Category: Security

Jul 11, 2019

Updates: To Install or Not to Install?

It’s hard to know when an unexpected pop-up on your screen is legitimate.  What do you do with it if it is?  Update prompts related to specific software or plug-ins you use are often valid.  Sometimes you can get away with ignoring the pop-up, clicking “cancel,” or “remind me later.”  Other times, an update may […]

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Apr 19, 2019

Can my Social Security Number be Suspended?

Recently, our friends at KnowBe4 warned us of robocall scams saying your Social Security Number is suspended.  Here’s what they had to say: “Be on the lookout for a popular robocall scam that is tricking people into believing their Social Security number (SSN) has been suspended. The robocall tells you to call the number provided […]

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Mar 08, 2019

Vulnerability Exposed – Urgent Update of Chrome Browser Required

A security vulnerability has been identified in the Google Chrome application. To put it simply, hackers can use a little hole Chrome’s software left open to gain access to your computer.  Our security engineers have deemed the risk serious enough to justify asking everyone who has Chrome installed on their computer to take action, ideally no […]

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Mar 08, 2019

How are “You’ve Been Naughty” Emails Getting to my Inbox?

For several months now, hackers have been sending emails that might make some people nervous. They claim to have compromising images or video of you that they’ll distribute if you don’t send a bitcoin payment within a specified time frame. Some include reference to a password you would recognize, which lends to some sense of […]

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data breach protection
Jan 17, 2019

Data Breach: Protect Yourself from Incidents Like Collection #1

“Collection #1” Data Breach The Collection #1 data breach exposed over 770 million email addresses and 20 million passwords.  More than 1.1 billion email/password combinations were included in an extensive list that was published online for hackers to access.  Those numbers are staggering. What Does This Mean For You? We predict you may see an increase in […]

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cyber insurance
Jan 11, 2019

Cyber Liability Insurance – A Business Need

Cyber liability insurance for businesses is no longer optional.  A single successful cyberattack that compromises your network or protected information can be catastrophic.  After an unpredictable event, adequate insurance coverage is a must if an organization wants to recover. How Much Can You Afford to Lose? The average cost of a data breach in 2018 […]

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Jan 07, 2019

We Can Handle Phishing. Can You?

Due to an increase in phishing attempts, you may have recently been contacted by your credit card company, bank, or credit union warning you not to click on links in emails that appear to be from them.  Phishing (fake email) messages can be made to look very real.  Unfortunately, following the instructions in these messages […]

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Nov 26, 2018

Disposable USB Thumb Drives

“That’s right, disposable USB drives, a.k.a. thumb drives.” “Wait, isn’t that environmentally un-friendly?” “Yes. So is throwing away latex gloves in hospitals, but aren’t we glad they do?” “Wouldn’t this cost money?” “A lot less than a security breach!” It amazes me how many organizations, especially hotels and conference centers, still instruct people to bring […]

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Oct 16, 2018

“Apple Care” Vishing Attacks

One of our partners, KnowBe4, recently warned of vishing attacks (like phishing, but by phone).  Each of us needs to be protective of our personal information.  In this case, if you use Apple products, please be especially vigilant, as a new scam is underway. As shared with Safety Net by KnowBe4: KnowBe4 Scam of the Week: […]

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Cyber Security Awareness Month
Oct 11, 2018

Latest Hacker Scam – Posing to be Your Vendors

Hackers have found a new target – trusted relationships between your organization and your outside vendors.  Homeland Security issued an urgent appeal to businesses across the country to be more vigilant about access to sensitive information. Please share this blog with all your coworkers who may answer a call or email, so they’re prepared to […]

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