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Cybersecurity For Today, Tomorrow, and The Future

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It’s nearly October, and once again it’s time to make cybersecurity top of mind. While we are always thinking about best practices to keep your business safe and secure from cyber criminals, October is the time of year in which the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) bring extra attention to the issue of security. This year there is a focus on the personal and professional connections and how they intersect, increasing the possibility of a hacker gaining access to one or both worlds.

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ALERT: Change Your Twitter Password, Says Twitter

ALERT: Change Your Twitter Password, Says Twitter

Twitter is recommending that all 336 million users change their passwords as soon as possible due to the discovery of an internal security flaw. While the issue has been fixed and no data breach seems to have taken place, Twitter is clearly taking this situation seriously.

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ALERT: Your Business’ Infrastructure May Be Susceptible to Meltdown/Spectre Vulnerability

ALERT: Your Business’ Infrastructure May Be Susceptible to Meltdown/Spectre Vulnerability

You’d think that Intel would make sure their firmware is of sound integrity, but unfortunately, a recently discovered vulnerability has revealed that it’s not as secure as previously thought. The issue involving Intel’s chips could potentially lead to a permanent nosedive for your CPU’s capacity to perform as intended, which could have disastrous implications for your business.

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20-Year-Old Exploit Finds New Life as ROBOT

20-Year-Old Exploit Finds New Life as ROBOT

There is no shortage of threats on the Internet, from situational issues to deliberate attacks meant to damage your company or steal your valuable data. While new threats pop up almost every day, some have been around for some time--so long, that many seem to not consider them as viable threats.

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ALERT: Major Wi-Fi Vulnerability Discovered - What You Should Know

ALERT: Major Wi-Fi Vulnerability Discovered - What You Should Know

A major vulnerability has been discovered that affects everyone that uses Wi-Fi. Key Reinstallation Attack, or KRACK, affects the core encryption protocol that most Wi-Fi users depend upon to shield their browsing from others, Wi-Fi Protected Access 2 (WPA2).

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100 Countries Hit By Android DDoS Malware

100 Countries Hit By Android DDoS Malware

In what is one of the first attacks of its kind, a botnet dubbed WireX swept across 100 countries, controlling over 120,000 IP addresses at its peak. The factor that made WireX so unique was the fact that the botnet was made up of Android-powered devices that had one of 300 malicious apps downloaded from the Google Play Store.

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ALERT: Massive Ransomware Attack is the Biggest Ever

ALERT: Massive Ransomware Attack is the Biggest Ever

Run your Windows Updates and be very skeptical about opening unsolicited emails. Failure to do so may result in a very dangerous strain of ransomware that could infect your entire network and spread to your clients, partners, and prospects.

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$100 Million Hacking Incident Shows that No Company is Immune

$100 Million Hacking Incident Shows that No Company is Immune

It’s a tough lesson to learn, but almost any company is susceptible to cyber-attacks that take advantage of any security setup’s weakest link: the people involved. This lesson was most recently learned the hard way by two unnamed tech companies that fell victim to a phishing campaign that was allegedly run by Evaldas Rimasauskas, a Lithuanian man accused of stealing $100 million from them.

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Don’t Assume Your New Device is Free of Malware

Don’t Assume Your New Device is Free of Malware

Imagine that, despite the extreme care you took to avoid threats from infecting your devices, they turned out to be infected anyway. However, what if the device had been infected before you had even gotten your hands on it?

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Tip of the Week: 5 Ways You Can Observe National Clean Out Your Computer Day

Tip of the Week: 5 Ways You Can Observe National Clean Out Your Computer Day

Did you know? Today is National Clean Out Your Computer Day! As technology buffs ourselves, we want to spread the word about this annual opportunity to clean out the technology that your business uses on a daily basis. Here are five great ways to make sure that your computers are being properly maintained.

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Alert: Largest Recorded Breach of Android Nets Hackers a Big Pay Day

Alert: Largest Recorded Breach of Android Nets Hackers a Big Pay Day

A previously known malware called Ghost Push now has a component that has caused countless problems for over a million Android users. This component, called Gooligan, is the source of the trouble, and it adds to this chaos by infecting over 13,000 new devices every day.

