The Deep Dive Into Application Whitelisting

Application Whitelisting – What is it? Before we dive too deep into the concept of whitelisting, readers must understand what application whitelisting is.  In addition, understand how it differs from alternative cyber security methods.  First, application whitelisting is a proactive approach to cyber security.  A security solution that employs application whitelisting will only allow known […]

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The Water Can’t Get Any Hotter for Kaspersky…

European Union (EU) Votes to Ban Kaspersky Labs Products On May 25, 2018, European Parliment released the Report on Cyber Defense.  In this report, specifically item #76 (see excerpt below), it specifically states Kaspersky Labs has been confirmed as malicious. 76.  Calls on the EU to perform a comprehensive review of software, IT and communications […]

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Liberty Life Attempts to Recover from Cyber Attack

Liberty Life Insurance Suffers from Ransomware Attack Liberty Life insurance, headquartered in Southern Africa, is attempting to recover from a ransomware attack.  On June 16, 2018, the organization notified millions of their customers the company had been the victim of a cyber attack.  As a result, several emails and attachments that were encrypted.  In addition, there […]

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Gartner Security and Risk Summit – Everyone Who’s Anyone in IT Was There

Gartner Security and Risk Summit Recap Last week I had the privilege of attending the Gartner Security and Risk Summit in National Harbor, Maryland.  Anyone who is anyone in the IT industry was present. The agenda was filled with presentations from C-level executives from major enterprise organizations, including Robert Herjavec from the Herjavec Group.  Needless […]

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Indian-Based Tech Support Scam Settles with FTC for $136K

FTC Settles with Tech Support Scammers — Again… In October of 2017, the FTC and the State of Alabama settled with multiple tech support companies who were scamming victims out of hundreds of dollars.  Now, less than a year later, the FTC settled with another individual tied to two more Indian-based technical support scam companies. […]

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FBI Recovers $16.4M After Catching Phishing Ring

FBI Hooks a Major Phish This week, the FBI had a big win when it comes to making a dent in cyber crime.  After investigating a crime ring, the FBI, Secret Service, Postal Inspection Services, Homeland Security Investigations, and Treasury Department arrested 74 alleged cyber criminals for taking part in a business email scam.  A majority […]

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Atlanta’s Ransomware Attack Costs Continue to Increase

The City of Atlanta’s Ransomware Attack Costs Keep Growing On March 22nd, PC Pitstop shared the story of the SamSam ransomware attack that took down the City of Atlanta.  It took almost a week, before the city’s offices were able to turn on their computers, and now, almost three months later, the infection is still […]

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PC Pitstop Earns Major Awards in Leadership, Professional Development and Management

PC Pitstop, headquartered in Sioux City, Iowa has outperformed other well-known small and medium-sized companies on recent business rankings conducted by Comparably.  Comparably uses employee feedback to gather information comprehensive compensation and culture data within the organization.  They then rank the companies based on this employee feedback. PC Pitstop Earns Recognition by Comparably for Three Major Categories […]

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Best Practices for PC Matic MSPs and VARs

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You asked, and we answered. Below our MSPs and VARs will find version 1.0 of the requested Best Practices documentation for PC Matic Pro and PC Matic MSP. This documentation covers our official recommendations for scan settings, scan frequency, Super Shield configurations, implementation and rollout procedures, and more! Best Practices Documentation PC Matic Pro PC […]

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Minnesota Facility Paid Hacker’s Ransom Demands

Minnesota Mental Health Facility Falls Victim to Ransomware Attack Associates in Psychiatry and Psychology, located in Rochester, Minnesota discovered its files had been locked with the ransomware variant deemed Triple-M on March 31, 2018.  Beyond locking the facility’s files, the attack also disabled the computers’ system restore functions and reformatted the network storage device; which was […]

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Maintaining Cyber Security While Traveling This Summer

Cyber Security Shouldn’t Take a Backseat for Summer Travel While traveling this summer, it is entirely likely users will find themselves in need of a WiFi connection.  Often times, users will connect to a public WiFi connection to conduct whatever business they need to accomplish.  This may include online banking, checking work emails, researching a topic, […]

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Are Russian Hackers Planning a Massive Cyber Attack?

