Posts Tagged ‘viruses’

VPNFilter Malware Attack – Take These Steps RIGHT NOW

The latest malware attack is after your router; the box used to connect your home or office to the internet. It’s called VPNFilter, and even the FBI is requesting your help in stopping the spread. It’s estimated that nearly half a million routers have been affected. What is Malware? Malware, such as VPNFilter, is malicious software intended to disable, damage, control or infiltrate a computer, computer component and sometimes entire networks. The latest VPNFilter malware targets your internet router, collects communication information, and gives hackers a significant amount of control to anything connected to your internet router. Is My Router…

Protect Your Privacy – Are Browser Extensions Safe?

Are Browser Extensions Safe

Browser extensions are meant to make internet browsing easier and personalized, but are browser extensions safe? It depends. There are some potentially dangerous implications to consider when installing browser extensions. Extensions Can Be Hijacked – Extensions are vulnerable to hacking. Unseasoned Web Developers may also be unintentionally putting your computer at risk with sloppy code that’s easily hacked, even if the extension’s purpose was not originally malicious. It’s best practice to stay away from browser extensions from non-reputable Web Developers because they are the most vulnerable to being hacked. Extensions Can Be Sold – Let’s say a developer creates an…

Wanna Cry Ransomware – The Importance of Installing Updates

Wanna Cry Ransomware

We know it can be a nuisance to come in on a Monday morning only to have to wait for updates to finish installing, but it’s very important to install them in a timely manner. The worldwide release of the Wanna Cry ransomware is the perfect example of why prompt updates are so important. Wanna Cry Ransomware – The Basics This past week, thousands of vulnerable computers fell victim to the Wanna Cry ransomware bug. Imagine turning on your computer only to receive a message that your data is locked up and will only be released by paying a $300…

Tips to Prevent Hacking

Tips to Prevent Hacking

Hacking and rumors of hacking have been scattered all over the news and social media since the election came to a conclusion. No matter who you voted for, hacking is a legitimate concern for every individual or business plugged into the internet or other network. To top it off, there’s been a new wave of fake Amazon delivery emails going out which can increase your risks of being hacked (or scammed!) Here are some basic tips to prevent hacking: Four Tips to Prevent Hacking Use advanced passwords and 2-step authentication-– This is a no-brainer but one that is commonly overlooked….

Ways to Reduce Data Breach Risks

Ways to Reduce Data Breach Risks

News about corporate and business data breaches have become commonplace in our news feeds. As the relationship between businesses and technology continue to streamline, it makes sense why hackers and cyber criminals would target corporations and small businesses alike. The large batches of sensitive information that is transmitted is a potential goldmine. As a business owner, you have an obligation to find ways to reduce data breach risks to protect your clients’ sensitive information. What Data Are They Looking For? The top three types of information that hackers and cyber criminals are looking for are: real names, Social Security numbers/government…

Do You Have Sufficient Protection from Viruses and Malware?

Viruses and Malware

With technological security risks becoming more prevalent and complex, there can often be some confusion as to whether you have sufficient protection from viruses and malware. It’s important to understand that basic or free virus programs may not provide sufficient protection from viruses and malware attacks, especially for use in business. Malware encompasses many forms of malicious attacks, from simple nuisances to serious security risks, and viruses are just one type of malware. Some types of common viruses and malware include: Spyware – This type of malware hides on a computer for the purpose of tracking activity and sometimes to…