Cybercriminals Confess: The Top 4 Tricks And Sneaky Schemes They Use To Hack Your Computer Network

Most cybercriminals love their jobs. They get to put their hacking skills to the test. In fact, many of them “compete” against one another to see who can hack into a network the fastest or who can steal the most data. They don’t care who gets hurt along the way. And in most cases, it’s small-business owners who are getting hurt.

Cybercriminals will do anything to get what they want. Some want to create chaos. Some want to steal data. And others want to get straight to the money. These are the people who will hold your data hostage until you pay up. They install ransomware on your computers, and if you don’t pay, they threaten to delete your data. This is one of the many reasons why backing up ALL of your data is so important!

So, how do the bad guys get your data? How do they work their way into your network and find exactly what they’re looking for? Well, it’s much easier than you might think.

They count on you to have no security. This is why cybercriminals go after small businesses. They know most small-business owners don’t invest in security or invest very little. Even if the business does have security, it’s generally easy for a hacker to breakthrough.

Then, all the hacker has to do is steal or destroy data, install malware on the computers and then wait. Because there are so many small businesses around the world, it’s just a numbers game for cybercriminals. When you attack every business, you are guaranteed to eventually succeed in the attack.

They let your employees do the work for them. Most cybercriminals aren’t going to “hack” into your network or computer. They’ll let your employees do it for them. All the cybercriminal needs to do is get hold of your company’s e-mail list and then e-mail your employees.

This phishing e-mail may include a link or an attached file. The e-mail may be disguised as a message from a bank or retailer – or another source your employees are familiar with. The problem is that it’s all fake. The cybercriminal wants your employees to click the link or open the file, which will likely install malware on their computer. Once the malware is there, the cybercriminal may gain access to your network and be able to steal critical data.

They exploit outdated hardware and software. If you haven’t updated your equipment in years, you leave it open to attack. This is a huge problem in the health care industry right now. Many hospital-based computers are still running Windows XP. Microsoft ended support for Windows XP in 2014, which means the operating system isn’t getting any security patches, leaving users vulnerable.

Hackers spend a lot of time looking for vulnerabilities in different types of hardware and software. When they find them, it opens up the general public to those vulnerabilities. In many cases, hardware and software developers work to fix these vulnerabilities and get updates out to users. But these updates only work if YOU update your equipment. If your equipment is no longer supported by the developers or manufacturers, that’s a good indication that it’s time to update. While the upfront cost can be high, it doesn’t compare to the cost you’ll face if hackers get into your network.

They try every password. Many cybercriminals use password-cracking software to get past your password defenses. The weaker your password, the easier it is to break. In fact, hackers can often break simple passwords in a matter of seconds. This is why it’s so important to have strong passwords. Not only that, unique passwords are mandatory, NEVER use the same password for more than one service EVER..

Here’s why you need strong unique passwords: cybercriminals aren’t just going after you. They’re going after everybody, including the services you use as a business. If those businesses get hacked, criminals can gain access to countless passwords, including yours. Hackers then can either attempt to use your passwords or sell them for profit. Either way, if you use the same password for everything, you make yourself an easy target.

Use these four points to your advantage! It is possible to protect yourself and your business from the bad guys. Do everything you can to implement stronger overall security. Prioritize stronger passwords. Keep your equipment updated. And most of all, educate your team about cyberthreats to your business!

Be on The Lookout for Holiday Phishing Scams

Be on The Lookout for Holiday Phishing Scams

The holiday season is upon us, which unfortunately also means that it’s high season for cybercrime. The top threat for small businesses this time of year is phishing.

What is phishing?

Phishing is a form of fraud aimed at acquiring sensitive information from an unsuspecting victim by masquerading as a trustworthy entity and contacting the victim using email, Instant Messaging (IM) or SMS (“SmiShing”). Phishing is a social engineering attack, meaning that threat actors attempt to psychologically manipulate victims into giving away valuable information such as personally identifiable information (PII) and credit card details. Phishers rely on technological mimicry, called spoofing, in order to convincingly present themselves as a reputable individual or organization, and to facilitate the covert “retrieval” of information from the victim.

