Archive for (Tech) Security

Have you received a ransom email?

Have you received an email from a hacker trying to blackmail you in exchange for ransom? And did it include a real password you’ve used in the past (or still use)? You’re not alone, and the only thing you should do about it is change any compromised passwords. These extortion email scams have been going […]

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Don’t let an end user ruin your day

You’ve set up your organization’s cybersecurity—considering firewall, anti-virus, DNS and web filtering, your wireless network… and on and on. You’ve made all the difficult IT security decisions to protect your business, but just one well-meaning end user that clicks one malicious link in one little email can open the door for a hacker to defeat […]

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Pssst: Our Password Protocol Advice

Let’s start by clearing the air: It’s normal to have a love-hate relationship with passwords. It’s hard not to love the very things that keep your information safe, ensure private conversations are kept private, and give you peace of mind to go about your business. But passwords also come with their fair share of headaches. […]

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Patching the Spectre & Meltdown security vulnerabilities

You may have heard about the Spectre and Meltdown security vulnerabilities recently. While there’s no evidence of anyone exploiting the security flaw, we want to make sure our clients are aware of how it’s being resolved. Microsoft has developed a security update patch that repairs the vulnerability. However, testing revealed that this patch can cause incompatibilities with antivirus programs. These […]

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Cyberattacks target schools, too.

NBC News recently shared this report about schools in Columbia Falls, Montana that were targets of a cyberattack. Hackers accessed students personal data—social security numbers, phone numbers—and threatened to release that data and hurt children unless a ransom was paid. The hackers also accessed school security cameras and could watch everything going on. This school district […]

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Wait, the new password guidelines are simpler?

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recently updated their Digital Identity Standards. I bet you haven’t read them, but the NIST guidelines affect how sites and apps create password requirements, and they affect the advice we share with you. And guess what? The new password guidelines are a lot more relaxed than before. […]

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