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Phishing Schemes and What to Know About Them

What is the first thing we all learn when accessing the internet? From the earliest days of internet communication, you learn that not everyone tells the truth in cyberspace. You can probably rattle a few of the “playground rules” of the internet off the top of your head. Continue Reading

What to Do If Hackers Try to Phish You

We recently published an article on how to respond if your computer has been exposed to malware. Every professional needs to have their version of this process. We are all at risk of targeting from hackers or automated hacking programs. This is not just true of malware infection. Phishing is just as common, and often used as a method to trick professionals into opening or downloading malware files. Continue Reading

Top 8 Signs That You’re Being Phished

During the coronavirus lockdown and work-at-home revolution, phishing is a bigger risk than ever before. Phishing spawns from the dark underbelly of business communication. Anywhere there is remote communication, there is a “gap” that can be manipulated by hackers for some advantage. Continue Reading

5 Reasons to Never Pay Ransomware Demands

In the last few years there have been a lot of news articles and upsetting stories about companies and their websites ravaged by the ransomware trend. While the tactic isn’t exactly new, this type of encryption-based malware has become an alarmingly popular trend among the hacker communities that target both businesses and private computers. The oh-so-clever idea is not just to do damage like worms that simply delete files or spyware that silently steals data. Instead, hackers stand a chance to directly make a little (or a lot) of cash off their victims by holding their precious files hostage and demanding a crypto-currency ransom.  Continue Reading

The 7 Types of Social Hacking

 

The 90% Dilemma

Human error accounts for 90% of all business data breaches. In study after study, we find that firewalls and monitoring and encryption can only do so much. But 90% of data breaches are primarily caused by employees and sometimes customers getting phished, hacked, and fooled. Verizon’s 2017 Data Breach Investigation Report found this, and Willis Towers Watson consultancy found this by examining insurance claims. A study done by the Kasperky cybersecurity firm found the same result. Every time we study the issue of security breaches, human error and social hacking victims make up 90% of the incidents. Continue Reading