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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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Your Work From Home Users are Like a Box of Chocolates

Because of so many work from home users, the Internet is like a box of chocolates for attackers.

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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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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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Information that You Need to Know About the California Consumer Privacy Act

California’s CCPA act went into effect on January 1, but you have until July 1, 2020 when it is enforced. Get started now. First, you need to

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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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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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Find Out if You Can Collect a Bundle from the Equifax Breach

There is a strong chance that hackers obtained your identity information in the Equifax breach. It exposed 148 million American’s sensitive information, and that sets you and your family up for identity theft. If you already suffered identity theft and can prove Equifax was the source, you might get up to twenty thousand dollars.

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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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