Concerns Arise Over Potential Cyber Attack Targeting Ukraine According to BleepingComputer, some major fears are arising regarding a potential cyber attack that is targeting Ukraine.  So far, over 500,000 routers, in 54 different countries, have been infected with a malicious virus deemed VPNFilter.  The infected devices include: Linksys, Models: E1200, E2500, and WRVS4400N Mikrotik RouterOS for […]

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Baltimore Medical Facility Finds Two-Year-Old Malware, Leaving 500K Patients Exposed

Cyber Attack That Occurred in 2016 was Just Discovered, leaving 500,000 Patients Affected LifeBridge Health located in Baltimore, Maryland, was the victim of a malware attack on September 27, 2016.  However, what is most concerning is, the attack was not identified until March 17, 2018. In March of 2018 hospital officials became aware there was […]

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Lakeshore IT Solutions Capitalize on Partner Program Lead Generation Opportunities 

Lakeshore IT Solutions Capitalizes on PC Matic Pro’s Lead Generation Program Rian Yablun, of Lakeshore IT Solutions, recently shared his experiences with the lead generation opportunities offered to PC Matic Pro partners, and how the Lakeshore IT Solutions team is capitalizing on these opportunities. “About two years ago, our Synnex representative asked if we would […]

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Ransomware Takes Down Another Medical Facility – This Time in Michigan

Michigan Medical Facility Suffers Ransomware Attack Allied Physicians, located in Michiana, Michigan was the victim of a ransomware attack on May 17, 2018.  Reports confirmed the computer network was quickly shut down in an attempt to contain the cyber attack.  Although, officials would not disclose how long the firm’s systems were impacted, they did indicate […]

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PC Matic – The Fake Virus Experts

Imagine this alert showing up on your screen.  Scary thought, right? This message, and one’s similar, are intended to scare users and force them into acting promptly by calling the toll-free number listed in the alert to fix the issue identified.  The problem is, these alerts are completely fake.  There is nothing wrong with the computer, therefore […]

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PC Matic Pro Named Innovative Product of the Year – Threat Detection Finalist in 2018 Cyber Security Awards 

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 PC Matic Pro is pleased to announce that they have been selected as finalists in the Innovative Product of the Year – Threat Detection for the 2018 Cyber Security Awards. The Cyber Security Awards were established in 2014, to reward the best individuals, teams and companies within the cyber security industry. Excellence and innovation are core […]

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Why There’s Not a PC Matic Phone Number

How to Get PC Matic Support Recently it has been brought to our attention there are several different companies and support organizations that are claiming to provide technical support for PC Matic.  These individuals are posting a fake PC Matic phone number, claiming to offer support.  Please know, PC Matic is in no way affiliated […]

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Dutch Government Removes Kaspersky After Fears of Digital Espionage

Issues for Kaspersky Continue to Snowball… The Dutch government released a statement on May 14, 2018 stating they would be phasing out the use of Kaspersky Labs products on government devices, due to the “national security risks” the software presents.  According to CNET, Justice Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus wrote a letter to Parliament stating the Russian […]

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Malicious Apps Return to Google Play with Simple Name Change

Apps Riddled with Malware Return to Google Play Store On a regular basis, app stores are conducting security scans on potential apps to ensure their legitimacy.  They do this for a couple reasons.  First, app stores do not want their platform to be used as a breeding ground for malicious activity.  Secondly, the store will […]

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Ohio Police and Fire Departments Suffer Two Ransomware Attacks Within a Month

Ransomware Takes Out Ohio Police and Fire Departments, Again… Riverside Fire and Police Departments, located in Ohio, have been the target of recent ransomware attacks.  In mid-April, an undisclosed ransomware took down the public municipality’s networks.  Officials reported, they did not pay the ransom demands, instead choosing to work with their IT staff to rebuild […]

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Avoid Potentially Unwanted Programs With Simple Download

Potentially Unwanted Programs Are a Nuisance, Avoid Them Now Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPs) are a common inclusion on various downloadable programs.  Often times, they are found in free programs and applications.   Unfortunately, users do not take the time to disable these programs from installing in addition to the programs their intentionally installing.  Users become, as […]

