Blog

How to protect yourself from the Equifax hack

According to Equifax, hackers exploited a weakness in its customer-facing website from mid-May to July 29, 2017 to steal the personal information (including Social Security Number, driver’s license number, and credit-card numbers) of 143 million U.S. citizens. That's the personal information of more than half of the adults in the United States today. ...

We just avoided a Phishing attack (and you can, too)

When discussing cybersecurity with companies, we are often asked about phishing attacks and how successful they are. Phishing attacks are cyberattacks carried out against businesses by sending emails that install malware/ransomware/spyware on the victim’s computer if a malicious attachment is opened or a link in the email is clicked. In our pr...

Is your cell phone calling to ask for your Social Security number? That's Vishing.

Remember Social Engineering Attacks? The big one is Phishing (cyber-attacks sent in email) that try to get you to click a link or open an attached document. Then there is Smishing where you get a text or instant message that tries to get you worried enough to tap on an embedded link in order to prevent something bad like your bank account bein...

This Is Why You Need To Worry About Smishing

When we described Social Engineering Attacks, we talked about phishing (cyber attacks carried out using email). Phishing is all about convincing you to act immediately by clicking on a link, or opening an attached document, and results in a hacker getting access to your sensitive business or personal information. If you follow the few simple rule...

Phishing for Corporate Gold with Social Engineering Attacks

Completing our look at the 7 common-sense cyber protections with #5 and #6: #5 DO NOT open emails, links, or attachments from strangers – especially if the email demands urgent action from you. Stop and think, that email could be a "phishing" email from a cyber attacker #6 DO NOT give any of your usernames, passwords, or other computer...

Just what is a complex password (and how do I create one)?

In a previous blog, I discussed seven common-sense cyber protections you can do that immediately and inexpensively make you, your business, and your family safer from cyber attack. So far, I've covered #1 – Keep your software patches up to date and #7 – Do not give your primary user account administrator privileges, and #3 – Back up your computer ...

Which is worse: #ransomware or hard drive failure?

It’s a trick question. Both impact your business the same way – you lose access to your valuable business data when you are not expecting it. One of the most important things you can do about cybersecurity is to stop thinking about it like a mysterious disease whose only cure is to buy specialized protection software. To be sure, some businesses that...

7 Common-Sense Cyber Protections That Really Work

We all use the Internet regularly to communicate with colleagues, share vital information, and carry out our business duties. Think of trying to get through your workday without access to your e-mail, your documents, or your spreadsheets. Nevertheless, that same Internet we depend upon is viewed by cyber criminals as a pathway into your company – one ...

The 2 Things That Best Protect You From Cyber-Attack

We are excited to announce a NEW guest blog series by Dr. Ken! In future blog posts, he will discuss ransomware, encryption, and other critical cyber-security issues all business people need to know. Stay tuned! UPDATE Friday May 12, 2017: Massive ransomware cyber-attack hits 74 countries around the world says a headline in today’s UK Guardian news...