Kraken Ransomware Disguises Itself As Legitimate Anti-Spyware Software

Everything isn’t always what we seem.  This is something we have come to know and accept.  However, when we download a program that is supposed to protect us, that is what we expect it to do.  Apple users were recently duped with Adware Doctor, which positioned itself as an adware prevention tool, but actually was […]

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Microsoft Macros Listed as Primary Malware Distribution Tactic

Hackers Use Microsoft Macros to Distribute Malware Tech Republic has determined in the month of August, approximately 45% of malicious activity monitored was executed through Microsoft’s macros feature.  This means that the malware was hidden in a Microsoft program and upon opening, the malware would execute assuming macros were enabled.  Often times Microsoft’s macro feature is […]

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Ransom Payments or Downtime – Which is Worse for SMBs?

Which Creates More Issues for SMBs? Asking questions like this is simply asking, which is the lesser of these two evils?  Neither is wanted or preferred.  And both cause substantial damage.  So forgive my bluntness, but which sucks less? Reports have suggested downtime is more damaging, financially than paying the ransom demand.  This is contingent upon several […]

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PC Matic Pro Featured In CRN 2018 Cloud Partner Program Guide

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CRN’s Partner Program Guide Highlights Leading Cloud Partner Programs Sioux City, Iowa, September 17, 2018 – PC Matic Pro, America’s antivirus, announced today that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has recognized PC Matic Pro, by PC Pitstop, in its 2018 Cloud Partner Program Guide, a list of leading technology vendors with cloud-related partner […]

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Hawaii Issues Breach Warning After Ransomware Infection

Hawaii Medical Facility Issues Warning to 40k Patients The Fetal Diagnostic Institute of the Pacific (FDIP), located in Honolulu, Hawaii has begun contacting over 40,000 patients regarding a potential data breach.  Concerns of a breach come after the facility fell victim to a ransomware attack in June of this year. After discovering the ransomware, FDIP contacted […]

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RDP Attacks – What they are and how you can stay protected

What is an RDP Attack? RDP, or Remote Desktop Protocol, is a port on devices that allow for remote access to be gained by anyone who has the appropriate credentials.  An RDP attack means an unauthorized person or entity is accessing the network through the device’s RDP ports.  The attack may be an actual person […]

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Florida Schools Lose Computing Ability After Symantec Fails to Stop Ransomware Attack

Florida Schools Struggle After Ransomware Infects Networks Monroe School District, located in Key West, Florida is attempting to restore their computer systems after the ransomware variant GandCrab infected its systems earlier this week.  On Sunday a member of the school staff noticed something was off with their networks.  They contacted the IT department promptly for proper […]

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Targeted Attacks or Untargeted Attacks – Which is Most Common?

Targeted and Untargeted Cyber Attacks Before discussing the attack methods of hackers, targeted or untargeted, we first must understand the difference between the two. First, untargeted attacks are when hackers have no specific vertical, business, or person they are attacking.  Instead, they simply cast as wide of net as possible, and send out the malicious […]

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An Antivirus Protection That Never Quits

Antivirus Protection that Never Quits — What Every Customer in the World Needs Cyber security threats are evolving every single day.  As customers of antivirus solutions, you need to demand better products.  You need to demand an antivirus protection that never quits.  But what would that look like? Consistent Innovation First, is the need for […]

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Ransomware Threat Can Be A Reseller’s Opportunity

A Reseller’s Opportunity – Education and Protection Ransomware threats have been increasing year-over-year, yet several businesses are not aware of the magnitude of the cyber threat.  This lack of awareness could be on this particular form of malware, or it may spill over into proper protection methods. It has become a reseller’s opportunity to educate […]

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Fun Fact – You Can Use PowerPoint to Record Your Screen

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Recording Your Computer Screen With PowerPoint It likely isn’t a regular occurrence that you wish to record something on your computer screen.  However, if the need is ever present, it is nice to know it can be done without installing yet another third-party application. How To Do It You will need to have open whatever […]

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Hackers Target Specifically Based on This One Thing

How Hackers Choose Their Targets According to Security Boulevard, the #1 security vulnerability identified by IT managers is unpatched systems. Hackers target vulnerable systems.  There it is.  That is the big secret, which likely isn’t as shocking as one anticipated.  Why do hackers target vulnerable systems?  This too is rather simple.  They don’t want to […]

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New Hampshire Healthcare Facility Offers Up Patient Data to Hackers

New Hampshire Healthcare Facility Suffers Ransomware, Followed by Security Breach Health Management Concepts (HMC) of New Hampshire recently suffered a ransomware attack.  The variant has not been disclosed to the public, but HMC officials did report they paid an undisclosed ransom amount. Before going on, it should be noted that paying the ransom demands is […]

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BEWARE: Scammers Offering Fake Refunds to Steal Banking Information

