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Password Spraying Exploits Businesses’ Employee and Customer Data

Malware, ransomware, phishing, spear phishing.  These are all ways hackers can gain access to your business data.  But have you heard of password spraying?  Password spraying is an attack that attempts to access a large number of accounts with a few commonly used passwords.  In traditional attacks, hackers would attempt to gain unauthorized access to a single account by guessing the password.  Unfortunately for the hackers, after trying typically three to five commonly-used passwords, they would get locked out of the [...]

Data Backup Protects Your Data in Ransomware Attacks

Everyone knows that data backup is imperative to running a successful business.  Your data is the most important asset you have.  Yet reports keep rolling in about ransomware attacks across the country.  These reports we hear about aren't on small or mid-size businesses either.  Big companies and government entities are getting hit at an alarming rate.  Just two weeks ago, the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport had their computer systems go out, and for an entire week, the airport described the problem [...]

Spear Phishing Attacks – How to Prevent and Protect

Fishing, phishing, spear phishing?!  It's often hard to know the difference between types of cyber attacks.  Spear phishing is a highly targeted form of phishing that involves well-researched targets while posing as a trusted sender.  The goal of spear phishing is to either infect users with malware or to steal sensitive business information to commit crimes such as fraud and identity theft. While regular phishing campaigns take aim at large numbers of targets, spear phishing uses specifically crafted emails that aim [...]

Online Scams – Managed IT Services Help You Avoid Them

Cybersecurity is one of the hottest topics in any business setting.  With the massive amounts of data that business have on hand, from financial data to personal employee records, all businesses have to protect themselves from online scams.  The threat of online scams is visible every day.  We often hear about the large company data breaches such as Marriott and Facebook.  But the small and medium businesses are at as much risk.  According to Small Business Trends, 43% of all cyber [...]

What Data Is Stored On Your Copier Hard Drive?

Copier Hard Drive Security People often think of their computers, phones and tablets when they consider where their data is stored.  So much of our daily work relies heavily on our ability to stay connected, and this is especially the case when it comes to running your business networks and utilizing office technology like copiers and printers.  While these tools can help you work more efficiently, increase productivity and reduce business costs, they can also be a huge source [...]

Data Breach Dangers Continue To Threaten Your Business

Data Breach Dangers Data breach dangers are now the reality for businesses! Over the last 30 days, approximately 20 large data breaches have affected people across the United States.  Guesstimates put the number affected number of people at anywhere from 100 million to upwards of 1 BILLION.  Even at a conservative estimate of 250 million, that means one in eight people in the world could have been affected by one or more of these data breaches. While Marriott [...]

Big Data Breaches at Big Companies Are Dangerous To Your Business

Data Breaches and Dark Web Monitoring In the last two weeks, three large corporations have been victims of data breaches.  Just days before Black Friday began, Amazon revealed that an internal technical error breached the names and email addresses of an unknown number of customers.  On November 29th, Dunkin Donuts announced that their DD Perks Program experienced a data breach that gave out DD Perks Users usernames, passwords and emails.  Finally on November 30th, Marriott announced that its [...]