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Ransomware Takes Down Oregon Public School

Another Ransomware Attack Targets Oregon Public School Roseburg Public Schools in Oregon is the most recent educational institution feeling the wrath of cyber criminals.  On Monday, May 7, 2018, school officials identified an undisclosed ransomware variant on their networks.  The malicious attack took down the school’s email systems, website, and software.  IT professionals are working […]

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Hackers Use The NSA Exploit, EternalBlue to Mine Crypto-Currency

Cyber Criminals Still Exploiting Year Old Vulnerability, EternalBlue The well-known NSA exploit, EternalBlue, caused major issues for PC users around the world when hackers used it to spread the global ransomware attack, WannaCry.  Shortly after this ransomware attack, Microsoft released a patch for the exploit.  One would think, PC users and IT professionals would make […]

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Proactive or Reactive, the Two Alternative Security Approaches

There Are Two Security Approaches – Which Fits You Best? When considering a security solution, individuals consider various aspects including price, usability, compatibility, and customer reviews.  However, how often do customers dig deeper?  Do they look at malware detection rates?  Do they look at the security approach taken by the antivirus vendor?  The answer to […]

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California Medical Facility Notifies Patients of Breach, Post-Ransomware Infection

85,000 Patients Notified of Security Breach The Center of Orthopedic Specialists, a California medical facility, suffered a ransomware infection in February of 2018.  Now months later, the medical facility is informing patients of a potential security breach as a result of the ransomware infection.  Approximately 85,000 patient files may have been compromised, potentially releasing information including: Social […]

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Massachusetts School Pays Hackers – Still Waiting for Data

Leominster Schools of Massachusetts Suffer Ransomware Attack During the week of April 16,, 2018, hackers infiltrated the networks of Leominster Schools, leaving information inaccessible to student and staff.  On Friday, April 20th, officials decided to pay the $10,000 ransom demands via bitcoin.  Massachusetts officials have stated, as of April 26th, they have yet to gain access to their […]

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Georgia Faces Yet another Ransomware Attack

Ransomware Infects Georgia’s Dawson County Dawson County computers were infected with a malicious attack on Monday, April 23, 2018. The attack was first identified by the tax assessor’s office. Shortly after the ransomware was confirmed, servers and endpoints were taken offline in an attempt to mitigate the infection. IT professionals were able to work through […]

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U.S. Considers Sanctioning Kaspersky Labs Products

The Kaspersky Controversy Continue to Grow Yesterday, I wrote on Twitter banning Kaspersky’s ads from their social media platform.  Now, new reports have suggested the U.S. will consider placing a sanction on all Kaspersky products.  This means, all Kaspersky operations will be banned, including their U.S. operations.  According to CyberScoop, New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen, […]

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Newly Released Malware is No One-Trick Pony

Russian Based Malware Found All Over the World A new Russian-based malware variant, deemed SquirtDanger, has been spreading throughout the globe.  SquirtDanger was developed by a single, sophisticated author, who leaves the malicious distribution method up to the hackers.  However, the variant has been found spreading primarily through a Trojan download.  Upon infection, the malicious […]

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Trouble for Kaspersky Continues As Twitter Pulls Their Ads

Twitter Pulls Kaspersky’s Advertising The last twelve months have been rough on Kaspersky, due to speculated relationships between certain company officials and Russian intelligence.  The U.S. government was first urged to determine where they were using the security solution.  They were then given 90 days to remove the program and find an alternative security program.  […]

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Ransomware Riddles Massachusetts Town Office

Rockport, Massachusetts Riddle with Ransomware Ransomware took down networks at the Rockport Town Office, located in Massachusetts, on April 13, 2018.  Since, IT professionals have been working overtime to get computer systems working at full capacity and to restore city data.  Fortunately, they were able to recover data through the backup systems; however, all information […]

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PC Pitstop Wins 2018 InfoSec Award as Market Leader for Anti-Malware Solutions

