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Why You Shouldn’t Follow Links You Randomly Receive

Why You Shouldn’t Follow Links You Randomly Receive

Paypal: Unusual activity suspended your account. For your safety confirm your identity here: [link]

We’re here to tell you, very simply, not to follow links that are in messages like these, and to instead confirm their legitimacy by navigating to the website directly in a new browser.

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What Counts as Personally Identifiable Information?

What Counts as Personally Identifiable Information?

We frequently discuss the importance of keeping PII—personally identifiable information—secure, but what does this include? What data qualifies as PII?

Here, we’re going to lock down on a definition (and you may be surprised by what this definition covers).

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The Phisher—A Modern Take on The Raven

The Phisher—A Modern Take on The Raven

What if Edgar Allan Poe wrote “The Raven” during the information age?

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Why BEC is Such a Negative Circumstance for Any Organization

Why BEC is Such a Negative Circumstance for Any Organization

It doesn’t always take a complicated malware or ransomware attack to break your business. Sometimes it’s as easy as someone sending you an email and pretending they have authority over you. Compromising a business email is one of the most common and easy hacking attacks to pull off, so you should be aware of how to put a stop to it.

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Microsoft May Have Opened Up Millions of PCs to a Potential Cybersecurity Threat

Microsoft May Have Opened Up Millions of PCs to a Potential Cybersecurity Threat

Microsoft generally takes security very seriously, and for the most part, if you keep your Windows and Server operating systems updated, you can generally depend on some base-level security and stability. Unfortunately, it was recently discovered that, for almost two years, a very critical defense mechanism within Windows wasn’t being properly secured.

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Don’t Give Up on Password Managers, Even Though LastPass was Breached

Don’t Give Up on Password Managers, Even Though LastPass was Breached

In August, LastPass suffered a data breach that allowed hackers to access the LastPass source code. Let’s take a look at this situation and see what you need to do to maintain proper password security moving forward.

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This Ransomware Group’s Antics Remind Us How Dangerous Ransomware Can Be

This Ransomware Group’s Antics Remind Us How Dangerous Ransomware Can Be

Just like any other business that takes some time to get to know a new client, a new type of ransomware can take up to two weeks to map a network before it goes in for the kill. This threat from a group called Zeppelin has the potential to be a major threat actor in the ransomware space.

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Security that’s So Simple, It’s Smart

Security that’s So Simple, It’s Smart

Cybersecurity, to many, can sound inherently complicated—complicated enough, perhaps, that many may elect to put it off for as long as they can, or even choose to go without it. Even without our obvious bias factoring into our considerations, this is a bad idea. Let’s go over some basic security practices that are simple to enact, but can easily make a world of difference for your security.

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MFA Could be Improved Upon With Adaptive Authentication

MFA Could be Improved Upon With Adaptive Authentication

We’d be the first to admit that, as much as we’d recommend that you use multi-factor authentication wherever it is available, MFA isn’t perfect. This makes the idea that an improvement to these methods is on the horizon an intriguing one. Let’s discuss what may become the new and improved standard fairly soon.

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Have You Been Breached? Here’s How to Find Out

Have You Been Breached? Here’s How to Find Out

Did you know that you could be the victim of a data breach without even knowing it? It’s possible, really. If a hacker has managed to infiltrate a website or service that you use without giving up the goat, so to speak, they could have your information and you might not even know about it. Thankfully, there are ways around this, and it all starts by asking that simple question: what if my information was stolen, and what is it being used for?

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All You Need to Know About the Raspberry Robin Worm

All You Need to Know About the Raspberry Robin Worm

Using USB drives to spread threats is certainly not a novel concept, and you should always be wary of potential threats using USB drives to make their rounds. In particular, a new and emerging threat called the Raspberry Robin worm could shake things up in the world of cybersecurity. What is this threat, and how can you keep yourself and your business safe from its attacks?

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Cybercrime Turning Up the Heat on Those that Provide Degrees

Cybercrime Turning Up the Heat on Those that Provide Degrees

Ransomware is never a good thing, but for some, it can be worse than it is for others. Take educational institutions, for instance—they’ve become a favorite target for cybercriminals to take advantage of, unfortunately successfully. Many resort to paying up, something that we’d never recommend.

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As Business Risks Change, So Too Must Our Cybersecurity

As Business Risks Change, So Too Must Our Cybersecurity

As the technology we use in business and in life has advanced, the threats that target it have done the same and then some. Let’s take a few minutes to discuss these threats and what you need to do to protect yourself.

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Employee Burnout Can Seriously Affect Your Business’ Cybersecurity

Employee Burnout Can Seriously Affect Your Business’ Cybersecurity

Burnout is a very real thing, and it can lead to your employees becoming disengaged in their work in more ways than one. Their performance can suffer, but so too can their adherence to your workplace policies—policies like cybersecurity. Let’s take a look at the idea of cybersecurity burnout at all levels, whether it’s for your average employee or your IT workers.

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Greedy New Android Malware Can Empty Your Wallet

Greedy New Android Malware Can Empty Your Wallet

A new type of Android malware called “toll fraud malware” has been discovered, leading many individuals to question why they are being signed up for services that they do not want. In other words, there is malware out there that is spending users’ money without their permission. How rude!

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Technology Can Help You Gain Control Over Your Business’ Security

Technology Can Help You Gain Control Over Your Business’ Security

We write a lot of blogs about how you can protect your network and data infrastructure from cybersecurity threats, but it’s equally important that you take time to assess and address issues related to your physical security infrastructure. Today’s blog will be dedicated to what goes into a successful physical security strategy and how you can ensure that you’re protecting your business’ assets in the best way possible.

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Maintaining Continuity is Key to Getting Through Tough Spots

Maintaining Continuity is Key to Getting Through Tough Spots

When you get right down to it, your business is probably vulnerable to cyberattacks, no matter how prepared you are. There are countless ways you can improve your operations, but if you don’t take steps now to safeguard your company’s infrastructure, you could risk facing an even greater threat to your business’ future: a cybersecurity breach. There are simple steps that can be taken to help ensure your organization isn’t sunk by a random security breach.

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The Risks of Unsecured IoT Devices were Made Clear by the RSOCKS Botnet

The Risks of Unsecured IoT Devices were Made Clear by the RSOCKS Botnet

If you have never heard of a botnet, they are scary entities indeed. Imagine countless connected devices from all over the world, all joined together by malicious actors who want to use these infected devices to launch massive attacks against businesses, organizations, and governments. One such attack was launched by a Russian botnet consisting of millions of Internet of Things devices. Thanks to the efforts of the United States Department of Justice and various law enforcement agencies throughout Germany, the United Kingdom, and the Netherlands, it has been brought to a halt.

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The Threat Landscape and What You Can Do to Navigate It

The Threat Landscape and What You Can Do to Navigate It

Cybercrime is up, way up. This is problematic for businesses in general, but can be a really serious issue for those companies that don’t have security measures in place that can thwart potential attacks. Today, we’ll talk briefly about how big of a problem cybercrime is and some steps your business can take to keep from becoming a statistic. 

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There Are A Lot More Scams Than You May Realize

There Are A Lot More Scams Than You May Realize

How many scams and spam messages do you receive on a daily basis? We bet it’s more than you think. Scams affect countless individuals and can cost a pretty penny if they are not handled appropriately. Let’s go over why some individuals might be more likely to fall for scams than others, as well as what you can do to keep your employees from inadvertently costing your company

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