Cyber Security Tip: If this type of alert pops up, DON’T click on it!

Cyber Security Tip: If this type of alert pops up, DON’T click on it!

You’re working at your computer when suddenly – BAM! – you get a pop-up notification that your PC is infected with a virus and you must “click here” to run a scan or install antivirus software. This is a common scareware tactic used by hackers to get you to click and download a virus. (You should know we would NEVER deliver that type of pop-up to you!)

Often it will appear to be a system alert or a Microsoft operating system alert. Regardless of how legitimate it looks, NEVER click on the site or the pop-up. The safest thing to do is close your browser; do not click on the X, “Close” or “Cancel” button in the pop-up or on the site because clicking on anything on the page or pop-up will trigger a virus download. If that won’t work, bring up your task manager (hold Control + Alt + Delete on a PC and Command + Option + Esc to “Force Quit” on a Mac) and close the web browser or application where the alert appeared. Next, notify your IT department (us!) that this has happened so we can double-check with a legitimate scan if your computer was infected.

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Cyber Security Tip: The #1 way a hacker will get you is…

Cyber Security Tip: The #1 way a hacker will get you is…

A weak password is still the #1 way hackers break into your network. In fact, 81% of the total number of breaches last year utilized weak or stolen passwords!

Here’s what a GOOD password should contain:

  • A minimum of eight characters
  • Uppercase and lowercase letters
  • At least one number and one symbol (#, for example)
  • No complete words, like “PaSsWord123#.” While this meets the requirements, a hacker’s brute-force software will crack that in seconds.
  • Never reuse a password for multiple accounts (like making your Facebook and LinkedIn passwords the same).

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Cyber Security Tip: Working from home? DON’T DO THIS!

Cyber Security Tip: Working from home? DON’T DO THIS!

If you are working from home AND you’re using a personal device such as a smartphone or personal laptop to log in to company-owned cloud applications – STOP! Unless your personal device is covered under one of our managed security plans, you could accidentally introduce a virus or hacker to the company’s network.

ONLY devices that have our advanced cyber security tools installed and are under our vigilant watch of patching, updating and monitoring should be used to access your company’s data. Remember, data in the cloud is just as vulnerable as data at your office. In fact, 59% of ransomware incidents where the data is successfully encrypted involve data in the public cloud. The cloud is where the attacker stole the data AND where they store it awaiting ransom payments.

Side Note: We can set up a way for you to work from home securely; call our office if you would like us to set that up: 480-999-5468

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The shocking truth about bank fraud

The shocking truth about bank fraud

Did you know your COMPANY’S bank account doesn’t enjoy the same protections as a personal bank account when it comes to fraud? If a hacker takes money from your business account, the bank is NOT responsible for replacing your funds. (Don’t believe me? Go ask your bank what their policy is on refunding you money stolen from your account!) Many people erroneously believe the FDIC protects you from fraud; it does not. It protects you from bank insolvency.

Tip: Call your insurance professional and get a crime policy that will cover stolen funds taken from your bank account by a hacker OR a dishonest employee or vendor.

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