In a typical phishing campaign, a cybercriminal targets a great many email addresses with a message containing a malicious link or attachment. In order to appear as a trusted entity, the attacker uses email spoofing to give recipients the impression that the message was sent by a trusted source, such as a well-known company or government agency. In addition, the email template resembles that of the impersonated organization and includes official logos. The message aims to invoke a sense of urgency in readers by describing a certain problem that requires prompt action. For instance, victims are informed that their user account needs to be reset or updated for security reasons. Victims are told that they can solve the issue by entering sensitive information, like login credentials, on the website of the alleged source. A link is provided, which leads to a spoofed website that looks like the real thing – even the URL might closely resemble the official web address. If victims comply, any information they enter on the fake website is harvested by the attacker.

The Risks for SMBs

Phishing is the most popular attack method among threat actors and is frequently considered the top cybersecurity threat to small businesses. According to a recent industry report, 93% of security breaches were the result of cyberattacks involving phishing and similar social engineering methods. A successful phishing attack on a small firm often marks the start of a more elaborate campaign in which criminals use the information they have acquired from a targeted employee in order to infiltrate the company network, execute a BEC scam and/or commit various other crimes. Phishing messages are also used to deliver malicious software (malware) such as ransomware onto targeted systems.

Just like retail sales and charity donations, phishing attempts spike during the holiday season at the end of the year. According to a recent report, the number of attacks in October, November and December of 2017 was more than 50% higher than the yearly average. This surge in phishing campaigns is bad news for individuals and organizations alike, which is why the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) issues a warning about seasonal scams every year.

Compared to bigger companies, SMBs are especially at risk because only 32% of them organize training sessions and simulations to teach their staff how to recognize and avoid phishing scams. Moreover, less than 30% of small firms employ an IT security specialist who can help keep the company safe.

Examples based on actual holiday phishing scams

Phishing scams during the holidays can take on many forms. Some campaigns are similar to attacks seen all year round, while others have a clear holiday theme. The following two fictional scenarios show not only how actual holiday phishing scams work, but also demonstrate the devastating impact that a successful attack can have on a small firm.

Scenario one: Shipping notification scam

In early December, the office manager of a small accounting firm receives an email that appears to be a shipping notification from UPS. The message contains a link with a tracking number and states that the mentioned shipment could not be delivered. The employee is urged to contact UPS through the provided URL to solve the issue. Assuming that the shipment in question is one of the important orders he is currently expecting, the office manager quickly clicks on the link and fills out the company name and address details on the UPS page that opens up. When he is asked to pay for some minor additional charges, he enters the details of the office credit card almost without thinking. The shipments arrive the next day and the office manager soon forgets about the incident.

After the new year, when his boss wants to know how the company credit card got maxed out during the holidays, the office manager finally realizes that he has fallen victim to a phishing scam. The UPS email was fake, and so was the website on which he entered the credit card information. By doing so, the office manager did not pay for any shipments, but actually provided cybercriminals with the information they needed to steal tens of thousands of dollars from the small firm.

Scenario two: Holiday E-card scam

A few days before Christmas, the owner of a small webshop finds an email from Hallmark, or at least so it seems, in her inbox. According to the message, she has received a Christmas E-card, which is attached to the email. Thinking that the card might be from a satisfied customer, she excitedly opens the attached file, which seems to be a Microsoft Office document. However, instead of an E-card, a text file opens up containing gibberish. The webshop owner plans to contact Hallmark about the issue, but she never gets around to it during the busy holiday season.

A few weeks later, the webshop owner reluctantly accepts that her business will not live to see another holiday season because she fell for an E-card scam. The E-card was actually a malicious XML file that launched a PowerShell script the moment it was opened, resulting in the sophisticated Emotet banking Trojan being downloaded onto her computer. The Emotet malware easily avoided detection by the simple anti-malware solution running on the targeted system, while harvesting the victim’s PII, credit card information and login credentials for various user accounts, including those of online banking systems. The cybercriminals behind the campaign used this information to clear the bank accounts of the webshop owner, leaving her with insufficient funds to keep her business running.