Cyber Defense Magazine Names PC Pitstop, Makers of PC Matic Pro, Market Leader in Malware Detection Sioux City, Iowa, April 16, 2018 – PC Pitstop, the leader in preventative malware detection, today announced that Cyber Defense Magazine, the industry’s leading electronic information security magazine, has honored PC Pitstop, the makers of PC Matic Pro, in its […]

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Unknown Malware Takes Down California College

California College Suffers Cyber Attack On April 11, 2018, the Long Beach City College suffered a malware infection which took several systems offline.  Forty-eight hours later, multiple systems remain impacted.  According to the California college’s website, those services include: LBCC.edu faculty and staff email LBCC Student Viking Student System Voicemail HR System Financial Services Online Schedule […]

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Business Intelligence Group Names PC Matic Pro as Threat Detection Winner

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PC Matic Pro Wins 2018 Fortress Cyber Security Award Sioux City, IA —April 12, 2018—The Business Intelligence Group today announced that PC Matic Pro has won the 2018 Fortress Cyber Security Awards in the threat detection category. The inaugural program sought to identify and reward the world’s leading companies and products that are working to […]

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Didn’t Read Facebook’s Terms and Conditions? You’re Not Alone

Facebook Works to Change Terms and Conditions to Enhance User Friendliness Facebook has been facing backlash recently due to the security scandal tied to Cambridge Analytica.  This scandal has created a ripple effect regarding concerns expressed by users.  Users of the social media platform are concerned about how their data has been used in the past, […]

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Did the Facebook Leak Impact You?

Find Out If Your Information Was Harvested from Facebook Facebook, continues to work toward rebuilding their brand after facing a major security scandal alongside London’s elections consultancy, Cambridge Analytica.  Reports have confirmed personal data was harvested from the social media giant from Cambridge Analytica.  It is believed, the election firm then used the data to […]

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The Federal Trade Commission Alerts Customers to New Scam

Federal Trade Commission Issues Scam Warning The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is warning customers not to fall for the latest scam hackers are attempting to execute.  According to KWQC News, scam artists are calling customers, claiming to be from the FTC.  The hackers claim to be issuing major refunds.  But there is a catch.  First, […]

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IBM Reports Ransomware is the World’s Largest Threat

IBM Security Announces Breaches Drop, While Ransomware Skyrockets On Monday, IBM Security announced results from its 2018 IBM X-Force Threat Intelligence Index which found the number of records breached dropped nearly 25%, while ransomware continues to skyrocket.  Ransomware, malicious software that encrypts files or entire networks, demands a ransom payment to decrypt the files.  Unfortunately, […]

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Microsoft Scrambles to Patch Windows Defender Vulnerability

Microsoft Security Programs Compromised Due to Security Gap New reports confirmed Microsoft’s security programs, including Windows Defender, are suffering from a major security vulnerability.  The security gap found is within the Microsoft Malware Protection Engine (MMPE), and if it goes unpatched, will allow hackers to do significant damage.  In order for the vulnerability to be exploited, […]

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PC Matic Pro, by PC Pitstop, Featured in CRN’s 2018 Partner Program Guide

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Annual guide recognizes the IT channel’s top partner programs Sioux City, Iowa, April 3, 2018 – PC Matic Pro by PC Pitstop, leaders in proactive endpoint and server security, announced today that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has recognized PC Matic Pro by PC Pitstop in its 2018 Partner Program Guide. This annual […]

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Advertising Methods of America’s Antivirus – PC Matic

PC Matic – A Direct Response Advertiser Lately, we have been receiving a significant amount of feedback regarding ad placements, specifically when they air.  This feedback has included praise for what shows we air on, to indifference, to threats of boycotts.  We wanted to address these concerns immediately, however, there are a few things people […]

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Baltimore’s 911 Systems Down After Ransomware Infected Systems

Ransomware Takes Baltimore’s Emergency Systems Offline On March 28, 2018 Baltimore city officials confirmed the city’s emergency systems had been infected with an unknown ransomware variant.  The infection was found on Sunday, March 25th, which led the IT department to taking systems offline.  For approximately 17 hours, Baltimore’s electronic emergency systems were unavailable.  Therefore, employees […]

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