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Your Phone, Tablet, and Computer Started Hiding You – and How to Overcome the Associated Problems

A friend contacted me a few days ago and said, “Every few weeks, I’ll go to a site, and it will say that this appears to be a new device? For example, I’ve looked at my Twitter account this morning, and it put up my username and asked me for my password again. Is this […]

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Prepare Now to Recover Quickly from Ransomware on Mac and Windows Computers

Equip all of your Work from Home users with a cloned drive so they can help protect your network and get up and running quickly if they get ransomware or if their hard drive crashes. Protect your home family computers the same way.

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Tips and Tricks: An Unconventional way to Protect Yourself from SolarWinds and Future Hacks

Will running one rarely used program stop future attacks? It will in the SolarWinds attack and perhaps stop future compromises too.

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Three of the Most Useful Links About the SolarWinds Attack:

Even if you don’t use SolarWinds, your suppliers and customers might. In some cases, your security is only as good as their security. There are so many webpages about the Solar Winds attack. Here are three of the most useful. Please forward this to your IT team.

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Emergency Update if Your IT Team Uses SolarWinds Products, and How to Protect Against Supply Chain Attacks

Bad Actors compromised a product called SolarWinds Orion and then used that as a vector attack organization. Ask your IT team if they use SolarWinds products, and if so, they must

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Beware: Attackers Buy Top Search Engine Results to Trick You

What seems to be the best way to find a company’s website? Use a search engine, of course. The danger is that scammers can pay for top spots on search engine results to trick you into accessing a malicious site.

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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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If You Get Hacked, Do Not Email Anyone About It

You’ve trained your users to be vigilant for symptoms of cybersecurity issues. Now teach them to share their concerns confidentially.

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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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Be Smart and Avoid This Comforting Belief

Someone told me today, as is common: Attackers are only interested in hacking large businesses.

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