Other notable examples of holiday phishing scams are:

  • Phony vouchers: Victims are offered a fake discount or gift coupon for an online store. Redeeming the voucher requires recipients to click on a link and fill out sensitive information on what is of course a spoofed website.
  • Bogus donation requests: Victims are asked to donate money to a certain charity in the spirit of Christmas. Those who fall for this scam, end up “donating” their credit card details and PII to cybercriminals.
  • Spoofed websites and social media pages: Scammers use spoofed e-commerce websites and social media pages mentioning lucrative deals to get unsuspecting victims to place an order, for which they need to enter credit card details and other sensitive data.

How to stay safe?

In order to protect your business from holiday phishing scams, there are several things you can do and/or tell your IT person or managed service provider about:

Install a reliable anti-malware solution and keep all your software up to date

Proper patch management for your OS and other software is an essential first step toward protecting your system. Ideally you should also invest in a professional security suite. If you are hesitant, at the very least get a free solution from a reputable developer. 

Use a secure email gateway

Secure email gateways (SEGs) provide advanced protection against phishing attacks by checking incoming messages for spam, evidence of email spoofing and impersonation attacks.

Organize or promote phishing awareness training and simulations

Phishing awareness training is a great way to educate staff about phishing scams, while phishing simulations allow SMBs to assess the cybersecurity habits of their employees.

Adopt multi-factor authentication (MFA)

Even though the majority of SMBs believe MFA is not suitable for them, it’s actually a great way for small businesses to prevent security breaches related to phishing by making sure that business accounts stay protected, even if login credentials get compromised because an employee falls for a phishing scam.

Apply a stringent vetting process for electronic communication

Never open email attachments or click on images or Internet links in electronic messages from unknown senders. When it comes to messages from (seemingly) familiar sources, make sure to double check the sending address. Keep in mind that a legitimate address doesn’t mean the message is safe, as threat actors may have hacked into the account or spoofed the address. Be especially wary of messages containing language mistakes, odd phraseology, lucrative deals, urgent requests, desperate pleas or threatening language. Generally avoid interacting with attachments, images and links that you are not expecting to receive and always hover over links with your cursor to verify the URL. You can even type it into your browser and open the website manually. Don’t trust URLs starting with HTTP instead of HTTPS.

Scan email attachments for malicious code

If you really need to open an email attachment, have the contents scanned for malicious code by a sophisticated anti-malware solution and/or a web-based anti-malware service such as VirusTotal. Regarding the latter option, make sure to check if you are comfortable with the privacy policy of the solution you are considering.

Never give up sensitive information

Legitimate organizations will never ask for login credentials or credit card information by email, text or IM. If you receive such a request, you are almost certainly dealing with a threat actor.

Finally, share the tips from this report with your colleagues/business partners

Sharing information on phishing prevention with the people you work with, will help to keep your organization safe.

Don’t Let Your IT Company Make This One Mistake With Your Computer Network

Your IT services company is one quick phone call away. This is true of a lot of businesses that outsource their IT needs through an IT services provider.

While having an outsourced IT company on standby is great, a lot of the time they stay on standby. That is to say, they only get a phone call when something goes absolutely wrong – networks crash, hardware fails, data is stolen
or erased and so on.

This is a major mistake.

Your IT company is capable (and willing) to do so much more than react to a catastrophic failure. When you save the phone call for emergencies, you’re leaving a lot of expertise on the table. Your IT company can make a huge difference in the way your business operates day-to-day – and for the better!

CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING:

You reduce your risk greatly.
Do you know if your systems and processes are compliant with current standards? Is your network security up to par? Do you want to risk it and assume everything is up to snuff? Your IT company is there to make sure your business is secure before something happens, whether it’s a minor network outage or a catastrophic security breach. If you’re storing your customers’ financial details (or, really, any sensitive data) ona local server, this is HUGE.

You have one less thing to worry about. When you delegate and rely on your IT services company, this frees you up to work on what really matters: your business itself. Your IT company helps make sure you don’t spread yourself too thin. And when it comes to delegation, make sure your employees can contact your IT team as needed. After all, your employees are on the frontlines and may experience an issue that needs resolving. They shouldn’t need to bug you about it. They should be able to submit a ticket directly to your IT. Simple!

