Category: Security

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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Sep 07, 2017

The 1 “Don’t” and 3 “Do’s” When Sending Sensitive Info

Mortgage lenders, medical assistants, engineers, legal secretaries, benefits administrators and HR generalists. What do these professions have in common? They all regularly handle sensitive information. Whether it’s Personally Identifiable Information (PII) like a client’s Social Security number, intellectual property like drawings of a proprietary product, or your company’s bank account details, failing to secure the […]

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multi-factor
Aug 24, 2017

Two-Factor Authentication: What is it? Why should you care?

What is it? Have you ever received a code on your phone that you had to enter on Google or Amazon to finish logging in? That’s a form of multi-factor authentication. Entering only a username and password is considered single-factor authentication. Multi-factor authentication requires another level of protection, more than just a password, to access […]

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notpetya protected
Jun 27, 2017

Yes, there’s another one! What you should know about NotPetya

You may have already heard in the news about another widespread ransomware attack taking down large companies, hospitals, and transportation systems around Europe and the U.S. Labeled “NotPetya” by security authority Kaspersky Lab, it uses the same Windows vulnerability that the Wannacry ransomware did just a few weeks ago. The Safety Net team, including Senior Security Engineer Jeff […]

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Dec 15, 2015

Digital holiday scams – be wary!

by Jeff Mertz, Senior Network Engineer This holiday season many of us will shop online. It’s important to stay extra vigilant during this busy time and follow basic security principles to prevent exploitation by criminals with digital holiday scams. While you’re out there trying to get the perfect gift for that special someone, the bad guys […]

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