Archive for (Tech) Security

Why You Should Use Multi-Factor Authentication

For years, you’ve used strong passwords to protect your data. Your IT team even set up policies to prevent the use of weak passwords like “password123”. This kept the bad guys out. However, with the evolution of threats, you can’t only rely on usernames and passwords. Cyber criminals easily steal passwords. Most often, a phishing […]

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Critical Security Alert: Windows 10 Vulnerabilities

Microsoft issued critical security patches for Windows 10 on August 13th and is warning all users to update their operating system immediately.  Microsoft discovered multiple vulnerabilities that can allow machines to spread malware without any user interaction. If WorkSmart manages security patches for your workstations, these patches are being deployed through our normal process. To […]

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Do you need security policies?

When most folks think about cybersecurity, they think about the tools—firewalls, anti-virus software, web filtering, etc. That’s smart. We always recommend a multi-layered approach to security. But how do you decide which tools are the most effective for your organization? What roles do users play in security? Most importantly, how does everyone react to a […]

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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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