Your business stays ahead of the curve. This comes down to proactivity. An experienced IT company knows IT like no one else; they can, in some cases, catch a problem before it becomes a problem. They are there to keep your network updated and maintained, and, should an issue arise, they can address it ASAP to ensure your business avoids any downtime or outages. Plus, this gives you a competitive advantage. A lot of medium and small businesses skimp on security. They spend as little as possible on security and network management. You know who doesn’t skimp? The bigger companies. You can get on their level and blow past your competition. This is something your own customers would love to hear.

You keep costs down. Business owners love to save money where they can. Outsourcing your IT and relying on your IT company helps you do this. First, you don’t have to hire a dedicated, in-house IT team. This can be very costly. A qualified IT staff can come with a serious price tag because they’re in such demand. Second, because you have an outside IT company maintaining your network, they can help you avoid costly disasters, such as a network failure or data loss.

Waiting until something goes wrong is a dangerous and ineffective approach to IT. It puts your business at serious risk, both internally and externally. Let your IT company do what they do best: managing your systems! They help keep things running smoothly. You never have to worry if your firewall is up and running (and up-to-date). Don’t keep them at arm’s length. Let them do their job.

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Employees Keeping Your Data Safe? … Don’t Count On It

2019, October – Employees Keeping Your Data Safe? … Don’t Count On It

In any business, big or small, employees can be your biggest IT threat, and they might not even realize it. Businesses already face countless cyberthreats, like data breaches, cyber-attacks, online viruses and malicious e -mails. But despite all these outside threats, the real problem can come from the inside.

One of the biggest threats to your business’s security is simply a lack of awareness on the part of your employees. It comes down to this: your employees just aren’t aware of current threats or how to safely navigate emails and the web. They might not be aware when they connect to an unsecured WiFi network or if they’re using a firewall. They may be haphazard in all things IT. There are a lot of variables.

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Cybercriminals Are Plotting To Hack Your Network RIGHT NOW…And What You Can Do To Prevent It

2019, September – Cybercriminals Are Plotting To Hack Your Network RIGHT NOW…And What You Can Do To Prevent It

Did you know that small businesses are more likely to be targeted by cybercriminals than any other business or organization? It’s true! While we hear about major breaches on the news, we don’t get to hear the stories of the businesses that struggle with hacking attempts and cyber-attacks.

Hackers love to go after small businesses for one very big reason: small businesses are less likely to invest in top-notch (or even worthwhile) cyber security. Hackers love this vulnerability.

According to the Verizon 2019 Data Breach Investigations Report, 43% of cyber-attacks hit small businesses. The reason comes down to many factors, but there are two in particular that hackers really dig into when going after targets: lack of resources and lack of knowledge. Of course, there’s more to this story, as hackers also look at a business’s customer base and the type of data the business shares online.

A lot of small businesses are also relying more on the cloud (and this is the trend moving forward), but then they do little to keep their line of communication with the cloud storage, or just the cloud storage itself, secure. According to Symantec, a lot of businesses that rely on the cloud also fail to rely on strong encryption software. They just share their data to the cloud and let that be that.

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4 BIG Mistakes You’re Making By Being Cheap With Technology

2019, August – Newsletter – 4 BIG Mistakes You’re Making By Being Cheap

Technology is more affordable and accessible than it’s ever been. Whatever you need is only a few clicks away, whether it’s a product or a service.

But there are still many small businesses that cheap out on their technology and IT solutions. They just don’t want to commit to quality hardware, software, security or backups – the list goes on. They go for the cheapest solutions, which often means they spend nothing at all. They don’t commit to reliable security or current software. They’re setting themselves, and their customers, up for disaster.

The question is, are you setting your own business up for disaster? Here are four HUGE mistakes you should do everything to avoid.

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Top Ways To Protect Your Business From The #1 Security Threat You Face

2019, July – Newsletter – Top Ways To Protect Your Business From The #1 Security Threat You Face

Today, cybercrime is more than a potential threat facing your business. It’s an unavoidable force of nature.

