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Tip # 10 – Run anti-virus scans regularly

Check your security programs and make sure they are actually working.  If a third-party handles your computer and network security, have them show you that they are working.  The programs should be doing live scanning along with scheduled quick and full scans. It’s Cyber Security Month! 31 security tips in 31 days brought to you […]
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Tip # 9 – Do not open unexpected email

Have you received this email?  You were not expecting any packages? Someone else in the office must have ordered this, so I should click on the attachment to ‘print’ my label to pick it up, right? No! Fake email.  The spoofed (to be made to look real) sender address @fedex.com helps the legitimacy of the […]
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Tip # 8 – Identify Fake Updates

One of these two update notifications is real.  The other is fake, leading the user down a long a dark demon filled road full of malicious software.  Can you correctly pick out the fake? If you chose the first image as the fake you are correct.  At first glance it may seem legitimate however on […]
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Tip # 6 – Fine tooth comb

Continuing from yesterdays post Tip # 5 – Maintain your systems. Update update update we are going to segue into another important security task – monitoring. Let’s explain the term monitor: in this context, to monitor means to actively watch on a 24/7/365 basis all software and hardware.  From a security standpoint monitoring the services, processes […]
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Tip # 5 – Maintain your systems. Update update update.

From a security perspective ensuring that workstations and servers on your network have proactive maintenance performed on a regular (weekly) basis is key.  Most malicious software target security holes found within out of date programs.  If the anti-virus product fails at catching malicious software (and none are 100%), the chances that it can gain a […]
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Tip # 4 – Stop using Yahoo. Just stop it. Now.

I bring this security tip to bear due to continued mounting issues we see when our clients use Yahoo.  There are three separate pitfalls that users of other web portals and email services have not had yet to encounter to the degree of Yahoo users. Email hacks from the back-end.  Think you have the strongest […]
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Tip # 3 – Read installers carefully

On occasion we need to either install new software on our computers or update them.  Today with most software you install or update, they will try to add on additional software that you really do not want. Take for example CutePDF.  It takes anything that you can print and turns it into a PDF document. […]
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Tip # 2 – Stop using Internet Explorer

  CERT (United States Computer Readiness Team) has on more than one occasion released the following information to system administrators and the general public:  Stop using Internet Explorer. Why? What’s wrong with the big blue E?  Security issues.  While IE is down to 23% of market share, it still leads in vulnerabilities.  Reports of bugs, […]
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Tip # 1 – Don’t click on ads

While browsing the internet we all occasionally see flashy ads on the web pages we are looking at.  Some are harmless.  Others are trying to trick you into clicking on them to download software you did not need, or want. Clicking on these ads may install ‘junkware’ aka adware, or worse some derivative of malware. […]
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