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 …

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 …

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 …

Property Management

Property managers need IT too

Michael Anderson Business Talk, IT Best Practices, IT Managed Services

Technology is changing and impacting the property-management landscape. Consider electronic transactions, online financial and tenant data-storage, and smart devices that are now regularly installed into offices and residences (also known as the Internet of Things). As building systems, processes, and tenant information become increasingly connected to the internet, the chances of a cyberattack and a privacy or data breach grows. …

Firewall

What’s a firewall and does my business need it?

Michael Anderson IT Best Practices, IT Security

“Block that score! Block that score! Zero yards, zero yards, not one more!” – old football cheer Just like a football team’s defense attempts to prevent the offence from scoring a touchdown, a firewall attempts to protect your network from unauthorized attempts to access your system, including hackers, viruses, and malicious code. A firewall can be hardware, software or both. …

Ransomware

Webinar: How to protect you and your organization from ransomware

Michael Anderson Webinars

How to protect you and your organization from ransomware Hosted by: Paul Shea, Business Development Manager Ransomware attacks are causing untold damage to individuals and organizations of all sizes – and they show no sign of slowing down. If you’re interested in having greater insight into ransomware and understanding how to protect you and your organization, submit the form to …

Ransomware: The first step is to understand it

Michael Anderson Ransomware

What is ransomware? Ransomware is, in the simplest terms, a piece of malicious software designed to extort a ransom from the people whose computers it infects. Typically, this is done by encrypting files on a computer and demanding a ransom be paid to unlock them. Once the victim makes payment to the criminals, the data that they encrypted is again …