“It’s just like preparing for hurricanes, earthquakes or any type of natural or manmade disaster that could create business continuity issues,” says Theresa Payton, the Fortalice Solutions CEO and former White House CIO, in an interview with Cybercrime Magazine. “[It’s the] same thing with a digital cyber-event.” For many of us, it’s easy to imagine these kinds of things happening to “the other guy” and not us. The problem is that cybercriminals go after everyone. They cast a wide net because that gets results.

In fact, according to Roger A. Grimes, 11year principal security architect for Microsoft and cybersecurity columnist and speaker, “Eventually every company is hacked.” After decades consulting for many businesses, he’s come to the conclusion that “every company is completely and utterly owned by a nefarious hacker or easily could be.”

Owners of small and mid-size businesses might imagine that – lucky us! – we don’t have enough cash to justify some faceless hacker’s effort. We’d be wrong. The reality is around half of the cyber-attacks go after small businesses. These don’t really get reported by the media. They’re not as flashy as a cyber-attack against a big bank or retailer. But it’s the attacks against small businesses that do the most damage. One 2016 study found that 60% of small businesses hit with a cyber-attack closed within six months.

Thankfully, it’s not all bad news. While some business owners have no clue what cybersecurity they have in place, others are looking for ways to shore up their

Top Ways To Protect Your Business From this security threat…

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Strategies to Improve Leadership And Grow My Business

2019, June – Newsletter – Top 3 Strategies I Learned From Peyton Manning To Improve Leadership And Grow My Business

Peyton Manning knows a thing or two about success. As one of the most legendary quarterbacks in the history of football, he’s reached heights few of us can ever hope to match, regardless of our field. When looking at a career as storied as Manning’s, it’s tempting to attribute his dominance to sheer innate talent and maybe some kind of preternatural work ethic. Certainly, if you ask him, he’ll tell you that these two are essential ingredients to any kind of outsized success. But there’s a third factor that we tend to overlook from the sidelines, one that has tremendous implications for our roles as business leaders: the influence of those who coach us along the way.

Speaking at a recent conference I attended, Manning said something that really stuck with me. “I think you always need to be coached,” he said. “Whatever level of success anyone in this room has
reached, someone’s gonna hit a plateau. We need a coach to unlock our full potential.”

No matter where we’re at in our work and lives, it’s vital that we seek out folks to keep us accountable and moving forward. Luckily, I found Manning himself to be an invaluable resource in that regard. While he’s not about to sit down with me one-on-one, he definitely left us with a few key lessons we could all benefit from. e Windows 7 will continue to work after January 14, you may wonder why you can’t just stick it out and keep using the platform. The answer is you can – but you absolutely shouldn’t. In fact, the risks and problems this decision would pose to your business make an upgrade less of a decision and more of an eventuality…

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Are YOU Prepared For The End Of Windows 7?

2019, May – Newsletter – 4 Deadly Mistakes You’re Making With IT Security

If you’re one of the estimated 40%+ of businesses still on the outdated Windows 7 platform, consider this your wake-up call: time is nearly up for your trusty, tried-and-true operating system. On January 14, 2020, Microsoft will end support for Windows 7. That means no more updates, security or otherwise, will be offered by the company from that date forward.

The clock’s been ticking on Windows 7 ever since Microsoft ended mainstream support back in 2015, and its time will soon be up. While it’s important to note that Windows 7 will still technically be usable after next January, this upcoming shift will spell trouble for users who’ve stuck it out to the platform’s bitter end. Not only will Windows 7 become progressively more unstable as modern hardware outpaces the software, but cybercriminals are certain to flock to the operating system after support shuts down, eager to pick off easy targets left vulnerable by the lack of ongoing security updates.

If you’re running a business, this is a risk you can’t afford. It’s time to contact your IT provider and make preparations to upgrade, preferably well in advance of the January 14 deadline. Whether you’re planning on seamlessly transitioning to Windows 10 or moving on to an alternative operating system, this is a task that needs to be at the top of your list.

