By now, most of us are aware of ransomware and what it is. Hopefully, you don’t have first hand experience of a ransomware infection, but if you do, you know just how bad it is.
Historically, ransomware has been a tool for cyber criminals to extort money from you to unlock your data. When a system is infected with ransomware, all of the files get encrypted (locked) so that you can no longer access those files and the bad guys hold the key to unlock those files for a ransom. If you have a good backup, you can recover your data without paying the bad guys, but if there is no backup or your recovery time to restore from backup will take a long time (days), then you might be forced into paying the ransom to the bad guys to get the keys to your data.
You’re hard at work on your computer or device and a message suddenly pops up saying, “a software update is available”. You’re busy, so you click “cancel” instead of “install”, thinking you’ll get to it later, but you never do. Sound familiar?
The truth is it’s easy to skip software updates because they can take up a few minutes of our time, and may not seem that important. But this is a mistake that keeps the door open for hackers to access your private information, putting you at risk for identity theft, loss of money, credit, and more.
Here Are Some Tips To Help You Stay In Control of Your Domain.
We see it far too often. We begin working with a client and need to access their domain name, and the fun begins. The domain is registered with one service provider, the primary name server (what routes all internet, web, email traffic on the internet) points to another provider and the website and/or email are hosted somewhere else. And the worst part is, the client has no idea how or where anything is registered, no account credentials, etc.
Your domain name is extremely valuable and businesses should take management of their domains seriously. This means understanding, or at least having an idea, of how their domain is setup, but most importantly, have any and all credentials on file to access their domain and any related services such as email and website.
Most web developers want to control everything for a domain in their web hosting control panel. While there is technically nothing wrong with this, and it may be useful at times, it is not ideal.
Here is what we recommend:
Office365 has become the common platform for cloud hosted email. There are several different subscriptions that your company can use that will provide different features and benefits. Most companies only use a fraction of the available services and features that come with their subscription.
In this article, we are going to present 5 ways to maximize your investment with Office365.
One of the most common questions we get asked is “What is a good computer to buy?” That is a loaded question and varies greatly depending on what the computer will be used for. Most people also seem to get confused with certain hardware components in terms of what the component does, as well as looking at systems side by side where they seem similar but the price varies greatly. We have created a guide that will help you choose the right type of computer for your business.
You always hear stories every single year about a residential homes or small businesses being visited by what seems to be a utility worker. They knock on the door, with a smile on their face, and dressed at what seems to be “official”. As warm as the gesture may feel, a slight sense of worry tends to linger as they ask you questions and a request to step into the office and conduct their routines. “Workers” for your internet provider will ask you for permission to access your servers, or your utility providers looking to observe your circuit breakers and entering restricted rooms.
Do you remember when your parents told you to “never trust strangers”?
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Look around your office. Isn’t it great to see your team hard at work on their computers? Yet if we take a closer look, let’s see what’s really happening…
- Joe, your new sales rep, is poring over last weekend’s game stats…
- Amy in marketing is looking for a new job, surfing your competitors’ websites, chatting with their HR people…
- Wes, over in customer support, just bogged down your entire network by downloading a video file of Metallica in concert…
- Guy, your new hire in shipping, is on hotdate.com, viewing questionable photos…
- Bob in accounting is browsing stock-investing sites, in search of a hot tip…
Okay, so maybe it’s not that bad at your company. But this type of behavior will happen to some degree if you don’t proactively prevent it. The real problem is, unfiltered content often links to malware and other threats. Ignore it and you risk productivity losses, legal liabilities, extortion, blackmail and fraud. And not only that, the resulting data loss and corruption can cost your company big-time. Cyberthreats stemming from unfiltered content aren’t something you can count on your lucky leprechaun or four-leaf clover to protect you from.
In today’s mobile environment, content filtering has becoming a greater challenge than ever before. Your company may already be doing some filtering at the network level. However, when was the last time you checked the number of mobile devices linked to your network? As your workforce goes mobile, your network is exposed to a rapidly expanding “attack surface.” With BYOD (bring your own device) now the norm, the old rules of content filtering just don’t cut it anymore.
Are You Making Any Of These Mistakes?
Old content-filtering models presume your network has a safe “firewall.” But now, with BYOD, you need a different way to protect your data. And that’s where endpoint security comes into play. Endpoint filtering keeps devices on your network safe from infection, no matter where they hook into the Internet.
But make ANY of the following mistakes with endpoint security and your network could be a sitting duck:
- Missing even ONE endpoint. This applies to tablets and smartphones as well as home-based machines that VPN into your network.
- Skimping on security policies, protocols and training. Believing that tech tools alone will keep your network secure is a recipe for breaches. In fact, no technology can keep a network safe if users cut corners.
- Leaving endpoint filtering out of your overall security plan. Ad hoc security invites disaster. An improperly designed system exposes holes that hackers love to find.
So, What Exactly Should You Filter?
Forrester Research states that companies whose users access the cloud should:
- Detect and intercept unusual or fraudulent activities related to data in the cloud.
- Detect, neutralize and eliminate malware in cloud platforms.
- Detect and monitor unsanctioned cloud applications and platforms usage.
- Protect against leaks of confidential information.
- Encrypt structured and unstructured data in cloud platforms.
- Investigate suspicious users and incidents.
Between BYOD and ever more complex cyberthreats, you simply can’t afford to run around putting out fires. You absolutely MUST proactively defend your network in depth with endpoint content filtering.
FREE Web And E-mail Usage Audit Instantly Reveals Potential Threats
If you’d like a snapshot of the content your employees are viewing, I’d like to offer you a FREE Content Filtering Audit worth $300. At no cost or obligation on your part, we’ll come by and run a special diagnostic program that will expose lurking threats due to leaks in your endpoint security system.
No matter what we may find during your audit, there’s no obligation to buy anything, or ever use our services again. However, there is a catch: we’d love to help every company in the Inland Empire area eliminate this risk, but we can only perform 10 of these audits per month. Call 800-353-5430 or visit www.biztek-solutions.com/free-assessment right now, while you’re thinking of it. The five minutes you invest could save your company thousands of dollars in lost productivity and expensive repairs, not to mention legal liabilities.