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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No One is Safe From Ransomware — Not Even the PGA

Ransomware Hits PGA’s American Servers Days Before Tournament The Professional Golf Association (PGA) has been the most recent victim of ransomware.  As their tournament is about to kick off in St. Louis, Missouri, the PGA has found all of their American servers encrypted with ransomware.  Meaning, all of the data on those servers is inaccessible […]

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Employees Get Resourceful After Ransomware Riddles Alaskan Systems

Ransomware Cripples Alaskan Borough – Thankfully Employees Think Outside the Box The Alaskan borough of Matanuska-Susitna, reported almost all of its 500 desktop computers and 120 of its servers were affected by a ransomware attack just days ago.  The unknown ransomware variant was found on July 24th, spreading throughout the network.  Although officials attempted to […]

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Latest AV-Test Results Are Released – PC Matic 3.0 Earns Certification Again

PC Matic 3.0 Earns AV-Test Certification In Latest Testing PC Matic first tested with AV-Test in the fall of 2017, and earned its first AV-Test certification at that time.  In May and June of 2018, AV-Test conducted another round of testing which included the latest version of PC Matic 3.0.  The testing resulted in PC Matic being […]

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PC Matic Pro and PC Pitstop Earn Major Recognition

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Recognition at Company and Product Level Throughout the second quarter of 2018, both PC Pitstop and PC Matic Pro earned some significant recognition.   PC Pitstop was honored by Comparably for having the Best Company Leadership, Best Company Managers, and Best Company Professional Development.  In addition, Network Products Guide recognized PC Pitstop for IT Vendor […]

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Software Updates for PC Matic Pro and PC Matic MSP Users

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The Second Quarter Leads to Additional PC Matic Pro and MSP Upgrades Over the last three months, the PC Matic team has been working diligently to increase the efficiency and software functionality of PC Matic Pro and MSP.  During this time, three significant changes have taken place. Security Data Visualization This specific addition allows users to […]

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How Can MSPs and VARs Close More Deals?

By: Carrie Simpson, CEO, Managed Sales Pros If your IT company is having difficulty closing new deals, don’t panic, you may be able to quickly change your approach and improve your results without making a major investment in any third party vendors, new software or new headcount.  Sometimes, the best fixes are the easiest ones. […]

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PC Matic Teams Up with IDShield to Offer Identity Theft Protection

IDShield offers PC Matic Customers Exclusive Discount As breaches become more and more prevalent, keeping your personally identifiable information safe becomes increasingly important. PC Matic has now teamed up with IDShield to offer exclusive discounts for identity theft protection plans.  PC Matic users are able to save 10% on an individual identity theft protection plan with […]

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Missouri Family Healthcare Clinic Infected With Ransomware

Malware Riddles Missouri Healthcare Facility In May, Missouri’s Blue Springs Family Healthcare found its systems were infected with various forms of malware, including ransomware.  All of the forms of malware were not disclosed, nor was the ransom demand.  The only thing that seems to be quite clear is, the hackers had full access to all […]

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Malware Risks Increase As School Goes Back in Session

The Risk of Malware Infection Increases as School Begins As students and staff begin preparing for school to reconvene in August, administrators face increased cyber security risks.  The likelihood of malware spreading as both students and staff members connect their own devices to school networks increases exponentially at the beginning of the school year.  Why is this?  […]

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Ransomware Hits Alaskan Medical Records Facility

But That’s Not All… In April, ransomware infiltrated the servers of Golden Heart Administrative Professionals (GHAP), a medical billing, and bookkeeping facility located in Fairbanks, Alaska.  The incident was reported to impact approximately 500 of GHAP’s clients, exposing approximately 44,600 patient files.  Although there is no evidence the information breached has been used maliciously, GHAP reported […]

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Virginia Bank Loses $2.4M to Russian Hackers in Two Targeted Attacks

Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me… In May of 2016, an employee at The National Bank of Blacksburg fell victim to a targeted phishing email.  It was this single email that led to a malware infection on not only that user’s computer but a secondary workstation as well.  The secondary computer […]

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Major American Medical Facility, LabCorp, Riddled with Ransomware

LabCorp Suffers From Cyber Attack A suspected ransomware attack hit America’s medical lab facility, LabCorp, the weekend of July 14, 2018.  Suspicious activity was detected on the company’s diagnostic systems.  The ransomware variant has been disclosed as SamSam.  This is the same variant that took down the City of Atlanta and Colorado’s Department of Transportation.  […]

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Another Connecticut Facility Suffers From Cyber Attack

Two Ransomware Attacks Strike in Connecticut Last week, we reported on Middleton School District, located in Connecticut becoming infected with ransomware.  This led to only two of their six systems being partially operational.  Now, a week later the Derby Police Department released they too have been a victim of ransomware.  Although, there is no evidence […]