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Galaxy Note 7: Now With Exploding Batteries!

Galaxy Note 7: Now With Exploding Batteries!

Samsung has put out a global recall on their Galaxy Note 7 devices and a moratorium on any being sold after reports of exploding batteries came in. This recall--which is being considered the highest-profile recall in the history of consumer technology--comes at one of the worst possible times for the company, as they had just managed to gain some momentum after a run of mediocre mobile growth.

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Alert: New Mobile Malware Spreads via Twitter and Takes Over Your Phone

Alert: New Mobile Malware Spreads via Twitter and Takes Over Your Phone

There are countless threats out there that can mean danger for your business, but one of the most innovative to date utilizes a malicious Twitter account to administer commands to a botnet made up of infected Android devices. In fact, this is widely considered the first threat to actively use a social network in this manner, making it a wake-up call for security professionals and social media users alike.

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Alert: 27 Major Vulnerabilities Fixed By Microsoft. Is Your System Protected?

Alert: 27 Major Vulnerabilities Fixed By Microsoft. Is Your System Protected?

Microsoft’s latest round of security patches includes 27 software vulnerabilities, many of which are critical in nature. Affected are widely-used titles such as Windows, Microsoft Office, Internet Explorer, and the new Edge browser. It’s important for users to take action and install the Microsoft-provided patches, and soon.

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Alert: Vulnerability Found With Dell Software. Apply Security Patches Immediately

Alert: Vulnerability Found With Dell Software. Apply Security Patches Immediately

Researchers at the security firm Digital Defense recently found major vulnerabilities with Dell’s Sonicwall Global Management System (GMS), six of them to be precise. This is a widely-used software by businesses around the world for monitoring and managing devices connected to a network. Companies using GMS should take immediate action in order to protect themselves.

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Sioux Falls Wendy’s Restaurant Was Hacked Recently

Sioux Falls Wendy’s Restaurant Was Hacked Recently

Fast food is a closet indulgence of the always-busy professional, but for many, it’s a guilty pleasure that saves them the hassle of preparing a meal, and is a cheap alternative to going grocery shopping. However, that Baconator that you bought last month may have put your financial credentials at risk due to a data breach found in many Wendy’s restaurants, including Sioux Falls!

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Alert: Acer Customer Credentials Stolen. Is Your Data Safe?

Alert: Acer Customer Credentials Stolen. Is Your Data Safe?

If you made use of Acer’s online store to purchase a device between May 12, of 2015 and April 28, 2016, we have some bad news for you: There’s a chance you received a letter from Acer to inform you that your card’s credentials were stolen.

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Google Condemns Adobe Flash to Online Oblivion

Google Condemns Adobe Flash to Online Oblivion

In the wake of a dangerous zero-day vulnerability found in Adobe Flash, which required that users either uninstall it or update to the latest version, it’s becoming increasingly apparent that the web needs to find a new way to support rich media integration. Now, Google plans on slowly phasing out Flash in its web browser, Google Chrome, and switch to HTML5 as the default rich media player.

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New CryptoJoker Ransomware is No Laughing Matter

b2ap3_thumbnail_problems_with_ransomware_400.jpgToday’s various versions of ransomware are dangerous. By forcibly locking down important files on a victim’s computer, threats like CryptoLocker and CryptoWall are posing significant threats to both businesses and ordinary computer users. However, a new type of ransomware has appeared called CryptoJoker; and we assure you, there’s nothing funny at all about this one.

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It’s Time to Move On: Microsoft Pulls the Plug on Internet Explorer 8, 9, and 10

b2ap3_thumbnail_upgrade_to_new_ie_400.jpgIf you’re still using Windows 8 (instead of the much improved 8.1), we’ve got bad news for you. Microsoft has ceased offering patches and security updates for the Windows 8 operating system, which means that if you want to be using the most secure and up-to-date operating system, you should make the switch to Windows 8.1 or Windows 10.

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