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11 Essential Ways to Secure BYODs and Protect your Workplace Network

From small businesses to international enterprises, the BYOD trend is a budget-smart and employee-flexible policy that can seriously expand your workforce capabilities. BYOD stands for Bring Your Own Device. It means that employees can use their own phones, laptops, and tablets to access work data and the workplace wifi network to do their job. BYOD saves the company money on providing devices and allows employees to use the devices they are most familiar with, and prevents having to juggle both personal and work devices. Continue Reading

19 Examples of Lines Hackers use for Social Engineering Attacks – Part 2 of 2

 

“This video is soooo funny. Just click the link and you’ll see what I’m talking about. OMG so cute!”

A personal contact approach is often used when hackers just want you to click the link. Many people don’t think twice about clicking a funny “youtube” link from a friend or relative to lift their spirits at work. But if the email address is unusual, don’t. Besides, why aren’t they sharing it with you on Twitter like usual? Continue Reading

Entry Points Where Social Engineering Can Put Network Security at Risk

Keeping your business data secure is a multi-layered process. You need to protect your network and databases through many steps, and part of that is making sure that your workforce knows how to repel social engineering hacks. Classic phishing attempts are well known to be the primary way that modern hackers gain access to business data. By getting just one employee to click an infected email link or visit an unsafe website by lying to them, hackers can gain access to secure logins, customer information, and even plant long-term spyware or ransomware on your network. Continue Reading

19 Examples of Lines Hackers use for Social Engineering Attacks, Part 1

Hackers will do anything to hack your network, steal money, or gain access to sensitive data. Hackers are also incredibly lazy. While they could compete with you in single cybersecurity combat; your firewalls vs their blackhat skills, they’d rathe take the coward’s way and trick an employee into breaching security for them.

This is known as a social engineering hack; When a hacker uses phone, email, or chat to fool an employee into using their own access to expose the network to malware, wire money, or send over sensitive information. The reason it works is beacuse hackers are good at coming up with a con-artists’s line that convinces staff members that they are legitmate despite any warning signs.

The best defense against this type of attack is to know what’s coming. not only that clicking links and doing unconfirmed favors is bad, but the types of lines that hackers use and why they have worked in the past. So let’s dive right into the psychology and methods of the social hacker. Continue Reading

8 Tips to Help Your Employees Avoid Social-Engineering Hacks

Phishing and other related forms of socially engineered hacking are among the biggest realistic threats to business data security. No matter how cutting-edge your firewall and virus scanning software may be, one employee checking their email or responding to a customer service ticket can still ‘invite’ ransomware and worse onto your internal business network by accident.

Social engineering hacks rely on causing the ‘human error’ factor of security breaches. They trick people using fake domain names, fake accounts that look like trusted contacts, and fake scenarios that fool or scare targets into clicking on an infected link or sharing sensitive information. This means that it is vital for every employee of every modern company to understand how social engineering hacks work and take steps to active avoid getting phished. Continue Reading

How to Reach Your Digital Transformation With Managed IT Solutions

We hear many stories of how companies in the midst of a digital transformation are changing their business models. They may even have an executive strategy session or a series of sessions in order to identify all places in the organization where there should be digital improvements. They may even have vigorous debates about the best ways to eliminate legacy systems that are not bringing the company into the present digital age. A company’s leaders are painfully aware that a digital transformation is a journey that must include leveraging their current IT capabilities to keep up with consumer demands. Going fully digital creates a great deal of pressure on any executive team, and one of the biggest reasons is because of the high costs associated with adopting new technologies so as to complete the total transformation.  Continue Reading

October is Cyber Security Month – Protect Your Personal Networks & Devices at Home

With all of the news about hacking, you would think people would be more worried about their own personal electronic devices being hacked. But, most of us don’t think what we have is important enough for someone to hack. It is important to consider securing your own devices, because while you might not have national security issues on your computer, you do have important passwords and identity information that is stored. Businesses are already on the lookout for cyber attacks, and work to protect proprietary information. Shouldn’t you do the same for your home? Continue Reading

Whaling and Spearfishing: Targeting the Top People

Most phishing email goes after mass targets. It’s not particularly well-crafted, but the senders expect that if they hit enough mailboxes, some victims will open the attachment or visit the malicious website. A growing portion, though, targets specific companies or individuals with carefully crafted messages. It’s called spearphishing. When it’s aimed at high-profile individuals or large assets, it’s also called whaling — going after really big fish. (All right, a whale isn’t really a fish.) Continue Reading

The Files Every Business Should Be Encrypting Part 2

Welcome back to the second half of our two-part series on when and why your business should be using encryption. If you joined us last time, you’ve probably started to realize just how useful encryption is and that it can be applied to anything you’d like to keep safe from hackers, whether or not they make it past your firewall. In the first half, we covered encrypting client payment data at every stage and began to talk about the risk of identity theft if hackers get ahold of either client or employee personal information. Let’s pick back up where we left off at storing personal information once you’ve collected it. Continue Reading

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