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 a net as possible, and send out the […]

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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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