Security

Microsoft Thwarts Major Hacking Attempt, For Now

  • By Rafiq Masri
  • October 30, 2020
  • Security

With just shy of a month before the 2020 United States Election, there has been quite a bit of concern over the idea that external interests may try to sway the results—and it seems for good reason. Only recently, Microsoft interrupted a massive coordinated hacking plot that could have altered the very infrastructure needed to support a fair election. Let’s...

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What’s Involved with a Professional Penetration Test

  • By Rafiq Masri
  • October 19, 2020
  • Security

One of the most valuable things for a business to know, in terms of its cybersecurity, is how vulnerable it is to breaches and exploits. This kind of information can be gathered via a process called penetration testing, or “pen testing.” Let’s go over how the average pen test is conducted to see how these insights are collected. Getting into...

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Tip of the Week: Best Practices to Keep IT Happy

I want to ask you a question: how is your working relationship with your IT provider, whether you’ve contracted another business, or you have your own internal department? If you suspect it isn’t great, there may be good reason for that. Chances are, you’re what IT would refer to as an “end user.” If you’re concerned that IT may not...

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Hackers are Using COVID-19 As an Opportunity

  • By Rafiq Masri
  • September 28, 2020
  • Security

In true form, cyberattacks have trended upward during the COVID-19 pandemic. With so many people working from home, it’s not much of a surprise that some of the most popular hacking tactics are being used, using the worldwide pandemic as bait. Today, we identify some of these threats. Businesses Relying on Unsecured Remote Desktops We briefly touched on this in...

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What Data Privacy will Look Like in the Future

  • By Rafiq Masri
  • September 18, 2020
  • Security

I want you to step out of your role as a business owner for a moment and see yourself once again as the average consumer. How concerned are you that so many businesses have collected and are now storing your personal data, and that you have no control over its privacy? If you feel at all uneasy, you’re not alone…...

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How Much Good Does a VPN Really Do?

  • By Rafiq Masri
  • September 11, 2020
  • Security

We’re pretty outspoken in our support of VPNs (virtual private networks) as an indispensable tool for your online security. However, considering that there are things that a VPN can and can’t do, we thought it would be helpful to specify what a VPN is really for. First Off, What is a VPN? A VPN is a tool that allows you...

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4 Questions that Will Help You Manage Your Data Better

  • By Rafiq Masri
  • September 11, 2020
  • Security

Data security has to be a major consideration for the small and medium-sized business, as not having a plan can lead to some pretty ugly situations. To help you prioritize the right things, we’ve made a list of four questions that you’ll need to answer to ensure your business is doing the right things when it comes to securing your...

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Credential Stuffing and How It Can Lead to a Data Breach

  • By Rafiq Masri
  • September 11, 2020
  • Security

Right now, a lot of people have had a lot more time on their hands than they typically would, so many of them are spending a lot of time on the assorted streaming services to entertain themselves. Unfortunately, cybercriminals have taken note. In light of all this, it seems like an apt time to discuss a particular threat known as...

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Ransomware is a Nasty Thing to Get

  • By Rafiq Masri
  • September 11, 2020
  • Security

Chances are, you’ve heard the term “ransomware” before. If you’re familiar with this particularly nasty bit of malware, the rest of this blog will be a familiar review. If you’re new to the term, let’s introduce you to the mean-spirited cyberattack known as ransomware. Buckle up. Introducing Ransomware Ransomware is simple to figure out if you’re familiar with how different...

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If an Email Subject is Urgent, Be Skeptical

  • By Rafiq Masri
  • September 11, 2020
  • Security

Important Update! Urgent! Expires in 1 Day! Confirm your Email Now! Your Password Has Been Stolen! This type of messaging is often used in some of the most disarming phishing emails. As a business owner, you and your staff need to be vigilant when it comes to catching these scams. Phishing Attacks are a Growing Problem When we think about...

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