Don’t Leave Yourself Vulnerable

Since Windows 7 will continue to work after January 14, you may wonder why you can’t just stick it out and keep using the platform. The answer is you can – but you absolutely shouldn’t. In fact, the risks and problems this decision would pose to your business make an upgrade less of a decision and more of an eventuality…

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4 Deadly Mistakes You’re Making With IT Security

2019, April – Newsletter – 4 Deadly Mistakes You’re Making With IT Security

For something so instrumental to the success of your business, technology can be an incredibly unstable, confusing and everchanging tool. Just when you think you’ve got a handle on the latest cyber security trend, hackers find a way to circumvent the process completely. A new patch arrives for an essential piece of software, and the next day, another patch is required to repair the vulnerabilities the previous patch created. It can seem impossible to stay on top of the constant technological arms race, much less stay relevant amid the exponentially increasing pace.

Today, more and more businesses are switching over to a managed services model for their IT needs. A managed services provider is a company that partners with businesses to proactively manage their networks inside and out. With MSPs, you get a full team of professionals who become intimately acquainted with the entirety of your IT structure, not only ensuring that problems are fixed long before they hit your bottom line but offering recommendations and tweaks to optimize processes and save time, money and headaches down the line.

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The Ultimate Small Business Guide To Setting Up A ‘Work From Home’ Or Remote Network Access System For Your Staff

Get Double The Work Out Of Your Employees While Slashing Overhead Costs, Padding Your Bottom Line And Securing Incredible Loyalty From Your Staff

Sound too good to be true? I assure you it’s not…

There is a fast-growing trend among small and medium businesses that is drastically increasing productivity, cutting costs, and driving more profit to the bottom line. Is it a new management style or marketing trend?

No – it’s telecommuting, which is a $5 word for allowing your staff to work from home or while on the road.

Sure, it doesn’t sound very sexy when you first hear it, but when you see the bottom line impact it has on profits and productivity and talk to business owners who rave about how much money it’s saving them, you’ll start to see what all the excitement is about.

What Is Telecommuting And How Is It Going To Help My Business?

 
Telecommuting is a fancy word for allowing employees to work from home, in remote offices, or while on the road. While this is not a new concept, recent advancements in remote access technology and security have made it very affordable and easy for even micro business owners.


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How does hosted VoIP Work?

MYDWARE IT Solutions Inc. has built a world class phone system which we’ve partitioned into individual “pbx nodes” which are completely private and separate from all other customers on the system. This is similar to how phone lines work with a traditional telephone carrier.
A traditional analog carrier provides phone lines from a central system into your office, you then plug your traditional phone equipment into that connection. With our Hosted PBX, the entire system is housed in our secure data-center instead of in your office. Your only equipment in your office is the actual phones. Another key difference is that we provide your service over your internet connection vs a traditional copper line connection to your building. To connect to your hosted PBX your IP phone plugs into your modem or router which is connected to your high speed internet connection.
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Hosted VS Traditional Phone Service

Traditional on premise analog systems are currently losing a lot of ground to Hosted Solutions because businesses today can get a full hosted solution for a fraction of the cost of a traditional analog system. Not only is there substantial cost savings, but hosted solutions generally offer a wealth of features never offered or not even possible with traditional systems.

Here we will review some of the positives and negatives of traditional and a hosted system.

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3 Ways Your Employees Will Invite Hackers Into Your Network … And What You Must Do To Prevent It TODAY

2019, March – Newsletter – Prevent Business Network Hackers

No matter how professional they are, members of your team – yourself included – are going to make mistakes. It’s true of every organization on earth. They’ll spill scalding coffee into the company copier. They’ll work overtime until the office is empty, then head home without thinking to arm the security system. They’ll neglect key accounts, muck up workflows and waste hours developing convoluted solutions to simple problems. And, worst of all, they may unknowingly bumble into the cyber-attack that forces your business to go belly up for good.

In the majority of cases, that will be by design. There’s a saying in the cyber security industry, coined by renowned cryptographer Bruce Schneier: “Only amateurs attack machines; professionals target people.” When it comes to repeating the same process safely and autonomously, machines are less fallible than the average person sitting at a desk. Savvy hackers looking to boost funds from unsuspecting small businesses know this. So instead of developing a complex program that dances around the security measures baked into sophisticated modern technology, they target the hapless folks on the other side of the screen.

