Category: Security

Jan 23, 2020

Text Scams: Be Aware and Protect Yourself

As if you weren’t already bombarded by junk email and annoying calls about your vehicle’s warranty expiring, now we’re seeing text scams. Text Scams in the News A recently reported text scam has started to hit large companies like FedEx.  You may receive a text message that says “Hello <insert name, or generic term>, your […]

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Jan 14, 2020

Microsoft Security Certificate Vulnerability

We are aware of and actively monitoring a recently identified security certificate vulnerability affecting Windows 10, Server 2016, and Server 2019.  As of this post, the vulnerability is not known to have been exploited. A patch to resolve the issue was just released by Microsoft.  After internal testing, we will push the patch to our […]

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Dec 31, 2019

Cyber Security Information and Trends

This collaborative piece on cyber security was skillfully written and originally published by Oneupweb – an awesome digital marketing agency based in Traverse City, Michigan! Cyber Security Trends and Information from Oneupweb and Safety Net The internet is built upon the beautiful idea that everyone can have access to information and share ideas, thoughts, dreams […]

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Dec 20, 2019

Internet of Things (IoT) – What you Need to Know

The IoT is the system of devices that connect to the internet and to each other through wireless networks. It is comprised of everything from your smart thermostat, to the camera that records activity on your front porch, to the dishwasher you control from an app on your smartphone. Any “thing” that connects to the […]

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Oct 31, 2019

Nastiest Malware of 2019 according to Webroot

Originally published by Webroot on 10/29/19 (https://community.webroot.com/news-announcements-3/nastiest-malware-2019-340824) As National Cybersecurity Awareness month comes to an end, we thought it appropriate to share this valuable information about malware from our IT security services partner, Webroot.  If, after reading about the biggest online threats of 2019, you are concerned about your organization’s security, take some time to […]

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Oct 18, 2019

Your Online Safety: Own IT. Secure IT. Protect IT.

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM).  This year’s theme, as determined by the National Cyber Security Alliance is “Own IT.  Secure IT.  Protect IT.” Over the past decade, and increasingly each year, our online lives have become an integral, almost inseparable, component of our every day lives.  From banking and shopping, to reading books […]

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Aug 16, 2019

Business Continuity Plan: Can Your Company Survive a Disaster?

No business owner expects their company to face a debilitating crisis.  Most successful businesses are led by optimistic people who are confident in their ability to overcome problems.  But when disaster strikes, optimism just isn’t enough.  Trying to figure out a recovery plan after you’re already in crisis mode isn’t going to do the trick, either.  Enter […]

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Aug 02, 2019

Phishing Attacks: The #1 Reason We Say “Don’t Click Links”

Phishing attacks continue to increase in frequency and sophistication.  This is an update of a blog originally posted in 2015.  Included in the update are some examples of phishing messages sent to Safety Net team members. What is Phishing? Phishing is an email attack attempting to trick you into either opening an attachment that contains a […]

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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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