Category: Security

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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Sep 21, 2018

Cyber Security: How to Protect Your Business

In the first half of 2018, over 760 million data records have been breached in cyber-attacks in the U.S. alone.  High profile attacks, such as the Facebook breach, have shown that even the largest organizations face significant cyber security challenges. DATA PROTECTION Data loss has a significant impact on your business, in the short and […]

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Sep 06, 2018

Quick Email Spam Test | How to Approach a Suspicious Email

Phishing attacks are one of the most frequent ways malicious hackers gain access to confidential information and subsequently, entire business networks.  It’s far easier to trick you into sharing your credentials than it is to hack through servers and firewalls.  In the past, emails with infected attachments were a large problem.  Now, the most common […]

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hotel wi-fi
Aug 08, 2018

Hotel Wi-Fi: Should I Use It? – 7 Things to Know

Free hotel Wi-Fi. It’s an amenity most of us “click” as required in a hotel search. But should it be? Safety Net’s own Certified Ethical Hacker, Jeff Mertz, says absolutely not! 2 Reasons Not to Use Hotel Wi-Fi Often, hotels don’t own or support their wireless networks. Wi-Fi service is generally brought in and managed […]

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Jul 18, 2018

7 Things to Remove from Your Network ASAP

Everyone wants a network that is less vulnerable to cyberattacks and that functions at an optimal level.  To achieve both of those goals, we recommend removing these items from any machine on your company network: Windows XP – Microsoft stopped supporting the Windows XP operating system (OS) in 2014. It’s hard to believe that as […]

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password
Jul 13, 2018

6 Password Security Tips to Protect Against Email Extortion Scam

A clever new email scam that has arisen in the last few days claims to have hacked into your machine and recorded you on a webcam.  The sender of the message references an actual password you recognize, offering support to their scare tactic.  In some cases, it will be a password you used a long […]

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Mar 08, 2018

Is it a Security Risk to Download Pictures in an Email?

We’ve had this question from clients who have experienced the aftermath of accidentally clicking a link in a malicious email. We’re betting there are more who have wondered and just haven’t asked! If you subscribe to e-newsletters or receive emails from vendors, you’ve probably seen the option in Outlook to “Click here to download pictures.” […]

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Feb 08, 2018

Are Facebook Quizzes Safe or a Security Risk?

Safety Net Senior Network Engineer Jeff Mertz was recently interviewed by Traverse City NBC affiliate TV 7&4 on the question of whether social media quizzes are innocent enough to fill in. We know you’re dying to identify your inner-Disney Princess or figure out which dog breed is best for you based on five simple questions.  […]

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