Seven Cybersecurity Threats

7 under-the-radar cybersecurity threats

Michael Anderson IT Best Practices, IT Managed Services, IT Security

Some cyberthreats get all the publicity. So, it’s great that Wired recently published an article about seven lesser-known cybersecurity threats that everyone should know about; true, they may not be as “newsworthy” as ransomware attacks and data breaches, but they can do serious damage to your data and privacy nonetheless. Read the full article here. Here is a summary of …

Ransomware Stats

Ransomware stats and facts

Michael Anderson IT Best Practices, IT Managed Services, IT Security, Ransomware

When ransomware attacks, it can be costly in many ways. To understand the real impact of ransomware, we’ve summarized Comparitch’s article, “2017-2019 Ransomware statistics and facts.” When ransomware encrypts a computer file system it can cause irreversible data loss. Even more alarming, cybercriminals are increasingly using ransomware to freeze systems and extract money from their victims. Ransomware losses for businesses …

Phishing attacks on the rise

Five ways to spot phishing email scams

Michael Anderson IT Best Practices, IT Security

Phishing email scams are getting sneaker and harder to recognize. Phishing is a fraudulent attempt to obtain sensitive information (such as usernames, passwords, or credit card details) by posing as a trustworthy entity or person in electronic communication. The fraudsters’ aim is to lure their victims into clicking malicious URLs or email attachments to get personal data. “Business email compromise …

FaceApp Privacy Concerns

FaceApp spurs privacy concerns, but so should others

Michael Anderson IT Best Practices, IT Security

You might want to rethink trying out FaceApp – the app that purports to age your face – but it’s really just the tip of the user-beware iceberg. FaceApp is the latest online craze that turned into an online panic when a developer warned that the app, based in Russia, could take photos from your phone and upload them to …

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365 Technologies teams up with Mother Earth Recycling

Michael Anderson 365 News, Culture, Green Technology, Hardware, IT Best Practices, IT Security

Our old hardware is going to a new home with a big heart 365 Technologies has teamed up with Mother Earth Recycling to recycle its old electronic equipment. “We usually recycle 200 to 300 computers a year,” says Michael Anderson, President and CEO of 365 Technologies. “This year, with Windows 7 support ending, that number will be closer to 400 to …

Gift Card Scam

Gift card scam uses boss’ email address

Michael Anderson IT Best Practices, IT Security

Sometimes it’s good to question the boss. If you get an email from your boss asking you to purchase gift cards, you may really be communicating with scammers. For the past six months or so, there’s been an email scam from “bosses” requesting that you purchase gift cards on their behalf. It’s a more sophisticated version of the traditional email …

Free Wi-Fi – Be Careful

Be careful about using public Wi-Fi

Michael Anderson IT Best Practices, IT Security

Would you like some free Wi-Fi with your coffee? Odds are, the last time you were at a coffee shop, you thought, “I’m paying for the coffee – I might as well use the free Wi-Fi.” There’s no doubt that Wireless Internet, or Wi-Fi, connections are everyone’s favourite free service. However, using free, public Wi-Fi is dangerous, especially for a …

IT Security Audits

Securing your network data begins with an IT security audit

Michael Anderson IT Best Practices, IT Managed Services, IT Security

The growing complexity of cloud services, data networks, and disaster-recovery backup services make comprehensive IT security audits a must for business owners – without an audit, your business may be at serious risk. Why your business needs an IT security audit: 1. Your data is more valuable than ever Malicious hacks and ransomware, such as Cryptolocker, cause downtime and are …

Protect Your PC

Protect your PC by doing these three, simple things

Michael Anderson IT Best Practices, IT Security

A couple of years ago, I wrote a post about how to keep your PC running in tip-top shape. These tips continue to be important to ensure your PC has a long life, so I’m reposting it today with some updates. Tip #1: Protect your PC with a surge protector Your home’s electrical outlets don’t provide a constant and consistent …

Three Dangers of Running an Unsupported Operating System

Michael Anderson IT Best Practices, IT Managed Services, IT Security, Software

“Nothing lasts forever.” – every IT professional Truer words were never spoken, as constant innovations in computers, software, and systems phase out older IT infrastructure. This can pose a problem for small- to medium-sized businesses with tight IT budgets. With limited funds, how do you keep a strategic IT technology plan to standards, yet provide your IT infrastructure with the …