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Ransomware Statistics and Expect Hacking on the News

In 2015 alone, companies had to pay 325 Million in ransom to recover their data. There were 407,000 attempted ransomware attacks. These statistics confirm how organizations just don’t understand what to do to protect their company. Please spread the word…

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Pain Free or Free Pain?

On July 29, Microsoft’s Windows 10 free upgrade offer ends. Many people are asking: Should you upgrade?

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Help Your Young Ones Learn to Program

Mitch Resnick made a TED Talk entitled “Let’s teach kids to code.” He says that knowing how to code is an essential part of literacy. MIT, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, created a programming language for kids called Scratch. I swore I would keep my kids away from computers until they are older, so they […]

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GoToMyPC Forcing Reset of Passwords

GoToMyPC announced that they suffered a recent attack. Once again, this affected users who had used the same password at other sites too. Congratulations to you readers who have implemented two-step logon. The site twofactorauth dot org provides a list of services that provide a two-step login feature. If you know someone who uses GoToMyPC, […]

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Sleep Deprivation Makes Attackers’ Dreams Come True

Your team’s healthy sleep stops hackers. Often, an attacker’s primary goal is to trick your workers. Trick them into clicking a link, opening an attachment, or following instructions that supposedly come from their boss. So, one of the best ways to protect your company is

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Urgent Alert – TeamViewer Security Weakness

Many users of TeamViewer are reporting that attackers are compromising their systems. Even users that use two-step logon, aka multifactor authentication, report that they have experienced breaches. So it does not appear to be a case of users re-using passwords. For now, until more is known, the most effective defense is to uninstall TeamViewer from […]

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Avoid These 3 Really Good Hacker Tricks

Attackers prey on people trusting others. Watch out for these three common tricks.

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Why is it not Google’s fault?

After last week’s post about the stolen Google and Gmail passwords, one of our valued subscribers wrote back asking why it isn’t Google’s fault that the passwords were stolen.

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Gmail Passwords Stolen, Possibly Millions of Them

This applies to everyone, not just Gmail users. A researcher at Hold Security bought 272 million stolen passwords on the dark web. Some of the credentials were for Gmail. This is not Google’s fault. Whether you use Gmail or not, everyone, if they haven’t already, needs to enable

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Security Version 2.0

Here is another powerful way to strengthen security – upgrade to the newest versions. Just like last week, your key tool will be your application inventory. It will look something like this…

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