Scammers Call Offering Fraudulent Refunds There have been several reports lately regarding people receiving phone calls from individuals claiming to work for their security solution provider.  Not only do they work for your trusted security company, but they’re offering you major refunds!  But don’t get too excited — it’s a scam.  These hackers are calling, asking for […]

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How Hackers Know If They’ve Hit a Gold Mine

Top Information Hackers Look For There are two types of cyber attacks, targeted and untargeted.  Targeted could be as specific as going after a certain business or government agency, or as broad as a certain sector such as education or healthcare.  Targeted attacks often occur when an enemy or competitor specifically targets a business or […]

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PC Pitstop Expands Their Team – Check Out Their Latest New Hires

As we continue to grow, we are filling open positions with the finest American talent we can find. Our most recent job postings have yielded hundreds of resumes. We have always believed, as a company with 100% remote employees, that we are able to attract the highest -quality applicants that thrive in a non-traditional work […]

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PC Pitstop, Makers of PC Matic, Offers a View from the Top

In May, I gave a presentation to security professionals at Yankee Stadium.  Part of my presentation referenced the recent ransomware infection in the City of Atlanta. As I proceeded, I viewed blank faces and not one head nodding.  “Who knows what happened in Atlanta?”, I inquired. No one raised their hand. I paused the presentation […]

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T-Mobile Notifies 3 Million Customers After Security Breach

Hackers Breach T-Mobile, Leaving Millions Exposed Approximately 3 million T-Mobile customers either have been or soon will be notified their information was involved in a security breach.  Although details are not being released regarding how the attack was executed, T-Mobile has reported approximately 5% of their 75 million users were impacted by a recent data […]

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McAfee, Symantec and Malwarebytes Failed City Office

Multiple Layers of Defense, Doesn’t Always Mean Better Security On January 3, 2018, the ransomware variant, SamSam, infected the city offices of Farmington, New Mexico.  The ransomware infection successfully encrypted multiple areas of the city office including the electronic bill pay and records processing.  Although the infection did not impact utility operations and the city office has made it clear, […]

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PC Matic Pro Wins Silver in Best in Biz Awards 2018 International

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PC Matic Pro Earns International Recognition for Most Innovative Product Sioux City, Iowa, USA – August 22, 2018 – PC Matic Pro has been named the silver winner in Most Innovative Product of the Year – SMB in Best in Biz Awards 2018 International, the only independent global business awards program judged each year by […]

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Another Significant Security Gap Discovered in Intel Processors

First Spectre and Meltdown, Now Foreshadow Intel has been notified by various researchers that yet another security gap has been found in their processors.  The vulnerability affects its chip security technology called Software Guard Extensions (SGX).  This technology has been used in Intel processors since  2015.  Therefore, if you have an older PC — there is […]

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Ransomware Riddles Another Georgia Municipality

Another Georgia Municipality Suffers Cyber Attack While Atlanta Still Recovers After the City of Atlanta’s ransomware fiasco, one would think other public municipalities, specifically in Georgia, would have stepped up their cyber security game.  Apparently, that is not the case.  Hackers successfully installed ransomware on the internal systems of Coweta County, located in Newnan, Georgia.  This […]

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Application Whitelisting – The Active Defense Against Ransomware

Whitelisting – The Last Best Resort Ed Tech Magazine recently wrote an article on application whitelisting as an active defense against ransomware in the education sector.  Although we agree that whitelisting, or a default-deny approach, is proactive to ransomware prevention, their analysis warrants further investigation. Ed Tech author, Karen Scarfone states, If other security controls don’t stop […]

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Must Have Technologies to Thwart Ransomware

Top Tools for Proper Ransomware Defense Ed Tech Magazine recently released three major tools the education sector must have to effectively block ransomware from executing on their systems.  Although Ed Tech was specifically focusing on the educational vertical, these tips can be used in any industry. The three “must haves” include application whitelisting, endpoint protection, […]

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Scammers Target Fortnite Users with Android Expansion

Fortnite Users Anxiously Await Android Version – Falling for Scammers in the Process This summer’s “it” game, Fortnite, will soon be expanding its compatibility features to include Android devices.  Although this may be great news for gamers — it may come at a price.  The game’s developers have decided to make downloading available only through […]

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Alternative Approach to Tackling Vulnerabilities

Security Vulnerabilities Leave End-Users Exposed, But Perhaps There’s Another Way… I recently read an article on software vulnerabilities and the belief these issues will always be present.  This theory makes sense, as society’s dependence on technology and software continues to increase, the likelihood of security gaps existing increases as well.  Although, as long as these […]

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Anti-Virus or Anti-Malware? What’s the Difference?

Malware, Virus, Tomato, Tomahto? Recently, I’ve received a few different questions on the concepts of anti-malware and anti-virus programs.  Are they the same thing?  Which is better?  Is PC Matic an anti-malware program? There’s a lot to be said on the matter.  But here is the most basic explanation.  Malware is a blanket term used […]

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