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Posts from November, 2013


Protect your Business from Cyber Threats with this 5 Point Checklist

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

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About half of all small business owners believe their business is too small to be a potential victim for virtual thieves and hacking.

The facts, however, say something quite different. The majority of cyber attacks are actually perpetrated against businesses with fewer than 100 employees.

Is your SMB prepared for these threats? Follow the checklist below to be cyber-safe!

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Cryptolocker & Ransomware – What You Need to Know

Friday, November 15th, 2013

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CryptoLocker

CryptoLocker is a new, and particularly malicious, breed of ransomware discovered only a couple months ago. CryptoLocker is a Trojan horse malware that encrypts and restricts access to the infected computer while demanding payment for the recovery and decryption of files, typically within a 72-hour deadline. CryptoLocker primarily infects computers (running Microsoft Windows) via malicious attachments found in phishing emails, which when opened, immediately infect the host computer.

But CryptoLocker is especially fierce because these phishing emails are designed to look and feel like an email from a trusted organization. They may be disguised as a harmless email from your bank urging you to check your account information by opening the attachment. They may even ask you to input a secure password to open the attachment, perhaps seeming more legitimate to the average person, but still as destructive.

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5 Things you should do TODAY (and everyday) to preserve your IT systems

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

IT healthThe 5 basic tips below are essential to maintaining the health and efficiency of your network, servers, and computer systems. Please consult an expert IT Consultant or Managed Service Provider for more information about protecting your IT systems.

1. BACKUP – Data loss is a very real threat and can be disastrous for Small to Medium Size Businesses (SMBs). You would be shocked how few SMBs actually have regular and effective backup procedures in place. Symantec estimates that 23% of these businesses back up their data and systems on a daily basis and less than 50% backup weekly.

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