The strategy works disturbingly well. According to IBM’s 2018 X-Force Threat Intelligence Index, more than two-thirds of company records compromised in 2017 were due to what they call “inadvertent insiders” – employees who left the front door wide open for the bad guys without even realizing it. Negligence, lack of awareness and sheer bad luck put the best-laid plans to shame on both sides.

But how does it happen? There are three primary causes of employee-related breaches, each of them contributing to a sizable portion of hacks across the country.

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Consumer Awareness Guide To Choosing An Honest, Reliable, and Competent “IT Guy”

Hiring the wrong IT guy can not only be incredibly frustrating and expensive, but you could end up losing ALL of your irreplaceable files, photos, music, e-mails, and other important documents!

Read this guide and you’ll discover:

  • Computer scams and rip-offs that you MUST be aware of.
  • 5 Costly misconceptions about computer maintenance and repair.
  • Viruses, worms, spyware, and hackers: what you need to know to protect yourself.
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  • 5 Critical characteristics you should demand from your computer repair technician.
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Why Your Business Is The PERFECT Target For Hackers Is Your Protection Up To Date?

2019, February – Newsletter

People never think it’ll happen to them. Sure, they see the reports – 50 million-plus bundles of user data compromised by a Facebook breach; the billing information of more than 2 million T-Mobile users hacked by a mysterious malicious entity – but companies like those are massive, monolithic entities in North American commerce. They’re decidedly big fish, not like you and your small business. According to a recent JLT-Harvard Business Analytic Services survey, more than half of small business owners remain locked into this line of magical thinking, blissfully unaware of the threat cyber crime poses to the health of their organization.

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The Top 3 Things I Learned from Shark Tank’s Robert Herjavec for Growing a Business from Scratch to Multimillion-Dollars

2019, January – Newsletter

Robert Herjavec was born poor in former Yugoslavia in the midst of a widespread communist reform that left little room for dissidents. He might have stayed there forever except for the fact that his father was one of these dissidents – and a vocal one at that. So much so, in fact, that he was thrown into jail 22 times for speaking out against the government. After the final time, Herjavec’s father gathered his things, his children and his wife and crossed the border into Italy. From there, he got on a boat and, like millions of immigrants just like him, made his way across the Atlantic Ocean to Canada.

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10 Secret Tricks, Tools And Cool Features Hiding In Google

If you use Google for searching the web, you’re going to love these 10 features, available to everyone that you probably didn’t know about. The best way to find these is to simply search for the item in Google.

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3 Fatal Errors You’re Making By Hiring The Cheapest Computer Support Company

2018, December – Newsletter

Somehow, 2019 is already almost upon us. In preparation for the New Year, business owners across the country are taking a close look at their finances, scratching their heads as they inspect their budgets, line by line, to cut everything that isn’t absolutely necessary and searching for new investments that will boost their bottom line. In the midst of all this, it’s vital that leaders take a long, hard look at their technology budgets. Chances are those budgets are a far cry from where they should be.

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How Does Cloud Backup Work?

As your business data grows and diversifies, protecting and recovering it after a disaster scenario becomes increasingly challenging. Increasing threats pertaining to customer data appear every day, so the best way to protect your data from Ransomware viruses, theft, and other unexpected disasters is to securely store an encrypted copy of your data offsite with a leading cloud backup provider such as MYDWARE.
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What is a Managed Service Provider (MSP)?

New and innovative technologies not only present powerful opportunities for businesses, but they also present challenges. The continuously changing pace of IT infrastructure is extraordinary. IT departments can no longer standardize on a few computer models or single operating systems.
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What Is Hosted PBX?

It might be time for your business to upgrade its phone system. Hosted PBX services allow small businesses to forgo the costly phone system to a more economical business phone system. It can be very beneficial for small businesses because it allows for a cheaper yet competitive, phone system that can help your business grow.
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What Can a Managed Service Provider Do For Small and Medium Businesses (SMB’s)?

With rapidly evolving technologies and advancements in IT, small and medium businesses (SMB’s) have now realised the importance of working with a managed service provider to keep their businesses protected and in-line with the ever evolving world of technology.
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Why Choose MYDWARE As Your Managed Service Provider?

Small and medium-sized businesses often lack the capability and means to manage an in-house IT department. However, Information technology is essential for all types of businesses whether small or large.
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