of your entire network.

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One Nine-Year-Old Checking her Email can Breach Your Entire Organization, and How to Protect Yourself

Workers who use their personal home computers for business put you at significant risk.

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Zoom Security – Set Up Two-Step Login

Protect your Zoom account. If someone discovers your username and password for Zoom, two-step login should block them from logging in as you.

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Zoom Security Settings – The Concise Details

Zoom has many security settings. This is a detailed but concise guide to the settings and how they work.

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Make your Zoom Secure

Tomorrow (Friday) morning, expect a completed guide that is quick for you to implement to lock down your Zoom security. Get started now on a few settings:

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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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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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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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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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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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