Minnesota Department of Human Services Suffers Breach

21K Minnesota Citizen’s Exposed in Government Breach Within the last week, the Minnesota Department of Human Services confirmed falling victim to a security breach.  The breach was executed when two department employees clicked on a malicious email.  The origin of the phishing email remains unclear. As a result of the breach, approximately 21,000 individuals who interacted with […]

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Sextortion Scams Are Sending Users Into a Frenzy

Advancements to Sextortion Scams Continue Hackers continue to trick users into thinking their computers have been infected with malware that recorded videos of them watching porn.  In an attempt to legitimize their claims, the hackers reveal they know a real password the victim has used and have begun spoofing victims’ email addresses.  By spoofing the email […]

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Symantec, Makers of Norton, Faces Claims They Aren’t as “Industry Leading” as They Report

Symantec Claims to be Industry Leading — But Are They Really? According to a federal ruling, Symantec Corporation will have to continue defending class claims that its Norton and Enterprise products failed to protect its users against the latest online cyber threats. Edward Chen of the U.S District Court ruled Symantec’s statement that its software […]

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Breaches Increase, Yet Households Are Less Worried About Identity Theft?

Security Breaches Rise, Yet Households Report Less Concern? According to Javelin Strategy and Research, identity theft has risen for four consecutive years.  Yet, in the 2017 survey from the Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), only 57% of households reported concerns regarding data breaches, compared to 63% in 2015. Now, this would make sense […]

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Is This Windows File Hoarding Your Personal Information?

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Windows WaitList.dat File Has Been Found Storing User Data Now, before anyone panics, there are two major things you must understand.  First, this is only impacting Windows PCs with touchscreen capabilities.  In addition, a user of this PC must have enabled the handwriting recognition feature.  This feature generated formatted text from a person’s writings they […]

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Flood of Cyber Attacks Drives Endusers to New Antivirus Solutions

Ransomware Attacks Drive 44.53% of Endusers to Reconsider Their Antivirus Solutions Not only are ransomware attacks taking place daily, but news coverage of these attacks has increased.  Therefore, the public has become more aware of this cyber threat.  The same can be said for another cyber threat, crypto-jacking.  Not long ago, computer users would have […]

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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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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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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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Fun Fact – You Can Use PowerPoint to Record Your Screen

Microsoft Windows

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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