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Application Whitelisting – The Future of Security

Whitelisting Begins to Take Over Federal Security Application whitelisting, or the concept of only allowing known trusted programs to execute, is not new.  As a matter of fact, PC Matic has been doing it for almost a decade.  Over time, other security providers jumped on the bandwagon as well. With the increased offerings of application […]

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Timehop Suffers Data Breach, Exposing 21 Million Accounts

Security Breach Exposed Basically the Entire Timehop Database Timehop, an application that is tied to a users’ social media account(s) for the purpose of resurfacing posts and photos users may have forgotten about, was recently a victim of a serious data breach.  To be fair, the app is pretty neat.  It will show you things […]

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Missouri Regional Medical Facility Diverts Patients Elsewhere, Post Ransomware Attack

Missouri’s Cass Regional Medical Facility Falls Victim to Cyber Attack Cass Regional Medical Center, located in Kansas City, Missouri was infected with ransomware on July 9, 2018.  Health IT Security reported the organization responded with their emergency response efforts within 30 minutes of suspected infiltration.  The facility’s IT department is continuing work to restore the […]

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Ransomware Damages Projected to Total $8 Billion for 2018

Ransomware Damages Expected to Increase 60% Year-Over-Year Last year, PC Matic reported ransomware damages were expected to reach $11.5 billion by 2019; a 130% increase from 2017.  Now, nine months after that initial post, reports are suggesting that total is quite accurate, and unfortunately rather attainable.  According to our friends at KnowBe4, ransomware damages are expected […]

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Major Breach Impacts 340 Million American Customers and Businesses

Breach Releases Personal Details for Millions of U.S. Citizens and Businesses Have you ever heard of Exactis?  According to their website, the company states, “Exactis is a leading compiler and aggregator of premium business and consumer data”.  They go on to tout “With over 3.5 billion records (updated monthly), our universal data warehouse is one […]

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Top Tips for MSPs to Help Your Business Thrive

We are always on the lookout for tools and tips that will help you grow your business. This month, our friends – the sales experts at Managed Sales Pros share dynamite insight on how to boost your profitability through security sales.  Let us know what you think. Selling Security The hottest of hot initialisms right now […]

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Have a Digital Wallet? Better Check Your Address!!

New Malware Variant Alters Digital Wallet Addresses It seems like, since the Bitcoin boom, there has been a higher growth of digital wallets or the wallets where crypto-currency is stored.  Now, with the spike in mining crypto-currency, digital wallets need to be increasingly secure.  Unfortunately, they are not very user-friendly.  Often times, in order to […]

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Over Half of Company Execs Are Paying Hacker’s Ransom Demands

A Majority of Executives are Paying Hackers According to Bitcoinist, a new study has been conducted regarding ransomware attacks and the tendency of those hackers of getting paid.  Merrill Research surveyed 232 executives worldwide, and 69% said their company faced a ransom attack in the past year.  This is a significant jump, considering only 14% of […]

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New Hampshire City Spends $156k to Restore Computers

Portsmouth New Hampshire Recovers From Malware Infection, For the Small Price of $156,000 After a nasty virus infection, beginning in March of 2018, the city of Portsmouth, New Hampshire is beginning to recover.  The virus determined to be an Emotet Trojan horse began sending out fraudulent emails stamped with the addresses of city officials and […]

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Connecticut School District Attempts to Remediate After Ransomware Corrupted Systems

Middleton Schools in Connecticut Suffer from Ransomware Attack Another ransomware has hit, yet another, school district.  This time, it was Middleton District Schools, located in Middleton, Connecticut.  The cyber attack is currently under investigation.  Meaning, very few details are being released.  What we do know is, an unknown ransomware variant infiltrated the school’s systems on […]

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IRS Takes Major Hit in Cyber Security Audit

Rushed Remediation Leads to Major Issues for IRS In 2015 the IRS experienced a major security breach, potentially impacting 350,000 taxpayers.  The breach was a direct correlation to the lack of controls the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) had in place for taxpayers to use its “Get Transcripts” option.  This option allowed taxpayers to obtain their […]

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PC Pitstop and PC Matic Pro win in the 13th Annual 2018 IT World Award® for IT Vendor Achievement and Endpoint Security

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The Information Technology Industry’s Coveted Hot Companies and Best Products Award Winners will be honored at the 2018 SVUS Red Carpet Awards Ceremony Dinner in San Francisco on Monday, July 30, 2018. Sioux City, Iowa – June 27, 2018 – PC Pitstop, makers of PC Matic Pro announced today that Network Products Guide, industry’s leading […]

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